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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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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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Garry Schyman

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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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.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: stories of instruments

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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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Musician Gorkem Sen plays some beautiful, atmospheric music on an ... instrument of some kind. It's huge. And we have no idea what it is. Do you know?

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Rachel Hutton weighs in on #Grapegate

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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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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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  • 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.
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Poem: "Moment" by Margaret Gibson, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, November 23, 2014.
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