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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: The Sea Shanties of 'Assassin's Creed'
As you sail around the Caribbean on your ship in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, your crew sings sea shanties to pass the time.
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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

Why 'Fargo' for TV works with cold efficiency

When TV decides to adapt a movie, it can do it in a couple of different ways. The success of FX's adaptation of Fargo and the problems with CBS's adaptation of Bad Teacher offer telling examples.

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MPR News State of the Arts

The Pulitzer Prize for poetry’s Minnesota connection

When the 2014 Pulitzers were announced on Monday, we took note that University of Minnesota alum Kevin Siers, of The Charlotte Observer, won the editorial cartooning award. But there’s another connection to Minnesota among the recipients. The prize-winning poetry collection “3 Sections” by Vijay Seshadri was published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press. As we noted previously,…

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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.
anne akiko meyers four seasons vivaldi album

New Classical Tracks: 'Goosebumpy to the Max'

The latest disc from Anne Akiko Meyers features Vivaldi's classic of Baroque music -- played on a remarkable violin. Anne says that it's an exciting combination. It's on New Classical Tracks this week, and you have a chance to win a copy of the CD.

  • Still from There's No Business Like Show BusinessFlicks in Five: There's No Business Like Show Business
    What American composer better embodies the spirit of the day than Irving Berlin? His music has graced innumerable Hollywood offerings from "White Christmas" to "Annie Get Your Gun." This week on Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel celebrates Irving Berlin.
  • janet tollund music with minnesotansMusic with Minnesotans: Janet Tolland
    Janet Tolland is the co-owner of Accolades International Tours for the Arts. She's been all over the world. She delights in helping people plan the trip of a lifetime.
  • Daft Punk in Tron: LegacyWhy do film and TV composers like to work in pairs?
    Collaborative composition is not typical in the classical repertoire, but in film and television it's becoming an increasingly popular way of working. In part, this is because an increasing number of film and TV composers are coming from a pop music background, familiar with collaborative music making and shared credit.
  • Litchfield DragonairesSchool Spotlight: Litchfield High School Dragonaires
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. Because April is choral month at Classical MPR, this week's School Spotlight shines on Litchfield High School's Dragonaires chamber choir.
  • itzhak perlmanA Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman
    The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from New York's WQXR, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.
  • Sir Neville Marriner 1979Morning Glories: Happy Birthday, Neville Marriner
    This Tuesday, April 15, Sir Neville Marriner turns 90. On Morning Glories, we'll offer four Marriner performances with four different orchestras that the busy, versatile conductor has led during his long career.
  • 2012 St. Olaf Christmas: St. Olaf ChoirChoral Countdown 2014: Vote Now
    You've made your nominations and we've assembled the ballot. Now cast your votes for your choral favorites. We'll count down the top 25 on Wednesday, April 30.
  • chenier 1Slideshow: Met Opera's 'Andrea Chenier'
    Umberto Giordano's opera is a passionate tale of the ill-fated love of a dashing poet and an aristocratic lady, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. Find a synopsis and slideshow here.
  • fred astaireSaturday Cinema: Dance with Fred
    This week on Saturday Cinema, Lynne Warfel celebrates the music from the films that featured dancer extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The playlist includes works by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted April 15, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from April 15 to 21 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund, travel agent and consultant. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires. Thursday, 3...

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Click on Classical: Pops with chops, most popular composers

Jay Gabler

Posted April 14, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the stories we're featuring on our site. This week we featured two groups with the kind of skills you find in top choirs and orchestras, but who perform pop-friendly repertoire - and have the screaming fans that go with it.

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Casual Conversations Vol. 2 - Craig Hella Johnson

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Posted April 14, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Come and join Craig Hella Johnson and Tesfa in Casual Conversations Vol. 2: a discussion of choral music and beyond.

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Soundtracks to on-screen adventures

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Click on Classical: A tenor speaks out, a soprano breaks out, and a pianist gets locked out

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity: Showcase Round

Join us on Sunday, April 27th at the Fitzgerald Theater for the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round. We'll feature the 5 perfroming artists and 2 composers will debut their work at this free concert, which will also be broadcast live on Classical MPR.

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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 April 15 to 21


    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund, travel agent and consultant.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The National Lutheran Choir
    Friday, 10am: Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
    Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Arabella, by Richard Strauss.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: An Easter Offering.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Estonian National Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff and Poulenc.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: luthier John Waddle.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.

University Opera Theatre presents The Cunning Little Vixen

April 10, 2014
Ted Mann Concert Hall

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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.
Apr. 16, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Renewal" by Jeffrey Harrison, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
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