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Classical IPR programming changes

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New programs are coming to weeknights on Classical IPR. Beginning September 24, Classical IPR will broadcast top American orchestras Monday through Thursday at 8 p.m. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra will now be featured every week.

Every Friday night on Classical IPR is devoted to recent concerts from Northern Michigan, like the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Interlochen students, faculty and guest artists.

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Live on Classical IPR

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On Thursday, September 27, Classical IPR presents a special live broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.

 

Join Classical IPR Friday at 8 p.m. for recent performances of chamber music given by Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members. Friday evening's program is listed below.

Hi Kids Commuters! Are you ready for more kitty cuteness? It’s Day Two of CAT WEEK at Kids Commute, where we are listening to music written about or inspired by cats. ‘Meow’ let’s get down to business.

Today, we listen to "Kitten on the Keys" by Edward Elzear ("Zez") Confrey, who earned his musical reputation reputation recording piano rolls, which are used in old-time player pianos. Learn a little bit about how player pianos work, about Mr. Confrey’s life and musical career. Of course we get to listen to some great music, inspired by Mr. Confrey’s grandmother’s cat walking on her piano. I guess you never know when inspiration will strike!

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Kitten on the Keys
Edward Eleazar ("Zez") Confrey
Eteri Andjaparidze, pianist

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LA Opera: 'Norma'

Sep 17, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" from LA Opera.

The production stars Angela Meade in the title role, with Jamie Barton as Adalgisa and Russell Thomas as Pollione. James Conlon conducts.

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

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! We're purr-fectly excited, because it's CAT WEEK! We’re not talking about the musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber; we’re spending some time with some other musical cats this week. We’ll listen to music about or inspired by cats. Today is extra special, because we get to hear an orchestra meow like a cat!

Written by American composer Leroy Anderson, "The Waltzing Cat" was originally created for an orchestra. By the way, his name isn’t pronounced the typical way, LEE-roy, but a little more French-like: le-ROY. 

Anderson had some big hits - "Blue Tango" was the most popular song of 1952, and who can forget the classic holiday song, "Sleigh Ride?" Now let's meow along with the orchestra, and Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat!"

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The Waltzing Cat
Leroy Anderson
Arthur Fiedler/Boston Pops Orchestra

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Thanks to listeners in Interlochen, Ludington, Lake City, Newaygo and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (final section); Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

2. Percy Grainger, Handel in the Strand; Richard Hickox/City of London Sinfonia & Joyful Company of Singers

3. Karel Husa, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band; Justin Mertz/Syracuse University Wind Ensemble/Ronald Caravan

4. Niccolo Paganini, Sonata no. 4 for guitar and violin; Gil Shaham & Göran Söllscher

Angela Scates

Angela Scates is an oboist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has studied with Daniel Stolper and Dane Philipsen at Interlochen. 

Scates visited IPR's Studio A to play the first etude of Gilles Silvestrini. This piece is named "L'Hôtel des roches noires. Trouville" after a painting by Claude Monet.

Weekly fishing report - 09/14/18

Sep 14, 2018

Doc Elliott of The Northern Angler in Traverse City, gives us this week's fishing report for northern Michigan lakes and streams.

 

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to the last day of BACH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been listening to works by legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons, many of whom became composers.

Today, we'll hear music from his youngest - and probably most famous -  son, Child Number Eleven - Johann Christian Bach, who came to be known as the, "English Bach."

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Johann Christian Bach
ZANAIDA:  Allo splendor del trono
Vannina Santoni as Osira
Opera Fuoco/David Stern

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A northern Michigan lawmaker says he will not participate in any debates or forums before the election. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City) withdrew from a League of Women Voters forum scheduled for October 8.

In an email, Inman’s campaign manager Ashleigh Ackerman said they’re disappointed they couldn’t make it work out, but the Grand Traverse County representative doesn't have the time in his schedule. 

