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 2013 holiday programming, and be sure to enjoy our online stream of holiday classics through January 1.
Holiday Classics Stream
In this podcast, host Emily Reese takes an in-depth listen to video game music and talks with the people who make it.
Composer Olivier Derivière blended his own original music with traditional Haitian music for the score to Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry.
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.Submit Your Recording
Doris Kearns Goodwin sees parallels between the two presidents' problems.Read More
What’s in a number? Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s latest production, “The Sexual Lives of Savages,” looks at our relationships and the sexual politics that arise when a man finds out he has a lot less experience in bed than his girlfriend. Critics generally agree that the show is well-directed, but the script needs work. Where…Read More
The video is an homage, by Chicago composer and video artist Patrick Lidell, to composer Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. Lucier's original piece uses two tape recorders and, as his "instrument," the room in which he sat. The composer recorded a short narration and then played that back from one tape recorder to another. Each repetition resulted in a slow and steady degradation until the only sound left was the haunting natural resonance of the room.
Have you had an unconventional holiday? You're not alone. Some holidays don't turn out the way we intend them to... then again, some family holiday celebrations are a little goofy to begin with.Share your unconventional holiday story with us
Minnesota Varsity is a high school-level Classical music showcase for classical, musical theater performance students and composers from Minnesota and surrounding areas. Entries will be accepted through January 9, 2014 at 9 a.m.
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Highlights from Dec. 3 to 10
Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Brad Ollman, St. Anthony Park Elementary School.
Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Museum docent Carol Rudie.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Brad Ollmann, St. Anthony Park Elementary School.
Wednesday, 8 pm: Advent Voices.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Music of Salomone Rossi performed by Consortium Carissimi.
Thursday, 8 pm: Wonder Tidings: Holiday Music of Stephen Paulus with Dale Warland.
Friday, 8 pm: The Rose Ensemble: Â¡Vamos a Belen!
Saturday, 11:30 am: Metropolitan Opera: Verdi's Rigoletto.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Swiss Mix.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin.
Sunday, 3 pm: St. Olaf Christmas Festival, live from Northfield.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Schubert's Winterreise.
Monday, 8 pm: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: From October 2013, Christian Zacharias, with a program of Stravinsky, Mozart, Ives, and Schubert.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: The Breck Chamber Players.
Tuesday, 5:30 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Bill Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead.
Tuesday, 8 pm: Welcome Christmas!
Tuesday, 9:15 pm: School Spotlight: The Breck Chamber Players.