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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: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.
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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

Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton interprets Joni Mitchell

Today's Morning Edition music is from acclaimed jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton singing "All I Want." The song is from the 2013 album "After Blue" which is a collection of her interpretations of Joni Mitchell songs.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Mu’s ‘A Little Night Music’ impresses critics

Twin Cities theater critics are calling Mu Performing Arts‘ production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music” effervescent, lovely, dazzling and “absolutely satisfying.” Dominic P. Papatola writes for the Pioneer Press: “A Little Night Music” is not your traditional, happy-go-lucky musical. Its ample humor is dipped in remorse and regret. Its characters are not…

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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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On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious

Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent. NPR's Jeff Lunden has the story.

  • MystTop Score: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
    In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.
  • rex levang outside royal albert hall londonPints, Plaques and Proms: My musical adventures in London
    Classical MPR's music director Rex Levang recounts his experiences going to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as some of his other musical finds in and around London.
  • cellist mark summerThe many charms of the cello
    How many ways can you play a cello? Alison Young talks to cellists Mark Summer and Anna Clift about this flexible instrument, as well as with vocalist Tierney Sutton, who collaborates with Summer and will perform with him at the Dakota on Thursday.
  • The Whole World Is Here: Pandora RetoldMusical theater at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival: Ten shows not to miss
    Among the 169 shows being featured in this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival are dozens of musicals. Here are ten to put at the top of your list.
  • J.S. Bach31 Days of Classical, Day 30: Bach's epic cadenza
    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.
  • leon fleisher all the things you areNew Classical Tracks: A Record of Reminiscences
    Leon Fleisher turned 86 last week. He's a pianist, a conductor, a chamber player, and to his many students at the Peabody Conservatory, he's Obi-Wan Kenobi, a master teacher. Now Fleisher is out with his first album in nearly a decade. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of this CD.
  • The GodfatherFlicks in Five: The Godfather
    Certain movies make an impression upon you — you can remember who you went to the movie with, what you were doing with your life, and especially what age you were. I was still in high school when this American crime film came out, and it was the sensation of 1972.
  • Charlotte SullivanMusic with Minnesotans: Charlotte Sullivan
    Writer Charlotte Sullivan is Steve Staruch's guest. Her playlist is eclectic and spirited and joyfully stretches the boundaries of classical music.
  • vocalist adrianna zabalaMezzo-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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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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Jennifer Allen

Posted July 29, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from July 29 to August 5 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster....

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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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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 29 to August 5

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The China Philharmonic plays Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky at the 2014 BBC Proms.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

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. 31, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "In Memoriam" by Leo Dangel, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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