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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: 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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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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  • 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 February 27, 2015
The dead bee lies on the window ledge, a relic, its amber-yellow body barred in black and its head tucked in, dust gathering on every follicle and on the geodesic dome of the head—all tucked in and tucked away, so neat is death. And the many flies too, all sizes, lying on their sides as... Read more »
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Music 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.
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    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.
  • Dark Horse ConsortA musical Dark Horse
    Performing with little-known early instruments, specifically sackbuts and cornettos, Dark Horse Consort are a niche within the niche of early-music performers. They, along with the Rose Ensemble, join Alison Young in the studio for a performance and conversation.
  • Composer Jason GravesTop 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.
  • Curtain still rises for opera in a battle-scarred Ukrainian city
    Amid the intense gun battles, the lack of food and medicine that teeters on becoming a humanitarian crisis -- there is one bright light. And that's at the Donetsk Opera House, where cast and crew still put on performances and audiences still attend.
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    A young tenor from New Orleans elegantly launches high Cs in a stirring but punishingly difficult Rossini aria. This is why we listen to opera!
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    The recessional is the icing on the cake at a wedding ceremony. If you're planning a wedding, Classical MPR's Brad Althoff offers his musicians point-of-view on five pieces that will mirror your happiness and make it easy to smile as you walk in time past your friends and family. What's more, they're pieces you might not have heard at every other wedding you've ever attended.

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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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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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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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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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