The Interlochen Collection

Sundays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR

Join Classical IPR every week for The Interlochen Collection, a program of music from the archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The program features music performances from the land of the stately pines, stories from Interlochen's history and updates from notable alumni.

Most episodes are also available to stream on demand through the IPR website or Interlochen Public Radio mobile app.

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Drama, humor, passion, tragedy, love and death - opera has it all.

This week's program features decades of Interlochen students performing music from the operatic stage, including works composed by Aaron Copland, Umberto Giordano, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

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Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser Overture; Joseph Maddy/National High School Symphony Orchestra (1957)

Aaron Copland, The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land); Craig Dieterich/Interlochen Arts Academy Choir/David Lake (1981-82 academy year)

On this episode, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and Interlochen Arts Camp/National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen."

According to Bilik, many popular songs like "Stardust" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" were actually created by Interlochen campers.

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On this episode, we celebrate the orchestral music of Ludwig van Beethoven, including over half a century of Interlochen students playing the composer's Symphony no. 7. 

Gohar Vardanyan walked into World History with Mr. McCall for her first day of classes at Interlochen Arts Academy. The TV was on, and horrible images were on the screen.

It was September 11, 2001.

This program features music that is "petite," "little," "miniature," "small" and, of course, "kleine."

Hear decades of student musicians from Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy perform music of Mozart, Gonoud, Turina, Bach, Haydn and Debussy. 

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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.

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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.


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This episode is devoted to the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hear decades of student performances from Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, featuring incidental music, choral music, folk song transcriptions and a very famous fantasia by Vaughan Williams.


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Composer, percussionist, producer, drummer and studio musician Clara Warnaar is featured on this week's program.

A 2009 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Warnaar is now based in New York City and has a multifaceted career. 

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This program features music from the medieval and renaissance eras, but reimagined by 20th-century composers.

Hear Notre Dame polyphony, Renaissance keyboard pieces and a variety of instrumental dance music brought to life by modern wind bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.


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This week's program features music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Join us for an hour of music performed by Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy students through the decades. 

The program includes archival recordings of Prokofiev's music for opera, ballet and film, plus chamber music inspired by folk sounds of Kabarda, a remote region of the Caucasus. 

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On this program, we revisit a radio broadcast from July 1974 that featured a complete performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The performance included the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, High School Women's Chorus and student narrators Abbe Sher and Phillip Silverman.

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On this program, we dive into music about water.

From the beautiful blue Danube to the Moldau to the waterfront docks of Hoboken, N.J., we'll hear decades of water music, performed by students and faculty between the lakes at Interlochen Center for the Arts.


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Cristian Măcelaru was surprised when he learned he'd been admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy because he thought he'd filled out the application for Interlochen Arts Camp instead.

At the Academy, Măcelaru discovered conducting, an experience that would change his life completely.

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William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.


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In 1977, Interlochen Center for the Arts celebrated its 50th camp season.

A World Youth Symphony Orchestra concert on August 7 featured guest conductor Howard Hanson.

Hanson had conducted student orchestras at Interlochen since the camp's first summer in 1928. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s spiritual music from around the world.

 
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This week's episode of the Interlochen Collection features pianist Cynthia Raim. We'll hear archival recordings from her time as an Interlochen camper in the early 1960s as well as her later professional commercial recordings.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the National High School Symphony Orchestra’s trip to the White House in 1962, where they performed for President John F. Kennedy.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by composer Albert James Fillmore, from an album compiled by Interlochen’s own Michael and Jean Coonrod. 

 
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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re going for Baroque as Interlochen student ensembles perform music from the early part of the 18th century.  

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the Interlochen Arts Academy’s Mozart Bicentennial concert at Lincoln Center. 

 
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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by the American composer Frank Ticheli. 

 
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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s classical music that you probably recognize from cartoons. We’ll have guest appearances by Mickey, Daffy, Bugs, Elmer, the Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, and many others. 

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit a 2005 tribute concert given in memory of Frederick Fennell. 

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