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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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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

In 'Self & Others,' portrait painters still thrive in the age of selfies

In the age of the selfie, the self-portrait snapped on a phone then shared on-line, it might seem that there is no longer a place for portrait painters. But the artists involved in "Self & Others," a show that opens at the Instinct Gallery on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, say otherwise.

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Black performance art energizes the Walker

Tonight marks the opening of "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" at the Walker Art Center, and the museum is calling it a groundbreaking survey of the last 50 years.

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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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Moveable Feast: Sustainability

The word 'sustainability' is heard often; John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss sustainability in the context of eating out.

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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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What the Critics Say: Pet Shop Boys at the Proms

Luke Taylor

Posted July 24, by Luke Taylor

Perhaps best known as electro-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe made their Proms debut as composers on July 23. Reviews of their work, a tribute to computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing, were widely positive. What's more, BBC Radio 3 has made it possible for you to listen to the concert for 30 days.

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Video: Lang Lang and LeBron

Luke Taylor

Posted July 24, by Luke Taylor

Superstars of the keys and the key, respectively, pianist Lang Lang and basketball star LeBron James have fun and entertain the fans at sponsored events in China.

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How many ways can you hold a violin in a promo shot?

Jay Gabler

Posted July 24, by Jay Gabler

You can stand ready to play your violin...or you can actually play it.

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

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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 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. 25, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Ice Cream Truck" by Terri Kirby Erickson, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, July 25, 2014.
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