Holiday Programming

Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio for these holiday specials which feature Minnesota touches. See our holiday page for a full list of our 2014 holiday programming, and be sure to enjoy our online stream of holiday classics through January 1.
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  • Violin Concerto 5:13 Alexander Glazunov
    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
    William Steinberg
    Nathan Milstein, violin
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  • Gloucester Wassail 5:01 Traditional English
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Peter Breiner
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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 Trevor Morris
Trevor Morris received his first commission at 13 years old, when he wrote a song for the Pope. Now, Morris's commissions are for the 'Dragon Age' video games. Morris is Emily Reese's guest on this week's Top Score.
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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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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.
The Writer’s Almanac for December 18, 2014
The first thing I saw in the morning Was a huge golden bee ploughing His burly right shoulder into the belly Of a sleek yellow pear Low on a bough. Before he could find that sudden black honey That squirms around in there Inside the seed, the tree could not bear any more. The pear... Read more »
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Composer Mikolai Stroinski

Composer Mikolai Stroinski offers a preview of his 'Ethan Carter' score

Top Score had the opportunity for a written interview with composer Mikolai Stroinski. In this interview, he reveals a release date for his gorgeous score to "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter".

  • edward kelsey mooreI'll Have a Blue Christmas, Thank You Very Much: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    In his latest essay for Classical MPR, cellist and novelist Edward Kelsey Moore describes how a first-grade recital inspired his love of sad holiday songs. "I continue to love sad Christmas songs," he writes. "Glum Christmas music doesn't depress me in the least." Moore shares his story as well as some of his favorite seasonal tunes.
  • Abbie Betinis with The FairlanesWorld Premiere: Abbie Betinis's Christmas Carol for 2014
    Composer Abbie Betinis continues a family tradition begun in 1922 by her great-grandfather by writing a new carol every year. For the 14th consecutive year, Betinis premieres this year's carol on Classical MPR. Her new carol is called 'Peace with Me Now'.
  • Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish SpiritNew Classical Tracks: 'Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit'
    Judith Clurman and Essential Voices USA have released a new album that is a stunning collection of music that celebrates Jewish holidays and the cycle of life. "I made this recording because I love this repertoire," Clurman says. Hear about this recording, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
  • scrooge, film, soundtrack, albumFlicks in Five: 'Scrooge'
    In another holiday edition of Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel looks at the music and lyrics from the 1971 musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, 'A Christmas Carol'.
  • Robert BallMusic with Minnesotans: Robert Ball
    Robert Ball has worked in Emergency Medical Services for more than 30 years. His eclectic playlist includes works by Bach AND Sousa. Ball is Steve Staruch's guest on Music with Minnesotans this week.
  • Candles Burning BrightlyCandles Burning Brightly®
    Join hosts Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock for a one-hour celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. There's plenty of music from Jewish communities around the world, plus an exploration of holiday traditions, and a special story reading by the incomparable Theodore Bikel.
  • Amy GiddingsTeacher Feature: Amy Giddings
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Amy Giddings, K-6 Music Specialist at North Shore Community School in Duluth, Minn.
  • The Poor Nobodys, in their elementFive Minnesota music acts enlivening silent films
    In the silent film era, musicians stepped in to fill the void, playing live music to underscore movies being shown in theaters. In recent years, the idea of performing live music to accompany films has made a comeback.
  • Cellist Alisa Weilerstein in concertLearning to Listen: Alisa Weilerstein discusses the cello
    Cellist Alisa Weilerstein's third recording is a love letter to the cello, and its evolution as a solo instrument. Hear her talk about cello, and hear selections from her new recording on this week's Learning to Listen.

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Jennifer Allen

Posted December 16, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from December 16 to 23 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Amy Giddings, K-6 Music Specialist from Duluth, Minn. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Robert Ball. Tuesday, 7 pm: Concordia Christmas. Tuesday, 8:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Amy Giddings, K-6...

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Click on Classical: What's the best Nutcracker?

Jay Gabler

Posted December 15, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be talking about today.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: lutefisk, carols and hoops

Steve Staruch

Posted December 12, by Steve Staruch

Add these items to your weekend reading list: Enjoy a first-timer's guide to the St. Olaf Christmas Festival; vote for your favorite seasonal carols; and read a thoughtful reflection on basketball and its meaning far beyond the court.

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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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Carol with Classical

Carol with Classical MPR

On Friday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m., join us for Carol with Classical MPR, a new special featuring beloved carols. It culminates with a special live broadcast at 4 p.m., featuring The Singers vocal ensemble.

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