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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: Robyn Miller and the story of Myst
In 1991, a group of five programmers gathered around a computer. They wanted to create a new kind of game that would tell a new kind of story, pushing technology to its limits. This week, hear the story of Myst on Top Score.
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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

Two friends bond with each other -- and their culture -- at camp

For Nevaeh Hoffman, 12, and Gabrielle Dow, 11, learning doesn't stop in the summer months. The two friends from Redwood Falls, Minn., have spent their past few summers attending the Dakota Wicohan camp where they learn and practice aspects of their Native American culture, including riding, language and their favorite -- hoop dancing.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Mu’s ‘A Little Night Music’ impresses critics

Twin Cities theater critics are calling Mu Performing Arts‘ production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music” effervescent, lovely, dazzling and “absolutely satisfying.” Dominic P. Papatola writes for the Pioneer Press: “A Little Night Music” is not your traditional, happy-go-lucky musical. Its ample humor is dipped in remorse and regret. Its characters are not…

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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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Meet the arts entrepreneurs who started the Lakes Area Music Festival

Meet the arts entrepreneurs who almost by accident founded the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minn. Scott Lykins and Taylor Ward talk to Classical MPR's Steve Staruch.

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Music Festival Finder

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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Video: Brass band on Wheels

Luke Taylor

Posted July 31, by Luke Taylor

With a mission to make art that is accessible, diverse and free of charge, this troupe of performers from France take the show on the road ... or more perhaps more precisely, "in the road."

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Jennifer Allen

Posted July 29, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from July 29 to August 5 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster....

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Click on Classical: Stimulate your brain, confessions of an amateur, and how many ways you can hold a violin

Jay Gabler

Posted July 28, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about some of the stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Melissa Ousley and I will be discussing this morning.

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Local paper shines spotlight on Tesfa

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What the Critics Say: Pet Shop Boys at the Proms

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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 29 to August 5

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The China Philharmonic plays Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky at the 2014 BBC Proms.
    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. 31, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "In Memoriam" by Leo Dangel, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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