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Summer is music festival time, and Winona, Minn., is home to a great one: the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.

Spanning June 25 to July 17, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival comprises numerous performances in and around the river town of Winona. Performers include the Minnesota Orchestra, Joshua Bell, the Shanghai Quartet, the King’s Singers, the Dale Warland Festival Chorale, and many others.

Opening the festival on Saturday, June 25, New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will perform an all-Beethoven program, including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, with acclaimed pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. The performance will be held in the Winona Middle School Auditorium, but if you can’t get to Winona, you can listen to the live broadcast of this Minnesota Beethoven Festival opening concert on Classical MPR, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Noteworthy News

Join us for the live broadcast of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival opening concert
Alison Young hosts the live broadcast of the opening concert of the 10th annual Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona, Minn. The concert, which airs Saturday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., features New York's Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.

Engineering student creates a violin prototype made from spiders' silk
Luca Alessandrini, a postgraduate student at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, has created a violin prototype using a composite material that includes silk spun by an Australian Golden Orb Spider.

A New Opera Illuminates The 'Lavender Scare,' A Little-Explored Era In Gay History
'Fellow Travelers' is based on Thomas Mallon's historical novel of the same name. It takes place during the McCarthy 1950s, when intense scrutiny fell not only on suspected communists but gays as well.

Pianist Jacob Nault unlocks his potential
Composer and pianist Jacob Nault performs in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser studio and describes his compositions and the playing technique he uses to accommodate the limited use of his left hand.

Daily Download: Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnaval Overture
Get a free MP3 of Hector Berlioz - Roman Carnaval Overture, performed by San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Moveable Feast: Diners
A recent trend in area restaurants is 'the classic diner with a modern twist'. On this week's Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton check out one of these eateries -- The Hi-Lo Diner.

The music of 'Independence Day'
As composers of the score for 'Independence Day: Resurgence,' can Harald Kloser and Thomas Wander live up to David Arnold's legacy?

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