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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: John Broomhall's music for Transport Tycoon
This week on Top Score, Emily Reese interviews composer John Broomhall about the music he created for the game 'Transport Tycoon'.
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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

Kevin Kline's 'Old Lady' bites back

In latest role, he has his hands full with a tenant portrayed by Maggie Smith, known most recently for "Downton Abbey."

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MPR News State of the Arts

MN trans community battles barriers to survival

Transgender people appear to be making strides in popular culture. But it's not that simple.

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  • 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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We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved.

  • The cast ofMoveable Feasts: The Influence of Baby Boomers
    This week and next mark the 50th anniversary of a number of baby-boomer TV icons, including Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, and Bewitched. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about the Boomer generation and their impact on the foodie universe.
  • Conductor Dirk MeyerMeet Dirk Meyer of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
    Dirk Meyer is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He begins his second season with a concert this Saturday night at the DECC in Duluth. Meyer spoke with Steve Staruch about his big goals for the DSSO.
  • Kremerata BalticaRegional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica
    Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game.
  • Aby WolfAll aboard the MN Express: New music hops a bus
    Featuring artists who have participated in the organization's 416 Club commissions program, which is designed to support the creation of new work by local emerging artists, the tour will travel to different small cities and towns in Minnesota for ticketed performances as well as free impromptu pop-up gigs at libraries, farmers' markets, and public spaces.
  • Rose EnsembleWho exactly are the Rose Ensemble?
    On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Rose Ensemble will give a free concert in Minneapolis to preview yet another fascinating season filled with surprises. Alison Young got to speak to Rose Ensemble founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek who gives us insight into this unique musical group.
  • Nadia BoulangerWhat makes a teacher great? Exploring Nadia Boulanger and her disciples
    What makes a teacher truly great? That varies by the student, of course, but Nadia Boulanger seemed to have a pretty good grasp of it. She trained hundreds of world-class musicians and composers, some of them going on to famed careers.
  • john broomhallTop Score: John Broomhall's music for Transport Tycoon
    This week on Top Score, Emily Reese interviews composer John Broomhall about the music he created for the game 'Transport Tycoon'.
  • Tesfa wondemagegnehu how to sing videoClass Notes: How to Sing Well
    Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others.
  • Kelly KaduceA Perfect Match: Puccini and Kelly Kaduce
    Kelly Kaduce and Dale Johnson of the Minnesota Opera perform music from Manon Lescaut, which airs Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m., on Classical MPR.

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River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

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VIDEO: A classical-music take on the 'butterfly effect'

Luke Taylor

Posted September 17, by Luke Taylor

Watch this video of Japanese-born, Chicago-based flutist Yukie Ota, who remains unflappable as a butterfly lands on her face during a recital in Denmark.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted September 16, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from September 9 to 16 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune. Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School...

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Iconic Choral Organization Finds a New Voice and Logo

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Posted September 16, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Fans of VocalEssence will notice the ensemble has a new website, logo and tagline. Here's a sneak preview and the brief story behind the new designs.

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Sorry, Lucy: Beethoven IS on bubblegum cards

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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 September 9 to 16

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: The Minnesota Opera: Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica play Weinberg, from a recent Schubert Club performance.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kotzschmar Goings and Comings.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek and Dvorak.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Etudes.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature .
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry, Account Representative with Fireman's Fund.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.

Bach Society of MN presents "Party Music"

September 20, 2014
Sundin Music Hall, Hamline Univ., 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.
Sep. 19, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "For a Five-Year-Old" by Fleur Adcock, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, September 19, 2014.
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