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Articles by Garrett Mcqueen

The power (and complicity) of classical music Article

As the world begins to heal following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, people are taking another look at the ways in which racism has impacted institutions beyond law enforcement — including classical music. Not only does it require us to take a second look at ourselves, but also so much of the music that's become ubiquitous to the genre.


Six works to listen to in honor of Juneteenth Article

This Juneteenth, we're celebrating by featuring black classical music each hour on June 19. Learn more about six of the 24 pieces that classical host Garrett McQueen has picked to be featured in this year's Juneteenth celebration.


Nine classical performances to help you celebrate Black History Month Article

America's relationships with slavery, the civil rights movement and modern race-based challenges aren't the only things to think about for Black History Month. Members of the African diaspora have contributed to classical music since there was a "classical music." Here are nine notable performances of black pieces of music to explore.


Listen as Sphinx Virtuosi perform at Ordway, live on Classical MPR Article

The elite ensemble Sphinx Virtuosi, part of an organization that promotes inclusion and diversity in the world of classical music, is coming to the Ordway Center in St. Paul. Listen to their performance live at 3 p.m. Sunday on Classical MPR.