Morning Classical

Monday - Friday, 7am to 10am on Classical IPR

Join Kate Botello on Classical IPR weekday mornings from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. Tune in for a wide variety of classical music with an occasionally eclectic bent - you might catch a show tune or a jazz standard here and there!

Kate's Morning Classical program has some regular features during the week, including -

Monday - Friday, 7:40 a.m. - Kids Commute

Tune in for classical music aimed to educate and entertain the younglings, trapped in the car on the way to school. Find out more about Kids Commute by clicking here.

Friday mornings before 10:00 a.m. - Friday Dance Party!

Kickstart your weekend with the last piece of music that Kate plays on Friday mornings - dance tunes by way of the Renaissance, symphonic dances, or folk dance suites.

Traverse City West High School is opening a production of "Fiddler on the Roof" on November 15. Director and choreographer Minda Nyquist and cast member Jack Rusinowski (Tevye) shared music and stories from the classic musical. For tickets to see "Fiddler" please click here.

Hear the full interview and music below.

Pieces included:

Traverse City Central High School is opening a production of "West Side Story" on Friday, November 8. Director Erin Peck and cast member Teddy Huff (A-Rab, Tony understudy) shared music from the iconic musical and talked about its relevance to teenagers today. For tickets, click here.

Hear the full interview with music below!

Music heard on today's program:  

The Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Company will present "Matilda the Musical" Nov. 15-22 in the Harvey Theatre. Click here for ticket information.

Director Gulshirin Dubash and actor Ethan Horgan (Miss Trunchbull) dropped by IPR to share some of the music of the show, as well as the philosophy behind the creation of the upcoming IAA production.

The Northland Players will put on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress" this weekend at the Cheboygan Opera House. The classic 1959 musical, at its time a star-maker for Carol Burnett, is based on the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

Cast member Jim Sturgill, who plays The Jester in the show, stopped by Classical IPR to share some music from the show and talk about communities coming together as a volunteer artistic force.

Hear the interview and music by clicking below!

Music chosen for this hour includes:

Seraph Brass is an all-female brass ensemble who performs all over the world. They'll play a concert in Corson Auditorium Thursday, October 17 along with the Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble. 

The ensemble visited Studio A to talk about their upcoming concert and their goals for working with the students.

Hear Seraph Brass perform the Prelude to the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and the full interview below.

Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse will soon open a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play features many delightfully oddball characters, including the staunch Victorian Lady Augusta Bracknell, portrayed in this production by Betsy Willis.

Willis came to IPR's Studio B in character as Lady Bracknell to share some of that great lady's favorite music, interspersed with some firm Victorian opinions about edifying music, a fondness for German respectability and a general suspicion of all things French.

Soprano Lauren Fleming is about to be a senior at Traverse City Central High School. For two years running, she was named one of the top soloists in the state of Michigan and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Lauren, a musical theatre performer from a young age, stopped by Studio A to chat with IPR's Kate Botello about making the switch from theatre to opera. She performed two pieces: "Villanella" by Eva Dell'Acqua and "Ma rendi pur contento" by Vincenzo Bellini.

Hear the interview and performances below.

Terry Barber  is an internationally touring countertenor and educator. His voice appears in recordings on every major record label. He will be performing a special concert to benefit the the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts and Michigan Legacy Art Park, a couple of leading nonprofit arts organizations in Northern Michigan.

Terry Barber visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and talk about the special flexiblity he applies to his voice and his work. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

The Cadillac Footliters have expanded their theatre program for young people to include a new teen production, opening this weekend. The musical "Freaky Friday" is based on the beloved 1971 Mary Rodgers book, and it has been made into two (non-musical) films in 1976 and and 2003.

The show's director Julie VanHaitsma and music director Shelley Taylor spent an hour on Classical IPR talking about the show and sharing some of its appealing score. Listen to the interview and music below.

The show runs July 25-26 and August 2-3 in the Cadillac High School Auditorium. 

Fourteen-year-old violinist Ellen Zhou was recently named a winner of this year's Intermediate Concerto Competition at Interlochen Arts Camp.

On July 24, she'll perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor on a concert with the Intermediate Concert Orchestra and Intermediate Symphony Orchestra.

Tenth Intervention is a collective of musicians and a concert series that presents new music in New York City. They collaborate with composers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, dancers and community organizations. Tenth Intervention is in Traverse City for performances with the Traverse City Dance Project and the Music House Museum this week.

