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Published: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:49:58 -0500


Regional Spotlight: A Joyful Shout!

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0500

The Bach Society of Minnesota concluded their last season with a performance of the Reformation cantata, 'Ein feste Burg,' Bach Cantata 80. The opening movement is Bach at his celebratory best. Trumpets sound as orchestra and chorus combine to make an ecstatic shout, a joyful noise.(image)

Daily Download: Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.(image)

Hidden music history landmarks: A Minneapolis bike tour

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:01:00 -0500

Did you know the only statue dedicated to a musician in Minneapolis depicts a great Norwegian violinist? Could you find the site of the Minnesota Orchestra's first concert? If not, hop on your bike and take a look.(image)

Aspen Music Festival Showcase: Renee Fleming interview

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:14:03 -0500

Opera superstar Renee Fleming will be in Aspen to teach a class and hold a concert. She spoke with Chis Mohr about the highlights of the festival.(image)

New Classical Tracks: Leonard Slatkin completes another Copland

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:00:00 -0500

As he prepares for his 10th and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin is excited to release another recording in their Copland cycle. Find out more about the new recording, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.(image)

Daily Download: Frederick Delius - Midsummer Song

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Frederick Delius - Midsummer Song, performed by The Carice Singers.(image)

Daily Download: Hugo Alfven - Midsummer Vigil

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Hugo Alfven - Midsummer Vigil, performed by Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.(image)

MN Encores: The MTT Files, 'What does American Music sound like?'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0500

This month, as part of our 50th anniversary celebration, we delve into the Peabody Award-winning series, 'The MTT files,' with host Michael Tilson Thomas, to explore 'What does American music sound like?' In this episode, MTT explains Aaron Copland's musical transformation, and the political and artistic sentiments behind it. You'll hear Copland's greatest modernist work, the Symphonic Ode, with MTT conducting the New World Symphony.(image)

Daily Download: Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture, performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.(image)

Morning Glories: Mendelssohn and his travels

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

On July 26, 1829, Mendelssohn arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland. While there, he wrote a letter home describing the scenery, and included another piece of paper with sketches of what would become his 'Scottish' Symphony. We'll hear a number of pieces from the itinerant Mendelssohn on this week's Morning Glories.(image)

Flicks in Five: Elmer Bernstein

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:00:00 -0500

Elmer Bernstein, the versatile, Oscar-winning composer who scored such movie classics as The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape and True Grit, is the focus of this week's Flicks in Five.(image)

Minnesota Orchestra: Stravinsky and Brahms with Blechacz

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:40:00 -0500

Listen to Classical MPR on Friday, July 21, starting at 8 p.m. to hear a Minnesota Orchestra concert recorded on March 31, 2017. Osmo Vanska leads the orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring,' and then pianist Rafal Blechacz joins in for Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1.(image)

Aspen Music Festival Showcase: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:14:58 -0500

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibeaudet and American Brass Quintet Bass Trombonist John Rojak preview upcoming Aspen Music Festival concerts.(image)

Aspen Music Festival: Violinist Jennifer Koh and Opera Director Ed Berkeley

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:30:21 -0500

Hear violinist Jennifer Koh talk about connecting with other musicians via technology; and we hear from opera director Ed Berkeley about a special concert event at the Aspen Music Festival.(image)

Choral Featured Album: 'Bach: Mass in B Minor'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0500

The Choir and Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation perform Bach's B Minor Mass in their newly released album.(image)

Daily Download: Peter Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake: Act IV Finale

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Peter Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake: Act IV Finale, performed by Russian State Symphony Orchestra.(image)

Moveable Feast: Esker Grove at the Sculpture Garden

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0500

Walker Art Center's new restaurant is Esker Grove. The word 'esker' means a ridge of sand or gravel deposited by a glacial stream. Chef Doug Flicker, of the former Piccolo, created the menu so it has an arty, experimental feel, befitting the museum and sculpture garden that surround it.(image)

Regional Spotlight: The Music of Coolness

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:15:00 -0500

Harpist Katherine Siochi performs The Aeolian Harp, a transcription of the original Chopin keyboard etude.(image)

Daily Download: Claude Debussy - La mer: Dialogue du vent de la mer

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:10:00 -0500

Get a free MP3 of Claude Debussy - La mer: Dialogue du vent de la mer, performed by Lyon National Orchestra.(image)

New Classical Tracks: Minnesota masters Mahler

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:00:00 -0500

Following successful recordings of works by Beethoven and Sibelius, the on-a-roll Minnesota Orchestra made a recording of Mahler's demanding Symphony No. 5. 'If the music is good enough,' says Music Director Osmo Vanska, 'you are ready to even suffer because of that.'(image)