Short Suites

Every Tuesday morning at about 9:00, we air a little feature we like to call, "Short Suites" - two pieces of music that go together, one way or the other.  The connection may be concrete or abstract.  The link between pieces may be in their themes, their titles, or one piece may quote another. 

We invite you to become the Muse of the Short Suite - come up with one of your own!  Send your Short Suite idea in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org .

Here are some examples to get you started!

CONNECTIONS BY TITLE AND/OR THEME:

In the Doghouse, inspired by IPR's Tim Burke

Frank Zappa, "The Dog Breath Variations"

George Gershwin, "Promenade (Walking the Dog)"

THE PARODY CONNECTION:

The Tears of a Clown When There's No One Around, inspired by IPR's Brad Aspey:

Rugiero Leoncavallo, Pagliacci, "Vesti la Giubba" (Pavarotti)

Spike Jonez with Betsy Gay, "Pal-Yat-Chee"

THE CLASSICAL COP (popular music lifted directly from classical music):

The Lovers' Notebook, inspired by listener Liz Bannister

JS Bach, "Minuet in G," from Anna Magdalena's Notebook

"A Lovers' Concerto," by The Toys

...and all these are just to get you started! Please consider giving it a try - the more Muses, the better!

To submit your idea for a Short Suite, drop an e-mail to: ipr@interlochen.org.  We'll see/hear you Tuesday!

"The Composer is Dead" by Lemony Snicket. Today, Part Five. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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It’s Thursday, and that means we’re one step closer to solving the mystery of the dead composer. It’s “The Composer Is Dead Week” on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

All week long, we’re listening to sections of “The Composer Is Dead” by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey, trying to figure out who is responsible for killing the composer. We know it’s not the string section, and yesterday we learned that it’s not the woodwinds. They can make interesting little bird sounds, but they are not responsible for the death of the composer. Who could it be? More clues await you in today’s episode.

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“The Composer Is Dead” Part IV
Book: Lemony Snicket
Music: Nathaniel Stookey
Conductor/Orchestra: Edwin Outwater/San Francisco Symphony

Here's today's Kids Commute:


The Thistle & Shamrock: Islanders

Nov 14, 2018

From far Northerly Shetland to the Hebrides of the West, you'll be immersed in the music of the islands this week. Fiona Ritchie is your guide for an hour of music as fresh as a salt sea breeze, as highly charged as waves tumbling upon deserted beaches and as majestic as mountain wilderness on rocky shorelines.

"The Composer is Dead" by Lemony Snicket. Today, Part Five. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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It’s Wednesday, and that means we’re almost halfway through “The Composer Is Dead Week” on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

“The Composer Is Dead” is written by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey. The composer has died and nobody knows who did it! On Monday, we figured out it wasn’t the violins. Yesterday, we learned that it wasn’t anyone else in the string section, including the concertmaster. Who could it be? Listen to today’s episode and see if we get any more clues to help us solve this mystery.

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"The Composer is Dead" - Part III
Book/Narrator: Lemony Snicket
Music: Nathaniel Stookey
Conductor/Ensemble: Edwin Outwater, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Chanticleer has been called "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker. The are celebrating their 40th anniversary as an ensemble with a new album called "Then and There, Here and Now."

"The Composer is Dead" by Lemony Snicket. Today, Part Five. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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It’s Tuesday, and time for Part Two of “The Composer Is Dead Week” on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey tell a story set to music of a composer who has died under mysterious circumstances. Yesterday, we were introduced to the story, and the inspector leading the investigation questioned the violins. Listen and discover who will be the target of today’s questions asked by the inspector.

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"The Composer is Dead" - Part II
Book/Narrator: Lemony Snicket
Music: Nathaniel Stookey
Conductor/Ensemble: Edwin Outwater, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Here's today's Kids Commute:


"The Composer is Dead" by Lemony Snicket. Today, Part Five. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Monday and that means a new theme for the week, and that is not an unfortunate event - even though the story starts with an unfortunate event - the death of the composer!

This week we’re highlighting a work by author Lemony Snicket (otherwise known as Daniel Handler). It has a title that you might think would have been better for Spooky Week - “The Composer Is Dead”. It was written in 2009, and has music composed by Nathaniel Stookey to help tell the tale of a composer who died under suspicious circumstances. In today’s episode, we hear the introduction to the story and meet the inspector who begins an investigation into the mysterious death.

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"The Composer is Dead"
Lemony Snicket, narrator
Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Edwin Outwater/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Here's today's Kids Commute:


8 p.m. performances 11/12/18 through 11/15/18

Nov 12, 2018
Violist Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites.
ECM Records

World-renowned violist (and Interlochen alumna!) Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites, played on her viola (J.S. Bach - Six Suites for Viola Solo). She talked with IPR's Kate Botello about Bach, the flavor viola brings to his cello music, and her charity Music for Food.

