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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

Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65

Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Most critics find ‘Romeo and Juliet’ a dreamy delight

“Romeo and Juliet” is one of Shakespeare’s greatest known tragedies. This is both a blessing and a curse for theater companies. The show has great name recognition, but hasn’t it already been, ahem, “done to death?” According to several critics, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company’s latest production appears to prove that there is still gold…

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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

Twin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65

MPR News has confirmed the passing of Stephen Paulus. Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works -- including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.

  • leigh kammanJazz radio legend Leigh Kamman dies at 92
    Kamman began his broadcasting career in Minnesota in 1939. He worked in New York City during the 1950s, where he interviewed such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.
  • Author Edward Kelsey MooreMeet cellist and author Edward Kelsey Moore
    Professional cellist with the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic, and the best-selling author of 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat', Edward Kelsey Moore will write a series of exclusive essays for Classical MPR. Get to know a bit more about him.
  • Santaolalla and BrahmsNext Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, Part 4
    Next Level is an attempt to bring new video game and classical music worlds to people who don't even know they exist. This week, we examine voicings and color in music.
  • Grant LuhmannMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Grant Luhmann
    Composer Grant Luhmann of Lino Lakes, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer. He recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with his latest news.
  • Mainstreet in HopkinsMoveable Feast: West Side Feast
    John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss eateries on the west side of the Twin Cities, in Hopkins and Saint Louis Park.
  • Artaria String QuartetRegional Spotlight: Artaria Quartet
    The Artaria Quartet performs a classical gem that is off the beaten path.
  • Oleksa LozowchukTop 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.
  • theater latte da master class castThe complex contradictions of Callas
    Actors Sally Wingert and Kira Lace Hawkins, along with director Peter Rothstein, visit with John Birge about Theater Latte Da's production of Terrence McNally's play, 'Master Class'. They also perform a scene and an aria from the show.
  • lipinski stradivariusThe Case Of The Stolen Stradivarius
    Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond was carrying his rare Stradivarius violin out to the parking lot after a show when he was suddenly attacked. The violin, worth millions, was stolen.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: share your scary music picks

Steve Staruch

Posted October 17, by Steve Staruch

Help us create the perfect soundtrack for Halloween by sending in your ideas for Creepy Classics.

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

Jay Gabler

Posted October 16, by Jay Gabler

You'll want to get your choir in tune for a competition being run by music publisher Boosey and Hawkes. The choir that wins the competition will have a short piece written specially for them by Jenkins, and will have the opportunity to perform the piece at either Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted October 14, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from October 7 to 14 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Guitar teacher Gary Lee Joyner. Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir. Thursday, 3 pm...

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Click on Classical this Weekend: name that car!

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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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Radio Highlights

  • Friday Favorites

    Each week host Steve Staruch presents four hours of classical music based on listener requests. Do you have a favorite work you'd like to share?
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  • Programming Highlights

    Highlights from October 7 to 14

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Guitar teacher Gary Lee Joyner.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Artaria String Quartet plays music by Pleyel, from Sundin Hall.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vanska conducts works by Richard Strauss, including Burleske with pianist Andrew Staupe.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From Darkness to Light.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Scary Sounds.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Bach and Haydn.
    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 School.

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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Classical MPR's 2014-15 Choral Series

November 6, 2014
Various Locations

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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. 20, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "My Life Before I Knew It" by Lawrence Raab, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, October 20, 2014.
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