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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.

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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

'Carousel' Returns To Broadway

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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The Thistle & Shamrock: From Vinyl To MP3

Apr 25, 2018

Hear a handpicked classic collection of recordings with Fiona Ritchie this week. She presents a timeless hour of music spanning the decades, from vinyl masterpieces to pioneering MP3s with artists including Liz Carroll, Gordon Duncan and Alan Stivell.

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

This week, we're listening to German composer Heinrich Biber's 1673 compassionate musical representation of a battle. We say, "compassionate," because Biber musically describes the hearts and minds of the soldiers as they prepare for war.

Today's music is no exception - we follow the soldiers' feet with a fuzzy bass (a sound created by weaving paper through the strings) and their hearts with the violin.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (Ep. 142)
LA BATTALIA: The March
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

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Alex Fiterstein, Alon Goldstein and Amit Peled

Pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein are all respected soloists, teachers and ensemble musicians. They formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005, and in recitals, they perform as soloists, in duets, and as a trio.

In Studio A With David Schonberger

Apr 24, 2018

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs this Friday night in Corson Auditorium. The program will feature students who won the annual concerto competition. Among the soloists is David Schonberger, a bass trombonist from El Paso, Texas. David will perform the Bass Trombone Concerto by Thom Ritter George. He stopped by Studio A to play an excerpt of the piece and talk with Classical IPR's Nancy Deneen. More about the upcoming concert is at tickets.interlochen.org

A new album from Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan features familiar music of Sergei Prokofiev. The twist is that the music is heard in Babayan's new arrangements  of Prokofiev's orchestral music for two pianos.

The centerpiece of the album is a set of movements from Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo and Juliet." Babayan dedicated these transcriptions to Argerich. He says, "This project happened becuase of my love for Prokofiev, my love for Martha and my love for the ballet 'Romeo and Juliet.'"

Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera

Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s 1899 operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, in its first network broadcast from the Met stage. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. The cast also features soprano Kathleen Kim as Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the wicked stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as Cendrillon’s father Pandolfe.

BATTALIA WEEK! Soldiers at a campfire
C. Tucker Beckett, 1916

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

This week, we're listening to Heinrich Biber's  compassionate (and sometimes funny) musical interpretation of a battle.

Today, we'll hear two short pieces. The first, "The Profligate Society of Common Humor," features a bunch of nationalistic songs crashing into each other, followed by the, "Presto," with excited soldiers checking their pocket watches,  waiting for the battle to start.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Ep. 141)
LA BATTALIA: The Profligate Society of Common Humor/Presto
Heinrich Biber

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This week's composer, Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)
Engraving by Paulus Seel, 1681

Happy Monday! Welcome to LA BATTALIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing a groundbreaking piece by German Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. He created a musical representation of a battle from start to finish, and even invented new techniques for musicians to use to create the sounds he was looking for.

Today, we'll hear the introduction/first movement of LA BATTALIA. It sets up the piece, and includes the sound of soldiers marching to the battlefield.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (Ep. 140)
LA BATTALIA: Sonata
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Cadillac, Interlochen, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Rudolf Werthen/I fiamminghi

2. Jackie Gleason & his Orchestra, Melancholy Serenade

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, suite from The Sleeping Beauty; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra

4. Michael Torke, Bright Blue Music; David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor; E. Power Biggs

Sarah Bouasse

French soprano Julie Fuchs has been removed from an upcoming production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Staatsoper Hamburg (State Opera, Hamburg). According to a statement issued on her Facebook page, Fuchs states that she was told that the production's artistic integrity could not be maintained with her in the role of Pamina because she is currently four months pregnant.

Arvo Pärt is one of the most popular, most performed living composers. He's beloved worldwide for his signature sound – a spacious, meditative music that tends to sound timeless.

But there's a lesser-known side to the 82-year-old Estonian's career. It's a story that can be traced in a new recording of Pärt's four Symphonies. The album is a musical journey spanning 45 years in fervently detailed performances by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by fellow Estonian Tõnu Kaljuste.

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear a recent work from a living - and very busy! - composer, who does a lot of work in film: Rachel Portman.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (Ep. 139)
A DOG'S PURPOSE: Bailey
Rachel Portman

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Welcome to Day Four of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week we're celebrating the work of women composers - many of whom worked at a time when, "composer," was a job title only available to men.

Today, we'll hear a work by Clara Schumann!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Ep. 138)
Piano Trio in G minor: Scherzo (Movement II)
Clara Schumann

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