Classical Notes

Jóhann Jóhannsson Brings ‘Chaconne’ and ‘Drone Mass’ to the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Following the acclaim of his Golden-Globe-winning score for The Theory of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson is set to premiere two pieces at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art  on Tuesday, March 17. Uniting with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble and the 2014 Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth; Jóhannsson will perform pieces titled Chaconne, featuring violinist Yuki Numata Resnick; and […]

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Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ wins Oscar for Best Original Score

At Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the Oscar for Best Original Score was presented—by Julie Andrews, no less—to Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Desplat earned two nominations this year, for Budapest and The Imitation Game. Writing about Desplat’s Budapest score for Classical MPR, Garrett Tiedemann praised the French composer’s “classically-informed flair.”

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Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer gives boxing a new soundtrack

Hans Zimmer can now add Premier Boxing Champions to his list of credits. Tapping the Oscar-winning composer—arguably the most influential film composer working today—makes sense as live sporting events begin to turn more narrative, modeling the storytelling tricks of cinema and television to capture audiences’ interest. A video shows Zimmer at a boxing gym in California, recording […]

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Save the Date, March 10: #RACHparty with the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale

Welcome to the Classical MPR landing page of the #RACHparty: hosted by #TheChoralStream , the Kansas City Chorale, and the Phoenix Chorale.  Our stream will deliver the world premiere broadcast their “Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil” CD at 8pm CDT. After the broadcast, please join us for an exclusive live video interview/hangout with both choirs and artistic director, Charles Bruffy. […]

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain

In our most recent Teacher Feature, middle school band director Liz Harwood referenced an interesting video from the TEDEd: “Lessons Worth Sharing” series — “How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain.” Neuroscientists have been studying the effects of music for some time, and have made some intriguing recent discoveries. They’ve found out that when we listen to music, different parts of our […]

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‘Knight of Cups': New Terrence Malick movie features a ton of classical music

On Sunday Terrence Malick’s new film Knight of Cups premiered at the 2015 Berlinale International Film Festival. The much-anticipated feature from the revered director was met with typical fanfare, with lots of buzz about the film’s big-name stars—including Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett—and how the film was actually shot without a completed script. (Malick himself was, as expected, absent.) Portman was […]

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