With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. For 2014, two great poets join us at the table. We remember Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college.
- Northern Voice Festival: New choral celebration to debut in 2015
A new vocal festival funded by a $75,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant aims at raising the visibility for the many vocal ensembles, barbershop quartets, jazz singers, gospel choirs, folk duos, and other groups of people who come together in song around Minnesota.
- Ten things you need to know about wild Up
Wild Up make music; some is new and some is old. They bend the rules a bit and are a testament to the enduring power of classical ensembles in the 21st century.
- Top Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.
- New Classical Tracks: Ryan Walsh, 'Classical's Cool'
As a lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving, Julie Amacher shares the music of a guitarist she discovered while waiting in the airport in Portland, Ore. It's fitting that guitarist Ryan Walsh was playing in an airport; his music incorporates styles he learned during his extensive travels. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
- Flicks in Five: Miracle on 34th Street
The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City, 'Miracle on 34th Street' was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.
- Music with Minnesotans: William Craft
William Craft is the President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He's sung in choirs all his life and brings an English professor's love of words to an all-choral playlist.
- Kids and classical music: It's as simple as having fun
There's no trick to raising a child with an appreciation for classical music. You don't need Baby Einstein or Baby Mozart or some other gimmick that promises to enhance your child's neurological development through Beethoven.
- Pass the poetry and the pumpkin pie
Giving Thanks, the annual Thanksgiving special hosted by Classical MPR's John Birge, is a poets' corner of sorts this year, featuring work by Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou and Dylan Thomas, among others. "A lot of things came together that I wasn't even necessarily planning," Birge says.
- Class Notes: The Strings Family
In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.
We hope you find the music is a kind of companion for the holiday months, whether you're getting ready for Chanukah and Thanksgiving, or looking for that perfect mood for your December gatherings. Check out our ongoing holiday programming and mark your calendar for December 1, when we launch our Holiday Classics stream.
Holiday program schedule
Thanksgiving week is one of the year's busiest travel periods in the United States. What music will accompany your journey? For those traveling by air, you might even encounter live music in an airport.
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Highlights from November 24 to December 1 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater...
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Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.
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