Music By Request

Saturday, 9am to 1pm

Join us for a longstanding IPR tradition -  Music by Request, Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., hosted by Gretchen Carr.  Each Saturday, take part in curating a playlist with your fellow Classical IPR listeners. 

There are several ways to make a request:

CALL: 800-441-9422 (the phone lines open at 8:30 a.m.)


FACEBOOK: "Like" our Facebook page, then check for our post Saturday morning - you can leave your request in the comments.

Music By Request for May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Today's program featured film music from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Thank you to listeners from Holland, Cadillac, Buckley, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Petoskey, Cheyboygan, Torch River, Lake City, Honor, Old Mission, Manistee, Lexington KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Baltimore MD. 

1.      Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Multinational Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

2.     Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt, Greg McCallum

3.     Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance: March in D major, London Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

Music By Request for May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey and Grayling who requested two songs featuring Dame Vera Lynn, a British singer, songwriter and actress who was widely popular during World War II.  At the age of 103, she recently led a rousing rendition of We'll Meet Again outside her home in West Sussex in honor of of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   She is quoted in recently saying "I hope today serves as a reminder that no matter how hard things get, we will meet again." 

1.     Aaron Copland, Quiet City, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Berstein

Music By Request for May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020
E. Heemond 2015

Featured on today's program were excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  Saint-Saens wrote this work while secluding himself in a small Austrian village after a disastrious concert tour.  He regarded the work as a piece of fun.  It is widely regarded as his best known work and popular with music teachers and young children. 

1.     Edgard Meyer, Sliding Down, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck

2.     Franz Schubert, Impromptu in G flat major, Kyoko Tabe

3.     Traditional Spiritual, Deep River, Chanticleer

Music by Request for April 25, 2020

Apr 25, 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Edward B. Catton served at WIAA/IPR from 1964 - 1997

Ed was known as "the voice of Interlochen Public Radio," and spent his three-decade career at the station as a beloved classical music host, and the creator of Music by Request.  Support this beloved Saturday tradition, and    make a gift to IPR today.  

1.     Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

Music by Request for April 18, 2020

Apr 18, 2020
Open Music Library

Today' playlist featured the Concerto In D Major for Guitar and Orchestra by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositions were banned from radio even before the Italian Government promulgated the Italian Racial Laws.  This convinced him to leave Italy and immigrate to the U.S.  He soon landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a film composer.  As a teacher, he had a significant influence on major film composers including Henri Mancini, Andre Previn, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, all of whom were his pupils. 

Music by Request Playlist for April 11, 2020

Apr 11, 2020

Thank you to all the listeners who helped create today's program.  The most requested composer was  Johann Sebastian Bach.   

1.     George Frederick Handel, Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel

2.     Traditional Gospel, Just a closer walk with thee, Bob Snyder and David B. Hooten

3.     Giacomo Puccini, Nessun Dorma from Tosca, Luciano Pavarotti, London Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

4.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, E. Power Biggs

Music by Request playlist for April 4, 2020

Apr 4, 2020

Thank you to listenersr from Mesa, AZ, Baltimore, MD Cincinnati, OH, Oklahoma City, OK, Bear Lake, Prudenville, Honor, Northport, Benzonia, Arcadia, and Cheboygan.  Today's featured work was Largo Al Factotum from Rossini's Barber of Seville.   The title translates to "make way for the factotum" which refers to a general servant who literally does everything. 

1.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in D major for 2 pianos, Patrick and Peter Jablonski

2.     Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Quintet, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Music By Request for March 28, 2020

Mar 28, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Baltimore MD, Sarasota FL, Oklahoma City OK,  Fort Drum NY, Lake Leelanau, Manistee, Petoskey, Traverse City, Cadillac, Honor, Holland, Hersey, Mesick and Northport.  Today's featured piece was On The Trail from Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite

1.      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Excerpts from the Third Act of the Marriage of Figaro, Nuccia Focile, Carol Vaness, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras

2.     Robert Schumann, Scenes from Childhood, Annie Fisher

Music By Request for March 21, 2020

Mar 21, 2020
Boosey and Hawkes

Thank you to listeners from Ann Arbor, Elberta, Higgens Lake, Petoskey, Prudenville, Baltimore, Grand Rapids and Holland.  The music of Aaron Copland received the most requests from listeners today.  

