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Back-to-school month continues apace here at Classical MPR, and we’re starting the school year on the right foot.

This week for Morning Glories, we’re featuring soloists who are also dedicated to education — Barry Douglas, Midori, Nicola Benedetti, Jason Vieaux and Leon Fleisher. Listen to their music on the radio and you can also learn more about their educational outreach, including some master-class videos, on our website.

Our Learning to Listen episode this week might just as well have been called “Learning to Compose,” as Emily Reese gave us a rundown of a number of books that set the guidelines for writing music.

Teacher Feature also returned this week, as we cast a spotlight on Ed Schaefle, a dedicated orchestra teacher at Blaine High School, north of the Twin Cities.

Beyond our education theme, we’ve also got the latest music news on a major performance venue and on the new cellist in town. As always, we’ll keep you informed and entertained as you turn to us for the music you love.


Noteworthy News

  Austin Concert Choir
School Spotlight: Austin High School Concert Choir
School Spotlight season starts off the academic year with Austin High School Concert Choir. Learn more about this ensemble and hear three of its music selections.

paris conservatory student 2012
Learning to Listen: Works by students of the Paris Conservatory
At the end of each school year, students at the Paris Conservatory are required to perform a "contest piece" for their professors. For decades, the Conservatory commissioned new music to address a lack of appropriate music for instruments including trombone, horn, trumpet and bassoon.

Minnesota Varsity
Minnesota Varsity
Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!

Austrian-American composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Morning Glories: Teen Beat
Even composers were kids once. This week on Morning Glories, we'll bring you five pieces whose composers, at the time they wrote them, were talented teenagers.

Burt Hara
Checking in with Burt Hara
Back in town to play concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and with his former ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, clarinetist Burt Hara stops by Classical MPR to talk to Alison Young about life in L.A. and about his visit to the Twin Cities this weekend.

julie albers cello rev
Meet Julie Albers, new principal cellist at the SPCO
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced this week the hiring of Julie Albers as its new principal cellist. Not long after arriving on a flight from Atlanta, Albers visits with Classical MPR's Alison Young. Get to know Albers and hear her thoughts about her new job.

Noah Sommers Haas as Strumply Peter
Strumply Peter: Open Eye Figure Theatre creates a toy opera about a very bad boy
Early on, two children are ground into dough that's put into an oven to bake into a cake; at the end of the show, that cake is fed back to alternate-universe versions of those children. Probably don't bring your kindergarteners.

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Upcoming Events

The Rose Ensemble present: Free Season Opening Concert
September 18, 2014
Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Pavia Wind Quintet
September 16, 2014
At University of Northwestern - St. Paul

Programming Highlights

Highlights from September 9 to 16

Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Penelope Freeh, dancer and choreographer.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Ed Schaefle, orchestra teacher at Blaine High School in Blaine, Minn.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: Kantorei sings music by Stephen Paulus, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra plays Sibelius.
Saturday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Roberto Abbado conducts two symphonies by Beethoven and the premiere of Urban Gardens by Nicola Campogrande.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Going On Record.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From Carnegie Hall, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Test Pieces written for the Paris Conservatory.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: Austin High School 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 Choir.



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