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The premiere recording of Michael Torke's "Unconquered" celebrates the United States, the ideals of the Revolutionary War and the city of Saratoga, FL. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center commissioned the piece to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In response, Torke composed a piece inspired by the Battle of Saratoga.

Manitou Winds

The members of the chamber group Manitou Winds each play multiple instruments, which means that their concerts offer an infinite number of different combinations of sounds. Members Anne Bara, Sam Clark, Christina Duperron, Laura Hood and Jason McKinney recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to perform some music and talk about their upcoming concert this weekend. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

After many months of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five singers have been named as the winners of the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the exposure that comes with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars.

Haydn's, "The Miracle," Symphony No. 96. Watch out for falling chandeliers!
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Welcome to Day Four of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the music of beloved 18th Century German composer, Franz Josef Haydn.

Today, we'll hear about how Haydn's, "rock star," status saved lives at a concert!

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Ep. 153)
Symphony No. 96, 4th Movement (The Miracle)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Violinist Er-Gene Kahng is a professor at the University of Arkansas and concertmaster of both the Fort Smith Symphony and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also taught and performed at the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan.

Today, Hadyn's string quartet, "The Joke!" Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to Day Three of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're listening to music by one of the most popular composers of the 18th Century - Franz Josef Haydn (or, "Papa Haydn," to his friends and fans).

Today, we'll get another slice of Haydn's sense of humor with a string quartet that seems like it will never end.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Ep. 152)
String Quartet, Opus 33, 4th Movement (The Joke)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Welcome to Day Two of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the work of Franz Josef Haydn, known as, "Papa," to his admirers.

Today, we'll hear the Fourth Movement from Haydn's Symphony No. 82, known as, "The Bear," because it sounds like the music that used to play for dancing bears in the street. (There were dancing bears in the streets!!!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Ep. 151)
Symphony No. 82, The Bear, 4th Movement
Franz Josef Haydn

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Haydn Week! Monday - "Surprise!" Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Happy Monday, and welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're enjoying the work of Franz Josef Haydn - or, as he was known to his friends, "Papa" Haydn!

Today, we'll start with one of the most famous musical jokes ever - surprise!

Monday, May 7, 2018 (Ep. 150)
Symphony No. 94, Andante (Surprise)
Franz Josef Haydn

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The Cummings Quartet (L-R): Liz Bert, Kim Teachout, Cheryl Zetterholm and David Reimer
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The Cummings String Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. 

Violinists David Reimer and Cheryl Zetterholm, along with violist Kim Teachout and cellist Liz Bert played two movements of a Beethoven work and chatted with IPR's Kate Botello about their quartet and their work with the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program in conjunction with Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

On Sunday, May 6 at 4pm, the Cummings Quartet will perform at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey as part of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Recital Series.


Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Traverse City, Kaleva, Cadillac and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (selections); Edo de Waart/Minnesota Orchestra

2. Giovanni Sgambati, Serenata Napoletana; Ennio Bolognini/Donald Kemp

3. Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto no. 1; Jeannette Sorrell/Apollo’s Fire

4. Giuseppe Verdi, Va’ pensiero from Nabucco; Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

5. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt; performed by the composer

Florence Price (1887-1953) was the first African American woman to have a symphony performed by a major United States orchestra. She also composed two violin concertos, which were thought to be lost until they were discovered in an abandoned house in 2009.

Original Japanese movie poster for, "Gojira," which we know as, "Godzilla," 1954. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Poster, 1954, Toho Company Ltd

Welcome to the last day of BAND WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been learning all about Band music from Interlochen Arts Academy's Band Conductor, Dr. Matthew Schlomer.

Thanks so much to Matt for spending the week with us!

Today, BAND WEEK goes out with a bang...or, should we say, a crunch! This is a crazy, silly work by American composer Eric Whitacre (known mostly for his choral work, but boy, does he have fun with a band!)

