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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.

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Top Score: Game Music Lullabies
When Jayson Napolitano wrote an article about game music to fall asleep to, he had no idea of the volume of response he'd receive. As a result, he created the album, "Game Music Lullabies".
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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

Andrew Litton pays tribute to Oscar Peterson

The Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest is underway. One of the highlights of the festival will be a tribute to the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson by Andrew Litton, who is in his 11th season as artistic director of the festival. He spoke with MPR's All Things Considered host, Tom Crann.

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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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Putting classical music where the people are

Bach in the Subways founder Dale Henderson describes how his volunteer network seeks to spread the beauty and calm of classical music around the globe.

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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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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

Minneapolis boy's handmade front-yard piano concert ad goes viral

Jay Gabler

Posted July 11, by Jay Gabler

Dylan Spoering, a young boy living in Uptown Minneapolis, is planning a piano concert tomorrow afternoon in his front yard - and a hand-made sign has earned him publicity he could never have dreamed of.

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Edvard and a Red Card

Luke Taylor

Posted July 10, by Luke Taylor

A Canadian video-production company put together a video parody that imagines what life would be like if we took dives in everyday activities the way some soccer players do on the pitch. And the music accompanying the action is by Edvard Grieg.

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Dale Warland & the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale

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Posted July 10, by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

The legendary Dale Warland will conduct Dominick Argento's rumored final choral work, Seasons, at the 2014 Minnesota Beethoven Festival. I give you an insider's look at how rehearsals are going.

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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 8 to 15


    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Kevin Ramach, General Director of the Minnesota Opera.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: music by Veracini, played by Jacques Ogg, Jaap ter Linden, and Wilbert Hazelzet.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: The Best Feet Forward.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic to play Beethoven.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.

Nine Nights of Music: Rockin' Rondo Jazz Quartet with Debbie Duncan

July 15, 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. 11, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "The Last Perfect Season" by Joyce Sutphen, and the literary and historical notes for Friday, July 11, 2014.
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