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Kids Commute - BEAR WEEK!

Violinist Polar Bear
Debora Arnedo
Violinist Polar Bear

Hear music about sleeping bears, dancing bears, chanting bears, bears having picnics and more!

We can hardly "bear" the excitement - it's BEAR WEEK on Kids Commute!

This week's shows include pieces about bears written by a young Edward Elgar (long before he was Sir Edward Elgar), plus music about the Anishinaabe Legend of the Sleeping Bear by percussionist and longtime Interlochen faculty member John Alfieri.

We'll also hear bear-themed music from a post-apocalyptic opera as well as some bear music that you might have heard in a recent TikTok trend.

Listen every day at 7:40 a.m. or 3:20 p.m. or catch up on past episodes on demand below.

Kids Commute - BEAR WEEK! Monday: Wand of Youth ("Tame Bear" and "Wild Bear"), Sir Edward Elgar
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Judd
Kids Commute - Bear Week! Tuesday: "The Bear" - Symphony No. 82, Mvmt IV, Franz Joseph Haydn
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
Kids Commute - BEAR WEEK! Wednesday: The Legend of Sleeping Bear (excerpt); John Alfieri
John Alfieri/1999-00 Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble

Watch "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" below:

Kids Commute - BEAR WEEK! Thursday: The Teddy Bears' Picnic (John Walter Bratton)
Henry Hall and his Orchestra

Kids Commute - BEAR WEEK! Friday: Panda Chant (Meredith Monk)
2019-2020 Interlochen Arts Academy Choir/John Bragle

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.