"Our campaign offered to do a written questionnaire, which would be easily available to those that would not be able to attend a forum," she said.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear organ music from various Interlochen dedications. Listen to the entire episode below.

The Detroit Red Wings prospect team plays the New York Rangers prospect team on Monday afternoon at Centre Ice Arena.
Dan Wanschura

The Detroit Red Wings open up training camp today, and for the 20th year in a row, it’ll be in Traverse City.

 


Joe Shlabotni

Two years ago, President Donald Trump won election despite losing the popular vote to Hilary Clinton by nearly three million votes.

That’s because of the Electoral College, a system set up in the Constitution gives votes – or electors – to each state based on population.

Max Johnston

Michigan schools have one of the highest rates of chronic absenteeism in the country. That’s students that miss at least 10 percent of the school year.

 

However, Birch Street Elementary school in Kalkaska has found a way to keep kids in school by helping them inside and outside of the classroom.

Hi there, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Four of BACH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're listening to the works of the sons of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Today, we're meeting Bach's Child Number Nine: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (lots of Johanns in this family!). We'll learn a bit about his life, and hear a few of his variations on, "Ah vous dirai-je maman," the song we use as the basis for, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Baa Baa Black Sheep," and the Alphabet Song!

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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach: Variations on, "Ah vous dirai-je maman."
See Siang Wong, pianist

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courtesy of M. Grgic

This summer, guitar virtuoso Mak Grgic and world-renowned violinist Martin Chalifour came to Interlochen. Their July performance in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall featured works by Vivaldi, De Falla, Paganini, Piazzola and more.

The entire concert program can be found below. Click the image for a larger view.

Listen this Friday for an evening full of great music from a fantastic duo. Classical IPR In Concert airs Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Happy Wednesday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to Day Three of BACH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music by the sons of legendary composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Today, we'll meet Bach's son Number Five - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (known popularly as CPE Bach).

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CPE Bach: Violin Sonata in G major, 1st movement
Isaac Stern/violin, Alexander Zakin/piano

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Emmet County

Emmet County Commissioner Betsy White lost by one vote in the Republican primary. GOP nominee Izzy Lyman got 223 votes to White's 222.

After she lost the primary, White says her first reaction was to just let it rest, but then she thought, 'my work is not done.' She's been a commissioner since 2016.

The Tesla Quartet has just celebrated its tenth anniversary as an ensemble. It has released its debut album on Orchid Classics. The title indicates the composers whose music is included: "Haydn, Ravel, Stravinsky."

Welcome to Day Two of BACH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're hearing music written by the sons of legendary Baroque era composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.

Yesterday, we heard music from Papa Bach. Today, we'll learn about, and  hear from, his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Duo for Two Flutes in G, 1st movement
John Solum and Richard Wyton

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LA Opera: 'Nabucco'

Sep 10, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Nabucco" from LA Opera.

The production stars Placido Domingo in the title role, with Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille, Morris Robinson as Zaccaria and Mario Chang as Ismaele. James Conlon conducts.

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

Good morning, Kids Commuters, and Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute.

This week, we'll be learning about the family of legendary Baroque period composer Johann Sebastian Bach. (Learn more about JS Bach and the Baroque period here.) JS Bach had twenty children, and a few of them became well-known composers in their own right.

Today, we're starting with Dear Old Dad - JS Bach himself.

Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: Prelude and Fugue in C
JS Bach
Helene Grimaud

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Thanks to listeners from Arcadia, Mackinac Island, Cadillac, Prudenville and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Leontyne Price

2. Stephen Stucky, Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary; Michael Haithcock/Baylor University Wind Ensemble

3. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Jane Glover/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Giuseppe Verdi, La donna e mobile (from Rigoletto); Roberto Alagna

5. Hans Zimmer, Honor (main title from The Pacific); original motion picture soundtrack

Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Applicants won’t be asked about their criminal history when applying for state jobs and licenses.

 

On applications for state licenses, applicants had to check a “yes” or “no” box when asked if they’ve been convicted of a felony.

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