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Music by Request for January 16, 2021

Jan 16, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared patriotic selections on this week's program, along with pieces from musicals, opera excerpts and folk songs.

Requests included music by Judith Weir, Aaron Copland, Antonín Dvořák, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gaetano Donizetti.


Requesters also asked for specific performances by Canadian Brass, Susan Graham, 2Cellos and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Morgan Springer

A former jail administrator in Grand Traverse County is headed to prison after receiving a minimum of 16-months in jail for embezzlement and neglect of duty. 

Ryan Hagerty/USFWS


At a lock and dam site in the suburbs of Chicago, there’s a plan to build a set of booby traps to keep invasive carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 


It would involve a barrier of bubbles, an electric field, underwater speakers, and a price tag of over $800 million dollars. 



Essay: Finding Oak Street

Jan 15, 2021

It was a useless day.  Or, more accurately, it was a day on which I was feeling useless.  Questioning my value, my purpose.   No matter where I turned, nothing turned up.  No redeeming virtues, no significant contributions.  My life seemed like a series of wrong decisions and wasted effort. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Founded in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to help people in many ways.

The Foundation not only offers grants to support those who need medical and dental care, but it also regularly awards scholarships to music students.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship has supported dozens of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students over the past two decades. 

Thomas Wolter, Pixabay

Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

This week, we’re listening to music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens written in order to cheer himself up after a terrible concert tour in Germany.

Kids Commute host Kate Botello narrates the performance by the Interlochen Arts Academy orchestra conducted by Leslie Dunner. We've got a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Jan 14, 2021
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s La Traviata, an encore broadcast from last year.

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak starred as the iconic heroine Violetta, who gives up her life as a courtesan to pursue an enduring love. Tenor Dmytro Popov was the impulsive Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey sang Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s moralistic father.

Karel Mark Chichon led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this performance of Verdi’s intimate and heart-rending tragedy.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on the Interlochen campus, playing one of the dozens of musical instruments in his bag of tricks.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Answer correctly in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a prize!

Last week, Kevin played the Chinese hulusi. He says he was in, "a certain stairwell in TJ that can resonate with specific pitches at various locations."

Where's Kevin this week? Watch the video, below!

Music Spotlight 3 was originally an online concert presented by Interlochen Arts Academy music students this fall. 

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share their performances! 

The program features brass ensembles, mixed chamber and more. 

Due to COVID-19, a creative approach is necessary for artists to find ways to make music together safely - and our young artists rose to the challenge!

All our performances were in safe, socially-distanced settings.

Recordings in this broadcast were engineered by Michael Culler.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services


Phones ringing non-stop. Websites crashing. Appointment slots filled within hours. Eligible teachers, front line workers, and senior citizens in northern Michigan all want to know when they can get their COVID-19 vaccine.



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