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12:00 am Music Through The Night®
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10:00 am Alison Young
1:00 pm Performance Today®
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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: 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

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

Krista Tippett of 'On Being' receives National Humanities Medal

Tippett joins us to talk about the work that garnered the national award, presented by President Obama.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Artist links native quillwork and abstract painting

At first blush, you might not think Native American beadwork and quillwork would have much in common with contemporary abstract painting. But Dyani White Hawk’s new show at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis proves otherwise. White Hawk, known as the curator of All My Relations Gallery, has put together a bold body of work for her…

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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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Mezzo-soprano-rama: a conversation and performance with Adriana Zabala

Adriana Zabala's joyful workload is on delicious display in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. She visits with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch between songs.

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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

Click on Classical: Stimulate your brain, confessions of an amateur, and how many ways you can hold a violin

Jay Gabler

Posted July 28, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing this morning.

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Local paper shines spotlight on Tesfa

Luke Taylor

Posted July 27, by Luke Taylor

The Star Tribune's Kristin Tillotson has written a profile piece about Classical MPR's Choral Works Initiative manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, calling him "a charismatic man from Tennessee" who puts the cool in choral.

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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

Video: Lang Lang and LeBron

How many ways can you hold a violin in a promo shot?

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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

    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

Classical Music Events

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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. 29, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Radiance" by Wally Swist, and the literary and historical notes for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
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