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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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Top Score: Composer Ben Prunty and Faster Than Light
For composer Ben Prunty, the glamour of scoring video games did not come without effort. While working alternately as a janitor, Google diagnostician and volunteer coordinator, he received a call from the developers of the new game, Faster Than Light (FTL). They asked for a score, and Ben's life changed forever. Ben is Emily Reese's guest on this week's 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 January 29, 2015
We’d not have guessed that we’d be heartened so To see this snowshoe rabbit, months from snow, Come from the woods with that shy tread of his, Drawn by our bushy rows of lettuces, His summer coat all rich soft grays and browns, His feet as overstated as a clown’s. How delicate he is: he... Read more »
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Capri Theater

Capri Glee! New Minneapolis choral program teaches kids and adults how to sing (and dance)

With three new choirs for elementary students, high school students, and adults - plus a summer community musical program - the North Minneapolis theater, which is owned and operated by Plymouth Christian Youth Center, adds to its educational programming aimed at building community through song.

  • Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie HallMinnesota Orchestra to play at Carnegie Hall in 2016
    The Minnesota Orchestra is back on the Carnegie Hall schedule. The 2015-16 Carnegie season announced today includes a March 3, 2016, Sibelius program by the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Navigating the new Classical MPR website
    We've improved ClassicalMPR.org by making it a mobile-friendly website. Here are the best ways to access your favorite classical music streams and information.
  • Excelsior! TrioMeet Class Notes Artist: Excelsior! Trio
    Excelsior! Trio from Concordia College-Moorhead visited schools in northwestern Minnesota as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.
  • Rachel Barton Pine - Mozart: Complete Violin ConceNew Classical Tracks: For the Mozart Concerto Completist
    Rachel Barton Pine has been playing Mozart's violin concertos since she was 10 years old. She's performed each of these five concertos many times since then. In 2011, she performed all five violin concertos in a single evening! Now, Rachel and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields have put them all on a single recording.
  • Ben-HurFlicks in Five: Ben-Hur - The Epic Defined
    With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.
  • Penelope FreehMusic with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh
    Penelope Freeh is a dancer and choreographer, a writer and a teacher. Her playlist is both rhythmic and colorful. Penelope is Steve Staruch's guest on this week's Music with Minnesotans.
  • Dr Philip Lewis SteenRemembering Dr. Philip Lewis Steen
    A humble but very influential Minnesota music icon passed away on Jan. 21, 2015, at the age of 81. In remembrance, Classical MPR's archival producer Steve Barnett has selected three choral pieces conducted by Dr. Steen and recorded at MPR in 1974.
  • Mariss Jansons, conductorMusic sweet as Bavarian Cream
    Last week, Classical MPR's Brian Newhouse heard Mariss Jansons lead the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 6. Newhouse calls the performance "breathtaking," and we've shared a link to the audio for you.
  • Cheryl HenningsgaardTeacher Feature: Cheryl Henningsgaard
    Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Cheryl Henningsgaard, Early Childhood Music Faculty Member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.

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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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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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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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