Pianist Leon Fleisher

One of America's most beloved and resourceful pianists has died of cancer. Leon Fleisher was 92. The pianist's roller coaster career began with fame, moved to despair after a mysterious hand ailment and ended in fulfillment.



The Lakes Area Music Festival usually attracts attendees and musicians from across the country to Brainerd to share in world-class, live classical performances. This year, from July 31 to Aug. 16, organizers are live-streaming the concerts online for a unique festival experience. Watch them live on Classical MPR's Facebook page!



Do you know how the smooth-backed camel who said nothing but "Humph!" got its hump? Find out in the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by Alexander Borodin and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.


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Get a free classical track with the Daily Download. Every weekday. No matter what. Last week's theme was Beethoven's overtures. Can you guess this week's theme? Today's clue is from Respighi's 'The Birds.' Come back each day, and let us know when you've figured it out.


Saturday Cinema film reels

Movie music from films with a summer setting: Summer of '42, A Summer Place, Summer and Smoke and more.



If you're pressed for time, checking out the Adult Swim Choir probably isn't the best idea. You'll wonder where the minutes have flown once you start playing around with this goofy, interactive take on choral singing.


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In this episode of the Thistle & Shamrock, African American gospel and Hebridean psalm singing are explored and celebrated.



Listen to pianist Eric Lu perform in Duluth as a part of Matinee Musicale's 2017 season, featuring works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Chopin.


Music helps you turn sad and lonely feelings into strength and comfort.

Music can help you understand your emotions a little bit better, and it can be very helpful when you're feeling sad or scared. Which classical pieces make you feel comforted? Find out in the latest episode of Classical Kids Corner, hosted by Melissa Dundis.


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Researchers are still digging into the question and sharing their findings decades after the Nazis sacked the homes of Jews during World War II.

New Classical Tracks: Stephen Hough brings Beethoven's piano concertos into the 21st century

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This week on New Classical Tracks, pianist Stephen Hough discusses the recording process of his latest release, a 3-CD set of Beethoven's piano concertos, and how he made them relevant to the 21st century. Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the release!

Classical Kids Music Lessons: Summer Vacation!


Classical Kids Daily Music Lessons is taking the month of July off for summer vacation. Here are a few listening ideas to go along with some favorite summer vacation activities.

Classical music tries to reckon with racism -- on social media

Pianist Yuja Wang (pictured), violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments.

Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and Instagram.


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You can listen to Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Amazon Echo and Google Home, as well as install Alexa skills for all of the themed YourClassical music streams. Here's how.

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