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You can now listen to Classical and Choral Music on your iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) or Android device.

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12:00 am Music Through The Night®
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10:00 am Alison Young
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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: Jason Graves and 'The Order: 1886'
To compose the music for 'The Order: 1886', Jason Graves removed instruments that don't carry a heavy sound. Violins and high woodwinds were thrown out, and violas and cellos doubled up. Learn more about it on this week's episode of Top Score.
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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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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.
The Writer’s Almanac for March 2, 2015
In Istanbul, my ears three mornings heard the early call to prayer. At fuller light, heard birds then, water birds and tree birds, birds of migration. Like three knowledges, I heard them: incomprehension, sweetened distance, longing. When the body dies, where will they go, those migrant birds and prayer calls, as heat from sheets when... Read more »
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String Quartet, circa 1905

Learning to Listen: Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartets

Two members of the Cypress String Quartet join Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's "Middle String Quartets" - also known by the name of the Russian count who commissioned them, Andrey Razumovsky.

  • ToddlerActivities to do with young children while listening to classical music
    Young children enjoy moving and responding to all types of music - and listening to classical music is a good place to start. Watch as their joyful enthusiasm and imagination ignite, and you may enjoy the experience with them!
  • ordway_newMorning Glories: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
    This week, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra inaugurates a new chapter in its history. The SPCO stays at the Ordway in downtown St. Paul, but now they'll be playing in the brand-new Concert Hall -- a visually and acoustically striking space, specially designed to complement the sound and intimacy of a chamber orchestra. On Morning Glories, we'll join in the celebration with five SPCO performances, in recordings from the archive of Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
  • Magic FluteMet Opera: The Magic Flute
    Saturday, Feb. 28, at noon, we'll air the Metropolitan Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.
  • House of CardsInterview: Jeff Beal, 'House of Cards' composer
    As the third season of "House of Cards" debuts, read Garrett Tiedemann's interview with Jeff Beal, the show's composer.
  • advocatesMusic Education for Creativity
    With so much pressure on schools to improve test scores, music and the arts sometimes fall off the list of priorities. That's led advocates for music education to point out its benefits in the classroom.
  • FantasiaBach's Toccata and Fugue: The 'Fantasia' opener that drove Disney to abstraction
    With the "Toccata and Fugue" animation, Walt Disney planted a stake. "We have worlds to conquer here," Disney explained in discussing this segment, a masterpiece of abstract animation unlike anything else in his oeuvre. "We've got more in this medium than making people laugh."
  • Chef Jason HookMoveable Feast: Chef Inspiration
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss how some chefs find inspiration.
  • J.S. BachRegional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota
    A Bach gem from Cantata No. 82 performed by the Bach Society of Minnesota from a concert at Sundin Music Hall in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • Margaret MartinQ&A: Why Teaching Music Matters
    After a tumultuous period of her life, Margaret Martin turned her life around. She earned a doctorate in public health and founded The Harmony Project -- an LA-based non-profit that provides instruments and free lessons to kids in many of LA's toughest neighborhoods.

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Music Makes Us Whole

Music Makes Us Whole

Music learning is proven to support students. That can only happen when your school has a strong music program. Make sure every child in your community receives the boost music learning provides.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

On the Air This Week

Jennifer Allen

Posted January 27, by Jennifer Allen

Highlights from January 27 to February 3 Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member, MacPhail Center for Music. Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: choreographer Penelope Freeh. Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early...

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Music for Remembering

Luke Taylor

Posted January 27, by Luke Taylor

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a reflection on music's power to help us learn and remember.

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Click on Classical: Piano of the future, 'Mozart in the Jungle,' the soul of 'Selma'

Jay Gabler

Posted January 26, by Jay Gabler

Every Monday morning at 9:15, I join John Birge on Classical MPR to talk about stories we're featuring on our website. Here are the stories we'll be discussing today.

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Click on Classical this weekend: exercise, sun dogs and a trivia quiz

Is this the piano of the future? It sure looks like it

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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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Classical MPR Beta site

A New ClassicalMPR.org

We're beta testing a new website for Classical MPR. Please try it out and send us your feedback!

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2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

All Minnesota Varsity 2015 submissions are now posted online! Meet the talented musicians and peruse their submissions here.

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge

March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

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