Holiday Programming

Tune in to Classical Minnesota Public Radio for these holiday specials which feature Minnesota touches. See our holiday page for a full list of our 2014 holiday programming, and be sure to enjoy our online stream of holiday classics through January 1.
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  • Andantino and Scherzo 8:09 Alfredo Catalani
    Rome Symphony Orchestra
    Francesco La Vecchia
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  • Liebesfreud (Love's Joy) 8:04 Fritz Kreisler
    Leonidas Kavakos, violin
    Peter Nagy, piano
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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: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.
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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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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. 28, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "An Apology for Using the Word 'Heart' in Too Many Poems" by Hayden Carruth, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, November 28, 2014.
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Moveable Feast: Leftovers Feast

This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss what to do with all of those turkey leftovers.

  • Pavel KolesnikovRegional Spotlight: Pavel Kolesnikov
    Pavel Kolesnikov's performance of the C-minor Fantasy for piano by Mozart is an extra treat for this Thanksgiving Day afternoon.
  • CantusThanksgiving with Cantus
    Cantus, one of the premiere men's vocal ensembles, talk with host Alison Young about the holiday, music and food. This year's special presentation will focus on gratitude for nourishment and all that surrounds us.
  • Autumn leavesGiving Thanks: A celebration of fall, food, and gratitude
    With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday. For 2014, two great poets join us at the table. We remember Maya Angelou, and she shares her Thanksgiving blessing and memories. Nikki Giovanni reads food poems from her new book, and recalls the Thanksgiving she got kicked out of college.
  • Twin Cities Gay Men's ChorusNorthern Voice Festival: New choral celebration to debut in 2015
    A new vocal festival funded by a $75,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant aims at raising the visibility for the many vocal ensembles, barbershop quartets, jazz singers, gospel choirs, folk duos, and other groups of people who come together in song around Minnesota.
  • wild UpTen things you need to know about wild Up
    Wild Up make music; some is new and some is old. They bend the rules a bit and are a testament to the enduring power of classical ensembles in the 21st century.
  • Composer Inon ZurTop Score: Inon Zur and 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'
    Inon Zur remembers his very first viewing of Disney's Fantasia as a small child. Now he's come full-circle, working on the soundtrack to Disney's new video game, 'Fantasia: Music Evolved'.
  • Ryan Walsh, Classical's CoolNew Classical Tracks: Ryan Walsh, 'Classical's Cool'
    As a lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving, Julie Amacher shares the music of a guitarist she discovered while waiting in the airport in Portland, Ore. It's fitting that guitarist Ryan Walsh was playing in an airport; his music incorporates styles he learned during his extensive travels. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
  • Still from Miracle on 34th StreetFlicks in Five: Miracle on 34th Street
    The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City, 'Miracle on 34th Street' was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.
  • William CraftMusic with Minnesotans: William Craft
    William Craft is the President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He's sung in choirs all his life and brings an English professor's love of words to an all-choral playlist.

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Unexpected yet welcome music for traveling

Luke Taylor

Posted November 26, by Luke Taylor

Thanksgiving week is one of the year's busiest travel periods in the United States. What music will accompany your journey? For those traveling by air, you might even encounter live music in an airport.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted November 25, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from November 24 to December 1 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater...

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Click on Classical: Chopin's heart exhumed, kids and classical, from Minnesota Varsity to Miss Music City

Jay Gabler

Posted November 24, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.

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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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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 November 24 to December 1

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 8 pm: Lucerne Festival: Vienna Philharmonic.
    Wednesday, 7 pm: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
    Thursday, 10 am: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
    Thursday, Noon: Thanksgiving with Cantus.
    Thursday, 3pm: Regional Spotlight: Pavel Kolesnikov plays Mozart, from a recent Chopin Society recital.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: New in Nashville.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Simon Rattle, from the 2014 Berlin Music Festival.
    Sunday, 5 pm: Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Symphonies by Haydn and Schubert, and Barber's Violin Concerto.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

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