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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: Composer Andrew Aversa
Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.
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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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Coffee-shop inspired ballet comes to Union Depot

The ballet, "Black Dog Cafe," is named after the coffee shop two blocks down from the train station will be performed on Saturday.

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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.
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Moveable Feast: Grilled Beast

Grilling season is coming to a close, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out two places where you can get a good steak.

  • Philip BrunelleVocalEssence special: The Myriad Voices of Philip Brunelle
    On Thursday, Oct. 23, we air our latest Archive on the Radio special, with exclusive performances from Philip Brunelle and Vocal Essence. The program includes pieces by Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, to name a few.
  • lukas vondracek pianistRegional Spotlight: Lukas Vondracek
    Sensuous and deep, pianist Lukas Vondracek's Frederic Chopin Society recital from earlier this month will stop you in your tracks.
  • alison young craig fields of mn concert operaStudio visit with Minnesota Concert Opera
    Several members of the Minnesota Concert Opera visited Classical MPR's Alison Young in studio for performances and conversation.
  • andrew aversaTop Score: Composer Andrew Aversa
    Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.
  • Choosing a path can be difficultMaking music, making a career: Why 'follow your passion' can be hard advice to follow
    One piece of advice that is often touted as both concise and comprehensive is "follow your passion." While I'm not naive enough to think that any three-word phrase could provide all the answers to as complex a matter as finding personally meaningful work, something about "follow your passion" troubles me.
  • Stephen PaulusRemembering 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.

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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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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. 24, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Fence Line Tree" by Jim Harrison, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, October 24, 2014.
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