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Top Score

In this podcast, host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.

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Top Score: Composer Andrew Aversa
Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.
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School Spotlight

Do you -- or does a teacher you know -- have a great recording of a high school ensemble or choir that would sound terrific on Classical MPR? Send us a copy and we'll consider it for broadcast.

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Glen Campbell's public decline with Alzheimer's documented in new film

A new documentary about the life and career of music icon Glen Campbell opens in theaters today nationwide. "I'll Be Me" is not an ordinary music biopic,

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MPR News State of the Arts

After five years, State of the Arts comes to a close

This does not mean that MPR's commitment to arts coverage will be in any way diminished. But we are streamlining our web presence, and making arts coverage easier for you to find.

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MPR Classical Tshirt

  • Show your support for Classical Minnesota Public Radio by wearing our new Music for Living shirt design. The T-shirt is 100% cotton and features the recently updated classical MPR logo imprinted across the front.
Austin Kraft

Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Austin Kraft

Composer Austin Kraft of Savage was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer and 2014 Featured Composer. He recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his experiences of the past year.

  • Halloween treatsCreepy Classics Countdown 2014
    On Halloween, we'll count down the top 13 Creepy Classics, as voted by you. Check out the countdown as the day continues and we build to the top 5 during the 7 o'clock hour.
  • Sweetness #9Moveable Feast: Scary Food
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss fear and the foods we eat.
  • Nerd Enhanced SoundRegional Spotlight: NES (Nerd Enhanced Sound)
    Video game music from one of the Twin Cities' newest and most exciting bands, Nerd Enhanced Sound is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • SingingNational Lutheran Choir to premiere new work about finding hope and peace amidst dementia
    As he watched his father in the last stages of dementia, Tim Schmidt, who sings second bass for the National Lutheran Choir, would play Thad Fiscella's Ivory Hymn on the piano nearly every day. Schmidt could see in his father's eyes that the piece would help bring his father back to the present moment, causing him to rise in his chair.
  • Super Marcato BrosTop Score: Super Marcato Brothers
    Karl and Will Brueggemann, known as the Super Marcato Brothers, live and breathe retro video games. They compose original and game-inspired music, often playing a number of instruments in the tracks.
  • mischa santoraIntroducing the Minneapolis Music Company
    Mischa Santora, former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, is the artistic director of a new ensemble in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Music Company opens its new season this week.
  • Sleeping babyThe science of sleep: How relaxing music works
    Scientists have found that music can reduce sympathetic nervous system activity; decrease anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate; and possibly have positive effects on sleep in regards to muscle relaxation and distraction from vexing thoughts.
  • edwin strout beethovenInterview: '33 Variations' cast
    Joining Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio are actors Edwin Strout and Karen Landry and pianist Irina Elkina from Park Square Theatre's production of '33 Variations'.
  • The Mirandola EnsembleMeet Class Notes Artist: The Mirandola Ensemble
    The Mirandola Ensemble is visiting schools around the Twin Cities as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.

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In-flight entertainment: cello and beatbox

Elena See

Posted October 30, by Elena See

En route to Denver, a cellist and a flight attendant teamed up to treat the other passengers to an improvised cello/beatbox duet of a piece by Bach. Watch a video of the performance.

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Meryl Streep to play not one but two opera singers

Elena See

Posted October 29, by Elena See

The award-winning actress is to star in two films about two different opera singers: Florence Foster Jenkins and Maria Callas.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted October 28, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from October 28 to November 4 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein, founder of the Center of the American Experiment. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Wednesday,...

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Music for Learning: Classical MPR's education initiatives

As a leading non-profit supporter of the arts, we at Classical MPR want to help educators in Minnesota (and beyond) to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of their students with tools, resources and programs that have been created collaboratively by Classical MPR staff.

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Radio Highlights

  • Friday Favorites

    Each week host Steve Staruch presents four hours of classical music based on listener requests. Do you have a favorite work you'd like to share?
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  • Programming Highlights

    Highlights from October 28 to November 4

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein, founder of the Center of the American Experiment.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota Opera: Dominick Argento's The Dream of Valentino.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Verizon Hall Spotlight.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Michael Tilson Thomas and Jeremy Denk perform Beethoven and Copland with the San Francisco Symphony.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Jay Kernis.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Sue Bowcock, elementary music teacher, Owatonna.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Sue Bowcock, elementary music teacher, Owatonna.
    Tuesday, 8 pm: The Lucerne Festival.

2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

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Vienna Boys Choir

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Music for Living

  • You may have heard us exploring our new tagline "Music for Living" on air. The playful vignettes, produced by our own John Birge, feature everyday tasks and events… and how Classical MPR can connect with you during those times.

Music and Movies

  • Many 21st-century listeners' first — and sometimes — main exposure to classical composition is through movie scores. With this in mind, Classical MPR has developed programming that celebrates and explores the relationship between music and movies today and throughout the history of film.

Writers Almanac

  • Each day, The Writer's Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and reading a short poem or two. The Writer's Almanac is produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media.
Nov. 1, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Anthem" by Jim Daniels, and the literary and historical notes for Saturday, November 1, 2014.
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