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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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Christopher Tin's 'The Drop That Contained the Sea' on Top Score
Christopher Tin just finished his second song cycle, 'The Drop That Contained the Sea'. He stopped by Top Score to discuss it.
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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

Tree planted to honor Beatle killed by beetles

Flowers may grow so incredibly high, as the Beatles once sang, but trees -- not so much. Actually, a pine tree planted in Los Angeles a decade ago to honor former Beatle George Harrison reached a height of 12 feet, before succumbing recently.

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MPR News State of the Arts

13 picks for the Guthrie’s next Artistic Director

The Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater is conducting a search for its next Artistic Director. We asked people who they think should replace Joe Dowling, and here are the results, in alphabetical order. 1. Bain Boehlke: The founder and artistic director of The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Boehlke has been active in the…

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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.
Sir Edward Elgar

31 Days of Classical, Day 23: An authoritative cello

31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're looking at the first movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto.

  • anne sophie mutter lambert orkis the silver albumNew Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected
    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have released 'The Silver Album', a two-CD set featuring major sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, a few timeless encore pieces and a couple world-premiere recordings. The album celebrates their 25-year collaboration. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy.
  • out of africa soundtrack albumFlicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa'
    Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
  • Kate An Hunter and CurryMusic with Minnesotans: Kate An Hunter
    Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats.
  • Learning scalesConfessions of an amateur musician
    I will never be a great, or even a pretty good, clarinet player. I will never zip up and down scales, double-tonguing effortlessly and gliding with ease through cadenzas, pulling emotions out of world-weary listeners. Yet I continue to push against these limits, worrying at them like a dog chewing on a nylabone.
  • National Youth OrchestraCarnegie Hall Live: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America makes its Carnegie Hall debut in an electrifying program that begins with Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a great American work that pulses with fiery rhythms but also includes some of the most tender love music ever written. Tune in July 22 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m ET to hear this incredible live performance.
  • Domenico Scarlatti31 Days of Classical, Day 22: Drama and a feeling of grandeur
    Domenico wrote 555 keyboard sonatas. Five hundred and fifty-five. To be fair, many are quite short, but each is constructed like a master carpenter would build a house.
  • Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie HallCarnegie Hall on Learning to Listen
    Since Carnegie Hall opened in May 1891, there have been more than 46,000 performances in its three auditoriums. Learn about some of the most famous music to come from Carnegie Hall on today's Learning to Listen.
  • BeetlejuiceThe four most controversial pieces of wedding music
    Summer is the most common season for weddings. Brides and grooms are busy planning their weddings months and years in advance, making sure they have the right colors, the right venue, and the right music for the first dance.
  • Georges Bizet31 Days of Classical, Day 21: Let's get Bizet
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we stand on the precipice of some gorgeous landscape with Georges Bizet.

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Summer Music Festivals

Summertime is a special time when classical music festivals and seasonal music offerings can be found throughout Classical MPR's listening area. To help you enjoy these festivals, we at Classical MPR have assembled a list and maps to help you find classical music celebrations.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted July 22, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from July 22 to 29 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter. Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from...

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Minnesota Varsity alumnus Evren Ozel is a finalist at the Cooper International Competition

Jay Gabler

Posted July 22, by Jay Gabler

We were pleased to learn that Evren Ozel, a participant in this year's Minnesota Varsity showcase, is a finalist in the concerto round of the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Competition, a competition for young musicians ages 13-18 at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio.

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Click on Classical: Sopranos speak out, reports from the Range, and rock meets Bach

Jay Gabler

Posted July 21, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about a few of the stories we've been featuring on our website. Here's what we'll be discussing today.

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The 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale Top 5 Twitter Countdown

Click on Classical: Holst and hops, funny music, and an eight-year-old piano star

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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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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 July 22 to 29

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
    Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from a 2013 Music in the Park recital.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach's the Best.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Music for Two Violinists and Orchestra, played by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

Nine Nights of Music: Dick Hensold Band

July 29, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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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.
Jul. 23, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Small boy" by Norman MacCaig, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
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