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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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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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Video: House of Balls is on the move and everything is for sale

Sculptor Allen Christian, best known for his carved bowling balls and use of recycled materials, is having a moving sale today and 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: Turkey Feast

This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss more sustainable, humane alternatives for purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey.

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Rachel Hutton weighs in on #Grapegate

Luke Taylor

Posted November 20, by Luke Taylor

You hear Rachel every Friday with John Birge on Classical MPR's Moveable Feast; today, Rachel went on New York City's public radio station to help set the record straight on the allegation that Grape Salad graces Minnesota tables at Thanksgiving.

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Flying with instruments is touch and go

Valerie Kahler

Posted November 20, by Valerie Kahler

Buy an extra seat. Don't buy an extra seat. Check it. Don't check it. What's a musician to do when traveling with an instrument? It's a question that's raised after one of the guys from Time for Three is left at the gate once again.

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Posted November 18, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from November 18 to 24 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Steven Schmitz, Director of Bands, St. Louis Park. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: amateur bassoonist Kate Cimino. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Steven Schmitz, Director of Bands, St....

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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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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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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.
Nov. 21, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "The Shoulders of Women" by Jeffrey Harrison, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, November 21, 2014.
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