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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: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"
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'Fluffy' Gabriel Iglesias talks about bringing his comedy to the big screen

Anyone who looks for Gabriel Iglesias on YouTube will find hours of material from the comedian, a 350-pound workaholic who for years has honed his craft before an audience.

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13 picks for the Guthrie’s next Artistic Director

The Board of Directors of the Guthrie Theater is conducting a search for its next Artistic Director. We asked people who they think should replace Joe Dowling, and here are the results, in alphabetical order. 1. Bain Boehlke: The founder and artistic director of The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Boehlke has been active in the…

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  • 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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31 Days of Classical, Day 24: Mozart at his darkest

31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

  • Composer Goomin NamTop Score: Composer Goomin Nam writes music of solitude
    South Korean composer Goomin Nam explores the emotions of longing and tranquility in his new soundtrack for the game "Monarch: Heroes of a New Age"
  • T-Bone BurnettT-Bone Burnett: Ten things to know about the movie and TV music giant
    For those who may be new to Burnett, who has had a long and rich career, here are ten things to know.
  • Sir Edward Elgar31 Days of Classical, Day 23: An authoritative cello
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Today, we're looking at the first movement of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto.
  • anne sophie mutter lambert orkis the silver albumNew Classical Tracks: Expect the Unexpected
    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis have released 'The Silver Album', a two-CD set featuring major sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, a few timeless encore pieces and a couple world-premiere recordings. The album celebrates their 25-year collaboration. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy.
  • out of africa soundtrack albumFlicks in Five: Meryl Streep, 'Out of Africa'
    Meryl Streep is widely considered to be the greatest living actress. She has garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other, although Katherine Hepburn has won more Oscars. Lynne Warfel looks at 'Out of Africa', for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
  • Kate An Hunter and CurryMusic with Minnesotans: Kate An Hunter
    Kate An Hunter is a big-hearted veterinarian. Her playlist is full of large orchestral works. Music as large as many of the animals she treats.
  • Learning scalesConfessions of an amateur musician
    I will never be a great, or even a pretty good, clarinet player. I will never zip up and down scales, double-tonguing effortlessly and gliding with ease through cadenzas, pulling emotions out of world-weary listeners. Yet I continue to push against these limits, worrying at them like a dog chewing on a nylabone.
  • National Youth OrchestraCarnegie Hall Live: National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America makes its Carnegie Hall debut in an electrifying program that begins with Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, a great American work that pulses with fiery rhythms but also includes some of the most tender love music ever written. Tune in July 22 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m ET to hear this incredible live performance.
  • Domenico Scarlatti31 Days of Classical, Day 22: Drama and a feeling of grandeur
    Domenico wrote 555 keyboard sonatas. Five hundred and fifty-five. To be fair, many are quite short, but each is constructed like a master carpenter would build a house.

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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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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

3 Fun Facts about Eric Whitacre's Virtual Youth Choir

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Posted July 23, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Youth Choir could potentially reach over 1 billion people.

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Daniel Barenboim and Mariam Said issue joint statement on Israel and Palestine conflict

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Posted July 23, by Jay Gabler

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said as a youth ensemble uniting musicians from countries across the Middle East and Europe, aiming to promote intercultural understanding. Via Facebook, Barenboim and Said's widow Mariam have issued a joint statement on current events in Israel and Palestine.

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Posted July 22, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from July 22 to 29 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter. Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from...

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Minnesota Varsity alumnus Evren Ozel is a finalist at the Cooper International Competition

Click on Classical: Sopranos speak out, reports from the Range, and rock meets Bach

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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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  • 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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    Highlights from July 22 to 29

    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: veterinarian Kate An Hunter.
    Tuesday, 7 pm: Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han play Debussy, from a 2013 Music in the Park recital.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Bach's the Best.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Music for Two Violinists and Orchestra, played by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

Nine Nights of Music: Dick Hensold Band

July 29, 2014
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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. 24, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "What the Doctor Said" by Raymond Carver, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, July 24, 2014.
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