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Brian Newhouse

It's loss and it's relief. Ever since we got the news that composer Stephen Paulus had suffered a massive stroke a year ago in July, we've hoped and prayed for the best. The beauty and community that Paulus created through his music is hard still to estimate. But the health reports and the prognosis from his bedside over the past 15 months haven't been good. With news of his passing on Sunday morning, the deep, deep loss is braided with gladness that his own struggle is over.

You've shared your stories with us, and we've put much of his music on the air in tribute these last few days. Come December, we'll air another moving, hour-long special hosted by his close friend, Dale Warland, called Wonder Tidings, the Christmas Music of Stephen Paulus.

Wherever you are now, Stephen, sing on. Those lucky angels.

Brian Newhouse, Managing Director, Classical Music


Noteworthy News

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

Stephen Paulus
Remembering Stephen Paulus
Stephen Paulus passed away October 19, 2014 due to complications from a stroke (which occurred in June of 2013). As we celebrate his life and legacy, we've combed through our archives to provide the most comprehensive listening experiences for those who wish to remember this esteemed composer.

Steinway & Sons piano
Playing backup: The joys of being an accompanist
Being an accompanist means you're not the main event; however, if a composer included a piano part as accompaniment, then the work needed both the soloist and piano. Some composers gave the pianist little to do; others, like Beethoven, made the pianist an equal partner in the music.

Vienna Boys Choir
Passion and Precision: See the Vienna Boys Choir Nov. 6
The world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir has thrilled audiences of all ages for more than 500 years; now, it bring its singular sound to the Basilica of Saint Mary.

alessio bax plays beethoven
New Classical Tracks: Pushing the Boundaries
Pianist Alessio Bax is fascinated by Beethoven's music. Even though Bax feels Beethoven's music can never be mastered, there's enough to explore and discover that Bax has released a new album of Beethoven music. Plus, you can enter to win a copy of the CD.

Halloween treats
Vote for your Creepy Classics favorites
We're creating the perfect soundtrack for Halloween and trick-or-treating, with your help. Visit our online ballot to vote for your favorite Creepy Classics as we build our playlist for Friday, Oct. 31.

Still of Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint
Flicks in Five: North By Northwest
From a crop-duster attack in a midwestern cornfield to the tip of George Washington's nose, Alfred Hitchcock packed a ton of suspense into this 1959 classic caper. On this week's Flicks in Five, Lynne Warfel takes a look at Hitch's "North by Northwest."

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Upcoming Events

Vienna Boys Choir
November 6, 2014
The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis

Cantus Vocal Ensemble: Anthem
October 23, 2014
At Colonial Church of Edina

Programming Highlights

Highlights from October 21 to 28

Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High School.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Dale Warland and Dominick Argento discuss Seasons.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage, of Virginia High School.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight.
Thursday, 7 pm: Dale Warland and Dominick Argento discuss Seasons.
Thursday, 7:30 pm: Archive on the Radio: The Myriad Voices of Philip Brunelle.
Friday, 8 pm: Minnesota Orchestra: Edo de Waart conducts works by Richard Strauss.
Saturday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and Mozart's 20th Piano Concerto, with pianist Jeremy Denk.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: At Saint Paul, in St. Paul's.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The New York Philharmonic plays Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Scary Sounds.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.
Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight.



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