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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: John Broomhall's music for Transport Tycoon
This week on Top Score, Emily Reese interviews composer John Broomhall about the music he created for the game 'Transport Tycoon'.
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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

Pop Till We Drop: Yay for Sylvan Esso!

In this go-round, the 'Pop Till We Droppers' give their take on millennials and volunteering, attempt to define what the buzz phrase 'basic bitch' means, and become enveloped by the music of "Sylvan Esso."

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MPR News State of the Arts

Ivey Awards: and the winners are…

Tonight marked the first time an Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award has been shared by two theater professionals.

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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.
John Luther Adams

First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'

Even though public recognition has been too long in coming, John Luther Adams' music has found its rightful place, and the timing of a piece the composer explicitly links to environmental issues couldn't feel more urgent. Aesthetically and thematically, this is the time for Become Ocean.

  • AuditionMy orchestra audition gratitude challenge
    Auditions are usually stressful events, and by their nature disappointing for most of the people involved, so cultivating an attitude of gratitude (corny rhyme though it may be) is a good practice for classical musicians.
  • Steinway & Sons pianoLearning to Listen: Refining skills with piano etudes
    Pianist Alexander Braginsky from the University of Minnesota and Hamline University visits Learning to Listen to discuss the importance of piano etudes.
  • Whats in a TitleClass Notes: What's in a Title?
    The Class Notes video "What's in a Title?" offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.
  • music and learningMorning Glories: Music and Learning
    We're celebrating education this month at Classical Minnesota Public Radio, and throughout September have been playing music for and about learning. We're also working off-air to inspire the next generation of listeners, offering a series of videos and teaching tools to educators across the state. This week, we'll check out the music used in five of the videos.
  • voces8Voces8: Helping the next generation
    Education has been at the heart of Voces8 since its inception. The group members see it as their responsibility to help the next generation have success in music and in school. Listen to audio and watch videos that demonstrate this commitment.
  • minnesota orchestra viola sectionA violist's-eye view of the orchestra
    In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.
  • ImprovisationClass Notes: Freeing Music Improvisation
    This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.
  • man listeningYou liked that? Maybe you'll like this!
    We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved.
  • The cast ofMoveable Feasts: The Influence of Baby Boomers
    This week and next mark the 50th anniversary of a number of baby-boomer TV icons, including Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, and Bewitched. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about the Boomer generation and their impact on the foodie universe.

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River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

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Yukie Ota, 'Madame Butterfly', takes 2nd place at Nielsen Competition

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Posted September 22, by Fred Child

Yukie Ota took second place this weekend at the Carl Nielsen Flute Competition in Copenhagen. First place went to Swiss flutist Sebastian Jacot, who also faced some unexpected circumstances.

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Click on Classical: A viola speaks, a violin shreds, and a rousing debate about relaxation

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Posted September 22, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the pieces we'll be discussing today.

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No serenity means no Muti for Rome Opera

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Posted September 21, by Luke Taylor

Riccardo Muti quits as the Rome Opera's lead conductor after six years of ongoing funding, management and labor strife. Muti says he needs "serenity" to do his job effectively.

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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 September 9 to 16

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: The Minnesota Opera: Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica play Weinberg, from a recent Schubert Club performance.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kotzschmar Goings and Comings.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek and Dvorak.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Etudes.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature .
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry, Account Representative with Fireman's Fund.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.

The Rose Ensemble presents: 9th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 2, 2014
Assumption Catholic Church, Morris, Minn.

Classical Music Events

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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.
Sep. 22, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Names" by Danusha Laméris, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, September 22, 2014.
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