Classical Music

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.

Traverse City Central High School is opening a production of "West Side Story" on Friday, November 8. Director Erin Peck and cast member Teddy Huff (A-Rab, Tony understudy) shared music from the iconic musical and talked about its relevance to teenagers today. For tickets, click here.

Hear the full interview with music below!

Music heard on today's program:  

It's Spooky Week on Kids Commute! Get ready for a week of weird and eerie music!
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Happy Halloween, Kids Commuters! We've got a whole week of spooky tunes coming your way - weird sounds of all shapes and sizes! Tune in to Classical IPR weekday mornings at 7:40, or listen any time at the links below.

We'll ask your our super-spooky Quizlet question on Friday!

The Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Company will present "Matilda the Musical" Nov. 15-22 in the Harvey Theatre. Click here for ticket information.

Director Gulshirin Dubash and actor Ethan Horgan (Miss Trunchbull) dropped by IPR to share some of the music of the show, as well as the philosophy behind the creation of the upcoming IAA production.

In Studio A with Catharsis Winds

Oct 30, 2019

Catharsis Winds visited Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A during their recent stop at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Catharsis Winds, a Cleveland-based award-winning ensemble, performed in Studio A last year. They returned this month with some new repertoire to share. Also, members of the group spoke about their busy year performing in the United States and Europe.

In Studio A with Catharsis Winds was engineered by Brock Morman with production assistance from Helga Tong.

On Friday, November 1 the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in at about 10:06 a.m. Friday to hear the JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman perform three madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. 

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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Repose airs at 10 p.m. every weeknight on Classical IPR. New episodes are broadcast every Saturday at 10 p.m. 

Join us nightly for this longstanding IPR tradition

This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

 Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Music by Request playlist for October 26, 2019

Oct 26, 2019
The first edition of "The Children's Corner" 1908

  1. W.A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24, Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate
  2. The Doors/Arr. Jaz Coleman, Doors Concerto, Nigel Kennedy, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Peter Scholes
  3. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill
  4. Nigel Hess, Lochnager Suite, Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Nigel Hess
  5. Rogers and Hammerstein, O what a beautiful morning from Oklahoma, Samuel Ramey, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Matz
  6. Peter Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.

On Friday, October 25, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell will be meeting listeners at the NMC Concert Band concert at Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City's Dennos Museum Center. 

The concert is called "Musicals that Changed Our Lives." The conductor is Pat Brumbaugh. 

Click here for tickets and more information.

Amanda Sewell

Violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and cellist Patrick Owen are members of the Interlochen Arts Academy string faculty. 

They'll give a recital tonight, and they stopped by IPR's Studio A to give listeners a preview of some music that will appear on that recital. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist Lorin Levee.

We’ll hear him perform clarinet concertos as a student at Interlochen as well as his later work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Villains Week!

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome back to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week we’re taking a look at the dark side...it’s Villains Week!

All week long, we’ll be listening to music that accompanied some pretty sinister characters ranging from the ancient Mephistopheles to futuristic villain, Darth Vader.

As always, we’ll have a quizlet ready for you, and if you text us the correct answer, you’ll win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features the October 2019 performance of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Kevin Rhodes conducts "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz and "Giants of the Night" by David Amram, featuring flute soloist Nancy Stagnitta.

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

This concert was engineered by Jack Conners.

Amanda Sewell

A student string quartet from Interlochen Arts Academy recently brought some sun to IPR's Studio A.

The students performed the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's quartet op. 76, no. 4, nicknamed "Sunrise." Each member also told us what they like best about this particular piece.

Listen to the entire performance and conversation below.


The Atlantic Harp Duo was formed in Paris, but the duo's harpists Marta Power and Elizabeth Jaxon each have deep roots in the Great Lakes region.

They're here in Northern Michigan on tour for their new album, Ariadne Rediviva. Power and Jaxon stopped by IPR's Studio B to talk about their new album and share some music.

Listen to the entire conversation, including excerpts of the new album, below.

In Studio A with Chris Correa

Oct 22, 2019

Chris Correa is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He is from Long Beach, California and studies oboe with Dane Philipsen.

Chris visited IPR’s Studio A to perform the etude "Boulevard des Capucines" by Gilles Silvestrini.

He told IPR why he enjoys the repertoire he's working on and how reed making class is going.

Listen below for the entire interview and performance.

 

In Studio A with Chris Correa was engineered by Brock Morman with production assistance from Zachary Sobania.

The Northland Players will put on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress" this weekend at the Cheboygan Opera House. The classic 1959 musical, at its time a star-maker for Carol Burnett, is based on the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

Cast member Jim Sturgill, who plays The Jester in the show, stopped by Classical IPR to share some music from the show and talk about communities coming together as a volunteer artistic force.

Hear the interview and music by clicking below!

Music chosen for this hour includes:

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Enjoy an hour of Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Tally's lulla- - Karen Marie Garrett  

Bridge of dreams - David Lanz

Wills Song - Jennifer Thomas

Call summer - Koala

I Wonder - James Todd

The Sands of Time - Jennifer Cutting

As I live and breathe - Jeff Oster

The wake of the storm - Carolyn Southworth

Music by Request playlist for October 19, 2019

Oct 19, 2019
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This week's playlist featured music of Margaret Bonds, Louise Shropshire and Florence Price. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re focusing on the fugue. We’ll hear fugues by composers from Bach to Bright to Weinberger. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Banjo Week with Bela Fleck!

Oct 18, 2019

The Kids Commute team is very excited because our guest host for the week is banjo superstar, Bela Fleck.

We’ll hear about how he got started playing banjo, why he plays classical music, and what inspired him to write classical music for the banjo.

Plus, Bela gives our audience some advice on how to decide which instrument may be right for you to learn. All of that, plus you’ll hear fantastic music played by Bela. And don’t forget about the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Send us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

 


Today on Stateside, after 31 days on the picket line, the UAW and General Motors came to a tentative contract agreement. We hear about the details and what comes next. Plus, Michigan farmers face record low production of corn and soybeans  after a cold, wet spring. 

Seraph Brass is an all-female brass ensemble who performs all over the world. They'll play a concert in Corson Auditorium Thursday, October 17 along with the Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble. 

The ensemble visited Studio A to talk about their upcoming concert and their goals for working with the students.

Hear Seraph Brass perform the Prelude to the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and the full interview below.

Nancy Stagnitta

Every June, Interlochen Center for the Arts hosts week-long Institutes. These are intensive studies for high school students focusing on music, theater, dance or visual arts.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature the faculty members of Interlochen's Flute Institute in a recital they gave during 2019.

On Wednesday, October 16, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 11.15 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill of excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

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