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In this issue of Classical Music Extra: New music from an exceptional 19-year-old violinist, the best of Arvo Pärt, Garrison Keillor with The St. Olaf Choir and a special 40th anniversary celebration.

Around the Dial


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Listen to New Classical Tracks:
Chad Hoopes goes with the flow

Mendelssohn & Adams: Violin Concertos
By Chad Hoopes

Praised equally for his "molten bravura" (News Times Connecticut) and "understated sensitivity" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), the exceptional 19-year-old violinist Chad Hoopes' first disc from Naïve blends old-world passion and new-world panache, featuring two iconic concertos — Mendelssohn's beloved Violin Concerto in E minor and John Adams' endlessy melodic Violin Concerto from 1993.

New Classical Tracks
Beethoven's futuristic music

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2
By Quartetto di Cremona

  Morning Edition
The Silence and
Awe of Arvo Pärt

The Very Best
of Arvo Pärt

  New Classical Tracks
Music of Healing
and Hope

By Angèle Dubeau

Pretty Good Goods


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Holy Oles: A Prairie Home Companion feat. The St. Olaf Choir

This release showcases a combination of A Prairie Home Companion shows from the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield with The St. Olaf Choir singing "Norge, mitt Norge," the Orchestra playing Shostakovich, Heather Masse singing the "Lutheran Song" and Guy Noir on the trail of a missing student. Plus, Philip Brunelle outlines the history of choir pianists at St. Olaf and the story of Clarence Bunsen and his friend Cliff and how they met at St. Olaf.

The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra


The Goat Rodeo Sessions Blu-ray


Bach: Sonatas
& Partitas
by Chris Thile

40th Anniversary Gift Set

40th anniversary gift set

A treasure trove of A Prairie Home Companion memories including scripts, poems, essays and, of course, The News from Lake Wobegon stories. The Keillor Reader surveys the best of Garrison's written work over the past 45 years. Each piece was hand selected and re-edited by Garrison Keillor and includes his recollections and memories as to why he wrote or performed each piece. Lake Wobegon Family Reunion gathers together listener favorite monologues from LIVE A Prairie Home Companion shows. It's the closest you will ever get to a "best of Garrison Keillor" collection.

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40th anniversary

"We intended the show to last for a year, or maybe two, but just as we were about to quit, the show started to draw an audience, fifty, a hundred, two hundred people coming to see it on Saturday night, and we kept going so we could figure out what we were doing right. The formula is simple: a variety of music that appeals, radio actors who can do noir, or horror, or soap, strong writing, a Midwestern ethos, and the thrill of live radio. And a support staff to do the work. It isn't what I planned to be doing for forty years but luckily for me my plans went awry. It's a good show. People have grown up listening to it and now they are middle-aged and still like it." — Garrison Keillor

A Prairie Home Companion observes its 40th anniversary with a three-day celebration a stone's throw from the hall where its first live broadcast took place on July 6, 1974, on the campus of Macalester College. The guests for the weekend include Iris DeMent, Stuart Duncan, Howard Levy, Heather Masse, Aoife O'Donovan, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robin and Linda Williams, and the Old Regulars, Bob Douglas, Adam Granger, Prudence Johnson, Dean Magraw, Peter Ostroushko, Joe Savage, Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, Vern Sutton, Butch Thompson and Pop Wagner.

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