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Published: Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:53:42 -0600


Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day with these classical music storytellers

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:00 -0600

Long before Walt Disney got involved in fairy tales, classical composers mined children's stories to create well-loved masterpieces. Join us as we explore these musical storytellers of yore -- from Dvorak to Rimsky-Korsakov -- in celebration of Monday's National Tell a Fairy Tale Day.(image)

Flicks in Five: 'Ben-Hur' makes an epic musical statement

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:30:00 -0600

With the best movie sequence of all time -- the chariot race -- 'Ben-Hur' also boasts one of the longest musical scores ever written, recorded in one of the most epic recording sessions ever scheduled.(image)

Finnish conductor John Storgards leads Minnesota Orchestra in Shostakovich, Beethoven

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0600

Finnish conductor John Storgards takes the podium this weekend in Minneapolis to lead the Minnesota Orchestra in Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 and Beethoven's 'Emperor' Piano Concerto, with soloist Kenny Broberg. Listen to the live broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday on Classical MPR.(image)

Choral Featured Album: 'Ubi Caritas'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0600

In their new release, the NFM Choir and NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra perform works by Lukasz Farcinkiewicz, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Pawel Lukaszewski, and others.(image)

Daily Download: Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 88: Finale

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 88: Finale, performed by Capella Istropolitana.(image)

Regional Spotlight: A tribute to Bach

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:14:15 -0600

Cesar Franck's 1885 "Prelude, Chorale and Fugue" is a tribute to the austerity, yet deep feeling nature of Bach. Juho Pohjonen's performance from a Frederic Chopin Society recital in January is in this week's Regional Spotlight.(image)

Theater Latte Da's 'Assassins' puts on a highly topical show

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0600

'Assassins' is a powerful 1991 musical by Stephen Sondheim, onstage now in Minneapolis from Theater Latte Da. We invited the cast to sing two songs from the production and talked with director Peter Rothstein, and music director Jason Hansen about this amazing show.(image)

Daily Download: Gabriel Faure - Barcarolle No. 13

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Gabriel Faure - Barcarolle No. 13, performed by Pierre-Alain Volondat, piano.(image)

Classical Kids Storytime: 'Cinderella'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0600

Welcome to Classical Kids Storytime! Today's story -- just in time for National Tell a Fairy Tale Day on Monday -- is all about a girl who has many names all around the world, but you probably know her best as Cinderella. Our classical version is based on Rossini's famous opera. Share it with your little ones now online, or download it for later.(image)

New Classical Tracks: Rachel Barton Pine finds unlikely partners in Bruch, Elgar

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:30:00 -0600

Rachel Barton Pine was 11 when she first performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Now, 32 years later, she's recording the work for the first time, along with Elgar's Violin Concerto. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win her new CD!(image)

Daily Download: Albert Lortzing - Zar und Zimmermann: Overture

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Albert Lortzing - Zar und Zimmermann: Overture, performed by Royal Scottish National Orchestra.(image)

Daily Download: Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Bells: Allegro, ma non tanto

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Sergei Rachmaninoff - The Bells: Allegro, ma non tanto, performed by Bavarian Radio Chorus; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.(image)

'Mozart in the Jungle' star Lola Kirke explains why 'playing' oboe is nothing like kissing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

When Lola Kirke was cast as Hailey Rutledge in Amazon's Golden-Globe winning series 'Mozart in the Jungle,' she knew almost nothing about classical music. Now she knows how to pretend to play the oboe with the best of them.(image)

Minnesota Opera plans world premiere about baseball scandal in 2018-19 season

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

The 1919 scandal that rocked Major League Baseball takes center stage when the Minnesota Opera presents the world premiere of 'The Fix' as part of its just-announced 2018-19 season. It's one of four works that Minnesota audiences will be seeing for the first time when the season starts in October, in addition to encore performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Silent Night.'(image)

Daily Download: Manuel de Falla - Three Cornered Hat Suite: The Miller's Dance

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Manuel de Falla - Three Cornered Hat Suite: The Miller's Dance, performed by German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic Orchestra.(image)

John Corigliano on composing at 80: 'An adagio is what I look for'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16. Composing just takes longer these days.(image)

Flicks in Five: Rachel Portman rules with 'Cider House'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:07:00 -0600

Rachel Portman was the first female composer to win an Oscar for best musical or comedy score, for 'Emma' in 1996. But the later-nominated 'Cider House Rules' is one of her best scores.(image)

Choral Featured Album: 'Symphonic Psalms & Prayers'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Tenebrae and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Bernstein, and Zemlinsky in their new release, 'Symphonic Psalms & Prayers.'(image)

Daily Download: Peter Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty: Adagio of the rose

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:00:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty: Adagio of the rose, performed by Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosice.(image)

Regional Spotlight: Twin Peaks of the English Renaissance

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0600

In this week's Regional Spotlight are works from the Elizabethan era's 'twin peaks,' Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Both are heard in all their sweet glory with the Mirandola Ensemble.(image)