Classical Music

James Gilray, "The Pic-nic Orchestra" (1802)
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Interlochen Public Radio is your gateway to news and classical music from Interlochen Center for the Arts. Learn about new music, upcoming performances and more.

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Kevin LaRose

It's time once again for Making the Rounds with Kevin LaRose!

Each Thursday morning at 3:00, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a musical instrument somewhere on our campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Last week, Kevin played the bass guitar in the lobby of IPR (which made us all laugh heartily!).

Watch this week's video, below, and make your guess!

Send it in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD.

Outdoors: Beech books

Feb 24, 2021

During summer, it is easy to overlook beech trees.

But this time of year, when leaves are gone from mature beech and almost all other deciduous trees, the tan leaves of young beech trees give us some much-appreciated winter color.

Interlochen campers tell me that the trunks of beech trees remind them of elephant legs.

The smooth grey bark is thin, but not particularly insulating.

Beech trees grow in the eastern United States but they peter out just west of Lake Michigan.

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Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Karen Marie Garrett - Tip Toe Dancer and the Sea Pearl

Chris Spheeris - Embrace

Anewday - Dawn of Day

Paul Cardall - Voices

John Mills - Into the dark night

Jeff Oster (w/ Will Ackerman, Philip Aaberg and Taylor Barefoot) - Released

Adriane White

Cristian Măcelaru was surprised when he learned he'd been admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy because he thought he'd filled out the application for Interlochen Arts Camp instead.

At the Academy, Măcelaru discovered conducting, an experience that would change his life completely.

Music by Request for February 20, 2021

Feb 20, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners were big on choral and keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as band music and sea shanties.

Updated at 9:46 p.m. ET

A union representing 800 backstage workers at New York's Metropolitan Opera began a publicity campaign today urging donors and government entities to withdraw support for the company because of a labor dispute.

Classical IPR in Concert: Laredo-Robinson Duo

Feb 19, 2021

In late August 2020, vioinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson performed to a reduced density audience at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts.

Prior to that evening, the last time the two had performed for an audience in person was in early March of 2020.

The program is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or click on the link below to listen at any time.

Metropolitan Opera: La Rondine

Feb 18, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s La Rondine, a memorable performance from 2009.

It starred soprano Angela Gheorghiu as the Parisian courtesan Magda and tenor Roberto Alagna as Ruggero, a passionate young man from the countryside.

The cast also featured soprano Lisette Oropesa and tenor Marius Brenciu as the chambermaid Lisette and the poet Prunier, and bass Samuel Ramey as Magda’s wealthy companion Rambaldo.

Making the Rounds 96 - Where's Kevin?
Kevin LaRose

Each week, in the wee hours of Thursday, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a musical instrument somewhere on the grounds of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send your guess in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the contrabass trombone outside the Fire Barn - and his valves froze!

Psst - today is Kevin's birthday. Where's our Birthday Guy, and what instrument is he playing? Join him in his b-day serenade in the video below.

From 8-bit chip sounds to full symphony orchestra and chorus, video game music comes in endless styles.

Classical IPR has created an on-demand playlist of music from video games, all arranged for a variety of instruments and ensembles.

On Thursday, February 18, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded and performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Join Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour of the broadcast to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a recent concert at Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium.

Conducted by Matthias Pinscher, the orchestra played Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Outdoors: Footprints in the snow

Feb 17, 2021

In his first book of Preludes, Claude Debussy wrote a melancholy piece, which in English is called "Footprints in the Snow."

Clearly, he intended to express desolation, for in the manuscript, he wrote, "This rhythm should have the sonorous value of a sad and frozen landscape."

Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste — two artists from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — met 25 years ago, in a high school orchestra class. Growing up, neither one had had much exposure to classical music; both said their parents were more likely to listen to reggae or calypso. Classical music felt like it was supposed to be for other people, which had the effect of drawing them even closer to it. Today, they play as a duo, with Marcus on violin and Baptiste on viola.

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Repose is an hour of beautiful and relaxing music that you can hear every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

 

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Galileo- Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumble

Mohave Sunrise - Montage

Spirit - Brian Mann

Cathedral Pines - Eugene Friesen

Spring meadow - Michael Jones

For the roses - Teresa Schroeder

Eventide - Robert Resitar

Interlochen Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.

This week, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.


Music by Request for February 13, 2021

Feb 13, 2021

This week on Music by Request, Classical IPR listeners showed affection for love songs, as well as popular violin solos and organ music.

Kids Commute - Chinese New Year Week!
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Friday, February 12 is Chinese New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear terrific music from China and learn all about Chinese New Year traditions. 

We'll have a Chinese Zodiac Quizlet for you, too!

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

This week's MAYA MIX (our free Spotify playlist) features all the music featured in this week's episodes, plus some bonus material for the Year of the Ox!

Metropolitan Opera: Cendrillon

Feb 11, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Cendrillon, Massenet’s elegant and witty take on the Cinderella tale.

 

This encore broadcast from 2018 stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. Soprano Kathleen Kim sang Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe was her overbearing stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri sang Cendrillon’s beleaguered father Pandolfe.

 

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Kevin LaRose

Each week, Interlochen's multi-talented campus safety officer, Kevin LaRose, plays a mystery instrument from somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where is Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send us an e-mail with the answer to ipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the theremin in the music building with special guest Mohamed Shams from the Hartt School as (socially distanced!) collaborative pianist.

This week, Kevin chilled out with his doppelganger - and his valves froze!

Outdoors: Birds' courtship performances

Feb 10, 2021

It seems early, but on one of our rare sunny days, I heard a chickadee sing his two-note mating call.

The courtship season for birds will soon be here.

Because Valentines’ Day coming soon, I would point out that bird courtship is an artistic endeavor.

To attract a mate, a male bird must sing, dance, behave dramatically or create a visual presentation.

In the dance department, some species dance, and others perform acrobatic courtship flights.

Ritual dancing is, for many birds, a critical part of pair bonding.

In the 1920s, the Russian physicist Leon Theremin debuted an electronic instrument that could be played without any physical contact. Players stood in front of a box and waved their hands over antennas, summoning otherworldly sounds seemingly from thin air.

In January of this year, Traverse Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Kevin Rhodes played the piano and joined with musicians from the woodwind and brass sections for a chamber music performance presented online.

That concert is featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert.

Will Liverman is a young baritone and a new, exciting voice in the opera world. He is also on something of a mission.

In school, the artist was rarely introduced to Black composers. It was a cumulative interest, patched together by YouTube clips and introductions from colleagues. Now, he wants to expose listeners to music that he feels doesn't get programmed enough in concert halls or receive enough airplay on classical radio stations.

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Repose is an hour of beautiful and relaxing music. You can hear it every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Peter Kater - Ascent

David Lanz - A Whiter Shade of Pale

Jeanette Alexander - The Road to Caernarvon  

Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees

Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls

Greenpeace

Join IPR's music director Amanda Sewell on Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. for a virtual lecture on the relationship between classical music and climate change.

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