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I just returned from a convention in Boston called PAX East. It's a gathering place for 70,000 video game fans. I had the opportunity to moderate a panel titled "Maestros of Video Games," in which I moderated a conversation between six leading composers in the industry. After our discussion was over, we sat down and signed autographs for 90 minutes.

It's a thrilling experience to meet so many people from so many different walks of life who are passionate about the music in games, particularly orchestral scores. Some of these music lovers came armed with all kinds of things for the composers to sign, like game inserts (similar to CD liner notes), posters, CDs, shirts and more. Others were simply happy to meet their favorite composers.

It's a joy to be able to share this music on Classical MPR each Thursday and Sunday morning on Top Score. You can catch up on past episodes on the program website, and next week's episode will feature highlights from my experiences at PAX East. Make sure to tune in for that!

Emily Reese, Classical MPR host, Host of Top Score


Noteworthy News

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Choral Countdown 2014: Vote Now
You've made your nominations and we've assembled the ballot. Now cast your votes for your choral favorites. We'll count down the top 25 on Wednesday, April 30.

From Darkness to Light: A Celebration of Easter through Music
Hosts Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler come together on April 20, at 8 p.m. CDT to bring listeners an Easter special to remember - From Darkness to Light.

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Saturday Cinema: Remembering Rooney
Passover and Lent bring out the Biblical epic movies on TV, and we'll look at some of the classis: 'Ben Hur', 'The Robe', and 'The Ten Commandments' with suitable "epic" scores by Elmer Bernstein, Miklos Rozsa and Alfred Newman. Also a tribute to Mickey Rooney who passed away earlier this month.

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'Arabella' is an operatic romantic comedy
Sisters Arabella and Zdenka are opposites, but they're loving sisters. A conflict exists between the sisters' desires and the needs of their parents. It seems an insoluble problem until an unexpected caller arrives, setting in motion a romantic comedy. Classical MPR's Rex Levang illuminates ahead of the Met Opera broadcast on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.

J.S. Bach
A Visitor's Guide to the St. Matthew Passion
J.S. Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose--to present the biblical passion story in music. Bach's Passion continues to move audiences more than 280 years after it was first heard in Leipzig, Germany. It airs on Friday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m., on Classical MPR.

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Moveable Feast: Easter Brunch
It's Easter weekend, and for a lot of people, that means brunch. That's why on this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton talk about places that are good for brunch, whether Easter or any special occasion.

National Lutheran Choir
Regional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir
The Widor Toccata like you've never heard it before in a performance with the National Lutheran Choir. It's on this week's Regional Spotlight.

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Upcoming Events

Cantus Up North Tour
April 22, 2014
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji, Minn.

Classical Music Series "FMSO String Quartet
April 22, 2014
At Historic Holmes Theatre

Programming Highlights

Highlights from April 15 to 21

Tuesday, 7:15 am: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: Janet Tollund, travel agent and consultant.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: School Spotlight: the Litchfield High School Dragonaires.
Thursday, 3 pm hour: Regional Spotlight: The National Lutheran Choir.
Friday, 10am: Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
Saturday, 11 am: Metropolitan Opera: Arabella, by Richard Strauss.
Sunday, 6 am: Pipedreams: An Easter Offering.
Sunday, noon: Handel's Messiah, performed by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday, 8 pm: From Darkness to Light, with Bob Christiansen and Valerie Kahler.
Monday, noon: Learning to Listen.
Monday, 8 pm: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Tuesday, 7:15 am: Teacher Feature.
Tuesday, 5 pm: Music with Minnesotans: luthier John Waddle.
Tuesday, 7:15 pm: Teacher Feature.



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