Russian Renaissance is a Russian chamber ensemble working to redefine the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments. Russian Renaissance is here on a tour as an internationally acclaimed chamber music group.

Angela Kim is a pianist and frequent guest soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kim will be performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with them this Thursday.

Angela Kim visited IPR’s Studio A to perform Chopin's Nocturne Op. 62, No. 1. She talked about Beethoven, as well as her work as both soloist and collaborator. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Erin Anderson Whiting, Executive Director of the Parallel 45 Theatre Company, dropped by to IPR studios to share music and context surrounding the revolutionary rock musical "Hair." Parallel 45 will open its production of "Hair" at the Amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Traverse City on Thursday, July 11th. The show will run through August 3. Visit parallel45.org for tickets and more information.

Erin joined IPR host Kate Botello to frame context around the show, its music and its place in 1960's American culture.  

Zikuan "Harvard" Zhao is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist from Shangdong Province, China came to Studio A to perform music of Franz Liszt.

Elnora Milliken with members the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Photo courtesy Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Elnora Milliken, founder of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and lifelong friend and supporter of the arts, passed away recently. A talented musician and dedicated philanthropist, Elnora was a driving force for the arts in Northern Michigan.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Interlochen Public Radio!

We've gathered together for our own holiday tradition - the Staff Holiday Special.  It's full of heartfelt holiday choices by your IPR Team, and features genres and styles of music as varied as the people who work here!

From all of us, best wishes for a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Violist Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites.
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World-renowned violist (and Interlochen alumna!) Kim Kashkashian has just released an album of the six Bach Cello Suites, played on her viola (J.S. Bach - Six Suites for Viola Solo). She talked with IPR's Kate Botello about Bach, the flavor viola brings to his cello music, and her charity Music for Food.

Included at the end of the interview, you'll hear excerpt from Kashkashian's rendition of the Cello Suite in D, which requires a special five-stringed viola.


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Emily Amos is a 15-year-old senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She will be one of five finalists in the upcoming Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival competition at the end of this week. Toi toi toi, Emily!

Emily performed Maurice Durufle's "Prelude and Fugue on the Name Alain" on the organ in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and chatted with IPR's Kate Botello about being an organist - and what's up with those shoes!

Vocal soloist Madison Hertel visited Studio A and sang works of Fernando Obradors and Jonathan Dove.
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Madison Hertel is an award-winning vocal soloist, recently named top vocal soloist in the state at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

She stopped by Studio A - the day before leaving for college - to reflect on her career as a young professional actor, and to sing music of Fernando Obradors and Jonathan Dove.


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Dr. Tim McAllister is a Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and a renowned soloist, and is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

The Friction Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. (L-R: Otis Harriel, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Friction Quartet is a string quartet dedicated to “modernizing the chamber music experience and expanding the string quartet repertoire”. They are also the string quartet in residence at Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

Tenth Intervention (Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace) perform their own music for the BBC documentary series, "Planet Earth," in Studio A.
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Hajnal Pivnick and Dorian Wallace are the members of Tenth Intervention, a contemporary music group based in New York City. They are giving a concert this Friday at the Music House Museum in Acme.

The duo stopped by Studio A today to discuss their thoughts on musical improvisation, and perform soundscapes for dry deserts, lions and giraffes.

Hajnal is a violinist who uses a looping device and extended techniques to create new textures, and Dorian is a composer who creates his sounds with piano and electronic keyboard.

You can hear Tenth Intervention perform live musical accompaniment to the BBC documentary film, “Planet Earth,” this Friday at 5:30 and 7pm at the Music House Museum in Acme. Click here for more information.


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Violinist Martin Chalifour is the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an adjunct professor at USC Thorton School of Music, and Dr. Mak Grgic is an esteemed classical guitarist and an Artist Diploma student at USC Thorton School of Music. They will be performing tonight at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Chalifour and Grgic visited Studio A to perform works of Bartok, Kreisler and Piazzolla.

Martin Chalifour and Mak Grgic will perform at their duo recital tonight at 8pm in Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.


  

Each summer, Interlochen holds a series of Institutes that provide intensive training to talented young musicians. Interlochen Instructor of Piano Michael Coonrod brought Josephine Chou and Ami Katijima to perform and chat with Kate Botello in Studio A.

Josephine presented the second half of J.S. Bach's Toccata in D major, followed by Ami's performance of Chopin's, "Heroic" Polonaise in A flat major.

This performance in Studio A was engineered by Brock Morman.

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