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During April, we’ve been celebrating the choral sound with something we’ve called Voices of Spring. You’ve probably heard a bit more choral music on the air, and we’ve recently launched Tesfa’s new choral program, Sing to Inspire, heard Mondays at 7:15 a.m.

As the month winds down, we’re going out with quite a crescendo. Right now, we’re asking you to vote in our Choral Countdown; submit your votes for your favorite five choral pieces from our ballot (here’s even a write-in field if you don’t see one of your faves). Then tune in on Thursday, April 30, as we count down your top 25, with Bill Morelock featuring the very top 5 in the 7 p.m. hour.

But before the big countdown, we’ll welcome the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, to the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minn., for a concert on Tuesday, April 28 (tickets are still available). To learn more about St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir (and the Christopher Wren-designed cathedral itself), listen to a conversation with its director of music, Andrew Carwood.

You can even extend the joy of choral music into May by entering for a chance to win tickets to Eric Whitacre's premiere of his new work, Deep Field, with the Minnesota Orchestra on May 8, 9 and 10.

And remember, you can find wall-to-wall choral music year round on our dedicated Choral Stream audio service.


Noteworthy News

  STMA Concert Choir
School Spotlight: Saint Michael - Albertville High School Concert Choir
This week's spotlight is on the St. Michael - Albertville High School Concert Choir performance at the 2015 MMEA mid-winter clinic.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh
Crowning Achievements: Coronation Anthems on Learning to Listen
The crowning of a new king or queen in the United Kingdom merits a big celebration, dating back centuries. Hear special music written for these ceremonies on this week's Learning to Listen.

Sing to Inspire
Sing To Inspire: The Choral Sanctuary
Each week, American Public Media/Classical Minnesota Public Radio's Choral Initiative Manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, travels across the country building community through choral music.

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Morning Glories: Water
Lakes, rivers, oceans--they are precious resources that sustain life. They can also be beautiful, useful, historic, powerful and even threatening. On Morning Glories, we'll hear five pieces that remind us of contrasting aspects of the life aquatic.

Met Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci
Tune in to Classical MPR on Saturday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m. CT for a double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci -- live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Baby Grace
Grace, meet Wolfgang: Introducing my niece to classical music
When something clicks with Youa Vang's baby niece Grace, she responds immediately. What would she make, her aunt wondered, of Mozart?

Battlefield: Hardline
Interview: 'Battlefield: Hardline' composer Paul Leonard-Morgan
Paul Leonard-Morgan, a busy film composer, makes his first foray into video game composing with 'Battlefield: Hardline.' He told Garrett Tiedemann about the special challenges of writing for interactive entertainment.

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Upcoming Events

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

Jazz Ensemble Concert
April 28, 2015
At University of Northwestern - St. Paul

Programming Highlights

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 Childhood Music Faculty Member, MacPhail Center for Music.
Thursday, 3 pm: Regional Spotlight: The String Orchestra of Minnesota Youth Symphonies play Vivaldi.
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Three takes on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
Saturday, noon: The Metropolitan Opera: The Tales of Hoffmann, by Offenbach.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Longwood Laureates.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: Jeffrey Kahane leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in works by Chopin and Haydn.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight.



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