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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 Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"
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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

Remembering the artist formerly known as 'Purple Pain' 30 years later

Today's Morning Edition music is from Prince, with "Baby I'm a Star" from the film "Purple Rain," which opened in theaters 30 years ago today. It was filmed in and around Minneapolis, with many scenes at the First Avenue nightclub -- where some of the bartenders called Prince "Purple Pain."

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Black men talk sexuality in ‘AKA: Fathers/Sons’

If we want to get better at having difficult conversations, we have to practice. That idea is at the heart of "AKA Fathers/Sons," a piece created by Harry Waters Jr, his son Jordon Waters, and Kevin "Kaoz" Moore.

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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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31 Days of Classical, Day 26: "Summa" time

31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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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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Stephen Hough's tasty tweets

Luke Taylor

Posted July 25, by Luke Taylor

In addition to being one of the world's leading concert pianists, Stephen Hough is also a talented composer and gifted writer. It also turns out that this renaissance man loves food, and he tweets about it often. View this sampling of menu items Stephen Hough has shared via Twitter.

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What the Critics Say: Pet Shop Boys at the Proms

Luke Taylor

Posted July 24, by Luke Taylor

Perhaps best known as electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe made their Proms debut as composers on July 23. Reviews of their work, a tribute to computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing, were widely positive. What's more, BBC Radio 3 has made it possible for you to listen to the concert for 30 days.

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Video: Lang Lang and LeBron

Luke Taylor

Posted July 24, by Luke Taylor

Superstars of the keys and the key, respectively, pianist Lang Lang and basketball star LeBron James have fun and entertain the fans at sponsored events in China.

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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

    Highlights from July 22 to 29

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
    Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from a 2013 Music in the Park recital.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach's the Best.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Music for Two Violinists and Orchestra, played by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan.

Nine Nights of Music: Dick Hensold Band

July 29, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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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.
Jul. 26, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "You Were Asleep" by James Laughlin, and the literary and historical notes for Saturday, July 26, 2014.
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