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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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Top Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's 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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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.
The Writer’s Almanac for January 25, 2015
Before the beginning Thou hast foreknown the end,   Before the birthday the death-bed was seen of Thee: Cleanse what I cannot cleanse, mend what I cannot mend.   O Lord All-Merciful, be merciful to me. While the end is drawing near I know not mine end:   Birth I recall not, my death I cannot foresee: O... Read more »
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Feeling the vibe: Leigh Kamman kept jazz alive

Twin Cities musicians gather Sunday to celebrate the late broadcaster Leigh Kamman. They'll honor a consummate professional who interviewed jazz greats -- and inspired local artists to keep jazz alive.

  • boheme_1Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.
  • McDowell, Peters and Bernal Mozart in the JungleWhat We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'
    The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show -- in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Anastasia Tsioulcas share what they like and dislike about the series.
  • Grand View LodgeMoveable Feast: Summer Travel
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at places to visit in the summertime.
  • Choral Arts Ensemble rochester minnRegional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester
    The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester sing Shakespeare lyrics in old and new arrangements. Rick Kvam directs his singers in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • Composer Ben PruntyTop Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
    For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.
  • composer john luther adamsJohn Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs
    Inspired by ice crystals in the winter air and the halo-like apparitions they create -- aka "sundogs" -- composer John Luther Adams' "Sky with Four Suns" blooms with the bright light of 45 cellos.
  • David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo in SelmaHow One Of Gospel's Essential Songs Gave 'Selma' Its Soul
    A hymn favored by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helps the Oscar-nominated film make a well-known historical story powerfully intimate. But the song has a tragic story of its own.
  • Alison Young trains for the BirkieAlison Young's music for endurance training
    Cross-country skier, runner and mountain climber Alison Young describes what she's training for right now -- and the music that moves her as she trains. See her playlist picks, and share some of your own.
  • mozart magic flute animation title screenMozart's 'Magic Flute': an animated plot summary
    Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., we'll air the Minnesota Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A new video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.

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Music Makes Us Whole

Music Makes Us Whole

Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost music learning provides.

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Click on Classical this weekend: exercise, sun dogs and a trivia quiz

Steve Staruch

Posted January 23, by Steve Staruch

The weather may be a tad balmy for cross-country skiing or for sun dogs, but we've got music for both. And whether you're a longtime opera fan or a newcomer to it, you'll want to try Rex Levang's 'La Boheme' quiz.

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Is this the piano of the future? It sure looks like it

Jay Gabler

Posted January 22, by Jay Gabler

A Hungarian pianist says he's spent ten years rethinking his instrument from the inside out, not a single one of the piano's 18,000 parts being taken for granted. The result is an instrument built to sound as good as he imagined a piano could sound, manufactured by German company Louis Renner.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted January 20, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from January 20 to 27 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Maria and Ben Hanson. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Wind Ensemble. Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota...

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Joyce DiDonato, English National Opera top 2015 Opera Awards nominations

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

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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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

All Minnesota Varsity 2015 submissions are now posted online! Meet the talented musicians and peruse their submissions here.

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge

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