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On Jan. 22, 1967, radio station KSJR began broadcasting from Wimmer Hall at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. The first programming listeners heard was a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra.

That service is now known as Minnesota Public Radio, and it began with classical music. On Jan. 22, 2017, MPR turns 50, and we want to celebrate with you. This Sunday, Jan. 22, starting at 3 p.m., join hosts Michael Barone and Mindy Ratner — along with a few of our musical friends from throughout the region — as we reflect on where we’ve been … and look ahead to where we’re going.

You'll hear lots of music and memorable stories — celebrate MPR's 50th anniversary with us on Classical MPR.


Noteworthy News

Bring the Sing: Join our choral community in Duluth
Do you love to sing? Classical MPR seeks voices of all abilities for the second season of Bring the Sing, a community singing event that is part choral workshop, part recording session. Registration is now open for Bring the Sing's Duluth event, scheduled for the morning of Saturday, March 25, 2017. Learn more about the event, and sign up to participate.

The Bach-Mozart Connection
Mozart visited Leipzig in the spring of 1789. Astonished by Bach's genius, Mozart asked to visit the St. Thomas library. Part of the fruit of Mozart's study was a collection of string-trio transcriptions of the Bach Preludes and Fugues. In this week's Regional Spotlight, hear the Bach/Mozart partnership as performed by Accordo.

Daily Download: Francois Devienne - Flute Concerto No. 5: I. Allegro
Get a free MP3 of Francois Devienne - Flute Concerto No. 5: I. Allegro, performed by Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Patrick Gallois, flute.

New Classical Tracks: 'Infusion' by Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro
A new recording called 'Infusion,' from guitarist Jason Vieaux and accordionist Julien Labro, blurs the lines between classical, jazz, pop, and world music. Hear about the new recording and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

Daily Download: Richard Strauss - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite: Overture
Get a free MP3 of Richard Strauss - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite: Overture, performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Celebrating 50 Years of Classical Minnesota Public Radio
Sunday, Jan. 22 marks a half-century since Minnesota Public Radio began bringing you classical music on the airwaves. Join Michael Barone and Mindy Ratner as we reflect on where we've been ... and look ahead to where we're going.

Daily Download: Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 2: Finale
Get a free MP3 of Johannes Brahms - Piano Quartet No. 2: Finale, performed by Anton Barakhovsky, violin; Alexander Zemtsov, viola; Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, cello; and Eldar Nebolsin, piano.

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Upcoming Events

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

Thursday Musical - Thursday Morning Artist Series January 19
January 19, 2017
At MacPhail Center for Music

The Schubert Club: Tim Fain, Portals
January 19, 2017
At TPT Street Space

Programming Highlights

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