Friday, May 4th, 2018 (Ep. 149)
Godzilla Eats Las Vegas, Part One
Eric Whitacre

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Aspiring orchestral musicians have long known that the road to a professional career is arduous and paved with risks. But new research from the U.K. shows that even attaining the brass ring of an orchestral job does not necessarily provide financial security. In fact, even with salaried, full-time employment, many British orchestral musicians are struggling to pay their bills.

Welcome to Day Four of BAND WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're learning all about Band from Interlochen's Band Conductor, Dr. Matthew Schlomer.

Matt's telling us about things he loves about Band this week...today we talk about different places we might hear band music - and one particularly big occasion - The Olympics!

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (Ep. 148)
Olympic Theme and Fanfare
John Williams

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Welcome to Day Three of BAND WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning all about Band music from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Bands, Dr. Matthew Schlomer!

Today, Matt talks about the different emotions that a band can create - from sadness to laughter (emphasis on laughter!).

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Ep. 147)
Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion: Simply Grand Minuet
PDQ Bach (Peter Schickele)

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A new album by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and conductor Giancarlo Guerrero features premiere recordings of three concertos. One of these is the Horn Concerto by Brad Warnaar.

Warnaar joined Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell in the studio to discuss the inception of the concerto and to guide the listener through each of the three movements. Hear the entire conversation and excerpts from the concerto below.

Welcome to Day Two of BAND WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning all about Band from Interlochen Arts Academy's Band Conductor, Dr. Matt Schlomer! He's telling us what he loves about Band. Today, it's teamwork!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Ep. 146)
Sea Songs
Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, starring soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Charles Castronovo as the star-crossed lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts a cast that also features mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes as Romeo’s page Stéphano, baritone Joshua Hopkins as his friend Mercutio, and bass Kwangchul Youn as Frère Laurent, who unites the couple in hopes of ending the feud between their families.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 5 at 1:00pm ET.

An illustration of bands on barges performing for the ROYAL FIREWORKS, 1749
Illustration, 1749

Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're learning all about Band music with a special guest - Interlochen Arts Academy's Instructor (and Conductor!) of Bands - Dr. Matt Schlomer!

Today, we'll hear music by an early band that ended up causing a fire!

Monday, April 30, 2018 (Ep. 145)
MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS: La Rejouissance (Rejoicing)
George Fridrich Handel

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Hersey, Petoskey, Interlochen and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Felix Mendelssohn, Piano trio no. 2 (fourth movement); Itzhak Perlman/Yo-Yo Ma/Emanuel Ax

2. Alessandro Scarlatti, Flute sonata no. 9; Camerata Köln

3. Gustav Holst, I Vow to Thee, My Country; Barry Wordsworth/BBC Concert Orchestra/Royal Choral Society

4. Franz Schubert, String Quintet (fourth movement); Cypress Quartet/Gary Hoffman

5. Traditional, My soul is a witness; Chanticleer/Bishop Yvette Flunder

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Apr 28, 2018

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Baroque Choral Festival - In Case You Missed It

Apr 27, 2018
Karin Willman

Classical IPR brought you the Baroque Choral Festival live from Corson Auditorium this past Sunday.

The concert included the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and soloists, Choral Ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir.

LA BATTALIA: A wounded cavalry soldier. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Alexsandr Averyanov.

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

All week, we've been listening to German Baroque composer Heinrich Biber's LA BATTALIA, a compassionate - and sometimes funny - musical interpretation of war and the soldiers who fight.

Today, we'll hear the battle...and its aftermath.

Friday, April 27 2018 (Ep. 144)
LA BATTALIA: The Battle, Lament of the Wounded
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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A soldier takes a moment for this thoughts. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Etienne Prosper Berne Bellecour

Welcome to Day Four of BATTALIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to German composer Heinrich Biber's sensitive look at war, and the soldiers who fight it.

Today, right before battle, the soldiers take a moment for their own private thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 (Ep. 143)
LA BATTALIA: Aria
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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