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Thanks to listeners from Lexington, Onekama, Cedar, and many more for your requests this week!

1. Telemann: Flute sonata in d minor, TWV 42:d10; Fabio Biondi, Tripla Concordia

2. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3; George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

3. George Gershwin: Catfish Row (Symphony Suite from Porgy and Bess) I: Erich Kunzel; Cincinnati Pops

4. Alfred Reed: Hounds of Spring for wind band; Jack Stamp, The Keystone Wind Ensemble

5. The King’s Singers: “You are the new day” (John David) and “Hush little baby, don’t say a word” (Trad.)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in the 1960s and eventually became the first woman to serve as principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. Listen to the entire episode below.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE

Mar 21, 2019

Join Classical IPR Friday, March 22 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

This performance features violinist Simone Lamsma, and the conductor is Mark Wigglesworth.


DELIUS The Walk to the Paradise Garden

SIBELIUS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Thursday

Mar 21, 2019

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. Our theme is Wakanda Week, where we present musical selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. What would an action movie be without a good battle scene? And what battle scene would be complete without exciting and illustrative music to keep us engaged in the moment? Today’s music sure does a great job! In “Killmonger vs. T’Challa,” Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson uses talking drums and the Fula flute to create musical themes to accompany the characters as they struggle to see who will become king.

Classical IPR in Concert: TSO Beethoven and Bunch

Mar 20, 2019

This week Interlochen Public Radio presents an encore broadcast of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s February 2019 concert.

The program includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and his Symphony No. 3. Michael Coonrod is the piano soloist in the world premiere performance of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch.

Tune in Friday at 8 p.m. or listen here any time.


KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Wednesday

Mar 20, 2019

Thanks for joining us for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week - all week we’re highlighting selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Today we listen to “Killmonger” written by Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson. This piece showcases some creative flute technique by Amadou Ba, who plays the Fula flute. We’ll teach you what that flute is made out of and take a look at the flute techniques that make this piece of music unique. Keep listening to get another hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns’s dramatic opera based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and tenor Gregory Kunde star as the Philistine seductress and the Hebrew leader whose love and strength she betrays. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri is the High Priest of Dagon, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny is the Philistine commander Abimélech, and bass Günther Groissböck is the Old Hebrew.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Tuesday

Mar 19, 2019

We’re glad you’re back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about and listening to selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Find out why Ludwig Goransson chose to include “Bèrèbèrè” written by Idrissa Soumaoro in the soundtrack. We’ll set the scene for you before we listen to the music. Stay with us after the music and we’ll give you a hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct and answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.


This is FRESH AIR. There's a new recording of two familiar concert works, piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, that are performed in an unfamiliar way that our classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz finds very exciting. Here's his review.


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Repose has been a Classical IPR listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists

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Minstrel Streams - Ancient Mariner 
Dan Chadburn - Quiet Soul
Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees
Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls 

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Monday

Mar 18, 2019

Welcome to a brand new week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week! All week long, we’ll be listening to music Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, wrote and selected for the soundtrack to the Marvel Comics action movie, “Black Panther.” Today, we’ll learn about the research that he did in order to make his compositions sound as authentic as possible before listening to “Wakanda Origins.” Stick around after the music and we’ll introduce an all new Kids Commute Quizlet. Will you get the answer without any hints? If you do, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

 Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

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Thanks to listeners from Reed City, Levering, Buckley, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Luigi Otto, Trumpet Concerto; Ludwig Güttler

2. Giuseppe Verdi, “O, chi piange? Del future nel buio” from Nabucco; Samuel Ramey

3. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on the American National Anthem; Col. Larry Lang/USAF Heritage of America Band

4. Georges Bizet, Carmen Fantasy; Joseph Alessi/Ami Fujiwara

5. Shadowfax, Brown Rice

Pianist Jeremy Denk's latest album is a musical odyssey. Starting with the austere tones of medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut, Denk travels in time across the keyboard all the way to the 20th Century landing on the atonality of Karlheinz Stockhausen and the minimalism of Philip Glass.

Classical IPR in conversation with Damon Gupton

Mar 15, 2019

The NPR program From the Top is recording tonight in Corson Auditorium. Damon Gupton will conduct student ensembles during the show.

Actor and conductor Damon Gupton stopped by IPR earlier today for some conversation in Studio A. He's an artist with a successful career embracing two disciplines, each of which is typically all-consuming.


Listen to the interview below.


Classical IPR in Concert: Guitarist Marcin Dylla

Mar 15, 2019

Guitar virtuoso Marcin Dylla performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts in November 2018. 

Hear his performance this week on Classical IPR in Concert. The program includes works of Giuliani, Britten, Milhaud, Ponce and more. Tune in Friday at 8 p.m., or listen below at any time.

This concert was engineered by Michael Culler.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Friday

Mar 15, 2019

We’re glad you could join us for the conclusion of Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’ve listened to debut recordings of some terrific child prodigies; people who developed adult-sized expertise at an exceptionally young age. The Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to highlight a modern child prodigy, Lucie Horsch. She was born into a family of professional musicians in the Netherlands. She began her musical studies at the age of five, and by nine years old, she was performing on television and became a national sensation. Even though she’s already recorded her first album, she continues to study recorder and piano in the Netherlands. Today, we listen to a very impressive performance of the third movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in C minor from her debut album.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Thursday

Mar 14, 2019

Thanks for joining us for today’s show. All week, we’ve been enjoying performances from child prodigies who made big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich. She began playing piano at age 5 and was performing incredibly sophisticated pieces of music only three years later, at the age of 8. The musical selection of the day is Sergei Prokofiev’s Toccata, Opus 11, recorded when Martha Argerich was 16 years old.

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Toccata, Opus 11
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Martha Argerich, piano

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Wednesday

Mar 13, 2019

We’re about halfway through Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about great performers who made their debut at very young ages. Today’s prodigy is American violinist, Sarah Chang. Her parents are musicians from Korea. When she was five years old, Sarah was admitted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. The next year, she began studying with another famous violinist, Isaac Stern, a mentor she continues to meet with. Today, we’ll hear a recording of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 in E major, Opus 1.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Falstaff, Verdi’s exuberant final opera, based on Shakespeare. Fresh off his much-lauded performance as Michonnet in the Met’s performances of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars in the title role of the notorious glutton who tries to seduce two married ladies. Maestri won great acclaim for his portrayal of this role when the Met’s production had its premiere run in the 2013–14 season.

Double reeds, guitars, cellos, recorders, violas, harp, and more instruments all made an appearance in downtown Traverse City on Saturday.

Ten acts comprised of over 20 local musicians performed short classical music selections for a packed house at Horizon Books in Traverse City.  View the slideshow for images of all performers. The event was emceed by Interlochen Public Radio's Amanda Sewell.

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Wu Han wears many hats. She is a pianist, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-artistic director of Music@Menlo and co-founder of the record label ArtistLed.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019

Welcome back to Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. A prodigy is a young person who performs at the level of an adult. This week, we’ve chosen five child prodigies who made a big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin, who started playing piano by ear at the age of two! By the time he was six years old, he attended a school for gifted children, and began studying piano. When he was ten, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Today we’ll hear a recording from his debut album, recorded when he was twelve years old.

In Chicago, musicians have gone on strike. The players in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the country's top orchestras, let their contract expire on Sunday, March 10, and performances scheduled for this week have already been canceled.