Classical IPR in Concert

Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 12 p.m. on Classical IPR

Classical IPR regularly broadcasts recent concerts from northern Michigan. Hear performances by local ensembles, Interlochen students, visiting professional artists and more. Listen every Friday at 8 p.m. Many concerts are also available to stream on demand.

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):

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.

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.

WFMT Radio Network

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present a special from the WFMT Radio Network that honors the musical legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On this edition of Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear a February 2021 virtual recital of the Cummings String Quartet.

The Cummings Quartet is the professional ensemble of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program, in residence at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor.

The program will feature works by Beethoven and Shostakovich.

The Cummings Quartet are: David Reimer (first violin), Iuliia Fetysenko (second violin), Trisha Berquist (viola) and Elizabeth Bert (cello).

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

Angela Aleo

String players from the Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently gathered in person - at a distance - to perform a variety of music from the 18th and 20th centuries.

This week on the program, we feature the TSO String Ensemble's recent performance of music by Albinoni, Bach, Holst, Pachelbel and Vivaldi.

Last fall, violist Renee Skerik was featured in two different chamber recitals in northern Michigan.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we showcase those performances, which include music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms and Caroline Shaw.

IAA Jazz Ensemble and Combos, October and November 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present music from two concerts of the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos held in the fall of 2020.

Bill Sears leads the IAA Little Big Band, Jazz Sextet and Jazz Trio in works of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and more.

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

Music in this program:

Little Big Band

Classical IPR in Concert: Laredo-Robinson Duo

Feb 19, 2021

In late August 2020, vioinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson performed to a reduced density audience at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

Prior to that evening, the last time the two had performed for an audience in person was in early March of 2020.

The program is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or click on the link below to listen at any time.

In January of this year, Traverse Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Kevin Rhodes played the piano and joined with musicians from the woodwind and brass sections for a chamber music performance presented online.

That concert is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert.

Sailors winch in a mooring line on the bow of the destroyer USS HAYLER
CDR. Nathan Jones

Sea shanties are having a viral moment right now, and this week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll dive in and add our own voices!

We'll learn about sea shanties from expert Lee Murdock, and hear shanties for different types of work on a ship.

Long haul shanty, short haul shanty, capstan shanty? Sea song? Whatever it takes - get 'er done!

Many thanks to Lee Murdock for his expertise! To learn more about his music and storytelling, please visit his website.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera "Orfeo ed Euridice," love triumphs over all.

The classical voice majors at Interlochen Arts Academy recently presented a production of Gluck's opera that was, itself, a triumph.

Composed by Jeffrey Cobb and with text by Laura Knight Cobb, "The Lesson of the Lark" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote.

The piece received its world premiere performance online last month. 

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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

Metropolitan Opera

It's been close to a year since it was safe for large choruses to gather and sing together.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we invite you to sing along to your favorite opera choruses at a safe distance.

Thanks to our friend Martha for the idea!

This edition of Classical IPR in Concert is a showtune spectacular!

We revisit "Showtunes with Kate Botello: Holiday Edition" featuring Christmas-themed showtunes and an interview with the Music Director of "Elf" on Broadway, Nate Patten.

We'll hear tunes from merry to melancholy, and everywhere in between (hey, it's Musical Theatre - there's gotta be some drama!).

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

Music Spotlight 2 was a concert originally presented online earlier this fall by music students at Interlochen Arts Academy.

On Classical IPR in Concert this week we'll share the performances from Music Spotlight 2.

The program features instumental soloists, choral ensembles, chamber groups and jazz combos.

Angela Aleo

On this week's program, we celebrate the past and present of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

The broadcast includes music from a recent chamber recital given by TSO principals Ken Larson and Sylvia Norris with music director Kevin Rhodes at the piano.

Because of public health and safety concerns in 2020, Interlochen Arts Academy forged a new path for its annual Collage concert. 

The program was presented online, with recordings made while masked and socially distanced.

On this week's Classical IPR in Concert, you'll hear musical selections from this year's Collage and a Vocal Arts Showcase.

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


This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it's another singalong! We'll hear some of the biggest hits from musicals that premiered on Broadway in the 21st Century. Find some new tunes to love! One of our all-time favorite musical theatre afficionados tinkered with our playlist and recommended a few songs (thanks, Anthony A.!). Even if you're at home alone, there will be lots of people singing with you. 

For snacks and drinks this round, we're having a simple feast of popcorn and hot tea as we dish about a couple of the 21st Century's biggest flops, as well!

What happens when you take three members of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and their music director, keep them six feet apart, strictly limit their audience size and ask them to play while wearing masks?

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we get in the Halloween spirit with "Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination." This production of the Old Town Playhouse features classic works of spooky literature, with music by Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen.

Tune in Friday night at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen any time at the link below!

"Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination" at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City

Classical IPR in Concert: The Halftime Show

Oct 21, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert it’s The Halftime Show, showcasing sounds from area high school marching bands.

The performances are from the past two seasons, so you'll hear the bands play in full stadiums with thrilled crowds.

Schools featured this week include Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.

Join us Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature the Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band and Choir concert from earlier this year, prior to pandemic-related closures.

The program will feature music for band, selections for vocal ensembles, and works for the groups together.

Patricia Brumbaugh conducts the band. Jeffrey Cobb conducts choral ensembles and is the director of the Music Department at NMC. The concert also includes compositions by Jeffrey Cobb.

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