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Metropolitan Opera 1/19/2019: Pelléas et Mélisande

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PLEASE NOTE: this week's broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. 

Amanda Sewell

TianQi Peng is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. She studies piano with TJ Lymenstull.

TianQi (Angel) recently visited IPR's Studio A, where she performed music by Beethoven and Chopin.

KC 271 - "The Spider's Feast" Part Two! Today, a butterfly gets caught in the web. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Appu Shaji, 2008

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we’re listening to highlights from Albert Roussel’s ballet, “The Spider’s Feast”, written in 1912. Listen to the story develop and after the music, you’ll get a hint at the answer to this week’s Quizlet.

In yesterday’s show, we heard the music that accompanies our garden spider as it builds its web to catch a tasty meal. Today’s show is bad news for butterflies, or rather, one butterfly in particular. Our spider’s web has worked! Listen to the music of a butterfly gracefully flying, then struggling as it realizes it’s stuck in the web.

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"The Spider's Feast"
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubsinsky

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Petr Kratochvil

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

8 p.m. performances 1/14/19 through 1/17/19

Jan 14, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. - New York Philharmonic

  • Ravel: Suite from Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose)
  • Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 (Gil Shaham, violin)
  • Bartok: The Wooden Prince (Complete) (David Robertson, conductor)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 8 p.m. - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! It’s a whole new week and a whole new theme for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re really going to “bug” you this week because this week’s theme is Spider Snack Week! We’ll be listening to highlights from a creepy crawly ballet composed by French composer Albert Roussel titled, “Le Festin de l'araignée”, or “The Spider’s Feast”.

Roussel shrinks us down to bug size so we can watch a day in the life of a spider in a garden, spinning its web, waiting for something tasty to climb into its web. Unfortunately, we won’t have time to hear the entire ballet, but lucky for you, the Kids Commute team has chosen the best parts for you to digest. In today’s show, we’ll hear music that illustrates the spider spinning its web and watching some ants dragging a rose petal. And we wouldn’t dream of forgetting to give you a new quizlet - text us the correct answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute prize pack!

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The Spider's Feast
Albert Roussel
Rotislav Dubinsky/BBC Philharmonic

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Wikimedia Images

This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a new program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly program featuring concert performances from all over the state. Click here to read the complete press release.

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Rudyard, Traverse City, Onekama and many other places for your requests this week.

1. John Williams, Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme); composer conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

2. Franz Schubert, Rosamunde overture; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony

3. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the New York Philharmonic

4. Richard Wagner, Act III Reitermärsch from Lohengrin; German Brass

Conductors, like most music lovers, keep discovering music that is new to them. My own latest discovery is the Turangalîla-Symphonie, a mind-blowing 75-minute orchestral piece by Olivier Messiaen, written in the 1940s. It's a rare treat for me to be able to work on a piece from the middle of the 20th century that I have never even heard performed live.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on the Interlochen Collection, it’s a “titan” of an episode. We devote the entire hour to a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 1, the Titan, from 1987.

Sean Miller, Petoskey News

Interlochen Public Radio presented a live broadcast from Bay Harbor. 

It’s Friday - high five to all the Kids Commuters for making it through your first week back to school after the winter break. We hope that it helped to listen to some great music during Alexandre Desplat Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

If you've been listening all week, hopefully you've noticed that Desplat has a special talent for writing music in all kinds of flavors! We've heard tension ("The Queen"), silly animal antics ("The Fantastic Mr. Fox") and even music for math ("The Imitation Game")!

Today, we'll see what happens when our friend Desplat tries his hand at gentle, romantic music. We're listening to a really pretty piece of music from the 2018 film “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro. The music from this film earned Desplat his second Academy Award for “Best Original Score." In this film, a lonely lady makes friends with a mysterious sea creature.

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"Overflow of Love"
"The Shape of Water" (2017)
Alexandre Desplat

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It’s Thursday - Day Four of Alexandre Desplat Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long we’ve highlighted selections from some of Desplat’s most famous film scores. So far, three of our selections were from scores that earned Mr. Desplat Oscar Nominations.

