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Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Outside of the butter-drenched corn-on-the-cob — which, by the way, should almost be illegal because of how outlandishly good it is — I don’t think you will find anything better at the Minnesota State Fair than Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Live Broadcast Performance Series. Come out, grab some of those fresh cookies — maybe even bring a few for me — and enjoy sweet sounds from the Dolce Wind Quintet, Copper Street Brass Quintet, The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists, and The Great Northern Union Chorus. Each one of those groups brings extraordinary musicianship and artistry to the table.

You are in for a treat, and I can’t wait to see you there!

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Manager of Choral Works Initiative


Noteworthy News

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Live from the Fair: Copper Street Brass Quintet
The Copper Street Brass have performed at the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a number of years. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, their performance will be broadcast live on Classical MPR so listeners at the fair and everywhere else can enjoy the music. Learn a little bit more about the group before today's broadcast.

Bernhard Crusell
30 Days of Classical, Day 1: Bernhard Crusell
Bob Christiansen empathisezes with the finest Scandinavian composer of the early 19th century.

Daily Download: Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings: Valse
Welcome to the Daily Download, a free, downloadable piece of classical music available every weekday. Today's piece is a fabulous Tchaikovsky performance by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Ed Sullivan congratulates Itzhak Perlman, age 13
On turning 70, Itzhak Perlman remembers Ed Sullivan
As world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman turns 70, he recalls an early moment in his career -- the moment he was introduced to United States audiences via 'The Ed Sullivan Show.' Perlman reflects on the experience, calling Sullivan 'a great showman.'

Francesco Piemontesi
Morning Glories: Music from the BBC Proms
This week on Morning Glories, Classical MPR will be sharing performances from the greatest classical music festival on earth -- the BBC Proms.

Daily Download August 31, 2015
Daily Download: Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, II. Larghetto
Welcome to the Daily Download, a free, downloadable piece of classical music available every weekday. Today's piece is a Chopin piano concerto performed by Martin Labazevitch with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Ewa Strusinska, conducting from Delos records.

Taber Andrew Bain
Seven ways to stay active and healthy at college
I recently graduated from college, and my four years of higher education were exciting, challenging, and exhausting. Luckily, I found lots of ways to still be healthy and active.

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

Anthony Ross & Denis Evstuhin at TMORA
September 10, 2015
At The Museum of Russian Art

Samuel Backman performs at the Cathedral of St Paul
September 10, 2015
At Cathedral of Saint Paul

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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