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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: Oleksa Lozowchuk's 'Bright Sadness'
A fascinating man with a deeply genuine love of music, Oleksa Lozowchuk is best known in the video-game world for scoring the humorous and addicting 'Dead Rising 3'. This week on Top Score, he speaks to Emily Reese about his album 'Bright Sadness' and about his many musical influences and interests.
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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

Etiquette wrecked: 'Dear White People' pushes buttons on race

Director Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' is a smart, funny independent film that caters to a black audience, and beyond. The movie, shot in Minnesota, opens this weekend.

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MPR News State of the Arts

After five years, State of the Arts comes to a close

This does not mean that MPR's commitment to arts coverage will be in any way diminished. But we are streamlining our web presence, and making arts coverage easier for you to find.

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MPR Classical Tshirt

  • 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.
Stephen Paulus

Remembering Stephen Paulus

Stephen Paulus passed away October 19, 2014 due to complications from a stroke (which occurred in June of 2013). As we celebrate his life and legacy, we've combed through our archives to provide the most comprehensive listening experiences for those who wish to remember this esteemed composer.

  • Steinway & Sons pianoPlaying backup: The joys of being an accompanist
    Being an accompanist means you're not the main event; however, if a composer included a piano part as accompaniment, then the work needed both the soloist and piano. Some composers gave the pianist little to do; others, like Beethoven, made the pianist an equal partner in the music.
  • Vienna Boys ChoirPassion and Precision: See the Vienna Boys Choir Nov. 6
    The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir has thrilled audiences of all ages for more than 500 years; now, it bring its singular sound to the Basilica of Saint Mary.
  • alessio bax plays beethovenNew Classical Tracks: Pushing the Boundaries
    Pianist Alessio Bax is fascinated by Beethoven's music. Even though Bax feels Beethoven's music can never be mastered, there's enough to explore and discover that Bax has released a new album of Beethoven music. Plus, you can enter to win a copy of the CD.
  • Halloween treatsVote for your Creepy Classics favorites
    We're creating the perfect soundtrack for Halloween and trick-or-treating, with your help. Visit our online ballot to vote for your favorite Creepy Classics as we build our playlist for Friday, Oct. 31.
  • Still of Cary Grant and Eva Marie SaintFlicks in Five: North By Northwest
    From a crop-duster attack in a midwestern cornfield to the tip of George Washington's nose, Alfred Hitchcock packed a ton of suspense into this 1959 classic caper. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at Hitch's "North by Northwest."
  • Dominick ArgentoMusic with Minnesotans: Dominick Argento's SEASONS
    This week, we present a special episode of Music with Minnesotans. Composer Dominick Argento, with poet Pat Solstad and music director Dale Warland, join Steve Staruch to chat about Argento's newest work, Seasons, which was premiered at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival this past summer.
  • Author Edward Kelsey MooreThe perfect sentence to describe a feeling: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore
    A torturous, three-and-a-half-hour gig provided author Edward Kelsey Moore with a phrase that he still uses, a decade later, to express his relief upon reaching the end of a bumpy stretch in his life, musical or non-musical. Maybe it can work for you, too.
  • Matthew KrageMusic Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Matthew Krage, Director of Choirs and Director of Theatre at Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.
  • Stephen Paulus celebrates his 60th birthdayStephen Paulus wrote and shared glorious music
    The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more.

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Here's the musical notation for Jeff Goldblum's Jurassic Park laugh

Jay Gabler

Posted October 22, by Jay Gabler

Actor Jeff Goldblum's growling laugh from Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Jurassic Park has taken on a life of its own. Now, you can play Goldblum's laugh on any instrument, thanks to a transcription by Evan Kent.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted October 21, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from October 21 to 28 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High School. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dale Warland and Dominick Argento discuss Seasons. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High...

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Click on Classical: ​A musician's best friend, how to get to Carnegie Hall, and the woes of wedding gigs

Jay Gabler

Posted October 20, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Alison Young and I will be discussing this morning.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: share your scary music picks

Karl Jenkins will write a piece for your choir to maybe perform at Carnegie Hall - if you win this competition

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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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Vienna Boys Choir

November 6, 2014
The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis

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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. 22, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Psalm" by Harvey Shapiro, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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