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 November 23, 2019

Nov 23, 2019
Brown University

  1. Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Pacific Quartet with Menahem Pressler
  2. Phillip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Gidon Kremer, Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi
  3. John Adams, The Chairman Dances, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman
  4. Clara Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Holly Mathieson
  5. Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, Buffalo Philharmonic, Joann Falletta
  6. Edward Grieg, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitr

Music By Request playlist for November 16, 2019

Nov 16, 2019
University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library

  1. Maurice Ravel, Bolero, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations, Gwendolyn Toth
  3. American Shaker Song/John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers
  4. Robert Schumann, Piano Sonata in B Flat, Vladimir Horowitz
  5. Louis Vierne, Finale from Symphony No. 1 Op. 14, Michael Murray
  6. Phillip Glass, Company, London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green
  7. Giuseppi Verdi, Vieni! t’afreeta!

Music by Request playlist for November 2, 2019

Nov 2, 2019
Seattle Globalist

  1.  Phillip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Gidon Kremer, Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph von Doynanyi
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach, French Suite No.

Music by Request playlist for October 26, 2019

Oct 26, 2019
The first edition of "The Children's Corner" 1908

  1. W.A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24, Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate
  2. The Doors/Arr. Jaz Coleman, Doors Concerto, Nigel Kennedy, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Peter Scholes
  3. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill
  4. Nigel Hess, Lochnager Suite, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Nigel Hess
  5. Rogers and Hammerstein, O what a beautiful morning from Oklahoma, Samuel Ramey, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Matz
  6. Peter Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.

Music by Request playlist for October 19, 2019

Oct 19, 2019
Georgetown University Library

This week's playlist featured music of Margaret Bonds, Louise Shropshire and Florence Price. 

Music by Request playlist for October 12, 2019

Oct 12, 2019
Gretchen Carr

  1. Philip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Robert McDuffie, Houston Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach
  2. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
  3. Rogers and Hammerstein, excerpts from South Pacific, Renee Fleming, BBC Orchestra, Rob Fisher
  4. John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Eleanor Rigby, Manuel Barrueco, London Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Lubboch
  5. Traditional American Shaker Song/Arr. John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
  6. Giuseppi Verdi, Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo!

Music by Request playlist for October 5, 2019

Oct 5, 2019
The Academy of Achievement

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach, French Suite in D minor, Vladimir Ashkenazy
  2. Jerome Kern, Old Man River from Showboat, Paul Robeson
  3. Henry Purcell, When I am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas, Jessye Norman, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitnick
  4. George Frederick Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, Academy of St.

Music by Request playlist for September 28, 2019

Sep 28, 2019
National Park Service

Today's playlist featured music of Aaron Copland, Sir Paul McCartney, Third Coast Percussion, Jennifer Higdon and Hannah Lash. Thank to listeners from Cheboygan, Ann Arbor, Frankfort, Pierport, Gould City, Buckley and Alden. 

Music By Request Playlist for September 21, 2019

Sep 21, 2019
Woman's Press/Breitkoph and Hartel, London

Thank you to listeners from Hersey, Whitmore Lake, Kaleva, East Jordan, Frankfort  and Traverse City.  

Music By Request playlist for September 14, 2019

Sep 14, 2019
South China Morning Post

  1. John Lunn, Theme from Downton Abbey, Angele Debeau and La Pieta
  2. W.A. Mozart, Piano Sonata in G Major, Ivo Pogorelich
  3. Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9, Vienna Philarmonic, Sir George Solti
  4. Hector Berlioz, Hungarian March from the Damnation of Faust, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
  5. L.V. Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, Vienna Philharmonic, Claudio Abaddo
  6. J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, E. Power Biggs
  7. Giacomo Puccini, Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme, Mario Lanza
  8. L.V. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No.

Music by Request playlist for September 7, 2019

Sep 7, 2019
Hungarian stamp -circa 1967

  1. Henryk Gorecki, Symphony No. 3, Dawn Upshaw, London Sinfonietta, David Zinman
  2. J.S. Bach/arr. Romm, Little Fugue in G Minor, Canadian Brass
  3. Steve Reich, Pulses, Steve Reich and Musicians
  4. Lowell Mason, Nearer my God to Thee, Bryn Terfel, London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth
  5. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No.

Music by Request playlist for August 31, 2019

Aug 31, 2019
Raritan Valley Community College

  1. Claude Debussy, Jardins sous la pluie, Jean Yves Theibaudet
  2. Karl Jenkins, Benedictus, 2 Cellos
  3. John Williams, The Papers from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Post, Sony Pictures Studio Orchestra
  4. Enrique Granados, Laments, or the Maiden and the Nightengale, Findlay Cockrell
  5. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is our God, American Boy Choir, James Litton
  6. George Gershwin/Arr. Raimundo Penaforte,  Prelude No. 2, Eroica Trio
  7. W.A. Mozart, Ach, ich fuhl’s, from the Magic Flute, Cheryl Studer, Academy of St.

