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Northern Michigan schools and sports teams buck state requests for 2-week pause, will meet in-person

Most Northern Michigan high schools won’t move online, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested educators take a two week pause from in-person instruction to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Courtesy of the office of the governor

Most Northern Michigan high schools won’t move online, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requested educators take a two week pause from in-person instruction to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features a variety of music by American composers performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students.

There will be American hymns, dances, and folk and patriotic songs, plus music about baseball.

The Boss and the Miller's Wife: The Tri-Cornered Hat
Chris van Niekerk, Maxine Denys en Harold King in die vroeë 1960's in Three-Cornered Hat in die Alhambra, Kaapstad.

This week on Kids Commute, we're going to the ballet!

We'll learn the story and hear the music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's lighthearted ballet, "The Tri-Cornered Hat!"

We'll have a tri-cornered Quizlet for you, too.

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

Here's one of the dances from the ballet, featuring Leonide Massine, its original choreographer, who traveled all around Spain with Manuel de Falla to learn about its music and dance.

Essay: Stepping Down

Apr 9, 2021

We already know that not everyone can be the boss. But here’s the rest of the story. Not everyone wants to be the boss, including me. 

Spectrum Health

Some northwest Michigan health departments are seeing a decline in COVID-19 vaccine interest just a few weeks into the state expanding access to everyone 16 and older.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer answers questions from reporters in Traverse City on October 9, 2020.
Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

Less stick. More carrot. That appears to be Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s approach now as Michigan wracks up some of the nation’s worst COVID-19 numbers. 

Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème

Apr 8, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a treasure of the repertory, Puccini’s La Bohème.


This performance, recorded in the fall of 2017, saw the Met debut of the radiant American soprano Angel Blue and is being featured for the first time in a Saturday matinee broadcast.


Classical IPR in Concert: TSO Brass Quintet + Organ

Apr 8, 2021

Recently the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and organist Thomas Bara presented an online concert.

This week Interlochen Public Radio shares it with you on Classical IPR in Concert.

Kevin Rhodes conducts, and he is the featured pianist on the program.

Tune in Friday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at noon or listen below at any time.

Outdoors: Spring awakenings

Apr 7, 2021

I love the sound of an orchestra warming up.

The cacophony is hardly musical, but if you listen, you can hear what’s coming.

Fragments of melody float from the din, with hints of the beauty that will soon begin.

Isn’t early spring much like pre-concert magic?

Fragments of birdsong float from the treetops; swelling buds and pastel twigs hint of the beauty that is to come.

A concert begins when the conductor mounts the podium, raises a baton and, with a downbeat, indicates that the musicians should begin.


The largest health care system in northern Michigan, Munson Healthcare, has more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any other point in the pandemic. That includes in late November, when no one was yet vaccinated. 



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