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. 

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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Fifty years ago this past weekend, Broadway "let the sun shine in."

The musical Hair was controversial in 1968, with its rock music, hippies, nude scene, multiracial cast and anti-war irreverence. It billed itself as "the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical."

Audiences ... didn't quite know what to make of that. (They figured it out eventually.)

To appreciate how unexpected Hair was in 1968, consider what else was playing on Broadway the week it opened:

Hello, Dolly!

Man of La Mancha

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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