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Top Score

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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Cellist Tina Guo on Top Score
Cellist Tina Guo is best known for shredding on her electric cello. But the lonely, meditative sonority of a video game soundtrack shows the depth of her playable emotion. Cellist Tina Guo discusses her intense classical upbringing and modern musical rebellion on Top Score.
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School Spotlight

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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Arts & Culture from MPR News

'The Witch's Boy' blends adventure with intense themes

Twin Cities author Kelly Barnhill has written a new novel for young adults that explores grief, loss and survivor's guilt in a rollicking story. Barnhill reads from "The Witch's Boy," Tuesday in St. Paul.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Ananya Dance Theatre dreams of revolution in ‘Neel’

Ananya Dance Theatre has built its reputation on illuminating social and environmental injustices through dance. It’s marking its 10th season with a shift to more-positive themes. Thursday through Saturday, Ananya Dance Theatre presents “Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming”at the Cowles Center for Dance in Minneapolis. Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea says the concert is the first…

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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.
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Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory

At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.

  • Minnesota VarsityMinnesota Varsity
    Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!
  • Austrian-American composer Erich Wolfgang KorngoldMorning Glories: Teen Beat
    Even composers were kids once. This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces whose composers, at the time they wrote them, were talented teenagers.
  • Burt HaraChecking in with Burt Hara
    Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend.
  • julie albers cello revMeet Julie Albers, new principal cellist at the SPCO
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced this week the hiring of Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Not long after arriving on a flight from Atlanta, Albers visits with Classical MPR's Alison Young. Get to know Albers and hear her thoughts about her new job.
  • Noah Sommers Haas as Strumply PeterStrumply Peter: Open Eye Figure Theatre creates a toy opera about a very bad boy
    Early on, two children are ground into dough that's put into an oven to bake into a cake; at the end of the show, that cake is fed back to alternate-universe versions of those children. Probably don't bring your kindergarteners.
  • A Ralph Rapson home in University GroveMoveable Feast: Eating in University Grove
    Tomorrow is the 100th birthday anniversary of Ralph Rapson: famous MN architect, designer of the original Guthrie Theater, and master of Mid-century Modern. Rachel Hutton and John talk about the best places to eat around the University Grove neighborhood where Rapson and other architects built Modern homes.
  • nicola benedetti performing at Royal Albert HallNicola Benedetti is serious about music education
    As back-to-school month continues at Classical MPR, violinist Nicola Benedetti shares her thoughts on the importance of music education for children. "Because it's good for them," she says.
  • KantoreiRegional Spotlight: A September 11th Remembrance
    There is music that soothes in the here-and-now, and there is music that pushes us forward. This afternoon's Regional Spotlight is a musical remembrance for September 11th.
  • The Choir of King's College, CambridgeAnnouncing Classical MPR's 2014-15 Choral Series
    Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Classical MPR's manager of choral initiatives, runs down the list of world-renowned choirs coming to Minnesota over the next six months. View performance videos and find ticket information.

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River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

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Sorry, Lucy: Beethoven IS on bubblegum cards

Alison Young

Posted September 15, by Alison Young

Cartoonist Charles Schulz's beloved 'Peanuts' characters Lucy and Schroeder have a famous exchange in which Lucy dismisses Beethoven's greatness given his absence from bubblegum cards. Turns out Lucy had it wrong.

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Click on Classical: ​A Faure foray, a rite of Reich, and a toy opera

Jay Gabler

Posted September 15, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing today.

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Click on Classical this Weekend

Steve Staruch

Posted September 12, by Steve Staruch

Steve Staruch shares some must-reads for your weekend Internet browsing: a hard-hat tour of the Ordway under construction, and a chance to win a CD by violinist Nicola Benedetti. Plus, a caption call -- share your best ideas!

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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 September 9 to 16

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh, dancer and choreographer.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kantorei sings music by Stephen Paulus, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra plays Sibelius.
    Saturday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Roberto Abbado conducts two symphonies by Beethoven and the premiere of Urban Gardens by Nicola Campogrande.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Going On Record.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From Carnegie Hall, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Test Pieces written for the Paris Conservatory.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Choir.

The Rose Ensemble present: Free Season Opening Concert

September 18, 2014
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

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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.
Sep. 15, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "One Good Thing" by Edwin Romond, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, September 15, 2014.
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