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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.

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A sweet and dramatic score for 'Ori and the Blind Forest'
After four years of soundtrack development, the score for the game 'Ori and the Blind Forest' rested on one composer's ability to unite new musicians and seasoned score professionals.
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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 April 21, 2015
Just before the green begins there is the hint of green a blush of color, and the red buds thicken the ends of the maple’s branches and everything is poised before the start of a new world, which is really the same world just moving forward from bud to flower to blossom to fruit to... Read more »
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Jim Zieba

Green means GO! The Electrician is a Pianist

Jim Zieba is an electrician with the city of St. Paul, Minn. His job is to make sure all those traffic lights turn smoothly from stop to go and back again. Jim is also a fine pianist. He shares some of his favorite pieces of music in this interview.

  • Andrew Carwood, Director of Music, St Paul'sA conversation with Andrew Carwood
    Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral, London, since 2007, Andrew Carwood has been conducting choirs since he was 16 years old. He recently described what it's like to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral and the music program he oversees there. "It's very exciting for me," he says. "I like to encourage the boys to sing as well as they possibly can."
  • Julia WolfeJulia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'
    The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
  • Jeremy RockfordTeacher Feature: Jeremy Rockford
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Jeremy Rockford, Director of Bands at White Bear Lake North Campus High School in White Bear Lake, Minn.
  • varsity13Minnesota Varsity: Showcase Concert
    The fifth season of Classical MPR's Minnesota Varsity closed on April 19th with a vibrant Showcase Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater! Five Showcase Round artists performed, and the two Showcase Round composers had pieces premiered.
  • University of Minnesota ChoirChoral Countdown 2015: Vote Now
    In honor of our "Voices of Spring" choral month, we at Classical MPR are asking you to vote for your favorite choral pieces for our Choral Countdown. Vote early and often, then listen on Thursday, April 30, as we count down your top 25.
  • Igor StravinskyPsalm settings from the 1500s to Stravinsky
    In the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, there are 150 Psalms. With texts like "Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet", it's no wonder so many composers set Psalms to music. We'll hear a number of them on this week's Learning to Listen.
  • University SingersUniversity Singers hit the road, building bridges of song with northern Minnesota
    The University Singers are taking their music on tour from the Twin Cities to Duluth, Hibbing, and Pine City. They'll be singing - and listening, too.
  • Sing to InspireSing to Inspire: Beautiful Diversity
    Each week, American Public Media/Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Choral Initiative Manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, travels across the country building community through choral music.
  • University of Minnesota ChoirMorning Glories: Choral Celebration
    At Classical MPR, we're dubbing April "Voices of Spring" month, as we celebrate the choral art. And this week on Morning Glories, we'll explore how five composers have handled the medium of choral music.

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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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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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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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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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