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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.

Latest Episode

Top Score: Oleksa Lozowchuk's 'Bright Sadness'
A fascinating man with a deeply genuine love of music, Oleksa Lozowchuk is best known in the video-game world for scoring the humorous and addicting 'Dead Rising 3'. This week on Top Score, he speaks to Emily Reese about his album 'Bright Sadness' and about his many musical influences and interests.
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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

Pop Till We Drop: E-Books vs. print books

In this episode, generational views on gender roles, and why Tess and Shelby choose actual books over e-books.

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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.
Author Edward Kelsey Moore

The perfect sentence to describe a feeling: an essay by Edward Kelsey Moore

A torturous, three-and-a-half-hour gig provided author Edward Kelsey Moore with a phrase that he still uses, a decade later, to express his relief upon reaching the end of a bumpy stretch in his life, musical or non-musical. Maybe it can work for you, too.

  • Matthew KrageMusic Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Matthew Krage, Director of Choirs and Director of Theatre at Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.
  • Stephen Paulus celebrates his 60th birthdayStephen Paulus wrote and shared glorious music
    The Minnesota composer made accessible music that explored new ideas. He wrote pieces that players could play, but also challenged them. Paulus died Sunday. MPR News' Dan Olson has more.
  • Philip BrunellePhilip Brunelle reflects on the legacy of Stephen Paulus
    The Twin Cities classical composer produced an impressive volume of scores, operas and choral pieces. "He had a wonderful, beautiful sense of the style," recalls the artistic director of VocalEssence.
  • Stephen PaulusRemembering Stephen Paulus
    Composer Stephen Paulus passed away Sunday at the age of 65. People from throughout the music world share their thoughts about Paulus. You are invited to share your own memories and reflections.
  • leigh kamman stephen paulusLearning to Listen Memorial: Stephen Paulus and Leigh Kamman
    On today's Learning to Listen we remember the legacies of composer Stephen Paulus and radio host Leigh Kamman.
  • cello sectionMorning Glories: Cello Celebration
    This week, we'll bring you the first in a series of essays written exclusively for our website by best-selling author and cellist Edward Kelsey Moore. That's why on this week's Morning Glories, we feature five pieces celebrating the sonorous voice of the cello.
  • Stephen PaulusIn Memoriam: Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus
    Pipedreams host Michael Barone shares his personal reflection on the life and work of Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus (Aug. 24, 1949 - Oct. 19, 2014).
  • Stephen PaulusTwin Cities composer Stephen Paulus dies at 65
    MPR News has confirmed the passing of Stephen Paulus. Paulus was among Minnesota's leading classical composers. He wrote hundreds of works -- including nearly 60 orchestral scores, 10 operas and 150 choral pieces.
  • leigh kammanJazz radio legend Leigh Kamman dies at 92
    Kamman began his broadcasting career in Minnesota in 1939. He worked in New York City during the 1950s, where he interviewed such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

Click on Classical: ​A musician's best friend, how to get to Carnegie Hall, and the woes of wedding gigs

Jay Gabler

Posted October 20, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning, I visit the Classical MPR studio to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories Alison Young and I will be discussing this morning.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: share your scary music picks

Steve Staruch

Posted October 17, by Steve Staruch

Help us create the perfect soundtrack for Halloween by sending in your ideas for Creepy Classics.

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Karl Jenkins will write a piece for your choir to maybe perform at Carnegie Hall - if you win this competition

Jay Gabler

Posted October 16, by Jay Gabler

You'll want to get your choir in tune for a competition being run by music publisher Boosey and Hawkes. The choir that wins the competition will have a short piece written specially for them by Jenkins, and will have the opportunity to perform the piece at either Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center.

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

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 October 7 to 14

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Guitar teacher Gary Lee Joyner.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Willmar High School Cardinal Choir.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Artaria String Quartet plays music by Pleyel, from Sundin Hall.
    Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vanska conducts works by Richard Strauss, including Burleske with pianist Andrew Staupe.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: From Darkness to Light.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Remembering Stephen Paulus and Leigh Kamman.
    Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Bach and Haydn.
    Monday, 9:15 pm: The Composer's Voice: Stephen Paulus.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High School.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dale Warland and Dominick Argento discuss Seasons.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High School.

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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Classical MPR's 2014-15 Choral Series

November 6, 2014
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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. 21, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "I Think Constantly of Those Who Were Truly Great" by Michael Blumenthal, and the literary and historical notes for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
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