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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 Andrew Aversa
Hard-working composer Andrew Aversa shares his various experiences writing music for video games, and he also invites aspiring composers to get in touch with him for feedback and advice. Listen to the interview with this busy -- and very nice -- composer.
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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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Miranda July wants audiences to create the unexpected

When Miranda July debuts 'New Society' at the Walker Art Center, theater-goers can expect to participate.

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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.
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Introducing the Minneapolis Music Company

Mischa Santora, former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, is the artistic director of a new ensemble in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Music Company opens its new season this week.

  • Sleeping babyThe science of sleep: How relaxing music works
    Scientists have found that music can reduce sympathetic nervous system activity; decrease anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate; and possibly have positive effects on sleep in regards to muscle relaxation and distraction from vexing thoughts.
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    Joining Alison Young in the Classical MPR studio are actors Edwin Strout and Karen Landry and pianist Irina Elkina from Park Square Theatre's production of '33 Variations'.
  • The Mirandola EnsembleMeet Class Notes Artist: The Mirandola Ensemble
    The Mirandola Ensemble is visiting schools around the Twin Cities as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.
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    Guitarist Milos Karadaglic has just released his fourth and what he refers to as his most ambitious recording yet. This recording is a personal homage to musicians and composers who changed the course of history for the guitar.
  • king kong 1933Flicks in Five: 'King Kong'
    Deemed culturally, historically and aesthetically significant by the Library of Congerss in 1991, 'King Kong' is also known for its musical score, composed by Max Steiner.
  • Mitch PearlsteinMusic with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein
    The founder of the Center of the American Experiment, Mitch Pearlstein, shares an eclectic playlist ranging from musicals to Messiah.
  • MYSSchool Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies
    School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school and student music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from the Symphony and Repertory Orchestras of Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
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    While on vacation, Steve Staruch and his wife made plans to visit Walden Pond. They ended up experiencing something far beyond what they imagined.
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    Instruments create some of the most beautiful sounds in the world. But with Halloween approaching, this week's Learning to Listen focuses on some of the stranger, spookier sounds in music.

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Meryl Streep to play not one but two opera singers

Elena See

Posted October 29, by Elena See

The award-winning actress is to star in two films about two different opera singers: Florence Foster Jenkins and Maria Callas.

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Posted October 28, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from October 28 to November 4 Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein, founder of the Center of the American Experiment. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Wednesday,...

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Casting Call: Which actors would play these composers?

Luke Taylor

Posted October 28, by Luke Taylor

In an imagined series of biographical films about the lives of composers, here is a shortlist of actors for the casting director to audition.

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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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  • 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 October 28 to November 4

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Mitch Pearlstein, founder of the Center of the American Experiment.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: Minnesota Opera: Dominick Argento's The Dream of Valentino.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Verizon Hall Spotlight.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Michael Tilson Thomas and Jeremy Denk perform Beethoven and Copland with the San Francisco Symphony.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Jay Kernis.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Sue Bowcock, elementary music teacher, Owatonna.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Sue Bowcock, elementary music teacher, Owatonna.
    Tuesday, 8 pm: The Lucerne Festival.

2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

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November 6, 2014
The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis

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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.
Oct. 30, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "People Who Eat in Coffee Shops" by Edward Field, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, October 30, 2014.
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