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Classical music is alive and well, and we need look no further than Minnesota's amazing teens who are writing and composing it today.

That's why we celebrate the future of classical music with Minnesota Varsity, Classical MPR's annual musical showcase of young classical-music performers and composers. We've been featuring performances by these young people each weekday.

But Minnesota Varsity isn't just about the kids; everyone can get involved. You can vote for one of Minnesota Varsity’s 2017 Featured Artists to perform in the Showcase Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater on April 30.

Before April 30, listen to the Featured Artists’ studio recordings on our website, and cast your vote for your favorite! The deadline for Minnesota Varsity voting is midnight on Sunday, March 26.

Tickets are now available to the Minnesota Varsity Showcase concert at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 30. The concert is free, but reservations are required. The concert will also be broadcast live that day at 5 p.m.

So whether you're able to attend in person or to listen to the broadcast, you'll get to hear the future of classical music — today!


Noteworthy News

Daily Download: Hector Berlioz - Rob Roy Overture
Get a free MP3 of Hector Berlioz - Rob Roy Overture, performed by San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Morning Glories: Dorothy DeLay
This week would have marked the 100th birthday of famed violin teacher, Dorothy DeLay, so our Morning Glories will feature some of her famous students.

Met Opera: Idomeneo
Join us at noon on Saturday, March 25, for a broadcast of Mozart's first operatic masterpiece, Idomeneo, live from the Met Opera in New York. Famed conductor James Levine leads a production starring Matthew Polenzani, Alice Coote, Nadine Sierra, and Elza van den Heever.

Flicks in Five: Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock arrived in Hollywood in the 1930s, and by the late 1950s, his nine-stroke pencil caricature had become internationally famous. In 1960, Hitch released of one of his best known films, 'Psycho'. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel will share some of Bernard Herrmann's unforgettable music from that soundtrack.

Music with Minnesotans: It's All About Timing
Actor, director, fight choreographer and artistic director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn., Doug Scholz-Carlson lives in the volatile world of the theater. He thinks in dialogue and Shakespearean verse. And his personal playlist is all about the deep meaning of words and an actor's expert timing.

How lullabies evolved
A new theory suggests that lullabies may confer an evolutionary advantage - and, in fact, that they may even be the basis of all music.

Choral Featured Album: 'Laudate Dominum'
In its new album "Laudate Dominum," the Montreal Studio of Ancient Music performs works by Orlando di Lasso.

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Upcoming Events

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
March 23, 2015
Cathedral of Saint Paul

Miah Persson & Florian Boesch with Malcolm Martineau
March 29, 2017
At Ordway Concert Hall

Festival of Music Lenten Recital Series 2017
March 29, 2017
At First Presbyterian Church Rochester

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