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Top Score

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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: Cris Velasco goes for Baroque
In creating the soundtrack for 'Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings', composer Cris Velasco used traditional sounds, including arpeggios, counterpoint and harpsichord to create music to fit the game's 18th-century setting.
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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 April 2, 2015
I had left you at the gate to buy a newspaper and on my way back stopped at a bank of monitors to check the status of our flight to London. That was when you noticed a middle-aged man in a brown jacket and the green short-brimmed cap I’d bought for the trip. It wasn’t... Read more »
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The Minnesota Varsity Showcase Artists

Minnesota Varsity: Showcase Round Artists

It's time to meet the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round artists! These five instrumental and vocal artists will perform on stage at a free concert at the Fitzgerald Theater -- which will also be broadcast on Classical MPR -- on April 19th at 4 p.m.

  • Sing to InspireSing to Inspire Vol. 1
    Each week, American Public Media/Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Choral Initiative Manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, travels across the country building community through choral music.
  • Steve ParkMeet Steve Park, YouTube's unmissable horn star
    Steve Park, a hornist in Utah, has found success sharing striking videos of himself playing works from the classical repertoire.
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    The Choral Stream will broadcast the Cappella Romana world premiere recording of Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week on Good Friday at 2 p.m. CDT.
  • The Sixteen, 'Spirit Strength & Sorrow'New Classical Tracks: Spirit, Strength and Sorrow
    Harry Christopers and The Sixteen took a 13th-century text, the Stabat Mater, as the source material for a new album that explores themes that are simultaneously exciting and meditative, hopeful and dark. Find out about these new works, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.
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  • Catherine Deneuve, Jack Lemmon, 'The April Fools'Flicks in Five: 'The April Fools'
    This 1969 romantic comedy features Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Sally Kellerman and a wonderful supporting cast. The film's title tune proved a big hit for composer Burt Bacharach, finding its way onto radio as well as into restaurants and department stores. Hearing it on this week's Flicks in Five may jog your memory.
  • Mark ScannellCall the Plumber: Handel's Water Music and more
    Mark Scannell will tell you he doesn't know a great deal about plumbing, but he know how to relate to people. Handel's Water Music (and more) is on the playlist of this former plumbing company manager.
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    Jeffrey Van is one of the most recorded musicians in MPR's Classical Archive, with concert recordings going back as far as 1972. In this two-part series, we explore Mr. Van's rich archive recordings as he shares his personal commentary on the selections.

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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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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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