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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 Heads to PAX Prime in Seattle
This weekend, Emily Reese of Top Score hosts two panels at the PAX Prime video game convention in Seattle.
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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

America's soprano Renee Fleming opens Minnesota Orchestra season

When the Minnesota Orchestra takes the stage at its opening gala on Friday, singer Renee Fleming will help it celebrate its first full season following turmoil. Her program aims to showcase the orchestra in surprising new ways.

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MPR News State of the Arts

MN Museum of American Art show explores Green Line life

A new exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art -- "From There to Here" -- takes a closer look at the people affected by the Green Line, and the train itself.

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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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Flicks in Five: Back to the Future

This week's Flicks in Five features the film Back to the Future. Alan Silvestri composed the epic soundtrack to this film, and his music is just one of the many elements that makes this film a beloved and enduring classic.

  • Grant Johnson with his violinMusic with Minnesotans: Grant Johnson
    A young violinist and budding environmental scientist. Grant Johnson is a passionate lover of classical music.
  • minnesota orchestra rehearsalAnnouncing Classical MPR's season of Minnesota Orchestra broadcasts
    With the lockout behind it, the Minnesota Orchestra looks to open its 2014-15 season with a fresh and powerful step forward. Renee Fleming takes the spotlight in the season's first concert, which airs Friday at 8 p.m. View the complete list of Minnesota Orchestra concerts to air on Classical MPR, hosted by Brian Newhouse
  • Austin High School Wind EnsembleAmerican Band Music on Learning to Listen
    The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin.
  • University of Minnesota studentsMorning Glories: Bright College Years
    It's Back to School Month on Classical MPR, and on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate the bright college years with five composers who each penned a piece connected with university life.
  • saana ensembleOn the Classical MPR Stage: Saana Ensemble
    Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land.
  • AlpsFour pieces of classical music to power-up your day
    Does your day need a power-up? Choose one of these four classical compositions to play in your earbuds: within an hour, you'll be raring and ready to face whatever life throws at you.
  • copper street brass quintet, press photoA new frontier for the Copper Street Brass Quintet
    The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance.
  • lemars iowa ice cream capital of the worldMoveable Feast: Road Trip to LeMars, Iowa
    With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe.
  • jasper quartetRegional Spotlight: The Jasper Quartet
    All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Music Festival Finder

Summer Music Festivals

Summertime is a special time when classical music festivals and seasonal music offerings can be found throughout Classical MPR's listening area. To help you enjoy these festivals, we at Classical MPR have assembled a list and maps to help you find classical music celebrations.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted September 02, by Jennifer Allen

On the Air This Week Highlights from September 2 to 9 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: violinist Grant Johnson. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Westminster Choir College sings music by Daniel Elder. Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra:...

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BBC Music Magazine names Vanska's Beethoven symphonies among the very greatest

Jay Gabler

Posted September 02, by Jay Gabler

Writer Erik Levi rates Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra higher than heavyweights like Karajan, Solti, and Rattle.

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Click on Classical: Try to relax while you're having a bucket of ice water poured over your head

Jay Gabler

Posted September 02, by Jay Gabler

On Monday mornings, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss stories we're featuring on our website. Due to the Labor Day holiday, this week we're talking on Tuesday. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.

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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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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

    On the Air This Week

    Highlights from September 2 to 9

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: violinist Grant Johnson.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Westminster Choir College sings music by Daniel Elder.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vanska conducts a gala concert, with opera star Renee Fleming.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Organ and Piano.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Midori plays Mendelssohn with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans Penny Freeh, dancer and choreographer.

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. 2, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "The Summer Ends" by Wendell Berry, and the literary and historical notes for Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
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