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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: Garry Schyman pushes boundaries
Composer Garry Schyman always seems to be pushing the bounds of video game music. With help from the Seattle Symphony and the amazing acoustics of the Bastyr chapel, Schyman takes some creative liberties with his 'Shadow of Mordor' game soundtrack.
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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

When Thanksgiving was a weird, costumed holiday

People - young and old - got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils.

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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.
Manuel Rosales, organ builder

We go inside the living, breathing Disney Hall organ as it turns 10

Let's all sing 'Happy Birthday' to the Disney Organ, now 10 years old; we go inside the only instrument you can go inside. Pipedreams host Michael Barone hosts a 10th birthday party for the organ on Nov. 23.

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Holiday Programming

We hope you find the music is a kind of companion for the holiday months, whether you're getting ready for Chanukah and Thanksgiving, or looking for that perfect mood for your December gatherings. Check out our ongoing holiday programming and mark your calendar for December 1, when we launch our Holiday Classics stream.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

These schoolkids play at an amazing level

Lynne Warfel

Posted November 23, by Lynne Warfel

Watching and listening to this performance by a primary-school brass ensemble just might make your day.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: stories of instruments

Steve Staruch

Posted November 21, by Steve Staruch

This weekend, take some time to look into stories about three wonderful instruments: the bassoon, the guitar and the pipe organ.

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This is beautiful ... what IS it?

Jodi Gustafson

Posted November 21, by Jodi Gustafson

Musician Gorkem Sen plays some beautiful, atmospheric music on an ... instrument of some kind. It's huge. And we have no idea what it is. Do you know?

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Rachel Hutton weighs in on #Grapegate

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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

The deadline for submissions to Minnesota Varsity 2015 is quickly approaching. Get your submissions in by December 5th at 9 a.m. CST to participate in Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region.

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge

March 23, 2015
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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.
Nov. 23, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Moment" by Margaret Gibson, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, November 23, 2014.
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