Classical Music

Interlochen Public Radio is your gateway to news and classical music from Interlochen Center for the Arts. Learn about new music, upcoming performances and more.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Sound the call! Beginning August 12, join Classical IPR every Sunday at 8 p.m. for The Interlochen Collection.

The Interlochen Collection features recorded music from the archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Listen each week for stories from Interlochen's history, updates from notable alumni and lots of music performed right here in the land of the stately pines.

It all starts Sunday, August 12 at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR. Many episodes will also be available to stream on demand through the IPR website and mobile app.

Wayne Shorter was 15 when he first wrote and illustrated his own comic book, in blue ballpoint pen. That was in 1949, and Shorter has traveled great distances since, becoming an influential saxophonist, a 10-time Grammy winner and one of the most highly regarded composers in modern jazz.

Tenth Intervention (Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace) perform their own music for the BBC documentary series, "Planet Earth," in Studio A.
Kate Botello

Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace are the members of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary music group based in New York City. They are giving a concert this Friday at the Music House Museum in Acme.

The duo stopped by Studio A today to discuss their thoughts on musical improvisation, and perform soundscapes for dry deserts, lions and giraffes.

Hajnal is a violinist who uses a looping device and extended techniques to create new textures, and Dorian is a composer who creates his sounds with piano and electronic keyboard.

You can hear Tenth Intervention perform live musical accompaniment to the BBC documentary film, “Planet Earth,” this Friday at 5:30 and 7pm at the Music House Museum in Acme. Click here for more information.


Amanda Sewell

The Four Woods Quartet is made up of high school students from Interlochen Arts Camp. They are Cindy Kaiser (flute), Anna Johnston (oboe), Drew Franklin (clarinet) and Hunter Begay (bassoon).

The quartet recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to perform the Northland Suite by Carl Busch. Busch was a guest conductor at Interlochen for many summers until he died in 1943.

Fifty years ago, a group of six guys walked on a London stage to perform for the first time as The King's Singers. They were choral scholars and graduates from King's College, part of England's venerable Cambridge University.

Thanks to listeners in Honor, Kaleva, Old Mission Peninsula, Higgins Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Bedrich Smetana, Overture to the Bartered Bride; George Szell/Cleveland Orchestra

2. Richard Strauss, Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare; Locke Brass Consort

3. Vaclav Nelhybel, Trittico for Band; Frederick Fennell/Dallas Wind symphony

4. Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending; Sir Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Iona Brown

  Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing July 25 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.

 

Xavier Verna of Identity Cubed chatted with IPR’s Amanda Sewell about the group and its upcoming concert. Verna is also the executive director of the Ramsdell.

 

David Adam Beloff

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins at 7 p.m. this Sunday.

Ahead of the concert hear treasures from the Interlochen archives and insightful comments from this week's conductor JoAnn Falletta.

The live concert broadcast from Kresge Auditorium features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 .

Listen this Sunday night.

Violinist Celeste Golden-Boyer of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and violinist David Coucheron of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are Valade teaching fellows at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer.

They joined us in Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A to talk about their careers, their work with the Interlochen students and experiences from their own student days. 

Coucheron and Golden-Boyer played music of Charles-August de Bériot. Hear their performance and conversation with IPR's Nancy Deneen below.

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently presented an all-Rachmaninoff program.

Join Classical IPR Friday night at 8 p.m. for a broadcast of this recent concert under the baton of Kevin Rhodes.

The TSO welcomed guest pianist John Novacek. Novacek was the soloist in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 1.

The program also included Rachmaninoff's Symphony no. 1. See the entire program below. Click the image for a larger view.

Duo Noire is the name of the classical guitar pairing of Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett. Flippin and Mallet, both of whom are African American and graduates of the Yale School of Music, are advocates for fresh perspectives in classical music.

Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds was in a hotel lobby somewhere in Asia when he first saw a modern version of a player piano. This particular one was tapping out The Beatles' "Yesterday."

It's as if the pianos were haunted. Somewhere about midway through this Tiny Desk, as Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds performed on his electronic keyboard, two upright pianos were playing lilting melodies behind him, absent any performer at the keys. And yet these "ghosts," along with Ólafur's band of strings and percussion, put together some of the most beautiful music I've heard at the Tiny Desk, made all the more mysterious through its presentation.

Giddyup, cowgirls and cowboys! It’s the fifth and final week of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! A great summer break isn’t complete without a great soundtrack, so your Kids Commute team has put together five special extended episodes of Kids Commute for you to enjoy. Answer the super-easy Quizlet question at the end of the episode and you’ll receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week’s episode digs deep into Rodeo by American composer Aaron Copland. We’ll teach you about the proper pronunciation of the title in addition to details about his life and what made Aaron Copland one of the most prominent American composers of his time. We’ll also guide you through a musical tour of his career. Rodeo is a ballet originally choreographed by the very famous Agnes de Mille, who was responsible for convincing Mr. Copland to write the orchestral score. As you listen, we’ll give examples of the cowboy songs that Mr. Copland used as inspiration for his composition and give Rodeo its characteristic old west ‘American’ feel.

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Five
MUSIC: Rodeo
COMPOSER: Aaron Copland
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Aaron Copland/London Philharmonic; , "Ranch House Party," Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Here's our final Kids Commuter Summer Listening Program! Don't forget - you have until the middle of August to complete all five weeks of the program, answer the Quizlets - and win concert tickets and an invitation to an ice cream party!

Now, get your lasso ready and let's wrangle with Rodeo, by Aaron Copland. Yee-haw!


Metropolitan Museum of Art

  

Thanks to listeners in Alden, Traverse City, Kingsley, Arcadia and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 (fourth movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig

2. Franz Joseph Haydn, Cello Concerto (third movement); Chamber Orchestra Basel/Sol Gabetta

3. Georges Bizet, Jes dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Carmen; Elixabeth Schwarzkopf

4. Alfred Reed, Armenian Dances Part 1; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

5. Victor Herbert, Thine Alone; Beverly Sills

 Phil Sinder is professor of tuba and euphonium at Michigan State University. He is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

 

Phil Sinder visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Derek Bourgeois, Bill Dobbins and Paul McCartney. He was joined by collaborative pianist Derek Polischuk.

 

Listen to the complete performance and interview below.

 

 

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins Sunday at 7 p.m. Ahead of the live concert at 8 p.m. experience an hour of treasures from the Interlochen archives and a conversation with conductor Larry Rachleff.

The live concert from Kresge Auditorium features Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” and The Pines of Rome by Respighi. Listen Sunday starting at 7:00 p.m.

 

  Violinist Martin Chalifour is the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music. Chalifour is also a 2018 Valade Concertmaster at Interlochen Arts Camp.

 

Martin Chalifour visited Studio A to perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.

 

Amanda Sewell

The Interlochen Arts Camp faculty includes musicians and teachers from around the country. The faculty members come together in different combinations during the summer in chamber groups.

 

An IAC faculty wind quintet recently visited Studio A. Its members are Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Dane Philipsen (oboe), Douglas Moore-Monroe (clarinet), Henry (Hank) Skolnick (bassoon) and Josh Michal (horn).

 

Sean Miller, Petoskey News

Interlochen Public Radio presented a live broadcast from Bay Harbor. 

Great songs and tunes are always available to stream on ThistleRadio's 24-hour music channel. Span the decades on ThistleRadio with classic tracks from Battlefield Band and the Bothy Band, as well as Mary Jane Lamond, Session A9, Kris Drever, and Calan.

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