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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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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 January 26, 2015
Why, Dot asks, stuck in the back seat of her sister’s two-door, her freckled hand feeling the roof for the right spot to pull her wide self up onto her left, the unarthritic, ankle—why does her sister, coaching outside on her cane, have to make her laugh so, she flops back just as she was,... Read more »
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Conductors: What are they thinking?

As a novelist, Cinda Yager tries to get inside her characters' heads. When she decided to make one character a conductor, it caused her to wonder: what, exactly, are conductors thinking as they raise their batons?

  • Rachel Barton PineLearning to Listen: Barton Pine and Mozart, Part 2
    Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to Learning to Listen to chat about (and play!) Mozart's Violin Concerti.
  • MozartMorning Glories: Big-Name Birthdays
    It's a week of big-name birthdays in the musical world. On Morning Glories, we'll have a weeklong party for some of these musical notables of past and present.
  • Leigh KammanFeeling the vibe: Leigh Kamman kept jazz alive
    Twin Cities musicians gather Sunday to celebrate the late broadcaster Leigh Kamman. They'll honor a consummate professional who interviewed jazz greats -- and inspired local artists to keep jazz alive.
  • Play it ForwardPlay it Forward: Our used instrument drive benefitting local schools
    Breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, our statewide used-instrument drive.
  • boheme_1Quiz: How much do you know about 'La Boheme'?
    Given its popularity, opera fans should know 'La Boheme' inside and out, right? So here's a little quiz on this familiar favorite. We'll start off with some easier ones -- but by the end, the questions may test the knowledge of even the most devoted Boheme-ophile.
  • McDowell, Peters and Bernal Mozart in the JungleWhat We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'
    The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show -- in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York. NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and Anastasia Tsioulcas share what they like and dislike about the series.
  • Grand View LodgeMoveable Feast: Summer Travel
    This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at places to visit in the summertime.
  • Choral Arts Ensemble rochester minnRegional Spotlight: Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester
    The Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester sing Shakespeare lyrics in old and new arrangements. Rick Kvam directs his singers in this week's Regional Spotlight.
  • Composer Ben PruntyTop 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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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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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

Steve Staruch

Posted January 23, by Steve Staruch

The weather may be a tad balmy for cross-country skiing or for sun dogs, but we've got music for both. And whether you're a longtime opera fan or a newcomer to it, you'll want to try Rex Levang's 'La Boheme' quiz.

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Is this the piano of the future? It sure looks like it

Jay Gabler

Posted January 22, by Jay Gabler

A Hungarian pianist says he's spent ten years rethinking his instrument from the inside out, not a single one of the piano's 18,000 parts being taken for granted. The result is an instrument built to sound as good as he imagined a piano could sound, manufactured by German company Louis Renner.

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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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