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It's the last week of August, and that means the Minnesota State Fair is in full swing.

Each weekday at the Fair, at 2 p.m., we at Classical MPR are hosting live performances at the MPR booth at the corner of Judson and Nelson. We've already heard fine performances by Dolce Wind Quintet, the Ancia Saxophone Quartet, Minnesota Boychoir and treVeld. Today, the all-volunteer MPR Choir will perform for you.

If you're coming out to the Fair tomorrow, members of the Minnesota Opera will perform for us. Friday is a very special day: It's MPR Day at the State Fair, and John Birge will host a live performance by the Copper Street Brass Quintet on the big stage at Carousel Park. If you can't be at the Fair, not to worry — you can tune in to Classical MPR to hear the live broadcast directly from the fairgrounds!

On Labor Day at the Fair, Bill Morelock will host a performance by Finnish vocal group, Saana Ensemble, wrapping up another memorable year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.


Noteworthy News

  Austin High School Wind Ensemble
American Band Music on Learning to Listen
The State fair wraps up today, which for many of you means the unofficial end to summer. That also means Minnesota students who didn't start school last week will make their way back to the classroom tomorrow. But for those who are band geeks (as Emily Reese was), they can't wait for band practice to begin.

University of Minnesota students
Morning Glories: Bright College Years
It's Back to School Month on Classical MPR, and on Morning Glories, we'll celebrate the bright college years with five composers who each penned a piece connected with university life.

saana ensemble
On the Classical MPR Stage: Saana Ensemble
Making their MPR booth debut at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1, are the members of Saana Ensemble -- five Finnish women who now live in Minnesota and entertain audiences with the music of their native land.

Four pieces of classical music to power-up your day
Does your day need a power-up? Choose one of these four classical compositions to play in your earbuds: within an hour, you'll be raring and ready to face whatever life throws at you.

copper street brass quintet, press photo
A new frontier for the Copper Street Brass Quintet
The Copper Street Brass Quintet have performed numerous times at the MPR booth during previous State Fairs. But this year, they'll perform in Carousel Park in a concert that will be broadcast live on Classical MPR. Trombonist Alex Wolff shares his thoughts ahead of the big performance.

lemars iowa ice cream capital of the world
Moveable Feast: Road Trip to LeMars, Iowa
With Labor Day weekend upon us, it may be time for a road trip. How about checking out the Ice Cream Capital of the World? You'll find it in LeMars, Iowa, as John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton describe.

jasper quartet
Regional Spotlight: The Jasper Quartet
All's right with the world when you can hear a Haydn string quartet sound like it's played just for you. The Jasper Quartet's performance of Haydn is in this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Upcoming Events

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

Dover String Quartet
September 12, 2014
At Atonement Lutheran Church

Programming Highlights

Highlights from August 26 to September 2

Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Teresa Root.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Jasper String Quartet plays Haydn in St. Cloud.
Friday, 2 pm: The Copper Street Brass Quintet, live from the State Fair.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: Telling Tales.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: From the 2014 BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform an all-Russian program.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen: Music for Wind Band.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.



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