1.     Aaron Copland, Red Pony Suite, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Joann Falletta

2.     Modest Moussorgsky, A Night on Bald Mountain, New York Philharmonic, Giuseppe Sinopoli

3.     Various Artists, Elephant Love Medley from the original motion picture soundtrack, Moulin Rouge, Ewan McGregor, Jaimie Allen, Nicole Kidmn

Music by Request for March 14, 2020

Mar 14, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter

Classical IPR can be a constant for you in times of uncertainty.  We will continue to bring you the music you expect whenever you tune in.  Thank you to listeners from nearby and across the country, for helping to curate our program.  Featured on today's playlist was the Overture on Themes from the Wizard of Oz.  

Music by Request for March 7, 2020

Mar 7, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Kaleva, Buckley, Traverse City, Petoskey, Onekama, Honor, Omena and Suttons Bay.   

Music by Request for February 29, 2020

Feb 29, 2020
Ottawa Savoy Society

Happy Leap Year Everyone!  Thank you to a listener from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, who requested excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.  Halfway through the comic opera, Frederick the pirate makes the discovery that his contract as a pirate apprentice lasts not until his 21st year but his 21st birthday. And since he was born in a leap year, that birthday will not occur for another 80 years. 

Music by Request for February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020

  1. Erik Satie, Trois Danses de Travers, Pascal Roge
  2. Sir Edward Elgar, Land of Hope and Glory, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Andrew Davies
  3. Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
  4. Jacab Gade, Jalouise (Tango Tzigane), Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart
  5. John Williams, The Presses Roll from the original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Post, Studio Orchestra, John Williams
  6. Michael Korb/Uli Rover, arr.

Music By Request for February 15, 2020

Feb 15, 2020


  1. Antonin Dvorak Prague Waltz, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer  

  2. Karl Jenkins ,Palladio, Konstantin Soianov, Duncan Riddell, Robert St. John Wright Demot Crehand, The London PhilharmonicStrings, Karl Jenkins   

  3. Ravi Shankar, Variant Moods, Joshua Bell

Music by Request for February 8, 2020

Feb 8, 2020
Traverse City Record Eagle

Thank you to listeners from Ann Arbor, Baltimore, Buckley, Suttons Bay, Traverse City, Rudyard and Pierport for helping to curate today's program. 

Music by Request for Saturday February 1, 2020

Feb 1, 2020

Today's program featured Wynton Marsalis' Fiddle Dance Suite which received the 2020 Grammy for  "Best Classical Instrumental Solo Performance",  featuring Nicola Benedetti with Cristian Macalaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra 

Music by Request for January 25, 2020

Jan 25, 2020

Featured on today's program was  Bruce Brubaker's piano transcription of Pat's Aria from John Adams' Nixon in China.

Music By Request for January 18, 2020

Jan 18, 2020
National Public Radio

Today's playlist featured traditional gospel songs and spirituals.  

Music by Request playlist for January 11, 2020

Jan 11, 2020
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Featured on today's program were piano pieces taught and performed by long time Western Michigan University piano professor, Phyllis Rappaport, who passed away on January 10, 2020. 

Music by Request for January 4, 2020

Jan 4, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Buckley, Ann Arbor, Suttons Bay, Honor, Watervale and St. Ignace.  Today's program featured Symphony No.1  for Sitar and Orchestra by Ravi Shankar. 

Music by Request for December 28, 2019

Dec 28, 2019

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey, Cheboygan, Buckley, Ann Arbor, Utica and Wolverine for helping to curate today's program.  The last Music by Request playlist  for the decade of 2010-2019 included music of J.S. Bach, Steve Reich and traditional carols and spirituals.  

Music by Request playlist for December 21, 2019

Dec 21, 2019

The program featured traditional music of the season.  Thank you to listeners from Alden, Buckley, Cheboygan, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Onekama and Baltimore for curating today's playlist. 

Music by Request playlist for December 14, 2019

Dec 14, 2019
Interlochen Marketing Department

Thank you to listeners  from  Petoskey, Honor, Cheyboygan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Jocotepec Jallisco, Mexico for helping us to curate today's program.  

Music by Request Playlist for December 7, 2019

Dec 7, 2019
Gretchen Carr

Thank to listeners from  Alden, Buckley, Freemont, West Bloomfield, Oklahoma City, Pierport and Traverse City for helping to curate today's playlist.  

Music by Request playlist for November 30, 2019

Nov 30, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia

  1. Giovanni Gabrielli, Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Jeremy West
  2. John Williams and Leslie Bricusse, Somewhere in my memory from the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, Home Alone, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams
  3. George Frederick Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Academy of St.