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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.

Latest Episode

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

Minneapolis riverfront overhaul includes reclaimed canal, pavilion

A major overhaul of three blocks along the Mississippi River would reshape an already signature, high-traffic section of the downtown Minneapolis riverfront.

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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.
Babe

How Babe the Sheep-Pig introduced me to Saint-Saens

Music sneaks up on us occasionally. I love it when it does. I'm astonished when I meet someone who doesn't really pay much attention to the music around him.

  • Embarkation of the PilgrimsLearning to Listen: Earlye American Musick
    What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving.
  • plaque, bily clocks museum, dvorak, iowaMorning Glories: Dvorak's visit to America's heartland
    During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvořák's historic visit to America and its heartland.
  • Kevin RamachLeader of the Minnesota Opera resigns
    Kevin Ramach says he is stepping down to do creative work. Nina Archabal, most recently the director of the Minnesota Historical Society, will become interim director.
  • Sharon Isbin, guitaristNew documentary spotlights Sharon Isbin's life and work
    Produced by Susan Dangel, the new film 'Sharon Isbin: Troubadour' offers an unprecedented look into the life of the award-winning, Minneapolis-born classical guitarist. "I'm very open about my life in a way that I've never been before in public," Isbin says.
  • All earsA new dad's soundtrack: Edvard Grieg, Lou Reed, burps and giggles
    When you become a parent, your soundtrack changes. The literal, everyday soundtrack changes, filled with more wailing, burping, giggling, babbling and farting than you ever thought possible. It changes the way you go about your work. More than that, though, your relationship with music as an adult shifts in the grand reorganization that is your life.


  • Marisa LinMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Marisa Lin
    Pianist Marisa Lin of Rochester, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently updated Classical MPR's Christine Sweet with her latest news.
  • TurkeyMoveable 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.
  • Minnesota SinfoniaRegional Spotlight: The Minnesota Sinfonia
    The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, performs the Rossini Cinderella Overture. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • Patricia KopatchinskajaPatricia Kopatchinskaja wants to push SPCO's musical envelope
    Acclaimed Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja is known for looking for something new in compositions. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr spoke with Kopatchinskaja as she prepares to make her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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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.

Holiday program schedule

Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

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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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?

Rachel Hutton weighs in on #Grapegate

Flying with instruments is touch and go

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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

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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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. 24, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "A woman addresses her body" by Moyra Donaldson, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, November 24, 2014.
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