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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: 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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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

Why 'Over the Rainbow' is such a great song

75 years ago today, Judy Garland recorded "Over the Rainbow." This version was released as a single and is different than the performance used in "The Wizard of Oz" which was released a month later.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Black men talk sexuality in ‘AKA: Fathers/Sons’

If we want to get better at having difficult conversations, we have to practice. That idea is at the heart of "AKA Fathers/Sons," a piece created by Harry Waters Jr, his son Jordon Waters, and Kevin "Kaoz" Moore.

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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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31 Days of Classical, Day 28: a romp in the solar system

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.

  • Yannick Nezet-Seguin conductingMorning Glories: Five Young Conductors
    Five of the most visible leaders in the classical world today are the focus of this week's Morning Glories. We'll hear five enormous pieces to celebrate the colossal talent and potential of these titans.
  • tchaikovsky31 Days of Classical, Day 27: HERE I AM, I AM C MAJOR
    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.
  • Arvo Part31 Days of Classical, Day 26: "Summa" time
    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.
  • NeuronsHow I use classical music to stimulate my creative brain
    Did I ever tire of the same music every day? No. That's the thing about classical music: there's always something new to hear.
  • Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter GelbLabor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers
    The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.
  • Thomas Tallis31 Days of Classical, Day 25: Do your soul a favor
    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.
  • sustainable farming by nancy robinsonMoveable Feast: Sustainability
    The word 'sustainability' is heard often; John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss sustainability in the context of eating out.
  • cellist david finckel pianist wu hanRegional Spotlight: David Finckel and Wu Han
    The Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano from a Schubert Club Music in the Park series concert given last year is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • minnehaha falls families pose rushing waterThe music of Minnehaha Falls
    'Song of Hiawatha' poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow never saw the 53-foot waterfall mentioned in his poem, but Longfellow fan Antonin Dvořak did -- and was inspired to describe its beauty in music.

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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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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

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

Luke Taylor

Posted July 27, by Luke Taylor

The Star Tribune's Kristin Tillotson has written a profile piece about Classical MPR's Choral Works Initiative manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, calling him "a charismatic man from Tennessee" who puts the cool in choral.

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Stephen Hough's tasty tweets

Luke Taylor

Posted July 25, by Luke Taylor

In addition to being one of the world's leading concert pianists, Stephen Hough is also a talented composer and gifted writer. It also turns out that this renaissance man loves food, and he tweets about it often. View this sampling of menu items Stephen Hough has shared via Twitter.

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What the Critics Say: Pet Shop Boys at the Proms

Video: Lang Lang and LeBron

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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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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 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: writer Charlotte Sullivan.

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. 28, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Away!" by Robert Frost, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, July 28, 2014.
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