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Valerie Kahler

I’m not sure it was ever specified as such anywhere, but to me, the opening of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring is the musical distillation of a prairie sunrise. Under the bluish grey backlit dome of sky, arcing westward into still-starry blackness, I can smell a trickle of smoke — the remnants of last night’s campfire. One pink sliver of sunlight pokes over the horizon, then another … and the birds are beginning to stir and the coffee is brewing and the new day is upon us, again. It’s impossible to receive this invitation to the morning and not want to hear what the rest of the day holds in store.

What music brings the sun to you? Emily Reese shared a few of her favorite sun-inspired pieces on this week's Learning to Listen.

Valerie Kahler, Host, Classical Music


Noteworthy News

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Met Opera: The Magic Flute
Saturday, Feb. 28, at noon, we'll air the Metropolitan Opera's production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. But what is 'The Magic Flute' all about? A video from Classical MPR provides a plot summary of the iconic opera.

House of Cards
Interview: Jeff Beal, 'House of Cards' composer
As the third season of "House of Cards" debuts, read Garrett Tiedemann's interview with Jeff Beal, the show's composer.

Music Education for Creativity
With so much pressure on schools to improve test scores, music and the arts sometimes fall off the list of priorities. That's led advocates for music education to point out its benefits in the classroom.

Bach's Toccata and Fugue: The 'Fantasia' opener that drove Disney to abstraction
With the "Toccata and Fugue" animation, Walt Disney planted a stake. "We have worlds to conquer here," Disney explained in discussing this segment, a masterpiece of abstract animation unlike anything else in his oeuvre. "We've got more in this medium than making people laugh."

Chef Jason Hook
Moveable Feast: Chef Inspiration
This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton discuss how some chefs find inspiration.

J.S. Bach
Regional Spotlight: Bach Society of Minnesota
A Bach gem from Cantata No. 82 performed by the Bach Society of Minnesota from a concert at Sundin Music Hall in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight.

Margaret Martin
Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters
After a tumultuous period of her life, Margaret Martin turned her life around. She earned a doctorate in public health and founded The Harmony Project -- an LA-based non-profit that provides instruments and free lessons to kids in many of LA's toughest neighborhoods.

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Upcoming Events

Choir of King's College, Cambridge
March 23, 2015
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Where or When?: Broadway musicals of the 1930s
March 1, 2015
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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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