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There's something magic about listening to live performance: the energy of the performers, the awareness that this is happening now, the sound and feel of the performance space, the presence of the audience, and of course, the music itself.

This week on Classical MPR, we're delighted to bring you three — count 'em, three — live performances. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., host Melissa Ousley brings you the Minnesota Opera's season finale: Puccini's La Bohème, featuring world-renowned soprano Nicole Cabell.

On Friday at 8 p.m., Brian Newhouse is back in the broadcast booth at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for the live broadcast of the Minnesota Orchestra. Osmo Vänskä returns to the podium for a program that includes works by Mozart and Hindemuth.

Then on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m., Alison Young goes to the Ordway Music Theater to host the live broadcast of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Artistic partner Pekka Kuusisto joins the SPCO to lead a program featuring Swedish and Finnish works, from folk songs to Sibelius.

Join us for this triple-header of live performances. Whether you're in your living room, your car or your kitchen, we'll bring the magic of the concert hall directly to you.


Noteworthy News

Daily Download: Robert Schumann - Fantasiestucke: III. Rasch und mit Feuer
Get a free MP3 of Robert Schumann - Fantasiestucke: III. Rasch und mit Feuer, performed by Karine Georgian, cello; Jan Willem Nelleke, piano.

Moveable Feast: Memorial Day Weekend
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss some outdoor dining options to get you ready for the summer season.

Regional Spotlight: The Art of Flying with Sybarite5
In this week's Regional Spotlight, from a concert in Duluth a few seasons ago, Sybarite5 perform 'Yann's Flight' by Shawn Conley.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Volcanic Transmissions
As members of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet bow their vibraphones, brush their gongs and message their bass drums, the composer's evocative music oozes from blackness.

Star Wars at 40: Ten ways George Lucas changed the world
40 years ago today, the original 'Star Wars' was released in movie theaters. The world would never be the same again.

Daily Download: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio in E, K. 261
Get a free MP3 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Adagio in E, K. 261, performed by Capella Istropolitana; Takako Nishizaki, violin.

The music of James Bond
In memory of the late Roger Moore, Garrett Tiedemann looks back on the iconic music of the James Bond film franchise.

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