Choral Music from Classical MPR
Choral music is a treasured part of Minnesota communities, and Classical MPR recognizes that vital piece of our local culture. That’s why we’re excited to continue our support for our choral audiences with our choral music initiative.
We've created our 24/7 choral stream for one reason: we love this music. We want to share our favorites and some beautiful surprises with you. What'll you hear? A big range from Palestrina to Pärt, spirituals to Schubert, and new work by Whitacre, Lauridsen, Paulus, and more wonderful contemporaries. You'll discover great professional choirs, college choirs, amateur choirs, church choirs... anytime you want! Hit the Feedback link and tell us what you'd like to hear more of. We'll update the stream regularly, so chime in. And enjoy the music!
The World's Finest Choirs
Classical MPR is bringing some of the world’s finest choirs to Minnesota. Upcoming concerts include:
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir — Friday, November 22, 2013
At the Cathedral of St. Paul.
Featuring a new piece by Minnesota composer Edie Hill, commissioned by Classical MPR for the EPCC and its U.S. tour.
At the Cathedral of St. Paul
At Target Center
Live Concert Broadcasts
Choral Concerts produced by Classical MPR
Sound engineers from MPR will attend area choral concerts to make recordings that can reach new audiences through broadcast and online services.
Save the date: on Thursday, June 5, 2014, Classical MPR presents the second installment of Harmony in the Park, a free outdoor choral festival at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.
Choral features from Classical MPR
- New Classical Tracks - A Mesmerizing Choral Blend
By superimposing traditional sacred music of Norway with classical church music, the Oslo Chamber Choir creates a unique choral experience.June 19, 2012
- Chorus America Opening Gala Concert
Where can one find ten Minnesota choir and vocal ensembles, singing all Minnesota composers, in one concert? It probably only happens once every 118 years, and it's happening Wednesday at Orchestra Hall for the Opening Gala Concert of Chorus America. Tune in to Classical MPR at 8 p.m. on June 13 to hear the entire concert.June 12, 2012
- Slideshow: 2012 Harmony in the Park
On Thursday, June 7, 2012, Minnesota Public Radio held its first Harmony in the Park, an annual, outdoor choral event. One Voice Mixed Chorus, the Minnesota Boychoir, and VocalEssence were all on hand. Enjoy these photos from the event.June 11, 2012
Test Your Knowledge
Test your knowledge of choral music, composers, and terminology.
From the Classical Notes blog
Finally! Professional Development for Choral Conductors
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Veterans Day Choral Tribute
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Composer Spotlight Vol. 1: Jake Runestad
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Snow after midnight...
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The Heart's Reflection - CD Review and an MPR Exclusive Note from the Composer
After listening to this album, I was simply blown away by Daniel Elder's beautiful harmonic language. I was so inspired by his music that I contacted him almost immediately to discuss his compositional journey. The artistry this ensemble exhibits is...
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