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.

Perhaps no one is more excited about the Christmas season than kids.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of holiday favorites performed by young voices.

Hi Kids Commuters! It's a short school week leading up to Thanksgiving, so we're having some fun together with REQUEST WEEK! You're in charge! We're hearing music chosen by you all week. 

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., school or no - or listen any time at the links on this page if you're sleeping in.

Listen for daily doses of gratitude from your fellow Kids Commuters, too!

No matter how you're spending your Thanksgiving this year, Classical IPR has a day of special music programming to keep you company. 

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s.

Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists are available below.

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Today's playlist featured The Prayer of Thanksgiving, often known to many as "We Gather Together." This Christian hymn was written by Dutch composer and poet, Andrian Valerius to honor the Dutch victory over the Spanish forces in the battle of Turnout.  At the turn of the twentieth century, it became popular in the United States, and is often associated with Thanksgiving Day services and celebrations. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach/trans. Feruccio  Busoni, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Vikingur Olaffson

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Drama, humor, passion, tragedy, love and death - opera has it all.

This week's program features decades of Interlochen students performing music from the operatic stage, including works composed by Aaron Copland, Umberto Giordano, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

Episode details

Richard Wagner, Tannhäuser Overture; Joseph Maddy/National High School Symphony Orchestra (1957)

Aaron Copland, The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land); Craig Dieterich/Interlochen Arts Academy Choir/David Lake (1981-82 academy year)

GAMEPLAY: Film and TV Composers

Nov 20, 2020
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  On GAMEPLAY this week: a celebration of some versatile composers who are just as much at home scoring for videogames, film, and TV! 

 

We’ll hear game music from Spider-Man, Dante’s Inferno, The Last of Us, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and many more by some of the giants of the game industry, including Garry Schyman and multiple Emmy-winner and Interlochen alumna Laura Karpman.

Join us for an adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m.  This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

This week on Kids Commute - it's Dragon Week! We'll take to the skies with our fire-breathing friends with dragon music from several different genres.

We've got a dragon-sized Quizlet too! Congrats to our Quizlet aces so far this week:

Because of public health and safety concerns in 2020, Interlochen Arts Academy forged a new path for its annual Collage concert. 

The program was presented online, with recordings made while masked and socially distanced.

On this week's Classical IPR in Concert, you'll hear musical selections from this year's Collage and a Vocal Arts Showcase.

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


Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing?

E-mail your answer to: classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played a chord organ in the Dendrinos Chapel!

Here's this week's video - good luck!

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The Christmas season is a good time for contemplation and reflection.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of quiet holiday favorites.

Enjoy this curated selection of Christmas music that was chosen to soothe your spirit and warm your soul.

Outdoors: Chickadee contact call

Nov 18, 2020

Just like humans, chickadees are social.

They split up into pairs during the breeding season, but this time of year, they  form flocks with other chickadees and often with other birds such as nuthatches and small woodpeckers, and they move through the forest in a group.

By definition, a forest is full of trees, and sight lines are limited.

Occasionally, a little chickadee suddenly realizes that it cannot see its flockmates (if that's a word).

In 2019, the Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band presented a holiday concert called A Winter Wonderland.

Hear a recording of this concert below on demand. 

What happens when you take popular songs from the last half century and rework them for classical instruments?

In this curated playlist, Classical IPR offers you musical selections from blues, hip-hop, rock, pop and country, all reimagined for classical musicians. 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" for piano duo, Metallica for cello quartet, Britney Spears for ukulele orchestra, Dr. Dre for string trio, Nirvana for symphony orchestra - it's all here.

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

The first time I saw Helga Davis, she was wearing a column of white satin, standing in a pool of white light, shining. She was singing Judy Collins' "Wings of Angels," a song about grief and loss, but also about the power of love to transcend time and place, life and death. She was magnetic. You could have heard the softest whisper of an angel's wing in the spellbound silence.

On this episode, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and Interlochen Arts Camp/National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen."

According to Bilik, many popular songs like "Stardust" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" were actually created by Interlochen campers.

Hey there Kids Commuters! This week we're listening to an encore of our award-winning BANJO WEEK with the First Gentleman of the banjo, Bela Fleck!

Bela was kind enough to step right off the tour bus and into our studio - and changed the way we think about the banjo forever.

We have a brand-new banjo Quizlet for you this week! Congrats to our Quizlet Aces:

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it's another singalong! We'll hear some of the biggest hits from musicals that premiered on Broadway in the 21st Century. Find some new tunes to love! One of our all-time favorite musical theatre afficionados tinkered with our playlist and recommended a few songs (thanks, Anthony A.!). Even if you're at home alone, there will be lots of people singing with you. 

For snacks and drinks this round, we're having a simple feast of popcorn and hot tea as we dish about a couple of the 21st Century's biggest flops, as well!

GAMEPLAY: The Music of Wilbert Roget

Nov 12, 2020
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  Composer Wilbert Roget is an amazing talent who has written original scores for some of the biggest videogame franchises on the planet!

 

This episode of Gameplay features conversation with Wilbert Roget and selections of his music from Call of Duty: World War II, Mortal Kombat 11, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and more.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below, plus an exciting behind-the-scenes video featuring the recording of A Matter of Time, the main theme from Mortal Kombat 11.

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Do you know where Kevin is? What instrument is he playing?

Email us your answer at classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

This week's video is below - good luck!

Outdoors: The gales of November

Nov 11, 2020
Shipwreck Coast Museum

This year, "the gales of November came early."   

In his haunting ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Gordon Lightfoot sang of a very real phenomenon:  40% of all Great Lakes shipwrecks have occurred during the month of November.

The Great Lakes hold vast volumes of water, and well into autumn, that water retains some of the heat it absorbed last summer. 

In November, when lakes are still relatively warm, the air is light as it rises above the water surface, creating what meteorologists call "stationary low pressure.”

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

IPR's music director Amanda Sewell recently gave a talk about music and art in Nazi Germany.

It was part of the Coffee@Ten series from Crooked Tree Arts Center.

In the talk, Sewell presented several examples of music and art that highlighted Nazi values and then asked participants to consider the troubling legacy of these items in the 21st century.

The entire talk is available to view below.

Please note: the lecture contains some graphic imagery and topics that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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