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12:00 am Music Through The Night®
5:00 am John Zech
6:00 am John Birge
10:00 am Alison Young
1:00 pm Performance Today®
3:00 pm Steve Staruch
7:00 pm Bill Morelock
11:00 pm Elena See

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

'Downton Abbey' gets a U of M medical check up

An exhibit at the University of Minnesota features medical books and artifacts from the time of Downton Abbey.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Does a good poet make for a good employee? Izzy’s thinks so.

Izzy’s, the Twin Cities ice cream chain, is marking National Poetry Month by hosting a “Haiku Hiring Party.” Its goal is to hire 25 new employees who can start working in May, just as orders for cones and cups start to surge. Interested applicants are asked to submit an entry “in the form of an…

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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.
jason vieaux play album cover

New Classical Tracks: Because he loves to 'Play'

Jason Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the past 18 years. Vieaux teaches and performs because he loves to play guitar. That passion is front and center in the title of Vieaux's newest solo recording, 'Play'.

  • Dale Warland SingersChoral Hero: Dale Warland's Minnesota Voices
    On Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR presents a special program featuring the archival recordings by the Dale Warland Singers in a cappella performances of works by Minnesota composers.
  • Still from GoldfingerFlicks in Five: John Barry
    While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Bond. James Bond.
  • John Waddle, celloMusic with Minnesotans: John Waddle
    With patience and dedication, John Waddle makes violins, violas and cellos of distinction and beauty.
  • Marissen's bookNew book raises question: Is Handel's "Messiah" anti-Judaic?
    "Writing this book was not fun," says Michael Marissen at the end of the introduction to his new book, "Tainted Glory in Handel's 'Messiah'" (Yale University Press). Marissen is referring both to the arduous historical research the volume required and to the fact that being its author puts him in the role of splashing cold water on the world's adoration for one of the most popular musical works of all time: Handel's towering oratorio on the life of Christ.
  • Harmony in the ParkHarmony in the Park 2014: 3 days of Choral Music in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth
    The land of 10,000 choirs has never sounded so good. This year, Classical MPR presents Harmony in the Park to the third power, with dates in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth.
  • Chiara Margarita CozzolaniChiara Margarita Cozzolani on Learning to Listen
    Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602 - ca. 1676-78) was a Benedictine nun in the early Baroque who wrote wonderful music. Hear music she wrote for Easter performed by Magnificat on today's Learning to Listen.
  • The Minnesota Varsity Showcase ArtistsWhat are young classical musicians listening to these days?
    What are young classical musicians listening to? We asked a few of our Minnesota Varsity showcase artists what they would play if given the chance.
  • CandlesFrom Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter through Music
    Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler come together on April 20, at 8 p.m. CDT to bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light.
  • mickey rooneySaturday Cinema: Remembering Rooney
    Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month.

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Beloved as he is in Minnesota, Osmo Vanska still needs a job

Luke Taylor

Posted April 22, by Luke Taylor

Osmo Vanska has been enjoying a number of guest-conductor gigs. But the hard reality remains: Vanska needs a job. Where he'll find one is still an unanswered question.

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Click on Classical: Gregorian chant gets a remix, composers pair up, and listeners pick the best choral work of all time

Jay Gabler

Posted April 21, 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. Here are the stories we'll be talking about today.

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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

Casual Conversations Vol. 2 - Craig Hella Johnson

Soundtracks to on-screen adventures

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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?
    Send a request
  • 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: 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 Varsity Showcase Concert

April 27, 2014
Fitzgerald Theater

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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. 23, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Sonnet 106: When in the chronicle of wasted time" by William Shakespeare, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
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