In today’s show, we talk about how incredibly hard working Desplat is in term of the number of movie and television scores he’s written. We also find out Desplat’s strategy for winning an Oscar for Best Original Score: get nominated twice in the same year. Wow! The Kids Commute team is impressed with that accomplishment. Hear what all the hype is about as we listen to “The New Lobby Boy” from the 2014 film “The Grand Budapest Hotel” directed by Wes Anderson. Make sure to stick around after the music to get the last clue to the answer for this week’s Quizlet.

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"The New Lobby Boy"
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014)
Alexandre Desplat

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In Studio A with pianist Enle Wu

Jan 9, 2019

Enle Wu is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy where he studies piano with T.J. Lymenstull. 

Recently Enle visited IPR's Studio A to perform music of Mozart and chat about his interests and future plans.

In Studio A with Enle Wu was engineered by Brock Morman. Sophia Bondi provided production assistance.

Happy Wednesday, Kids Commuters! Hope you’re having a great time listening to music from award winning film composer Alexandre Desplat on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re almost halfway through our weeklong adventure through Desplat’s most famous film scores. So far we’ve heard music from “The Queen,” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox." Both of these films scores were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Original Score.

In today’s show, you’ll find out just how many films Alexandre Desplat has written music for, and we’ll also hear music he wrote for the 2014 movie, “The Imitation Game” directed by Morten Tyldum. All of that plus another hint to this week’s Quizlet. Text us the correct answer and we’ll ship you a Kids Commute prize pack. Good luck!

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"The Imitation Game (Main Titles)"
"The Imitation Game" (2014)
Alexandre Desplat

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s a trip to the ballet. We’ll hear Russian, French and American ballet excerpts and suites. Listen to the entire episode below.

The Detroit Medical Orchestra's motto is "Bringing Healing through Music." The orchestra's members are doctors, physical therapists, nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals. See the complete list of personnel and their affiliations below.

Metropolitan Opera 1/8/2019: Adriana Lecouvreur

Jan 8, 2019

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with soprano Anna Netrebko starring in the title role of Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, as the passionate leading lady of the 18th-century French theater.  

Hey there Kids Commuters! It’s great to have you with us for Tuesday’s Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re enjoying the music of film composer, Alexandre Desplat. This French composer has won two Oscars and a bunch of other impressive awards.

Yesterday, we heard music for a driving queen. Today, we’ll hear a suite of music from the stop-action animation film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”. Don’t forget, we’ll also give you a hint to this week’s Quizlet to help you win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

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"Mr. Fox in the Fields"/"Boggis, Bunce and Bean"/"Jimmy Squirrel and Company"
"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)
Alexandre Desplat

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Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Everybody at IPR hopes you had a fun holiday break. The Kids Commute team wanted a fun theme to help you set your “back to school” groove, so we chose to share with you film music by Oscar award winning film composer, Alexandre Desplat.

This week we’ll hear everything from music for royalty to musical sea creatures. Today we’ll hear Desplat’s music written for a driving queen for the 2006 film “The Queen”. We’ll also introduce a brand new quizlet. Text in the right answer and you’ll win yourself a Kids Commute prize pack!

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"The Queen Drives"
"The Queen" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Alexandre Desplat

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NOAA Great Lakes CoastWatch

This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a new program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly program featuring concert performances from all over the state. Click here to read the complete press release.

This week's program

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Petoskey, Ludington, Bear Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alan Hovhaness, Symphony no. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (third movement); Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

2. Silvius Leopold Weiss, Ciacconna from 2 Pieces in F major; Dolores Costoyas

3. Robert Russell Bennett, Down to the Sea in Ships; Mark Heron/Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestrra

4. Paul Hindemith, Sonata 1948 for cello and piano (first and third movements); Wendy Warner & Eileen Buck

Wayne Shorter Travels The Spaceways

Jan 5, 2019

Eighty-five now and in a wheelchair for his recent Kennedy Center Honors, not to mention notoriously self-critical, Wayne Shorter releases albums so infrequently these days that a new one is automatically a BIG EVENT. Whether or not Emanon — the winner of this year's NPR Jazz Critics Poll and Shorter's first album since Without a Net in 2013, which topped that year's poll — is an event, it's surely big, literally.

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón is a big thinker — that much is clear from his recorded output, with its deep and inspiring connection to the folk traditions of his native Puerto Rico. But you also get that sense from his turn behind the Tiny Desk, where we can watch the concentration on his face and those of his adventurous band, the Spektral Quartet. This is life-affirming music with curious twists and turns, expertly performed by amazingly talented musicians.

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