Classical Music

Interlochen Public Radio has the latest in classical music. You'll find recent local concerts, live performances from our very own Studio A, classical music for kids and so much more. 

Until last Thursday, violinist William Preucil was one of Cleveland's most lauded and visible music stars. For more than two decades, he has served as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the U.S., while teaching at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) conservatory, where he was a nationally known instructor. Prior to joining the Ohio symphony, Preucil was the first violinist in the Cleveland Quartet, which won a Grammy during his tenure.

Caroline Bittencourt

The Danish String Quartet is known for their iconic mix of traditional string quartet repertoire and their own arrangements of Danish and other Nordic folk tunes. They have played everywhere from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. 

The Danish String Quartet recently performed in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert.

View the concert program below.

On Friday, the Cleveland Orchestra suspended one of its star performers, violinist and concertmaster William Preucil, over allegations of sexual misconduct published Thursday by the Washington Post.

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

Ahead of the live concert at 8 p.m., experience an hour of treasures from the Interlochen archives and insightful comments from this week's conductor Brett Mitchell.

The live concert features the Romance by Dvořák with violin soloist Jeff Thayer, "Devil's Radio" by Bates and Brahms' Symphony No. 4.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen Festival Choir are featured along with broadway star Rachel Gold and violinist Yesong Sophie Lee.

You’ll hear works by Verdi, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Saint-Saëns, Lerner & Loewe, and Tchaikovsky. Listen Friday at 8:00 p.m.

 

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.

Join Fiona Ritchie to uncover the deep roots that run through a family tree of songs from Scotland and Ireland to the Southern Appalachians. The music features Al Petteway, Dolores Keane, and T with the Maggies.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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

Opera Broadcasts from the UK: Lohengrin

Jul 24, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Opera Broadcasts from the UK's recent production of Wagner's Lohengrin.

This production stars Klaus Florian Vogt, Kristine Opolais and Christine Goerke.

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.

Opera Broadcasts from the UK: Un Ballo in Maschera

Jul 16, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Opera Broadcasts from the UK's recent production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

This production stars Rafael Rojas, Philip Rhodes and Adrienn Miksch.

On a summer evening, a soft breeze rustles quietly through the trees. The hum of cicadas fills the air. Bumblebees buzz through flower gardens. Grasshoppers bounce while crickets chirp from the lush grass.

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!


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