Interlochen Arts Academy: Music Spotlight 4
Nick Boyer

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear Music Spotlight 4 from Interlochen Arts Academy, focusing on chamber works.

Michael Culler engineered this program.

Tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8, Sunday at noon, or any time below!

Music in this program (Title/Composer/Conductor):

Kenny Pheasant works for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, teaching Anishinaabemowin.
Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

For Kenny Pheasant, Earth Day is an especially important day. His appreciation for the earth is tied to the history of his Anishianaabe culture, and he says knowing his culture comes from speaking his original language. 

Outdoors: Here comes the sun

Apr 21, 2021

Of the many musical compositions written about April, perhaps the most universally known is “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison of the Beatles.

Apparently, things were not going so well for George back in 1969.

Conner Desilets / Interlochen Public Radio

Former State Representative Larry Inman is close to being a free man after a federal judge dropped the two remaining corruption charges against him: extortion and soliciting a bribe.

“Getting the news that it’s over after everything I’ve been through, it’s like a state of disbelief,” Inman said.

This week's Kids Commute will get stuck in your head - it's EAR WORM WEEK!

We'll hear five very popular, catchy classical tunes that have run around in people's heads for centuries.

Ever wonder - what's that piece of classical music used in so many fancy restaurants in the movies? Find out this week!

We'll even have a wormy Quizlet to tease your brain along with the music.

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

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

See this week's playlists below.

There’s so much poetic harmony between meteor showers and the spring, falling through the sky just when the blossoms are rushing toward the sun and the bees are rushing toward the blossoms and everything is humming along to the greater mystery of warmth and light. No wonder then, at least for the Storyteller’s Night Sky, that the first meteor shower of the season emanates from the region of the constellation Lyra, the musical instrument of the ancient sun god Apollo, and his mother, Leto. 

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Just south of Traverse City lies Hoosier Valley, an area known by locals for its natural beauty.


Blair Town Hall Road rides right along the valley, and the deeper in you get, the more you sink into nature. The road shifts from pavement, to gravel, to a dirt path.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

In May 1977, the esteemed American choral conductor Gregg Smith visited Interlochen.

Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in the 1950s and specialized in the music of the United States at a time when not many musicians were doing so.

Essay: White Sauce

Apr 16, 2021

My mother was a gourmet cook and wanted me to follow in her footsteps.

One of my first steps was on a stepstool next to the stove where I had the job of stirring the White Sauce, a common ingredient in many favorite dishes.

Bassist Rodney Whitaker and friends recently performed a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

At the start of 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Whitaker and an all-star roster of colleagues visited at Interlochen Center for the Arts and performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Metropolitan Opera: From the House of the Dead

Apr 15, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janáček’s profoundly moving opera From the House of the Dead, based on the novel by Dostoevsky set in a Siberian prison camp.

This encore broadcast from 2009 starred an extraordinary ensemble cast as the community of damaged but irrepressible inmates.

It's Florence Price Week on Kids Commute. Happy Birthday, Florence!
Aeterna Christi Munera, public domain

On Friday, April 9, it was the birthday of American composer Florence Price, so we're celebrating her with her own week on Kids Commute!

Florence Price is a wonderful composer whose work is still being discovered - discover it along with us!

We'll tease your head with a brand new Quizlet, too.

Listen Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. on Classical IPR, or any time at the links below!

This week's MAYA MIX features full versions of all of this week's excerpts!

Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

The black bear that’s been ransacking bird feeders and garbage cans west of U.S. Highway 31 in Traverse City has finally been trapped. 

It’s believed to be the same bear seen wandering the Meijer parking lot last October.

Classical IPR has created on-demand listening to accompany a few of the sculptures at Michigan Legacy Art Park

Inspired by specific works of art, Classical IPR chose pieces of music that we thought reflected the aesthetic of each sculpture.

See the sculptures and listen to the music below.

If you can, travel to the Art Park yourself and listen to the music while experiencing the sculptures in person. 

Note: the work of art is shown first, followed by the accompanying audio file.

When the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra formed 20 years ago, they didn’t require their musicians to audition. 

“We just said if you’re interested and willing to play, come and join us,” says Robert Pattengale, a retired professor of music and one of the founders of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. 

Outdoors: Spring peepers

Apr 14, 2021

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect

The total Sky almost without defect,

And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,

Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone.

Zoom screenshot Munson news conference


Northern Michigan vaccine clinics will go forward without the single-dose Johnson and Johnson shots. 

Hospitalization of children with COVID-19-related illnesses are on the rise, according to public health experts who spoke during a Munson press conference Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Munson Healthcare reported the highest two-week average in COVID cases it’s ever seen and cases are still rising.



At times, Keli MacIntosh had to take a deep breath before getting her words out. During an emotional testimony Tuesday, she explained why she decided to sue Commissioner Ron Clous and Grand Traverse County. 

Trevor Mahlmann

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

The cow jumps over the Moon this week when the waxing crescent sweeps up through the stars of Taurus the bull, looking west an hour after sunset on Thursday.

Peter Myles has been a Hollywood film music editor for over 20 years. 

He recently spoke with Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell about his career, starting from his time as a student at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy.

After earning degrees from the New England Conservatory and Northwestern, Myles played the trumpet professionally and then became a producer for the Delos record label.

We heard some unusual instruments during this week's program, including the zither, played by Anton Karas, and the gyile, played by Bernard Woma.

Courtesy of the office of the governor

UPDATE: Traverse City Area Public Schools' middle and high schools will continue with virtual learning the week of April 12, following a school board decision on Saturday. School sports will continue.

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.