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Andrea Blain

Last week, I bought my dog Buddy a stars and stripes bandanna to wear on the 4th of July. To be honest, I don’t think he cares, but the 4th of July has meant a lot to me for a long time. Ironically, that’s because most of my 4th of Julys have been spent outside America.

Living in Ireland, the 4th of July was not on the official holiday radar. That made it even more important to me, especially where music was concerned.

As a broadcaster from America, I was the “go-to person” when it came to Independence Day. This went hand-in-hand (quite literally) with the fact that I once shook hands with Aaron Copland. Working for the BBC in Belfast, I was a guest on programs about American music, and later I produced and presented them.

Inevitably, among my personal choices of music that resonated for the 4th was music by Copland, often his Lincoln Portrait. There is a recording of Margaret Thatcher as narrator in that, which understandably was never the version chosen for broadcast in Northern Ireland. Another must-have work was the Charles Ives/William Schumann Variations on “America”. I was always keen to point out that the tune of the United Kingdom’s “God Save the Queen” is the same tune to which I sang the words “My country, ‘tis of thee” for so many years of elementary school.

There’s a lot of emotion attached to patriotic music, and for me, that music sounded like home. It will be amazing to actually be home this year on the 4th of July, living and working in America again.

Be sure to listen to Classical MPR as we provide the music for your 4th of July holiday weekend.

Andrea Blain, Host, Classical Music


Noteworthy News

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A Summer Copland Treat
Members of the faculty of the North Dakota State University (NDSU) School of Music, pianist Tyler Wottrich and flutist Catherine Gregory, perform 'Flowing' from the Copland Sonata for Flute and Piano from a performance recorded at NDSU in Fargo, N.D., earlier this year.

Fourth of July 2015: Where to find fireworks in the Twin Cities
A guide to fireworks in the Twin Cities, with an interactive map.

Chris Huelsbeck
Chris Huelsbeck's career leaps to next stage
The enduring success of composer Chris Huelsbeck's early works has created a fan following in his native Germany and across the world. His work inspired a 2008 concert series, and more recently, he's crowd-funded a new album of piano works. Learn more about Chris Huelsbeck on this week's Top Score.

Harmony in the Park: Recap in Photos
Classical Minnesota Public Radio returned to Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis and Leif Erikson Park in Duluth for Harmony in the Park in June. Relive the events through photos by MPR's Steve Cohen.

The first edition of "The Children's Corner"
'Children's Corner': Inside Debussy's classic for kids
Claude-Emma Debussy was only three years old when her father wrote a six-part piano suite starring her favorite toys. Captivated by his daughter's childhood, Claude Debussy composed his tender 1908 work, "The Children's Corner," both to entertain her and to explore music through the eyes of a child.

Sugarloaf Mountain - An Appalachian Gathering
New Classical Tracks: Sugarloaf Mountain - An Appalachian Gathering
Although Apollo's Fire is primarily a Baroque orchestra, its latest album is a recording of early American folk music. 'We follow the journey of the music through the stories of the men and women who gathered in the hills of Appalachia to build new lives,' says Apollo's Fire Artistic Director Jeannette Sorrell. Hear more about the album and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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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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