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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Since the 1940s, Hugh Downs has been known to most Americans as a television host on programs including "Tonight: Starring Jack Paar," "Today" and "20/20."

Downs, who died July 1 at the age of 99, was also a composer of classical music. He hosted the PBS classical music program "Live from Lincoln Center" during the 1990s.

Trumpeter Walter White was a little disappointed when the television show "Breaking Bad" starting becoming popular. 

White says that he used to be at the top of the Google searches for his name, or in second place after the longtime NAACP leader Walter Francis White.

Outdoors: Federation squirrels

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The rodents that thrive in dry sandy fields at Interlochen are called thirteen-lined ground squirrels. At least, that’s what we call them now.

Around Independence Day, I like to recall their original common name: federation squirrels.

These grasslands creatures have thirteen stripes, alternating dark and light, that are interspersed with little dots that look rather like stars.

GAMEPLAY: Atmospheres

Jul 2, 2020
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  On this week’s episode: game music that sets a mood.

 

Though plenty of videogames are about pulse-pounding action thrills, there are also lots of games that are more atmospheric, reflective, even meditative, and music plays a major part in creating the atmosphere for your experience.

 

We’ll sail peacefully down majestic dunes, take our first steps up a mystical mountain, and even build a colony on the surface of Mars.

Outdoors: The river of the Saw Beaks

Jul 2, 2020

The Little Betsie River connects the two lakes at Interlochen. Then the Betsie River flows from Green Lake to Lake Michigan.

They were named for a duck: a merganser.

Early maps of Lake Michigan bear names given by the French. They called the Betsie "la Reviere du Bec-Scie," or "the River of the Saw Beaks."

The French called mergansers “saw beaks” because of the serrations on the ducks’ narrow  bills. These sawtooth edges aid the birds in capturing and holding onto the slippery fish that make up the bulk of their diet.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, the program features chamber music performed by faculty members of the 2019 Interlochen Arts Camp

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.


Outdoors: Loons' breath control

Jul 1, 2020

At Interlochen, breath control is a big deal. 

Singers, wind players, actors and dancers all have to deal with the basic need to have enough breath to produce their art.

Our beloved loons have breath control under control.  These remarkable birds can dive and stay under water for about three minutes, maybe more. And that is while undergoing strenuous exercise!

You can watch them disappear beneath the surface, but it is anybody’s guess where they might resurface.

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After Mort Achter won a boxing competition at a sports camp in the summer of 1947, his parents were worried.

They told him he'd have to go to music camp at Interlochen the next summer. If he didn't like it, he could return to sports camp the following year.

Starting in 1948, Achter would spend every summer for over a decade at Interlochen's National Music Camp.

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Repose has been a Classical IPR listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists

Monday Ep170217
Minstrel Streams - Ancient Mariner 
Dan Chadburn - Quiet Soul
Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees
Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls 

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For the first time since 1928, campers, staff and faculty will not convene in person at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer.

But the sounds of camp will still emanate from Interlochen via Classical IPR. 

Between June 27 and July 19, Classical IPR will have hourly, daily and weekly features celebrating the past, present and future of camp at Interlochen.

Enjoy an hour of great music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Jody Knol is your host. Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Bedrich Smetana: 3 Dances from "The Bartered Bride" - Polka; Furiant; Dance of the Comedians
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded live, May 19, 2017, Great Hall, Wharton Center)

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Music written for voice constituted nearly half of today's program.  We heard ensembles VOCES8, Anonymous 4, The London Opera Chorus, Cambridge Singers, and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, along with the voices of  Bryn Terfel, Renata Tebaldi, Renee Fleming, Carol Vaness, Jussi Bjoerling, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Emma Stone, Dawn Upshaw, Peggy Wood, Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, and Charmian Carr.

1.     Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner Suite, Yoshiko Okada

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jun 26, 2020

Classical IPR is proud to continue the tradition of presenting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday evenings.

This week, we begin our season sharing performances from the Interlochen archives.

Tune in Sunday at 8 p.m., or listen below at any time.

On the program:

Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture, WYSO (2000)

Hanson: A Sea Symphony, WYSO and High School Choir (1977)

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, National High School Orchestra (1961)

Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture, WYSO (2005)

Clarinet players at Interlochen, 1965, with instructor Sydney Forrest
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For many years, it's been a summertime tradition to come to the Interlochen campus on Saturday nights to hear performances of the World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS).

This year, we're celebrating in a new way, with concerts on the radio!

Tune in to Classical IPR for three Saturday nights for "An Evening with the World Youth Wind Symphony."

Listen to the first episode this coming Saturday, June 27, or listen any time below.

PROGRAM FOR JUNE 27, 2020

On Nov. 20, 1934, a brand new symphony brought a Carnegie Hall audience to its feet. The concert featured the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by its star conductor Leopold Stokowski. The music was the Negro Folk Symphony, by the 35-year-old African American composer William Dawson.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

On Friday, June 26, the nationally syndicated classical music Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour as Performance Today broadcasts a recent performance given by the Harlem Quartet at Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. The quartet played three rags by William Bolcom.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

GAMEPLAY: Skyrim

Jun 25, 2020
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  This week on GAMEPLAY: we explore beloved music from one of the most successful fantasy role-playing games of all time: The Elder Scrolls V: SKYRIM!

Millions of gamers have gotten pleasantly lost in this rich wintry world since 2011, with its deep story and detailed history, politics, and mythology that are easily comparable to Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

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Repose has been a favorite of IPR listeners since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. The program is hosted by Jody Knol.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chorus of the Janissaries, "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder"(Sing to the mighty Pasha) from Act I of "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" ("The Abduction from the Seraglio")
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
David Lockington, guest conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on January 18, 2020)

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The late Vera Lynn was the most requested artist on today's program.  

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variation, Glenn Gould

2.     Charles Ives, Variations on America, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

3.     George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Yuga Wang, Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

4.     Fritz Kreisler, Caprice Viennois, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andre Previn

5.     Hugh Charles and Ross Parker, We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn

6.     Nat Burton and Walter Kent, White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn

New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center both said on Thursday that they have canceled their performances for the rest of 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The twin announcements from the two New York City landmarks signal that the city's cultural life will be slow to return.

In typical years, late September marks the beginning of the new concert season for two of New York's most famous music venues, followed shortly by the moneymaking holiday season. But 2020 is turning out to be anything but a normal year.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

GAMEPLAY: The Chorus

Jun 18, 2020
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  There’s nothing like the thrilling sound of many voices coming together!

 

On this week’s episode of GAMEPLAY, we celebrate the chorus in videogames.

 

We’ll hear the first piece of game music to win a Grammy, and we’ll enjoy singing in languages living, dead, and created too, from English and Latin to Swahili, Old Norse, and a magical tongue spoken by dragons!  

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

It's a Showtune Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR!
Singalong Jubilee Halifax 1968 Jubilee (Flickr: Ross Dunn)

Welcome to another Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR! This time, we've pulled together a collection of popular showtunes for you to show off your pipes!

Many of our songs come from IPR's Vinyl Vault, which contains original vinyl pressings of many classic Tony-nominated musicals, but we've got a couple of recent hits, too.

SHOWTUNES IN THE SOIREE

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