Music by Request playlist for August 24, 2019

Aug 24, 2019
Balsky Retez

Thank you listeners from Beulah, Torch Lake, Crystal Lake,  Frankfort, Cedar, Honor, Troy, Scottville and Glen Arbor.  Today's playlist featured works by Chopin, Handel, Ravel, Arvo Part, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Music By Request playlist for August 17, 2019

Aug 17, 2019
Tube Radio Australia

Music by Request for August 17 2019

Music By Request Playlist for August 10, 2019

Aug 10, 2019

Thank you to listeners from El Paso, TX,  Frankfort, Alden, Cedar, Old Mission, Oklahoma City, OK,  Petoskey and Traverse City for curating today's playlist.  Our program featured music of Johannes Brahms, Max Richter, Arvo Part, Malcolm Williamson, John Williams and Ola Gjeilo.

Music By Request playlist for July 20, 2019

Jul 20, 2019
Guzman Barquin

Thank you to listeners from Traverse City, Cadillac, Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City,  and Alden. This week's playlist featured music of Rogers and Hammerstein, Antonin Dvorak,  Julie Giroux, Peter Tchaikovksy and Marcel Tyberg. 

1.     J.S. Bach, Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin, Midori

2.     John Williams, Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

3.     Charles Gounod, Ah! Je veux vivre from Romeo and Juliet, Pretty Yende, Sinfonia Orchestra of Milano, Giacomo Sagripanti

Music by Request playlist for July 6, 2019

Jul 6, 2019

  1. Leonard Bernstein/Alan Jay Lerner, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, London Sinfonietta, John McGlinn
  2. Giacomo Puccini, Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore from Tosca, Anna Netrebko, National Academy Orchestra of St. Cecilia, Antonia Pappano
  3. W.A. Mozart, Sonata in B Flat K. 281, Mitsuko Uchida
  4. Nadia Boulanger, Three Works for Cello and Piano, Amit Pelid and Lucy Mauro
  5. Peter Tchaikovsky, Finale from Symphony No.

Music By Request playlist for June 29, 2019

Jun 29, 2019
Photo Courtesy of Spencer Herlong

Today's playlist featured American composers including William Bolcom, Charles Ives, John Adams, John Phillips Sousa, George Gershwin, Robert Crawford,  and John Williams. 

Music By Request playlist for June 22, 2019

Jun 22, 2019

  1. Edwin Franko Goldman, The Interlochen Bowl March, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell
  2. Claude Debussy, La Mer, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutroit
  3. J.S. Bach, Brandenberg Concerto No.

Music by Request playlist for June 15, 2019

Jun 15, 2019


1.      George Gershwin, An American in Paris, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein,

2.     Amilcare Ponchielli, Dance of the Hours, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado,

3.     W.A. Mozart, Sonata in F Major, Mitsuko Uchida

4.     Traditional Spiritual/Arrangement by Joseph Jennings, Didn’t It Rain, Chanticleer

5.     Jules Massenet, Va! Laisse couler mes larmes from Werther, Frederica von Stade

6.     L.V. Beethoven,  Second Movement from Symphony No. Six in F Major, London Classical Players, Roger Norrington

Music By Request playlist for June 8, 2019

Jun 8, 2019

Thank you to listeners from Beaver Island, Kingsley, Harbor Springs, Old Mission Peninsula, Empire and Richmond, Virginia. 

Music by Request playlist for June 1, 2019

Jun 1, 2019

Thanks to listeners in Ann Arbor, Petoskey, Baltimore, Lexington and many more for your requests this week!

1. Carl Nielsen – Helios Overture, Sakari Oramo, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

2. Aaron Copland – Fanfare for the Common Man, Antal Dorati, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

3. J. S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor – Canadian Brass

Music by Request playlist for May 25, 2019

May 25, 2019

1. Olivier Messiaen,  Quartet for the End of time, Chamber Music Northwest

2. Robert Johnson, Satyr’s Dance, Canadian Brass

3. Sir Edward Elgar, 2 Marches from Pomp and Circumstance, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

4. Eye of the Tiger, 2 Cellos

5. Daniel Emmet, Dixie Medley, New American Brass Band

6. Igor Stravinsky, Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

7. Giuseppi Verdi, Un di, se ben rammentomi from Rigoletto’s Act 3, National Academy Orchestra of St. Cecelia, Renato Bruson

Music by Request playlist for May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

Thanks to listeners from Oklahoma City, Hersey, Williamsburg,  Ann Arbor and many other places for your requests on today's program. 

1. J.S. Bach, Suite for Brass, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

2.  W.A. Mozart, Ah vous dirai-je Maman, Marilyn Neeley

3. J.S. Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043, Hillary Hahn and Margaret Batjer, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

4. Alan Menken, Seize the Day, Newsies, Original Broadway Cast Recording