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1858, in music

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Back in the day
Ox carts line up in downtown St. Paul. The year was 1858, the year Minnesota officially became a state.
Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota became a state 150 years ago. What did the music and instruments of 1858 sound like? Who performed at Minnesota's first classical concert? Does Minnesota's state motto have an operatic connection? Do you know the "Minnesota Polka"?

MPR classical music hosts Steve Staruch and Rex Levang delve into these questions, and more, for a fun hour of music and talk that looks at the early days of Minnesota statehood, from a classical point of view.