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Julie Amacher

You probably have a classical story; you know, that piece of classical music that caught your ear and opened a window to a whole new world for you?

For me, it was the Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 4. After dinner almost every night, I would sit on the piano bench next to my mom while she played everything from "What’s New Pussycat?" to Frédéric Chopin. While I loved singing along to the pop songs, I loved even more my mother's tender touch on the keyboard as she played that Chopin Prelude. Years later, I realized my mom introduced me to classical music. It’s one reason I love introducing you to new releases each week on New Classical Tracks.

Classical music has a way of stirring up memories and touching your heart. As you think about your classical story, share it with us when you make your contribution at

Julie Amacher, Host, Classical Music/New Classical Tracks


Noteworthy News

Daily Download: Bedrich Smetana - The Bartered Bride: Overture
Get a free MP3 of Bedrich Smetana - The Bartered Bride: Overture, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

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"Pumpkin Spice" -- it's a meme we're all really sick of, right? On this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton look at some fall alternatives to pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes.

Minnesota Sinfonia
Keep Your Shoes On! Minnesota Sinfonia plays Rossini
The Minnesota Sinfonia, led by Jay Fishman, performs the Rossini Cinderella Overture. It's in this week's Regional Spotlight.

Daily Download: Francisco Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Get a free MP3 of Francisco Tarrega - Recuerdos de la Alhambra, performed by Timo Korhonen, guitar.

Yo-Yo Ma
The Diverse World of Yo-Yo Ma
Sample the musically omnivorous cellist's wide-ranging work -- from J.S. Bach to modern invocations of ancient folk traditions.

Daily Download: Georges Bizet - Symphony in C: IV. Allegro vivace
Get a free MP3 of Georges Bizet - Symphony in C: IV. Allegro vivace, performed by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

AnneAnne Akiko Meyers, Serenade: The Love Album
New Classical Tracks: Anne Akiko Meyers, 'Serenade: The Love Album'
With Leonard Bernstein's centenary and her parents' 50th anniversary approaching, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers wanted to create an 'album that's based on love and all its dimensions.' Hear more about this love-inspired collection, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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Upcoming Events

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

Norwegian pianist Rune Alver in concert
October 9, 2015
At Mindekirken-The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

RODNEY KING: Claude Edison Purdy Individual Artist Festival
October 9, 2015
At Penumbra Theatre

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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