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Steve Seel

We’ve got a number of events going on around town this week — I know, because I happen to be hosting two of them! First off, I hope you’ll join me for this month’s Policy and a Pint, Wednesday evening at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown St. Paul. “One Byte at a Time: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems” will look at how tech-savvy, concerned citizens are inventing new ways to overcome obstacles and help our communities run the way they should. Policy and a Pint is where you can join in the conversation about important issues of the day while enjoying a tasty beverage after work. It’s co-sponsored by MPR’s The Current, The Citizens League, and Target.

Next up, I’ve got the perfect way to kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend: join me at The Third Bird restaurant in Minneapolis this Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon for our next Classical Brunch! I play the music while you dine — and this time, I’ll be spinning your favorite romantic classical favorites. Think Mozart and mimosas, Puccini and pancakes! Bring your sweetie, and I bet you’ll get some early valentine points for good taste.

Finally, the buzz about Tuesday’s show with Voces8 continues to build. One of the U.K.’s top vocal ensembles, Voces8 promise a program ranging from renaissance polyphony to new pieces, sung with precision and artistry. (Hint hint: it could be a great way to extend Valentine’s Day a few extra days … just sayin’!).

Steve Seel, Host, Classical Music


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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.
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