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.

Each week, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a different instrument in a specific location at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Watch his video of the week below. Do you know where he is or what instrument he's playing? Email your answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the bass clarinet outside the Transportation Hut.

Outdoors: Goldfinches

Oct 14, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi wrote the Concerto for Flute in D in 1729. This work, known as "the Goldfinch," includes a birdlike cadenza and is filled with twittering passages.

I've heard recordings of European goldfinches. Vivaldi did a bit of embellishing of the bird's trills and warbles. 

In my opinion, the name "goldfinch" for the European species is a stretch. The bird is sort of brown, with yellow and black wings.

On Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic announced that it has canceled all of its scheduled concerts through June 13, 2021. It is the first time in the orchestra's 178-year history that it has canceled an entire season.

Trevor Mahlmann

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Hear great performances from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR. 

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ

This week's program

Gretchen Carr

Featured on today's program was Bright Blue Music from Michael Torke's Color Music Suite for Orchestra. The composition is associated withe Torke's synethesia which is a the perceptual phenomenon when one sensory or cognitive perception leads to another sensory or cognitive perception or simply said, a mingling of the senses.  A synesthete hears color, feels sounds, and tastes shapes. 

1.     Chen Gang and He Zhan Hoa, Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Gil Shaham, Singapoe Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: October 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Nazani Cassidy, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, hosts an hour of contemporary music.  Listen today during the 5 o'clock hour.

Nazani is a student from Santa Barbara, California, and she hosted the program A Big Violin on KCSB.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features a variety of music by American composers performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students.

There will be American hymns, dances, and folk and patriotic songs, plus music about baseball.


There will be no shows on Broadway until May 30 at least.

The news comes from the Broadway League, the trade association representing theater producers and owners. According to a press release, the specific dates for returning and new shows will be announced individually, depending on the production schedule for each show.

This is, of course, yet another economic blow from COVID-19.

This week on Kids Commute, it's "Old American Songs Week."

Composer Aaron Copland went digging through libraries and found a bunch of classic American folk tunes and arranged them into two sets. This week, we'll hear the first set, sung by legendary bass-baritone William Warfield with the composer at the piano.  

We'll have a U.S.A.-themed Quizlet this week, too!

On this program, we'll sing along to some of the most memorable soundtracks from films of the 1960s. 

On Friday, October 9, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein trio perform music of Ernest Bloch from a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

During his third shift rounds at Interlochen Center for the Arts, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a different location.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD!

Congrats to David, Jan and Denver, all of whom correctly identified Kevin's location (Bus Barn) and instrument (oval euphonium) last week!

GAMEPLAY: God of War

Oct 8, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll dive deep into the BAFTA-award winning soundtrack for 2018’s God of War!

 

Composer Bear McCreary’s epic, layered score for the visceral action title uses huge orchestral forces along with Nordic folk instruments and voices to bring vivid emotional life to the deities, giants, and beasts of Norse mythology.

 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

Eddie Van Halen, who has died from cancer at 65, blazed trails with his band Van Halen as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. But he never forgot his classical past, and it started with his name and upbringing.

Outdoors: Taming shrews

Oct 7, 2020

Why is it that when men speak derogatorily of women, they refer to them as animals?

This beastly name-calling dates back at least to Shakespeare's time. The Bard referred to Kate as a shrew in the play "The Taming of the Shrew."

Admittedly, to describe a vicious, aggressive individual, the type who, whenever she opens her mouth, poison seems to flow out, that name might have been apt.

If the shrew fits...

University Musical Society

When he was a teenager, Ken Fischer got to visit the White House and play music for President Kennedy.

But he almost missed out on the opportunity.

At Interlochen's National Music Camp in the summer of 1962, Fischer was sixth chair in the orchestra's horn section.

Repose is an hour of beautiful, relaxing music to help you end your day peacefully. Listen nightly at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's playlists are posted below.

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Kerani - Fields of Hungary

Paul Sullivan - Sky Full of Stars

Scott Cossu - Gwenlaise

Michael Whalen - Reflection of My Affection

Heidi Anne Breyer - Half Hour Before Spring

Jennifer Thomas - Old Movie Romance

Gina Leneé - undeniable

David Lindsay - For Joni

David Lindsay - Sorrows of the Moon

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR in East Lansing and WRCJ in Detroit.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Sir Arthur Sullivan: Overture to "The Pirates of Penzance"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 23, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)

Ann Arbor District Library

Featured on today's playlist was a recording of E. Power Biggs performing Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slowdrag on a John Challis pedal harpsichord.  John Challis grew up in southeastern Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He became the only harpsichord builder in North America where he worked out of a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti.  He later moved to New York City when his home was condemned to build the Chrysler Freeway.

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, transcription by August Strada, Organ Sonata in E minor, Vikingur Olafsson

In the orchestra world, conducting and music directing are still male-dominated fields. In the United States, less than 10% of orchestras are directed by women. In Europe, the figure for major orchestras is less than 6%.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This episode is devoted to the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hear decades of student performances from Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, featuring incidental music, choral music, folk song transcriptions and a very famous fantasia by Vaughan Williams.


On Friday, October 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Roman Rabinovich play an arrangement of Cesar Franck's Violin sonata in A major in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kevin LaRose makes music when he's making his rounds as a third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Each week, he records himself playing a different instrument in a different location on the Interlochen Campus. 

Watch his video for the week below, then email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org if you know where he is or what instrument he's playing. We'll send you a CD!

Congrats to Jan, who correctly identified Kevin's location (Red Schoolhouse) and instrument (pocket trumpet) last week. 

GAMEPLAY: Atmospheres

Oct 1, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  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.

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