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12:00 am Music Through The Night®
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1:00 pm Performance Today®
3:00 pm Friday Favorites
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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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Joel Corelitz and The Unfinished Swan on Top Score
Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to The Unfinished Swan . Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.
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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

No sad songs: Hymie's record store thrives on vinyl in a digital age

A young couple with two small kids and an old dog buy a vintage vinyl record shop in the worst economy in decades, in a languishing part of Minneapolis, in an era when many teens wouldn't recognize an LP if you spun it at them. It sounds like a great, sad country song in the making, except this story turns out pretty well.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Vanska “hurt” by Minnesota Orchestra allowing his resignation

While remaining tight-lipped about negotiations over a possible return to the Minnesota Orchestra, former Music Director Osmo Vanska has told the Washington Post a little about the showdown which led to his resignation. In an article published today in advance of Vanska’s appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra this weekend, Vanska reveals  how he tried to bring management and…

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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.
J.S. Bach

A Visitor's Guide to the St. Matthew Passion

J.S. Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose--to present the biblical passion story in music. Bach's Passion continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in Leipzig, Germany. It airs on Friday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m., on Classical MPR.

  • Easter LilyMoveable Feast: Easter Brunch
    It's Easter weekend, and for a lot of people, that means brunch. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places that are good for brunch, whether Easter or any special occasion.
  • National Lutheran ChoirRegional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir
    The Widor Toccata like you've never heard it before in a performance with the National Lutheran Choir. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • 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.
  • Joel CorelitzJoel Corelitz and The Unfinished Swan on Top Score
    Composer Joel Corelitz just received a BAFTA nomination for his score to The Unfinished Swan. Baroque-inspired sounds accompany the artful tale. Hear our conversation on Top Score from Classical MPR.
  • Just BlazeGregorian chant gets a "Second Coming" with help from hip-hop
    We should expect musicians to continue combining genres and styles in increasingly inventive and fascinating ways, often blurring the lines between "high" and "low" art. The best examples will be the musicians who understand the musical puzzle pieces they combine to create something clever. Take this song that mixed rap with Gregorian chant, all in the name of selling shoes during the NBA playoffs several years back.
  • Minnesota Orchestra anthony ross cello tonyCellist Tony Ross staying at Minnesota Orchestra
    While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota.
  • anne akiko meyers four seasons vivaldi albumNew 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 Tollund
    Janet Tollund 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.

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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, 11 am: Metropolitan Opera: Arabella, by Richard Strauss.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: An Easter Offering.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: Handel's Messiah, performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    Sunday, 8 pm: From Darkness to Light, with Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler.
    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.

Minnesota Opera: The Magic Flute

April 19, 2014
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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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. 18, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Searchers" by Jim Harrison, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, April 18, 2014.
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