Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Ludington, Cedar Creek Township, Manistee and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Johannes Brahms, Symphony no. 1 (fourth movement); Riccardo Muti/Philadelphia Orchestra

2. Michael Daugherty, Bells for Stokowski; Jerry Junkin/University of Texas Wind Ensemble

3. Dan Visconti, Low Country Haze; Scharoun Ensemble

4. Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Souvenir de Porto Rico; Alan Feinberg

5. John Philip Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever; Andre Kostelanetz and his orchestra

Music at Midday with pianist Michael Coonrod

Feb 15, 2019

Michael Coonrod will be the soloist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this Sunday. He will perform the world premiere of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch.

Michael was a guest co-host during Music at Midday this Thursday. Listen below.

Sunday's concert is conducted by Kevin Rhodes. It also includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 3 "Eroica." Classical IPR's live broadcast starts at 2:50 p.m. with the concert downbeat at 3 p.m.

On his life and legacy and Interlochen

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Felix Mendelssohn. Listen to the entire episode below.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Friday

Feb 15, 2019

It’s the final day of Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve saved the best-known ragtime composer so that we could give you a special Friday treat. Our week to date has covered compositions by Ernest Hogan, Tom Turpin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb. All of them are really big names in ragtime music, but the biggest of all is Scott Joplin, best known for his composition “The Entertainer.” He was also a pioneer for all composers, not just ragtime.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants to re-organize the department that enforces environmental rules. Senate Republicans are opposed to the Democrat’s executive order to do that.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Thursday

Feb 14, 2019

Thanks for listening to Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week, we’re playing some of the best known compositions in ragtime music. Ragtime was a popular style of American music at the turn of the 20th century. We’ve played you some early ragtime compositions and given you great information about ragtime composers. Yesterday, we introduced you to one of the “big three” ragtime composers, James Scott. In today’s show, we listen to music composed by Joseph Lamb. Find out which famous district in New York City Mr. Lamb worked in.

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The bay is solid ice from Traverse City to Power Island.  This is the sixth time in 20 years that Grand Traverse Bay has frozen over, but it used to happen more often. Heather Smith with The Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Center says recent winters have been more mild.

"We’re having just less ice coverage, the duration of ice coverage is declining," Smith says. "That’s kind of generally what we’re seeing across the Great Lakes region."

Smith says climate change may be to blame.

While the bay is frozen over the Watershed Center says people should stay off the ice.

Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to conduct an orchestra? You can do it this year at Winterlochen!

Join your Kids Commute team on Saturday, February 16 in Corson Auditorium for your chance to conduct the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

This week Classical IPR in Concert features pianist Jonathan Biss and tenor Mark Padmore performing late works of Franz Schubert. The concert took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

 Hear these world renowned artists perform Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang and the Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major. German text with English translation of Schwanengesang is available below. Click on images to enlarge.

Tune in this Friday night at 8 p.m., or listen below at any time.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer set some big goals in her first State of the State address Tuesday night. She’s calling for major investments in infrastructure, education, and clean water, among other things. 


Michigan wants to make the medical marijuana process easier. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) proposed several new rules for patients and caregivers on Tuesday.

They include cutting the application fee from $60 to $40, increasing the renewal period for medical marijuana cards and eliminating the background check processing fee for caregivers.

Medical Marijuana Caregiver David Martin says the old fees and rules scared off caregivers and patients.

Since Governor Gretchen Whitmer took office, it’s been a lingering question whether the Republican-led Legislature can work with a Democratic governor to solve the state’s problems. During her first State of the State address, Whitmer made bipartisanship a central theme. 

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Wednesday

Feb 13, 2019

It’s great to have you with us for Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Ragtime Week, so we’re highlighting composers from this distinctly American style of music. So far, we’ve heard music from Ernest Hogan and Tom Turpin. Today, we’ll hear music from James Scott, the first of the “big three” composers of ragtime music. We’ll tell you all about his first job in the music business and how he made friends with the biggest name in ragtime music. After the music, we’ll give you another hint for the Kids Commute Quizlet.



The National Forest Service has postponed an alcohol ban on some Michigan rivers after public backlash. The ban would affect the Manistee, Au Sable and Pine Rivers.

As of Tuesday evening more than 40-thousand people had signed an online petition asking the Forest Service to stop the ban.

Among those opposed to the law is Cheryl Matson, who owns a campground and a boat rental business off the Manistee River. She says most of her customers like to drink on the water.

Metropolitan Opera 2/16/2019: Don Giovanni

Feb 12, 2019

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Don Giovanni, Mozart’s dark comedy based on the legend of Don Juan. Luca Pisaroni stars as the rakish and unrepentant title character, with Ildar Abdrazakov as his put-upon servant Leporello, and Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the wronged noblewoman Donna Anna. Making their network broadcast debuts are Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, Aida Garifullina as Zerlina, and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio.

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Amidst congressional negotiations on border security, lawmakers are trying to protect Great Lakes infrastructure projects that could be caught up in the debate.

On Sunday, February 17, Classical IPR brings you the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in a live broadcast from Corson Auditorium.

Kevin Rhodes conducts Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 3 "Eroica."

The concert features piano soloist Michael Coonrod performing the world premiere of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch. 

Listen to Classical IPR's broadcast this Sunday starting at 2:50 p.m. with the concert downbeat at 3 p.m.

Red Jacket Jamboree returns to IPR for winter episodes

Feb 12, 2019

Four episodes of the Red Jacket Jamboree return to IPR News Radio this winter. Tune in Fridays at 9 p.m. on February 15, February 22, March 1, and March 8. 

Not within IPR's radio signal? You can stream our station live anytime on our website, the free iPhone or Android IPR app, or by using your smart device/speaker.

The state Attorney General is working with lawmakers to make sure the wrongfully imprisoned are compensated.

Classical IPR and Horizon Books are co-hosting a classical music open mic night! Join us Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the River Level (downstairs) of the Traverse City Horizon Books.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Tuesday

Feb 12, 2019

Welcome back to Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about ragtime music. Yesterday, we learned a little bit about syncopated rhythms - where the accented note is played where you don’t expect it to be accented. We also introduced you to Ernest Hogan, one of the earliest composers of ragtime music.


Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

8 p.m. performances 2/11/19 through 2/14/19

Feb 11, 2019


On Tuesday, February 12, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Friday to hear two pieces of Astor Piazzolla performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

Join Classical IPR Friday, February 15 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano