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Elena See

It's kind of hard to tell, I know, but it actually is winter in Minnesota. With the days being so mild, and with the east coast grabbing the snow we usually get this time of year, I sometimes forget that it’s January.

One way to remember what month we’re experiencing? Mozart, of course! His birthday was January 27, and in fact … Mozart's is just one notable classical music birthday this week. We’re celebrating Gustavo Dudamel, Frederick Delius, Lynn Harrel and Artur Rubinstein as well this week on Morning Glories — so grab your slice of birthday cake (chocolate, please) and join the party every weekday morning at 10 a.m.!

Elena See, Host, Classical 24


Noteworthy News

Disney's 'Fantasia' at 75: Why there's still nothing like it
In the first of a monthly series of posts commemorating the anniversary of 'Fantasia,' we'll look at the bold conception and rocky launch of what many still consider Disney's greatest masterpiece.

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Select a Suite for your Sweetheart
Valentine's Day is approaching, so we're asking you what music you'd like to hear on Friday Favorites on Feb. 13. Vote on our list of "love-ly" music selections -- and you'll also be entered for a chance to win an assortment of fine chocolates for your special someone.

International Wolf Center
Moveable Feast: Eatin' in Ely
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton talk about what to do, see, and eat in the northern Minnesota town of Ely.

Daniel Nass
The Anxiety and the Thrill: a Composer at a Premiere
Digital Producer Daniel Nass provides some insight on a recent commission and premiere of his work for flute, alto flute, and cello, 'Nishkaadizi-Nibi.'

String Orchestra of Minnesota Youth Symphonies
Regional Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies
The String Orchestra of Minnesota Youth Symphonies (entry-level orchestra, grades 4 to 8) play Vivaldi with as much passion as 10- to 14-year-olds can.

Is music truly a universal language?
Recently I re-connected with my World Musics professor, Daniel Breedon, at a holiday gig we both played. One of my strongest memories from that class is Breedon's view that music is not a universal language, contrary to what many people believe.

Composer Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio
Top Score: Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio and 'LUFTRAUSERS'
Written by Finnish electronic dance music (EDM) composer Jukio 'Kozilek' Kallio, the thumping score to the new game 'Luftrausers' contains both club and cinematic influences.

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Upcoming Events

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

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions-Upper Midwest Region
January 31, 2015
At Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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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