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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: PAX East 2014 Recap
Emily Reese, host of Top Score, recently spent a weekend in Boston with 70,000 video game enthusiasts at the PAX East Conference. In this week's episode of Top Score, Emily Reese shares some of her experiences and fun finds from PAX East.
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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

Neil Young embraces ancient technology

Today's Morning Edition music is a recording of Neil Young doing Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country." It has a distinct low fidelity sound by design. It's from Young's new album "A Letter Home" which was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph direct to vinyl recording booth.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Does a good poet make for a good employee? Izzy’s thinks so.

Izzy’s, the Twin Cities ice cream chain, is marking National Poetry Month by hosting a “Haiku Hiring Party.” Its goal is to hire 25 new employees who can start working in May, just as orders for cones and cups start to surge. Interested applicants are asked to submit an entry “in the form of an…

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  • 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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Top Score: PAX East 2014 Recap

Emily Reese, host of Top Score, recently spent a weekend in Boston with 70,000 video game enthusiasts at the PAX East Conference. In this week's episode of Top Score, Emily Reese shares some of her experiences and fun finds from PAX East.

  • lauren stringer when stravinsky met nijinskyInterview: Lauren Stringer, 'When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky'
    Children's author Lauren Stringer loves the explosive charge in the arts at the beginning of the 20th century. She captures one of those moments in her book, When Stravinsky met Njinsky. The book provides the framework for a special Friends and Family concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday, April 27. Stringer talks to Classical MPR's Alison Young.
  • Standing ovationA performer's perspective: Skip the standing o, send me an e-mail
    Standing ovations are a popular topic to gripe about in the classical music world. How do performers themselves feel about this issue?
  • jason vieaux play album coverNew Classical Tracks: Because he loves to 'Play'
    Jason Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music for the past 18 years. Vieaux teaches and performs because he loves to play guitar. That passion is front and center in the title of Vieaux's newest solo recording, 'Play'.
  • Dale Warland SingersChoral Hero: Dale Warland's Minnesota Voices
    On Tuesday, April 22, at 8 p.m., Classical MPR presents a special program featuring the archival recordings by the Dale Warland Singers in a cappella performances of works by Minnesota composers.
  • Still from GoldfingerFlicks in Five: John Barry
    While John Barry's Oscars and Oscars nominations came from love stories and epics, Barry's first big movie break came when a fellow composer was struggling to find a theme for a movie's main character. Bond. James Bond.
  • John Waddle, celloMusic with Minnesotans: John Waddle
    With patience and dedication, John Waddle makes violins, violas and cellos of distinction and beauty.
  • Marissen's bookNew book raises question: Is Handel's "Messiah" anti-Judaic?
    "Writing this book was not fun," says Michael Marissen at the end of the introduction to his new book, "Tainted Glory in Handel's 'Messiah'" (Yale University Press). Marissen is referring both to the arduous historical research the volume required and to the fact that being its author puts him in the role of splashing cold water on the world's adoration for one of the most popular musical works of all time: Handel's towering oratorio on the life of Christ.
  • Harmony in the ParkHarmony in the Park 2014: 3 days of Choral Music in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth
    The land of 10,000 choirs has never sounded so good. This year, Classical MPR presents Harmony in the Park to the third power, with dates in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth.
  • Chiara Margarita CozzolaniChiara Margarita Cozzolani on Learning to Listen
    Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602 - ca. 1676-78) was a Benedictine nun in the early Baroque who wrote wonderful music. Hear music she wrote for Easter performed by Magnificat on today's Learning to Listen.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted April 23, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from April 22 to 29 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: luthier John Waddle. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature. Tuesday, 8 pm: Choral Hero: Dale Warland's Minnesota Voices. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight:...

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Beloved as he is in Minnesota, Osmo Vanska still needs a job

Luke Taylor

Posted April 22, by Luke Taylor

Osmo Vanska has been enjoying a number of guest-conductor gigs. But the hard reality remains: Vanska needs a job. Where he'll find one is still an unanswered question.

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Click on Classical: Gregorian chant gets a remix, composers pair up, and listeners pick the best choral work of all time

Jay Gabler

Posted April 21, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at about 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to discuss some of the stories we're featuring on our site. Here are the stories we'll be talking about today.

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Click on Classical: Pops with chops, most popular composers

Casual Conversations Vol. 2 - Craig Hella Johnson

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity: Showcase Round

Join us on Sunday, April 27th at the Fitzgerald Theater for the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round. We'll feature the 5 perfroming artists and 2 composers will debut their work at this free concert, which will also be broadcast live on Classical MPR.

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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 April 22 to 29


    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: luthier John Waddle.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.
    Tuesday, 8 pm: Choral Hero: Dale Warland's Minnesota Voices.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: pianist Inon Barnatan, from a recent Chopin Society recital.
    Thursday, 8 pm: The Metropolitan Symphony and Minnesota Chorale perform Mahler's Resurrection Symphony.
    Saturday, noon: Metropolitan Opera: Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Hector Olivera in Concert.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Emanuel Ax plays Brahms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    Sunday, 5 pm: Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Why Choral Music?
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight.

Minnesota Varsity Showcase Concert

April 27, 2014
Fitzgerald Theater

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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.
Apr. 24, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Elegy for a Walnut Tree" by W. S. Merwin, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, April 24, 2014.
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