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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

9 summertime gardening tips of the trade

Green-thumbed gurus answer questions and offer advice for Minnesota gardeners.

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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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Minnesota Orchestra fills out holiday, pops and family schedule

The Minnesota Orchestra fills out the rest of its 2014-15 performance schedule by revealing the Live at Orchestra Hall series, its holiday concert offerings, and the family concerts. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the full story.

  • Ecuador v France: Group E - 2014 FIFA World Cup BrMoveable Feast: Vive la France
    With Bastille Day swiftly approaching on July 14, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about area options for French cuisine.
  • Frederic Chopin31 Days of Classical, Day 11: a gorgeous gem of piano
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 11, a gorgeous gem of piano from Chopin.
  • matt lammers aspen festival 1Matt Lammers: From Minnesota Varsity to Aspen Music Festival
    Performance Today host Fred Child is in Aspen, Colo., to record a series of programs on his show, and he happened to bump into Matt Lammers, a 2011 Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artist.
  • Jacques OggRegional Spotlight: Jacques Ogg and friends
    A work by a "wildman" of the 18th century, Francesco Veracini, gets the star treatment in a performance with Jacques Ogg and friends.
  • Giants Ridge golf courseReports from the Range: Bunking up at the Northern Lights Music Festival
    Summer classical music festival: this phrase hints at extravagance and a certain bohemian atmosphere, I think. A bunch of artists getting together in the off-season, probably in a picturesque location, enjoying festivities because it is a festival, after all.
  • mill city summer opera rehearsal ToscaMill City Summer Opera: Tosca on the Mississippi
    Mill City Summer Opera started two years ago with a new idea: Grand opera, performed outdoors, in the industrial ruins at the Mill City Museum. This year, Mill City Summer Opera presents Puccini's 'Tosca', and some of the singers visited John Birge to sing and to talk about the performance.
  • sleeping womanTop 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".
  • Shostakovich31 Days of Classical, Day 10: Quintessential Shostakovich
    31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR. Day 10, we listen to the quintessential Shostakovich.
  • summertime music festivalsFind a Summer Music Festival
    Summertime in the Upper Midwest brings a number of classical music festivals and other seasonal offerings to Classical MPR's listening region. Use our list and maps to find a festival near you -- or to find a musical reason to take a summer road trip.

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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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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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On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted July 09, by Jennifer Allen

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,...

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Holst and hops: Bells Brewery releasing beers inspired by "The Planets"

Click on Classical: Polytonal pyrotechnics, Google Glass at the opera, and a "Lawn Mower Opus"

Casual Conversations: Vol. 4 - Tim Sharp

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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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