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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  • Variations on a Swedish Air 4:34 Bernhard Crusell
    English Chamber Orchestra
    Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Emma Johnson, clarinet
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  • El noi de la mare; En belen tocan a fuego; O little town of Bethlehem 4:31 Medley
    Arsys Bourgogne
    Pierre Cao
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You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

Today’s Schedule

12:00 am Music Through The Night®
5:00 am John Zech
6:00 am John Birge
10:00 am Alison Young
12:00 pm Learning to Listen™
1:00 pm Performance Today®
3:00 pm Steve Staruch
7:00 pm Bill Morelock
11:00 pm Elena See

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: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project presented White Paper Games's composer, NJ Apostol, with a tremendous challenge -- and his score rose to the occasion.
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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 22, 2014
What is this life is, full of care We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full... Read more »
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Stanislaw Skrowaczewski orchestra hall 2014

Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture.

  • Composer Roy Zu-AretsNextNotes on Learning to Listen
    The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing.
  • philip brunelle and dessaDessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir
    Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.
  • figaro 1Met Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro
    The Met Opera's production of Mozart's masterpiece is set in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna. Edo de Waart conducts. Read a synopsis and view a slideshow of the opera as you listen on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m.
  • The RoverTop ten film scores of 2014
    Garrett Tiedemann lists the ten film scores that most impressed him this year.
  • Ames Farm HoneyMoveable Feast: Last-Minute Foodie Stocking Stuffers
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton offer last minute ideas on what to buy for the people in your life who love food.
  • Christmas ornamentsRegional Spotlight: Holiday Cheer
    This week's Regional Spotlight features concert performances from around Minnesota over these past few weeks. Noel!
  • PercClass Notes: The Percussion Family
    In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Percussion Family," the eccentric, outdated computer named TOMMIS provides an overview of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments.
  • NJ ApostolTop Score: White Paper Games and NJ Apostol
    Indie game developers White Paper Games took on a seemingly impossible project for an untested, six-member team. They wanted to create a free-roaming, first-person puzzle game set in the surreal, disjointed mind of a woman with dementia. This project presented White Paper Games's composer, NJ Apostol, with a tremendous challenge -- and his score rose to the occasion.
  • Composer Mikolai StroinskiComposer 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".

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

Click on Classical: Blissfully melancholy Christmas, best film scores of 2014, and music for silents

Jay Gabler

Posted December 22, by Jay Gabler

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

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Click on Classical this Weekend: Blue Christmas, Abbie Betinis and Robert Ball

Steve Staruch

Posted December 19, by Steve Staruch

Read an essay written in defense of melancholy holiday tunes; hear Abbie Betinis's new carol for 2014; and learn about how music by Mozart helps an EMS in his life-saving work.

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New York Polyphony's 'Sing Thee Nowell' nominated for Grammy Award

Luke Taylor

Posted December 18, by Luke Taylor

The four men who describe themselves as a 'vocal string quartet' have earned a Grammy nomination for their seasonal album, 'Sing Thee Nowell'. It's the second nomination for the group who first came together for a Christmas concert.

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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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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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