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On Wednesday December 19, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:35 a.m. Wednesday to hear pianist Alon Goldstein and cellist Amit Peled perform two movements from Ernest Bloch's From Jewish Life.  Goldstein and Peled recently performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Welcome to Day Two of "Nutcracker Week" on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

KC 61
"The Nutcracker"
"Battle with the Mouse King"
Peter Tchaikovsky

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Geno Allessandrini of the Michigan Laborers District Council was appointed to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority on Wednesday, but resigned a day later for personal reasons.

The authority will oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel for a new oil pipeline in the straits.


Ari Adler, a spokesman for Governor Snyder, says the governor didn’t ask for the resignation.


"He did resign of his own free will, and he said that he was stepping aside for personal reasons," says Adler.


The belt of the Zodiac embraces the Earth like a mighty circle of stars and is important to us because it’s only among this region of stars that we find the Sun, Moon and planets in their orbits. 

The Milky Way is also a mighty circle of stars that seems to wrap itself around the Earth, but because the the Milky Way is not on the same plane as the Zodiac, it appears to us that their paths cross one another. At Solstice this year, these crossing points will be uniquely activated by Sun and Moon.

Happy Monday! Welcome to Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll begin our journey into the story of Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet. Clara and Fritz's godfather, the magician Drosselmeyer, is a mysterious fellow...but he brings terrific presents!

KC 60 (Encore Presentation)
"The Nutcracker"
"Entrance of Drosselmeyer and Distribution of Presents"
Peter Tchaikovsky

Here's today's Kids Commute:

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Thanks to listeners from Cadillac, McBain, Petoskey, Old Mission Peninsula and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Karl Jenkins, Benedictus; 2CELLOS

2. Adolph Adam, O Holy Night; Mario Lanza

3. Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D; Christopher Hogwood/Academy of Ancient Music

4. John McCutcheon; Christmas in the Trenches; John McDermott

5. Georges Bizet, L’Arlesienne Suite, Prelude; Emmanuel Krivine/National Orchestra of Lyon

6. The Holly and the Ivy & Deck the Halls; Huddersfield Choral Society

Karim Wasfi became famous around the world because of misfortune. The renowned performer and conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra played cello at the scenes of suicide attacks in Baghdad in 2015. He was the man who made beautiful music among the wreckage of a great city.

Famed singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. In addition to her accomplished artistic career, Wilson was the host of Jazz Profiles, a long-running NPR series which dove deeply into the history of that singular art form. In remembrance of Nancy, Jazz Profiles lead producer Tim Owens recalls the show's founding, and shares some of its most memorable episodes.


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