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
- Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Compline Choir
The Twin Cities Compline Choir gathers for a monastic service that dates from the 6th century, a service for the close of the day or Compline.April 26, 2012
- New Classical Tracks - Water Night
Eric Whitacre is a choir geek and he's so proud of it he's created tee shirts that you can purchase on his web site that read "Choir geeks of the world unite!"April 17, 2012
- Regional Spotlight: St. Olaf College Choir
The St Olaf Choir celebrated its 100 anniversary with a mid-winter tour. The highlights of which are in this week's Regional Spotlight. Anton Armstrong leads the choir and orchestra of St Olaf College students in the Bach motet: Sing to the Lord a New Song, and the world premiere of a work written especially for the centennial celebration of the St Olaf Choir by St Olaf alumnus, Minnesota composer, Ralph M. Johnson: On Horizon's Brim.March 15, 2012
Test Your Knowledge
Test your knowledge of choral music, composers, and terminology.
From the Classical Notes blog
HOPE: A Choral Tribute to Nelson Mandela
I am having an extraordinarily difficult time writing about the loss of this great leader... "Where words fail, music speaks." ~Hans Christian Anderson How Can I Keep From Singing Oh, Yini Prayer of the Children Enjoy the Silence...
Finally! Professional Development for Choral Conductors
Minnesota choral artists The Singers have launched a new education initiative during their 10th anniversary season. The Conductor's Lab Choir will give Twin Cities-area high school choral directors the opportunity to work with Artistic Director and Founder Dr. Matthew Culloton,...
Before we begin, you must watch this video of the Florida State University AcaBelles... Let me start by giving a shout out to my alma mater (FSU) and the AcaBelles for being recognized by the Huffington Post. Also, let me...
Veterans Day Choral Tribute
This is definitely one of my favorite patriotic choral arrangements! Kudos to the American Choral Directors Association for having the Vocal Majority perform at their 50th Anniversary conference. These guys are AMAZING! You know who else is amazing? All the...
Composer Spotlight Vol. 1: Jake Runestad
When I came to Minneapolis for my interview with VocalEssence, one of the first people to show me around the twin cities was "local" composer Jake Runestad. Little did I know that the word local was not an accurate word...
Snow after midnight...
Southern boys don't get to experience snow very often. That's why I decided to stop by the office tonight; to get my first swing at this Minnesota winter (I told y'all I was crazy). I knocked back a few Monsters...
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...