Included at the end of the interview, you'll hear excerpt from Kashkashian's rendition of the Cello Suite in D, which requires a special five-stringed viola.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we feature composers, conductors and pieces of music that were dedicated to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento for Band
High School Symphonic Band
Kenneth Snapp, conductor
August 1961

John Philip Sousa, Northern Pines March
High School Symphonic Band
Joseph E. Maddy, conductor
August 1960

Kids Commute Episode 34: "Street in a Frontier Town" from Aaron Copland's Ballet "Billy the Kid." Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
One of the two only known photos of Billy the Kid!

Happy Friday! Welcome to the Day Five of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Today, we'll answer our Quizlet and wind up Old West Week with more ballet music from American composer Aaron Copland.

KC 34 (Encore Presentation)
"Billy the Kid: Street in a Frontier Town"
Aaron Copland

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Kids Commute Episode 33 - Old West Week: "On the Trail," by Ferde Grofe. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
The Grand Canyon Mule Trail

Welcome to Day Four of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll mosey (and sometimes rush!) down the Grand Canyon with American composer Ferde Grofé.

KC 33 (Encore Presentation)
"The Grand Canyon Suite"
"On the Trail"
Ferde Grofé

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Kids Commute Episode 32 - Old West Week! "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" by Ennio Morricone. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original Italian movie poster

Welcome to Day Three of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear some, "Spaghetti Western," music by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, from the 1966 movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. Keep your ears open for some of the cool and kooky things he does with the human voice as an instrument!

KC 32 (Encore Presentation)
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
Ennio Morricone

Here's today's Kids Commute:


The irony couldn't have been more vivid when Maria Callas sang the words "The dead don't rise again from the grave," from Verdi's opera Macbeth, on stage Friday night at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Va.

Baroque on Beaver is a multi-day classical music festival held every summer on northern Michigan's Beaver Island. Soloists, chamber ensembles and a festival orchestra gather to perform and interact with audiences.

This week, Classical IPR in Concert presents one of the festival orchestra's concerts, called Baroque on Fire.

Kids Commute Episode 31 - Old West Week! "Hoedown" from "Rodeo" by Aaron Copland
Cowgirl, circa 1900

Welcome to Day Two of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear a selection from an Old West ballet, by composer Aaron Copland.

To learn about all the story and wonderful music in "Rodeo", check out our expanded Summer Listening Episode in the links at the bottom of this post.

KC 31 (Encore Presentation)
"Hoedown" from "Rodeo"
Aaron Copland

Here's today's Kids Commute:


8 p.m. performances 11/05/18 through 11/08/18

Nov 5, 2018

Welcome to Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West!

Today, we'll hear music from a 1960 movie about seven cowboys based on a movie about seven Japanese warriors!

KC 30 (Encore Presentation)
Theme: The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Music by Request playlist for November 3, 2018

Nov 3, 2018

  Thanks to listeners in Kansas, Cadillac, Pentwater, Ann Arbor, and many other places for your requests this week!

  1. John Barnes Chance - Incantation and Dance; Frederick Fennell/Philharmonic a Vent Wind Orchestra

  1. Richard Strauss - Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28; Daniel Barenboim/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

  1. Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard - “The Battle” from soundtrack to “Gladiator”; Lyndhurst Orchestra

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to the last day of SPOOKY Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Yesterday, we heard music for an eerie dance with a ghost. Today, we'll hear some fun, light-hearted music for ghosts who want to tap their toes a little.

Our piece is "Ghost Dance" by ragtime composer Cora Salisbury.

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"Ghost Dance" 
Cora Salisbury
Paragon Ragtime Band

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Poor Candela dances with a ghost in today's music by Manuel de Falla.
Ballet Folklorico Nacional en Colombia

Happy Thursday, Kids Commuters! Hope you had a great Halloween! We continue with SPOOKY Week on IPR's Kids Commute.

Today, well hear music from Manuel de Falla's ballet "El Amor Brujo" ("Love the Magician"). In today's piece, poor Candela is haunted by the ghost of her husband, who comes to dance with her every night. The neighbors know the ghost is real, but they still think she's crazy!

We'll hear two bits of music: "El Aparecido" ("The Apparition" - the appearance of the ghost) and "Danza del Terror" ("The Dance of Terror").

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"El Amor Brujo"
"El Aparecido"/"Danza del Terror"
Manuel de Falla
Eduardo Mata/Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Here's today's Kids Commute:


It’s Wednesday!  We’re about halfway through “Spooky Week” here on Kids Commute.  So far we’ve heard compositions from two theatrical works, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Peer Gynt”, and “When the Night Wind Howls” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore”

John Bragle

Classical IPR went trick or treating and hit the Halloween motherlode, courtesy of the Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers. They let us haunt a rehearsal as they performed some very spooky repertoire.

Listen to each piece below. 

Vincent Persichetti, "Hist whist" (click here to see the original poem by E. E. Cummings)

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