Thank you, Members
This year is MPR’s 50th Anniversary, a milestone that you’ve helped us reach. Thank you! You are a part of an incredible legacy of community support, and you’re an integral part of our future. That’s why, throughout the year — on air, online, at events across the state — we’re showing our appreciation for what we’ve achieved together, and sharing where we plan on taking audiences next.
We’d love the opportunity to say thank you to you in person at one of the many 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout the state. Check out a full list of events — and share your MPR story — at mpr50.org.
See below for more information about the programming and events that have been supported, in part, by your Membership.
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Photo Credit: Kimm Anderson | St. Cloud Times
Together with our audiences, we work to move important community conversations forward. MPR News hosted discussions about race, the economy and health in three greater Minnesota communities this year. Host Tom Weber moderated a forum in St. Cloud where community members shared experiences of being Muslim in Minnesota. Cathy Wurzer and Dan Kraker gathered community members and leaders in Hibbing to share concerns and potential solutions to build a stronger Iron Range economy. And in Rochester, Cathy Wurzer and Paul Huttner led a conversation about the impact of climate change on public health.
Photo Credit: Bill Hickey
We’re reaching new, young audiences by partnering with artists to bring live classical music and musicians to Minnesota schools. Classical MPR’s Class Notes® Artists program has served more than 80,000 Minnesota students over three years. This past year, the program reached more than 25,000 students with visits, lessons and live performances by the following musicians and ensembles: the Concordia Wind Quintet, Lumina, Ladyslipper Ensemble, Lux String Quartet, Stone Arch Collective, Copper Street Bass, Gaosong V. Heu, Matra, and the Flying Forms.
Photo Credit: Nate Ryan
In the wake of the death of Minnesota music icon Prince, The Current® helped connect the artist’s fans and admirers across cities and continents to celebrate his legacy together through multiple days of on-air and online tributes, becoming what The Daily Beast called “The World’s Prince Memorial.”
Go behind the scenes with The Current
What makes the live sessions at The Current sound as good as they do? Find out in the video below:
Why your gift matters
Contributions from members and donors pay for half the regional MPR programming you enjoy.
How MPR puts your dollars to work
Nearly 75 cents of every dollar comes back to you in programming.
Figures are for the operating expenses of MPR’s regional program services (MPR News, Classical MPR, and The Current)
Take a look at our Annual Report for more information.
Special event discounts
Minnesota Opera: Members of MPR receive 20% off of up to 4 tickets regularly priced $50 or more during the Minnesota Opera's 2016–2017 season. Order online at mnopera.org using promo code mpr20.
Ongoing Member discounts
Your Member Connect card also gets you discounts at businesses from Ada to Zumbrota. Check out the full list!
We offer tours of our headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. to Members every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m., and by appointment. This 60 minute behind-the-scenes visit includes the studios, newsroom and the music libary. Book a tour today!