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.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy

Apr 19, 2019

Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University and Interlochen Center for the Arts alumnus, Otis Murphy will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium.

He will give the Interlochen premiere of the Saxophone Concerto by James Stephenson, also an alumnus of Interlochen. 

Otis Murphy performed music of J.S. Bach and David Maslanka in Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. He also discussed his time working with the Interlochen students.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy was engineered by Brock Morman.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Thursday

Apr 18, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters!  We're glad you're back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It's Bernstein Week, and that means we're learning about the life and career of famous American conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.  We've heard selections from his most famous composition, "West Side Story," and "Candide."  Yesterday, we learned what inspired him to write a song cycle with the title, "I Hate Music."   Today, we get a little more serious with the musical selection.  "The Lark" was a play written about Joan of Arc.  Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

You can also listen any time below.


On Friday April 19, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:30 a.m. Friday to hear "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured the quintet Sybarite5. 
Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Wednesday

Apr 17, 2019

Welcome back to Bernstein Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we're exploring the career and compositions of American conductor Leonard Bernstein.  So far we've learned about his early career as a young conductor.  Today we discuss his ability to effortlessly connect with people, especially young people.  We'll also find out why his roommate hated music, inspiring him to write a cycle of five songs written from a young person's perspective titled, "I Hate Music."  Stick around after the music for another hint for this week's Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if y

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s opera set in ancient Rome, La Clemenza di Tito. Tenor Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role as the compassionate Emperor Tito. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the trouser role of Sesto, Tito’s devoted friend, and soprano Elza van den Heever is Vitellia, Sesto’s lover, who covets the throne and orders him to assassinate the Emperor.

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of Bernstein Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein - beloved 20th century composer, conductor and educator.

Today, we'll hear some jolly-sounding wickedness from Bernstein's 1956 operetta "Candide" - based on the philosophical novel by the French author Voltaire. The dastardly Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina sends Candide off on a voyage - on a leaky boat!


Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to "Bernstein Week" on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most popular conductors of the 20th century. His expressive conducting style, his love for music education, and his ability to connect with people made Bernstein a household name.


World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

Ma played the opening notes of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in a park next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities.

Victor Kraft / Library of Congress

Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Brethren, Boyne City, Lake George and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Wir danken dir, Gott Sinfonia; German Brass

2. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt

3. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4. William Schuman, New England Triptych; Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

5. Jean-Baptiste Faure, Les Rameaux (The Palms); John McCormack

6. Rodgers & Hammerstein, It might as well be spring; Bryn Terfel

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

In January 2018, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest was widely criticized for staging the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess — whose story wrestles with racism, drug abuse and poverty — with a predominantly white cast, despite the fact that the Gershwin estate requires performances to feature an all-black cast.

Now, the Hungarian production is back for another series of performances of Porgy this month — and its nearly all-white cast was reportedly asked to sign testimonials saying that they were African-American.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Thursday

Apr 11, 2019

Welcome back to Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been guiding us through highlights of German composer Carl Orff’s famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana”.  Today, we hang out in a tavern, enjoying “endless recess,” as Mr. Rhodes describes it. Enjoy the boisterous “In the Tavern,” by Carl Orff!

Join Classical IPR on Sunday April 14th for a live broadcast of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Kevin Rhodes conducts the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the combined voices of the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs.

Soloists are soprano Kimberley Dolanski, tenor John Bragle, and baritone Gustav Andreassen.

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Day Three of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute. "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


PLEASE NOTE: this week's broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run to approximately 4:50 p.m.

Display in the medieval kitchen servery at Gainsborough Old Hall
Richard Croft

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Day Two of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute.  "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


A page from the original texts used for Carmina Burana dating to around the year 1230
Bavarian State Library

Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute. This week is going to be huge - it's "Carmina Burana" Week! "Carmina Burana" is an oratorio (a piece for chorus and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935. He based the work on texts written by medieval monks and religious workers - on their days off. Some of those folks had a pretty wild imagination!

Joining us this week is Kevin Rhodes, Conductor and Music Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The TSO will be performing "Carmina Burana" along with the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs this coming weekend. Tune in to find out how to win a pair of tickets!

  

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear music related to death and the afterlife, with plenty of magic and mystery. Listen to the entire episode below.

Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent performance given by the Brentano String Quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.

The quartet performed Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor (op. 18, no. 4) and the String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Nancy Conforti and Michael Culler engineered the recordings made at Interlochen.

Weird Al Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall 2018
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Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!

We hope you've enjoyed celebrating April Fool's this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We've heard some fun, goofy polkas all week, and we'd still love for you to send your best (or worst!) joke to our Quizlet line!

What better way to wind up Polka Week than with America's current, beloved polka king - Weird Al Yankovic! He's been a big star since the 1970's, known for writing silly parody versions of hit radio songs. Today, though, we're hearing an original polka composition by Weird Al, written for "Pokemon 2000: The Power of Love."

Ever since he was a little boy, Yannick Nézet-Séguin knew he wanted to be a conductor. He likens the feeling to something "almost like a religious call."

"Making music in the group is what animates me," he says.

Welcome to Day Four of Polka Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll hear the wicked little "Devil's Polka" by Czech composer Vitezslav Novak. Listen for everything he does to make the music sound more "devilish!"

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"Devil's Polka"
Vitezslav Novak
Prague Symphony Orchestra/Vaclav Smetacek

Visiting vocal faculty member soprano Angela Yoon is giving a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall tonight at 7:30pm. Joining her will be Dr. Jason Terry, a member of the piano faculty at Bradley University.


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