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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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PAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.
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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

Dainty goat Yvette competes at State Fair

Each day during the Minnesota State Fair, we are introducing you to a different type of animal that you might encounter on the fairgrounds. This morning, there will be lots of goats on display during the 4-H competition. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the trainer of one of those goats, Johanna Jutz, who lives in Sibley County.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Walker Artist Dread Scott speaks out on Ferguson

Dread Scott, one of the artists featured in the Walker Art Center‘s “Radical Presence” exhibition, has written an essay for the museum criticizing the actions of police in Ferguson, and looking at the cultural ramifications of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Scott says people are increasingly questioning the legitimacy of the police and other…

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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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On the Classical MPR stage: Ancia Saxophone Quartet

The members of the Ancia Saxophone Quartet are first-timers to the Classical MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair. Get to know them before they perform at the Fair on Friday, Aug. 22.

  • state fair food building axel s bull bitesMoveable Feast: State Fair food, 2014 edition
    It's State Fair time, which means it's time to try some new comestible inventions created just for the occasion. That's why John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about State Fair foods on this week's Moveable Feast.
  • the simpsonsA Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon
    From its start nearly 25 years ago, 'The Simpsons' was different. Not only was it animated, it had a wealth of voice actors and writing talent. It was highly intelligent, absurdly funny and more than occasionally touching. Not surprisingly, classical music has come up often on the show. Here's a guide to that music, ahead of an upcoming 'Simpsons' TV marathon.
  • Aaron Fagerstrom, age 17, in Honors RecitalRegional Spotlight: Highlights from the Young Artist World Piano Festival
    Two teenage pianists were featured at the Young Artist World Piano Festival last summer. Their "beyond their years" performances are in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • dolce wind quintet state fairOn the Classical MPR Stage: The Dolce Wind Quintet
    The members of the Dolce Wind Quintet have a strong relationship with MPR, having performed as Class Notes artists in schools around the state. On Thursday, Aug. 21, Dolce Wind Quintet will perform at the MPR booth at the State Fair. Learn more about this ensemble.
  • washington state convention center seattlePAX Prime 2014 Preview on Top Score (Part One)
    Imagine yourself in a stadium filled with 70,000 fans. That's how many video game fans travel to Seattle during Labor Day weekend for the PAX Prime video game convention. I'll be there hosting a panel called Maestros of Video Games.
  • hitp mankato - 4Harmony in the Park in pictures and video
    Here's a fun look back: Harmony in the Park delighted audiences in Minneapolis, Mankato and Duluth back in June. Each day, the weather threatened, but the air cleared just in time for each concert. Enjoy these photos by freelance photographer Bill Hickey.
  • Sunset on campusWhat does a music major listen to for relaxation?
    As a music major at the tail end of my college career, I've led a rewarding, though exhausting, last few years. The time I spend practicing piano (my main instrument), going to lessons, classes, rehearsals, and studying - not to mention working a part-time job - can add up to 16-hour days, most of it filled with music. So it amazes me that after all that activity, listening to music is still the way that I choose to relax.
  • ljova melting riverNew Classical Tracks: Ljova, 'Melting River'
    Violist and composer Lev Zhurbin, aka Ljova, has released a new album -- and it's only available on vinyl or via digital download. Why not on CD? Ljova explains as he shares the story of his new album.
  • Still from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New HopeFlicks in Five: Star Wars
    John Williams provided the music for sci-fi's equivalent of The Ring Cycle, "Star Wars." Six films and billions of dollars later, Williams' music stands as some of the best movie music of all time.

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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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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted August 20, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from August 19 to 26 Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Bookstore owners Joe and Mary Keyes. Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight. Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Discovering Dieterich Buxtehude. Sunday, noon: From the Top. Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast:...

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Click on Classical: Musical brain surgery, a horn story, and a conductor swimsuit competition

Jay Gabler

Posted August 18, 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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Watch Maestro Bill Eddins's swimsuit competition video

Jay Gabler

Posted August 15, by Jay Gabler

Yesterday I posted news of an opera conductor swimsuit competition being held by the blog Opera Candy. It seemed unlikely that any serious conductor would accept the blog's invitation to submit a swimsuit video, but the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Bill Eddins has in fact tendered a submission.

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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

Nine Nights of Music: Ukrainian Village Band

August 26, 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.
Aug. 22, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "You're the Top" by Tony Hoagland, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, August 22, 2014.
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