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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: Singer Lisbeth Scott's rising note
Several years ago, a five-minute conversation took Lisbeth Scott from being a part-time singer and musician in a dance studio to performing in a soundtrack for Hans Zimmer, a titan of the industry ... and she didn't know who he was at the time. She only went up from there.
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Tony Bennett sets mark as oldest act with No. 1 album

The singer is once again the oldest performer with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 for "Cheek to Cheek," his jazz duets collaboration with Lady Gaga.

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Indie bookseller The Bookcase to close

The Bookcase, an independent Wayzata bookstore that has been in business for more than 50 years, will close soon. Owner Charlie Leonard broke the news in an e-mail and on Facebook, telling customers that changing shopping habits, as well as local redevelopment and road construction, caused a dramatic drop in sales. “It was a drop…

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Top Score: Singer Lisbeth Scott's rising note

Several years ago, a five-minute conversation took Lisbeth Scott from being a part-time singer and musician in a dance studio to performing in a soundtrack for Hans Zimmer, a titan of the industry ... and she didn't know who he was at the time. She only went up from there.

  • simon rattle berlin philharmonicLIVE VIDEO: An Opening Night Gala With The Berlin Philharmonic
    The Berlin Philharmonic and its chief conductor Simon Rattle will open the legendary Carnegie Hall's season Oct. 1. You can watch a live stream of the concert right here on Classical MPR's website on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. CDT.
  • Penny Dreadful castInterview: Penny Dreadful composer Abel Korzeniowski
    Abel Korzeniowski is unique among today's film and TV composers - for a number of reasons. With everything increasingly fast-paced and ever more composers delving into percussion and synths as a starting point, Korzeniowski begins with the strings.
  • benjamin grosvenor dancesNew Classical Tracks: Let's Dance!
    From a Bach keyboard partita to a sultry Albeniz tango - the pieces on this disc have dance rhythms running through them. It's a brand-new release from young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
  • richard beymer natalie wood west side storyFlicks in Five: Putting music in their mouths
    Overdubbing is when an actor portraying a part in a musical doesn't do his or her own singing. That doesn't mean the actor can't sing; often there are other factors at work. Lynne Warfel has some stories about overdubbing on this week's Flicks in Five.
  • Nanette Goldman on an archaeological digMusic with Minnesotans: Nanette Goldman
    Nanette Goldman, professor of classics at Macalester College, faces all of life's experiences with determination and not a little joy. Her playlist both classic and modern.
  • Courtney LewisReview: Courtney Lewis leads the Jacksonville Symphony in a rousing Symphonie Fantastique
    On Friday, Sept. 26, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra opened its 2014-2015 season with their new music director designate, Courtney Lewis - formerly of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Armstrong Concert ChoirSchool Spotlight: Armstrong High School Concert Choir
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school- and student-music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Concert Choir under the baton of Stephanie Trump.
  • A Groupmuse in actionThe Airbnb of Classical Music
    A new startup called Groupmuse matches users looking to host a classical music concert with willing musicians needing a venue to perform. It could be considered as "the Airbnb of classical music."
  • Russian composer Sergei ProkofievThink you might like Prokofiev?
    Katie McCurry was last week's Music with Minnesotans guest. She received a suggestion from a listener to listen to Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58, by Sergei Prokofiev. Here's what Katie had to say.

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Joshua Bell brings music to Union Station once again

Fred Child

Posted October 01, by Fred Child

In 2007, violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, and hardly anyone noticed. On Tuesday, Bell got a do-over of sorts, playing to several thousand people in Union Station's main hall.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted September 30, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from September 30 to October 7 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Armstrong High School Concert Choir. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Professor Nanette Goldman. Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Armstrong High School Concert Choir. Thursday, 3 pm hour:...

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Singing in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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Posted September 30, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Tons of people joined in song at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the "What's Up? Pop Up" and Classical MPR "Sing the Museum" event.

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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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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

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The Rose Ensemble presents: 9th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 2, 2014
Assumption Catholic Church, Morris, Minn.

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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.
Oct. 2, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Late September" by Connie Wanek, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, October 2, 2014.
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