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At a forum Thursday night, candidates for the Traverse City school board were asked if the election was a referendum on district Superintendent Paul Soma. The Traverse City Area Public Schools superintendent has been under pressure for district finances and allegations of bullying .

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This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Maurizio Muraro in the title role, with Heidi Stober as Norino and Lawrence Brownlee as Ernesto. Giuseppe Finzi conducts.

This opera is sung in Italian. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

On Tuesday the 23rd, the Sun and Uranus will be on opposite sides of the Earth from one another ~ this is called an “opposition”, and it happens between them once a year. Uranus is moving through the region of Pisces stars and this is the best time of year to try to catch a glimpse of it with the naked eye, but not until after the Full Moon, which will happen the very next day on the 24th, when the Sun and Moon stand on opposite sides of the Earth from one another ~ but rather than calling this an opposition, we call it Full Moon, and it happens at least once every month. 

KC 235: Today's composer, Philip Glass.
Pasquale Salerno, 1993

Happy Monday! Welcome to MINIMALISM Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Minimalism is a musical movement in which little things mean a lot. The music uses simple tunes, harmonies and rhythms to create a complex sound. Some minimalist music isn't intended to be heard as a tune you hum along to - the composer just wants you to be present with interesting sounds for a while.

Today, we'll hear what happens when small things add up to a big thing - in this case, an opera by American composer Philip Glass. Glass wrote a minimalist opera called "Satyagraha" about Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi. The backing music is very simple, as are the notes in the long lines sung by the singer, but the whole thing adds up to a rich, gorgeous piece of music.

KC 235
"Evening Song"
Composer: Philip Glass
Singer: Douglas Perry
Conductor/Orchestra: Christopher Keene/NYC Opera Orchestra

Here's today's Kids Commute:

National Writers Series: An evening with Joe Hill

Oct 21, 2018
Tom Haxby

Joe Hill was born with the name Joseph King: he’s the son of legendary author Stephen King. But Joe writes under the last name “Hill” out of a desire to succeed on his own merits. Now he’s recognized as one of today’s best horror writers.  Joe Hill’s novels include Heart-Shaped Box and The Fireman. His latest book is Strange Weather, which is made up of four short novels. Joe talks this hour with fellow author Loren Estleman, who is best known for a series of crime novels featuring the investigator Amos Walker.

8 p.m. performances 10/22/18 through 10/25/18

Oct 21, 2018


Tom Haxby

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, scientist and professor. In 2015, she held a press conference to announce that children in Flint had dangerous levels of lead in their bodies. She documented how lead levels had doubled since the city's water source switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River the previous year. Since then, awareness of the city's water issues has spread across the world, and yet Flint is still struggling to provide safe water to its citizens. Dr. Mona talks this hour with WKAR station manager Peter Whorf.

Thanks to listeners from Cadillac, Mackinac Island, Traverse City, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week. 

1.  Ralph Vaughan Williams, Mass in G minor (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo); Ann Heider/His Majestie’s Clerkes

2. Paul Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber; Yoel Levi/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

3. Camille Saint-Saens, Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix (from Samson et Dalila); Elina Garanca

4. Edward Elgar, Salut d’amour; Patrick Sheridan & Rich Ridenour

Hey Kids Commuters!

Coming up Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., you can join us for our first-ever KIDS COMMUTE LIVE concert with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, plus special guest appearances from the Arts Academy Theatre Company, Chamber Singers and Comparative Arts.

We'll have some musical treats from Zaninelli, Wagner and Holst, and one monstrous trick - a hair-raising and interactive performance of GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS!

Soprano Victoria Schmidt is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Laura Osgood Brown. She grew up in Kearney, Missouri.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we're showcasing music for brass instruments. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Malcolm Arnold, Brass Quintet No. 1: I. Allegro
High School Honors Chamber Musicians
The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet (student ensemble)

Brian Balmages, Symphony No. 1 for Brass
Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble
Ken Larson, conductor
November 2006


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