Classical Music

Interlochen Public Radio has the latest in classical music. You'll find recent local concerts, live performances from our very own Studio A, classical music for kids and so much more. 

Welcome to Day Four of BOOM Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're listening to big, loud, booming music!

Today, a group of medieval peasants complains about the "Wheel of Fortune", an ancient idea that sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down - and you have no control over what happens to you. Their complaining is understandable - life in the year 1230 was pretty hard!

German composer Carl Orff found some poetry in medieval manuscripts (dating to around the year 1230) and set them to music in the 1937 oratorio, "Carmina Burana." 

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"O Fortuna"
"Carmina Burana"
San Francisco Symphony & Chorus

Until recently, most classical music videos have been humdrum affairs. Musicians, in concert attire, earnestly produce their notes with eyes closed and heads tilted in a beatific expression, somewhere between a migraine and an attempt to channel Bach from the heavens.

Today, we'll bang on some anvils with Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Library of Congress, 1855

Welcome to Day Three of BOOM Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week we're listening to some big, loud, exciting pieces of music!

Today, we'll bang on some anvils and sing in the fields in the "Anvil Chorus" from the opera "Ill Trovatore" by Giuseppe Verdi.

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"Anvil Chorus"
"Il Trovatore"
Giuseppe Sinopoli/German Opera Orchestra and Chorus

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Two additional women, violinists Emilia Mettenbrink and Raffaela Kalmar, have made allegations of sexual misconduct against violinist William Preucil, the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra and a now-former instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Their accusations were printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sunday.

This week Classical IPR brings you a concert by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Libor Ondras. It's a program they performed this summer at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Dylana Jenson and David Lockington appear with the orchestra to perform the Concerto for Violin and Cello by Johannes Brahms. The concert also includes familiar works by Smetana, Copland and Bernstein. Listen Friday at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, the musicians of Chicago's Lyric Opera Orchestra went on strike. 

In a statement on the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra Facebook page, the orchestra musicians said they did not accept several proposed cuts from Lyric's management.

Jeanmarie Riccobono is the principal clarinetist in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet at Northwestern Michigan College and the Bay View Music Festival.

She'll be the soloist this weekend in Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Today, we'll hear the exciting "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
"Ride of the Valkyries", William T. Maud, 1890

Welcome to Day Two of BOOM Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week we're listening to big, loud, exciting pieces of music!

Today, we take to the viking skies in music from German composer Richard Wagner. We'll ride to battle with the Valkyries, servants of the Norse god Odin. Listen in as they take "roll call" and talk about the soldiers they've collected to take to Valhalla.

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"Ride of the Valkyries"
"Die Walkure"
Richard Wagner
Members of the Bayreuth Festival

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The Philadelphia Orchestra received a warm welcome from an enthusiastic audience at Hill Auditorium last month. For much of the twentieth century the Philadelphia Orchestra gave annual performances in Ann Arbor but had not been back since 1994.

The University Musical Society and Interlochen Public Radio shared the concert with radio listeners in a live broadcast.

Three years after his death, my father, virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg, made headlines all over the world when his beloved Stradivarius violin, stolen 35 years earlier, was recovered by the FBI. The story struck the hearts of so many, I think, because in such turbulent times, it was rare good, even joyful, news. And the mystery of where it had been, was finally solved.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Yonghoon Lee in the title role, with Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena, George Gagnize as Gerard and J'Nai Bridges as Bersi. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

The opera is sung in Italian. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to BOOM WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

You know how classical music can be really soothing and relaxing? Not this week! This week, we're listening to big, loud, booming pieces of music!

Today, we'll go BOOM with bullfighters in the exhilarating "Entrance (March) of the Toreadors" from Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen." The fans are so excited to see them!

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"Entrance (March) of the Toreadors" ("Les voici!")
Georges Bizet
Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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Over two decades ago in 1997, when violinist Hilary Hahn was 17, she made a celebrated recording debut, Hilary Hahn Plays Bach. That year, Hahn told NPR about her enthusiasm for Bach's music.

"There's nothing I really wanted to record more than Bach," Hahn said. "I can work on it for a long time and keep discovering more things that surprise me every time."

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Cedar Creek Township, Bear Lake, Kingsley and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Various composers, Armed Forces Medley; United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus

2. Clare Grundman, Concord; United States Marine Band

3. George Frederic Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Gert van Hoef

4. Richard Wagner, Isolde’s Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde); Zubin Mehta/New York Philharmonic/Montserrat Caballé

8 p.m. performances 10/8/18 through 10/11/18

Oct 5, 2018
Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! It’s the final day of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve dedicated this week to artists with a classical music background who bridge the gap between modern classical music.

Today, we focus on Black Violin, a violin/viola duo that combines classical-style playing with contemporary hip-hop beats. In today’s musical selection, they use Joseph Brackett’s Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, and reimagine it with variations on the theme, a hip-hop beat, and their classical training.

Kids Commuters - you have until Monday, October 8 to enter the drawing to win tickets to see Black Violin in concert at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor on October 13! Simply text the word "tickets" to our Quizlet line 231-237-7482 for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Based on a hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett
Arranged and performed by Black Violin (Kev Marcus and Wil B.)

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Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are the Croatian cellists that form the duo 2Cellos. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!

Welcome to Day Four of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week on IPR’s Kids Commute. We’ve been exploring several artists and ensembles that use their creativity and training to reinvent modern music.

Today, we focus on 2Cellos, a duo of cellists that have a history of competing against one another. While they were highly respected because of their musical accomplishments, they weren’t necessarily financially successful until they realized the key to success was being different from other talented and accomplished musicians.

2Cellos took the internet by storm with the viral video of their performance of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal that has gained almost thirty million views on YouTube! Knowing that this is what makes them unique, they’ve gone on to reinvent popular songs such as "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, last year’s hit song "Despacito," and "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons.

Today, we'll hear the hit that made them famous - Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

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"Smooth Criminal"
Michael Jackson
2Cellos (Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser)

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Yo-Yo Ma is one of the greatest cellists of all time. His relationship with the music of Bach is widely known, but he paid tribute to another artist during his set: Pablo Casals. The Spanish cellist discovered the Bach suites in a music store in 1890 and brought them to modern attention.

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!
Kate Botello

We’re in the middle of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week from Kids Commute by Interlochen Public Radio. Join the fun as we highlight musicians who put a classical twist on modern music.

Friction Quartet not only uses their creativity to reinvent modern music, they are active in commissioning works from modern composers to expand the repertoire available to string quartet ensembles. An extra cool feature is that Friction Quartet was the string quartet in residence at the 2018 Interlochen Arts Camp, right here in Interlochen, Michigan.

Today, Friction Quartet will peform a chamber version of "Little Red Corvette" by Prince, arranged by the group's cellist, Doug Machiz. Friction Quartet performed the song just for us in IPR's Studio A! To hear our full interview with them, click here.

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"Little Red Corvette"
Doug Machiz/Friction Quartet

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Hey Kids Commuters!

Coming up Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., you can join us for our first-ever KIDS COMMUTE LIVE concert with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, plus special guest appearances from the Arts Academy Theatre Company, Chamber Singers and Comparative Arts.

We'll have some musical treats from Zaninelli, Wagner and Holst, and one monstrous trick - a hair-raising and interactive performance of GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS!