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John Birge

When I sat down with Christopher Kimball to talk about Thanksgiving for this year’s Giving Thanks show, the host of America’s Test Kitchen was thoughtful, relating his “Bliss List” of things that make life worth living. Then he caught himself waxing a bit nostalgic, and conceded that “Thanksgiving is for cooking, not philosophy.”

On the other hand, when I sat down with Stephen Hough to talk turkey, the Thanksgiving-loving, MacArthur genius pianist was nothing if not philosophical. He said: “Everything we have is a gift. Our very existence is something we didn’t choose, it was given to us, and I think existence is certainly better than non-existence!”

So it goes to show you: Thanksgiving offers everyone infinte ways to be grateful. Or just eat! We’ll investigate further, with conversation from both delightful gentlemen, plus Patrick Stewart reading autumn poetry and huge helpings of beautiful classical music on Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude. Whether you’re up early in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering or relaxing after the feast, I hope you’ll join me for the warmth of great music and stories for the holiday. Tonight at 7 p.m., and Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m., or online right now.

John Birge, Classical MPR host, 6 – 10 am


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Pianist Brianna Drevlow from Thief River Falls, Minn. was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share her latest news.

Daily Download: Carl Czerny - String Quartet in D Major: Finale
Get a free MP3 of Carl Czerny - String Quartet in D Major: Finale, performed by Sheridan Ensemble.

Buca di Beppo
Moveable Feast: Post Thanksgiving Eats
Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean you can't enjoy a big dinner with your family! This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Rachel Hutton of Minnesota Monthly discuss restaurants specializing in family-style dinners and shared dishes.

Daily Download: William Moore - Holy Manna
Get a free MP3 of William Moore - Holy Manna, performed by Cantus.

Daily Download: Claude Debussy - Arabesque No. 1
Get a free MP3 of Claude Debussy - Arabesque No. 1, performed by Michael Lewin.

Conspirare/Craig Hella Johnson: Pablo Neruda
New Classical Tracks: Conspirare, 'Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings'
Conspirare is a professional chamber choir based in Austin, Texas; its name is Latin and means 'to breathe together.' How fitting, then, that Conspirare's latest work seemed an invitation to feel more alive. Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson hopes the music will inspire listeners 'to reflect, recall, to find their way into a little deeper experience of their own life in that moment.' Hear more about the album and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.

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November 29, 2015
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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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