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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  • String Quartet No. 2: II 9:36 E.J. Moeran
    Vanbrugh Quartet
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  • Quelle est cette odeur agreable? 9:30 Traditional French
    Musica Intima
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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's top five game soundtracks of 2014
Top Score, which is part of the Infinite Guest podcast network, is counting down the best game soundtracks of 2014. A score's creativity, ingenuity, execution, and implementation were all taken into account.
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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.
The Writer’s Almanac for December 24, 2014
The sun came up chased by dogs Across a field of snow. As they passed the pile of broken logs Frost fluttered in the air Between the birch trees Standing in that spot exactly Where the ridge becomes a hill. In another thousand years Sky and woods and land Will have come to be there,... Read more »
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Michael Keaton in Birdman

How classical music torpedoed 'Birdman' composer's chances at an Oscar

Despite critical acclaim, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that the innovative Birdman score is ineligible for Oscar consideration. Why? Because the movie contains too much classical music.

  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and CarolsA Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
    Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.
  • Trio Mediaeval, 'Aquilons'New Classical Tracks: Rich harmonies, from just three voices
    Carols and Advent music are part of the new disc from the Norwegian group Trio Mediaeval, whose "instrument" is a blend of three women's voices. Hear samples of 'Aquilonis' on this week's New Classical Tracks; you can also enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
  • White ChristmasFlicks in Five: 'White Christmas'
    Irving Berlin's song, 'White Christmas', premiered on radio and starred in two motion pictures; Bing Crosby's version made the Guinness Book of World Records for its millions of sales. On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear that beloved song.
  • Dan WascoeMusic with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe
    Retired Star Tribune columnist Dan Wascoe is also a pianist and composer. He a man full of surprises. He shares his story and playlist on today's Music with Minnesotans.
  • SherlockThe ten best TV scores of 2014
    It's often said that television is having a good run lately with long-form storytelling and mini-series packages attracting top-tier content. What's less often recognized is that television score composition is also having a renaissance.
  • Emily ReeseTop Score's top five game soundtracks of 2014
    Top Score, which is part of the Infinite Guest podcast network, is counting down the best game soundtracks of 2014. A score's creativity, ingenuity, execution, and implementation were all taken into account.
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski orchestra hall 2014Polish government honors former Minn. Orchestra director Skrowaczewski
    Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has awarded the former Minnesota Orchestra music director with the Grand Cross of the Order of Reborn Poland in honor of contributions to Polish culture.
  • Composer Roy Zu-AretsNextNotes on Learning to Listen
    The American Composers Forum has a new program for high school composers called NextNotes. Minnesota composers Libby Larsen, Joe Horton and Joshua Clausen join Learning to Listen this week to talk about students and composing.
  • philip brunelle and dessaDessa: Something Old And Something New, Suitable For Choir
    Watch the singer and rapper perform "Skeleton Key" and "The Good Fight" with the VocalEssence choir.

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Vanska and Keefe announce engagement

Emily Reese

Posted December 24, by Emily Reese

According to each of their personal Facebook accounts, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä and Concertmaster Erin Keefe have announced they are engaged to one another.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted December 23, by Jennifer Allen

Programming highlights for December 23 to 30.

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'Mozart in the Jungle' full season now streaming on Amazon

Jay Gabler

Posted December 23, by Jay Gabler

Here's your holiday TV binge, classical music fans: today, Amazon released the full first season of Mozart in the Jungle, their new original series based on the controversial 2005 memoir of oboist Blair Tindall.

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Click on Classical: Blissfully melancholy Christmas, best film scores of 2014, and music for silents

Click on Classical this Weekend: Blue Christmas, Abbie Betinis and Robert Ball

New York Polyphony's 'Sing Thee Nowell' nominated for Grammy Award

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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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Carol with Classical

Carol with Classical MPR

On Friday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m., join us for Carol with Classical MPR, a new special featuring beloved carols. It culminates with a special live broadcast at 4 p.m., featuring The Singers vocal ensemble.

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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

    Programming highlights from December 23 to 30

    Tuesday, 10 am: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Handel's Messiah.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7 pm: Rose Ensemble: And Glory Shone Around.
    Wednesday, 9 am: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from Cambridge, England.
    Wednesday, 11 am: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
    Wednesday, 5 pm: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (repeat).
    Wednesday, 7 pm: Carol with Classical MPR.
    Saturday, 12 noon: The Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's La Traviata.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Holiday Highlights.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in music of Beethoven and John Adams.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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