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Everyone knows the old saw, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” For three Minnesota Varsity alumni — Arjun Ganguly (viola), Anna Humphrey (violin) and Emma Richman (violin) — all that practice paid off when they got to perform yesterday at Carnegie Hall with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. If you’d like to learn more about the fabled New York City music venue, Emily Reese took a good, long look at Carnegie Hall on this week’s Learning to Listen.

Although a lot of us probably can’t get to Carnegie Hall this summer (whether by practicing really hard or by purchasing a ticket), there’s plenty of classical music to be found at festivals throughout the Upper Midwest. Have a look at our Summer Music Festival Finder to locate a music festival; maybe there's one right in your town, or maybe there's a good reason to hit the road on a music safari.

The beautiful summertime and great music — who can ask for more?


Noteworthy News

  The Godfather
Flicks in Five: The Godfather
Certain movies make an impression upon you — you can remember who you went to the movie with, what you were doing with your life, and especially what age you were. I was still in high school when this American crime film came out, and it was the sensation of 1972.

Charlotte Sullivan
Music with Minnesotans: Charlotte Sullivan
Writer Charlotte Sullivan is Steve Staruch's guest. Her playlist is eclectic and spirited and joyfully stretches the boundaries of classical music.

vocalist adrianna zabala
Mezzo-soprano-rama: a conversation and performance with Adriana Zabala
Adriana Zabala's joyful workload is on delicious display in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio. She visits with Classical MPR's Steve Staruch between songs.

Clara Schumann (nee Wieck)
31 Days of Classical, Day 29: Long live Clara
Clara was an outstanding human, and I adore this prelude and fugue she wrote -- particularly the fugue.

paul wittgenstein
The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance
One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict came to be known as World War I. Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations and to works inspired by their music and experiences.

pianist richard goode
Learning to Listen: Richard Goode and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31
Pianist Richard Goode returns to Learning to Listen to discuss Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31, Op. 110.

Gustav Holst
31 Days of Classical, Day 28: a romp in the solar system
31 Days is a bite-sized month-long trial of Classical Music from across the spectrum of this wonderful, expansive music we love at Classical MPR.

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Nine Nights of Music: Dick Hensold Band
July 29, 2014
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Nine Nights of Music: Dick Hensold Band
July 29, 2014
At Minnesota History Center

Programming Highlights

Highlights from July 29 to August 5

Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: writer Charlotte Sullivan.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The Miro Quartet plays Mendelssohn, from the 2008 White Pine Festival.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: A Sonic Blockbuster.
Sunday, noon: From the Top.
Sunday, 1 pm: SymphonyCast: The China Philharmonic plays Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky at the 2014 BBC Proms.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans.



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