MPR 50

Celebrating 50 years of Minnesota Public Radio, Classical MPR is proud to bring classical music to surprising locations around the state and feature some of the best recordings from our archives. More information available at

MPR 50 is supported in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Michael Tilson Thomas

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

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.

Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Encores: Orchestra Hall Opening Night, 1974

On the fourth Monday of every month during our 50th anniversary year, Classical MPR will bring you a complete concert from our archives; we call these live-concert recordings 'Minnesota Encores.' For February's Minnesota Encore, we'll air the 1974 opening-night concert from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in works by Bach, Ives, Stravinsky and Beethoven.