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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: John Broomhall's music for Transport Tycoon
This week on Top Score, Emily Reese interviews composer John Broomhall about the music he created for the game 'Transport Tycoon'.
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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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Arts & Culture from MPR News

David Bowie Chicago exhibit tells the story of the musician who changed our culture

Along with being a peek inside Bowie's extensive archive, the exhibit functions as a tour of about 40 years of art, music and fashion.

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MPR News State of the Arts

Critics: Pillsbury’s ‘Marcus’ intoxicating, magical

Critics weigh in on a play about a young man trying to reconcile his sexuality and his ancestry.

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MPR Classical Tshirt

  • Show your support for Classical Minnesota Public Radio by wearing our new Music for Living shirt design. The T-shirt is 100% cotton and features the recently updated classical MPR logo imprinted across the front.
voces8

Voces8: Helping the next generation

Education has been at the heart of Voces8 since its inception. The group members see it as their responsibility to help the next generation have success in music and in school. Listen to audio and watch videos that demonstrate this commitment.

  • minnesota orchestra viola sectionA violist's-eye view of the orchestra
    In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there's a reason for that.
  • ImprovisationClass Notes: Freeing Music Improvisation
    This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.
  • man listeningYou liked that? Maybe you'll like this!
    We've added a new twist to Music with Minnesotans: Each week, we'll ask you to suggest a piece of music to Steve Staruch's guest. Read how Grant Johnson, this season's first Music with Minnesotans guest, responds to a listener tip, then learn how you can get involved.
  • The cast ofMoveable Feasts: The Influence of Baby Boomers
    This week and next mark the 50th anniversary of a number of baby-boomer TV icons, including Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, and Bewitched. John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about the Boomer generation and their impact on the foodie universe.
  • Minnesota VarsityMinnesota Varsity
    Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!
  • Conductor Dirk MeyerMeet Dirk Meyer of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
    Dirk Meyer is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He begins his second season with a concert this Saturday night at the DECC in Duluth. Meyer spoke with Steve Staruch about his big goals for the DSSO.
  • Kremerata BalticaRegional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica
    Today's Regional Spotlight is a performance from this past February's Schubert Club International Artist Series. Kremerata Baltica performs at the top of its game.
  • Aby WolfAll aboard the MN Express: New music hops a bus
    Featuring artists who have participated in the organization's 416 Club commissions program, which is designed to support the creation of new work by local emerging artists, the tour will travel to different small cities and towns in Minnesota for ticketed performances as well as free impromptu pop-up gigs at libraries, farmers' markets, and public spaces.
  • Rose EnsembleWho exactly are the Rose Ensemble?
    On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Rose Ensemble will give a free concert in Minneapolis to preview yet another fascinating season filled with surprises. Alison Young got to speak to Rose Ensemble founder and artistic director Jordan Sramek who gives us insight into this unique musical group.

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River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

River Rhapsody on the Danube with Fred Child

Get insider access to spectacular venues, concerts and activities, including a private tour and concert at the esteemed Estates Opera House in Prague where Mozart conducted the world premiere of Don Giovanni, a concert at either the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House or Musikverein in Vienna, live classical performances and musical PT interviews aboard our vessel, and an exclusive private concert with champagne at Vienna’s Mozarthaus, where Mozart lived for three years.

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Classical Notes - Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Blog

No serenity means no Muti for Rome Opera

Luke Taylor

Posted September 21, by Luke Taylor

Riccardo Muti quits as the Rome Opera's lead conductor after six years of ongoing funding, management and labor strife. Muti says he needs "serenity" to do his job effectively.

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'Butterfly' flutist makes finals in flute competition

Luke Taylor

Posted September 20, by Luke Taylor

Yukie Ota, the flutist who earned attention and admiration for her poise in a competitive performance after a butterfly landed on her brow, has made the finals in the very same flute competition. You can watch the finals live online.

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Click on Classical this Weekend: music picks, choral concerts, and artistic directors

Steve Staruch

Posted September 19, by Steve Staruch

I've got more fun things for you to explore on the Classical MPR website this weekend, including an invitation to suggest a piece of music to my Music with Minnesotans guest each week.

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Watch the winners of swimsuit competitions for opera conductors and singers

VIDEO: A classical-music take on the 'butterfly effect'

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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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Radio Highlights

  • Friday Favorites

    Each week host Steve Staruch presents four hours of classical music based on listener requests. Do you have a favorite work you'd like to share?
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  • Programming Highlights

    Highlights from September 9 to 16

    Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dan Wascoe, retired reporter and columnist for the Star Tribune.
    Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir.
    Wednesday, 8 pm: The Minnesota Opera: Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
    Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica play Weinberg, from a recent Schubert Club performance.
    Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Kotzschmar Goings and Comings.
    Sunday, noon: From the Top.
    Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra plays Janacek and Dvorak.
    Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Etudes.
    Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature .
    Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Katie McCurry, Account Representative with Fireman's Fund.
    Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.

The Rose Ensemble presents: 9th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 2, 2014
Assumption Catholic Church, Morris, Minn.

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Music for Living

  • You may have heard us exploring our new tagline "Music for Living" on air. The playful vignettes, produced by our own John Birge, feature everyday tasks and events… and how Classical MPR can connect with you during those times.

Music and Movies

  • Many 21st-century listeners' first — and sometimes — main exposure to classical composition is through movie scores. With this in mind, Classical MPR has developed programming that celebrates and explores the relationship between music and movies today and throughout the history of film.

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.
Sep. 22, 2014: The Writer's Almanac
Poem: "Names" by Danusha Laméris, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, September 22, 2014.
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