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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!

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Next Level: Where Music Worlds Collide, part 5
On this week's installment, we've got two men obsessed with power, and music that tips your expectations upside-down.

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Abraham: Deo Cantamus to premiere new oratorio by Josh Bauder
"It's got all this drama you could want in a story," says the composer, "and of course there's a fantastic resolution at the end."

Caroline Donaldson
Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Caroline Donaldson
Harpist Caroline Donaldson of Eden Prairie was a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Featured Artist. She recently contacted Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her experiences of the past year.

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Creative collaborators: Dessa and Philip Brunelle
Philip Brunelle of VocalEssence and Dessa of the hip hop collective Doomtree join John Birge in the studio to talk about their collaboration and about the 'Made in Minnesota' concert on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Moveable Feast: Grilled Beast
Grilling season is coming to a close, so this week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out two places where you can get a good steak.

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VocalEssence special: The Myriad Voices of Philip Brunelle
On Thursday, Oct. 23, we aired our latest Archive on the Radio special, with exclusive performances from Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence. The program includes pieces by Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, to name a few.

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Upcoming Events

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

Pat O'Keefe "Contents May Differ" CD Release
October 24, 2014
At Studio Z

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: Mitch Pearlstein, director of the Center of the American Experiment.
Tuesday, 6:45 pm: School Spotlight.



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