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Published: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:51:03 -0600


Flicks in Five: The Polar Express

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0600

On this week's Flicks in Five, we'll hear some of Alan Silvestri's beautiful score for 'The Polar Express', based on an award-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.(image)

Met Opera: Manon Lescaut

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600

Join us Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for a live broadcast of Puccini's Manon Lescaut, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Anna Netrebko stars as the alluring heroine, with Marcelo Alvarez as her obsessed lover.(image)

Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life -- On Stage

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:50:00 -0600

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is 'an operatic story.' So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned 'It's a Wonderful Life' into an opera.(image)

Classical 'country music': Composers inspired by rural areas

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600

Some classical compositions really seem to speak of the beauty of farms, fields, nature, and animals. In some of these cases, the composer was specifically attempting to draw the listener's attention to these details, and in others the pastoral theme is more subtle.(image)

Minnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Julian Maddox

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:20:00 -0600

Violinist Julian Maddox from Minneapolis was a 2015 Minnesota Varsity Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share his latest news.(image)

New Classical Tracks Uncut: Pinchas Zukerman

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:15:00 -0600

Sometimes the best stories get left on the cutting room floor. This year, Julie Amacher picks those stories up and shares them with you. She'll count down her six favorite New Classical Tracks interviews of 2016 on 'New Classical Tracks, Uncut.' For December 2, Julie shares her full conversation with violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman.(image)

Choral Featured Album: 'Drop Down, Ye Heavens'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0600

In their debut album "Drop Down, Ye Heavens," Siglo de Oro explores imaginative settings of Advent antiphons.(image)

Daily Download: Maurice Ravel - Sheherazade

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Maurice Ravel - Sheherazade, performed by Lyon National Orchestra.(image)

Moveable Feast: Foodie Gifts

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600

Looking for the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? This week on Moveable Feast, John Birge and Minnesota Monthly's Rachel Hutton share some ideas.(image)

Taste of the Holidays

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:37:00 -0600

Classical MPR's Steve Staruch airs selections from "A Taste of the Holidays" -- a collection of seasonal offerings performed by some of the region's finest artists.(image)

Sweet Singing in the Choir

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:20:00 -0600

Highlights from the annual Christmas concert with the National Lutheran Choir (recorded in 2015) at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis are in this week's Regional Spotlight. There are cheery works for harp and choir by Benjamin Britten, Michael Praetorius and Peter Conte.(image)

O Come, All Ye Jedi: Organist mixes Star Wars and carols

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0600

A New Zealand organist has elegantly combined holiday carols with John Williams's 'Star Wars' score.(image)

A Jazz Pianist Considers Fidel Castro's Music Education Legacy

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:50:00 -0600

Harold Lopez-Nussa was trained in the formidable classical music education system set up in Cuba after the revolution. He's among the first of his class to get a deal with a U.S. record label.(image)

Daily Download: Frederic Chopin - Etude No. 3, Op. 10

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Frederic Chopin - Etude No. 3, Op. 10, performed by Idil Biret, piano.(image)

Meet Class Notes Artists: Sara Pajunen

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:50:00 -0600

2016-17 Class Notes Artist Sara Pajunen visited schools in Central Minnesota, the Arrowhead and the North Shore, sharing Finnish folk music and her own original composition.(image)

New Classical Tracks: Celebrating the music of Alberto Ginastera

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:00:00 -0600

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis celebrates the life and work of Alberto Ginastera, one of the most important and influential South American composers of the 20th century. Learn more about the new recording, and enter for a chance to win a copy of the CD.(image)

Daily Download: Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 47: IV. Finale

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:10:00 -0600

Get a free MP3 of Franz Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 47: IV. Finale, performed by Cologne Chamber Orchestra.(image)

2016 St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0600

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is a concert performance that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.(image)

Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts on Classical MPR

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:01:00 -0600

Find information on each of our live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2016-2017 season.(image)

Andrew Norman Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:50:00 -0600

The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.(image)