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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.

Latest Episode

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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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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Photos: Betsy Bowen printing up something new

For her most recent book, "Plant a Pocket of Prairie," Betsy Bowen says she tried something new, layering woodcut prints of prairie grasses and adding free-hand painting.

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MPR News State of the Arts

After five years, State of the Arts comes to a close

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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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.
Ryan Walsh, Classical's Cool

New Classical Tracks: Ryan Walsh, 'Classical's Cool'

As a lot of people are traveling for Thanksgiving, Julie Amacher shares the music of a guitarist she discovered while waiting in the airport in Portland, Ore. It's fitting that guitarist Ryan Walsh was playing in an airport; his music incorporates styles he learned during his extensive travels. Plus, you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

  • Still from Miracle on 34th StreetFlicks in Five: Miracle on 34th Street
    The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in New York City, 'Miracle on 34th Street' was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.
  • William CraftMusic with Minnesotans: William Craft
    William Craft is the President of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He's sung in choirs all his life and brings an English professor's love of words to an all-choral playlist.
  • ToddlerKids and classical music: It's as simple as having fun
    There's no trick to raising a child with an appreciation for classical music. You don't need Baby Einstein or Baby Mozart or some other gimmick that promises to enhance your child's neurological development through Beethoven.
  • Nikki GiovanniPass the poetry and the pumpkin pie
    Giving Thanks, the annual Thanksgiving special hosted by Classical MPR's John Birge, is a poets' corner of sorts this year, featuring work by Nikki Giovanni, Maya Angelou and Dylan Thomas, among others. "A lot of things came together that I wasn't even necessarily planning," Birge says.
  • The Strings FamilyClass Notes: The Strings Family
    In the Class Notes video "Choosing the Right Instrument for You: The Strings Family," we are introduced to an eccentric, outdated computer named Tommis, who provides an overview of the violin, viola, cello, double bass, and the harp.
  • Mark Russell Smith and the GTCYSSchool Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding school and student music ensembles. This week's spotlight is on the Symphony Orchestra of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.
  • BabeHow Babe the Sheep-Pig introduced me to Saint-Saens
    Music sneaks up on us occasionally. I love it when it does. I'm astonished when I meet someone who doesn't really pay much attention to the music around him.
  • Embarkation of the PilgrimsLearning to Listen: Earlye American Musick
    What happens to music when you put 102 people on a boat and send them to establish a colony in a new world? We'll explore that in this week's Learning to Listen, a special for Thanksgiving.
  • plaque, bily clocks museum, dvorak, iowaMorning Glories: Dvorak's visit to America's heartland
    During Thanksgiving week, as Americans celebrate the harvest, we'll hear four of the "American" pieces that have their roots in Antonin Dvořák's historic visit to America and its heartland.

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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.

Holiday program schedule

Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

Unexpected yet welcome music for traveling

Luke Taylor

Posted November 26, by Luke Taylor

Thanksgiving week is one of the year's busiest travel periods in the United States. What music will accompany your journey? For those traveling by air, you might even encounter live music in an airport.

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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted November 25, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from November 24 to December 1 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater...

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Click on Classical: Chopin's heart exhumed, kids and classical, from Minnesota Varsity to Miss Music City

Jay Gabler

Posted November 24, 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 stories we'll be discussing today.

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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?
    Send a request
  • Programming Highlights

    Highlights from November 24 to December 1

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: William Craft, president of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Symphony Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 8 pm: Lucerne Festival: Vienna Philharmonic.
    Wednesday, 7 pm: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
    Thursday, 10 am: Giving Thanks with John Birge.
    Thursday, Noon: Thanksgiving with Cantus.
    Thursday, 3pm: Regional Spotlight: Pavel Kolesnikov plays Mozart, from a recent Chopin Society recital.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: New in Nashville.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Simon Rattle, from the 2014 Berlin Music Festival.
    Sunday, 5 pm: Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Symphonies by Haydn and Schubert, and Barber's Violin Concerto.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Tim Buzza, Music Specialist at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

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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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.
Nov. 26, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "The Window" by Raymond Carver, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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