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.

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.


Welcome to Day Three 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 enjoy an explosive polka by Johann Strauss II. Oh - you didn't think polkas could be explosive? Think again!

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Explosions Polka
Johann Strauss II
Vienna Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s celebrated tragedy Tosca, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. The performance will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6. Jennifer Rowley sings the title role of the diva heroine, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings the role of Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch portrays the villainous Scarpia.

No composition seems too difficult for pianist Lang Lang. But on his latest solo record, Piano Book, the 36-year-old known for his finger-twisting virtuosity is exploring something simpler: Beethoven's "Fur Elise," Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and other pieces that accompanied him in the first few years of a lifelong love-affair with the instrument.

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Day Two 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.


Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Happy April Fool's Day! We're 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 one of the most famous polkas ever - "The Beer Barrel Polka!"

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"The Beer Barrel Polka"
Jaromir Veyvoda
Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks

Many thanks to listeners in Cedar, Petoskey, Higgins Lake, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, Reitermärsche from Lohengrin; German Brass

2. Franz Reisenstein, Concerto popolare; Hoffnung Festival Orchestra/Yvonne Arnaud

3. Alexander Glazunov, Spring from The Seasons ballet; Vladimir Ashkenazy/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Michael Torke, Ash; David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Camille Saint-Saens, The Swan; Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott

6. Dwa Serduszka from Cold War; Mazowsze

Christine Goerke is focused on endurance. The dramatic soprano is tackling one of the most challenging roles in opera: singing Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie maiden warrior, in Richard Wagner's epic, Der Ring des Nibelungen, at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Otherwise known as the Ring cycle, the 16-hour saga spans four operas and tells the story of gods, monsters, humans and an insatiable urge to own an all-powerful golden ring.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we're showcasing music for brass instruments. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist

Malcolm Arnold, Brass Quintet No. 1: I. Allegro
High School Honors Chamber Musicians
The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet (student ensemble)
2017

Brian Balmages, Symphony No. 1 for Brass
Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble
Ken Larson, conductor
November 2006

On Friday March 29, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

  Join Classical IPR at about 10:06 a.m. Friday to hear " In the Chapel in the Moonlight/Angela" by Bob James.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured James at the piano with flutist Nancy Stagnitta. Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On Tuesday, a New York State Supreme Court judge dismissed most of conductor James Levine's claims in a defamation suit the former music director of the Metropolitan Opera filed against his former employer and its general manager, Peter Gelb.

Pianist Sandra Shapiro serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Shapiro recently gave a recital at Interlochen Center for the Arts entitled "In My Father's Footsteps - A Daughter's Search for Answers." This recital is the first of the four-part series "Musical Roots: An Exploration of Cultural Heritage."

PLEASE NOTE: this week's broadcast begins at 12:00 p.m. and will run to approximately 5:20 p.m.

Thanks to listeners from Lexington, Onekama, Cedar, and many more for your requests this week!

1. Telemann: Flute sonata in d minor, TWV 42:d10; Fabio Biondi, Tripla Concordia

2. Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3; George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra

3. George Gershwin: Catfish Row (Symphony Suite from Porgy and Bess) I: Erich Kunzel; Cincinnati Pops

4. Alfred Reed: Hounds of Spring for wind band; Jack Stamp, The Keystone Wind Ensemble

5. The King’s Singers: “You are the new day” (John David) and “Hush little baby, don’t say a word” (Trad.)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of flutist Jeanne Baxtresser. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in the 1960s and eventually became the first woman to serve as principal flute of the New York Philharmonic. Listen to the entire episode below.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE

Mar 21, 2019

Join Classical IPR Friday, March 22 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

This performance features violinist Simone Lamsma, and the conductor is Mark Wigglesworth.

ON THE PROGRAM:

DELIUS The Walk to the Paradise Garden

SIBELIUS Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Thursday

Mar 21, 2019

Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. Our theme is Wakanda Week, where we present musical selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. What would an action movie be without a good battle scene? And what battle scene would be complete without exciting and illustrative music to keep us engaged in the moment? Today’s music sure does a great job! In “Killmonger vs. T’Challa,” Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson uses talking drums and the Fula flute to create musical themes to accompany the characters as they struggle to see who will become king.

Classical IPR in Concert: TSO Beethoven and Bunch

Mar 20, 2019

This week Interlochen Public Radio presents an encore broadcast of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s February 2019 concert.

The program includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and his Symphony No. 3. Michael Coonrod is the piano soloist in the world premiere performance of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch.

Tune in Friday at 8 p.m. or listen here any time.

 

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Wednesday

Mar 20, 2019

Thanks for joining us for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week - all week we’re highlighting selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Today we listen to “Killmonger” written by Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson. This piece showcases some creative flute technique by Amadou Ba, who plays the Fula flute. We’ll teach you what that flute is made out of and take a look at the flute techniques that make this piece of music unique. Keep listening to get another hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns’s dramatic opera based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and tenor Gregory Kunde star as the Philistine seductress and the Hebrew leader whose love and strength she betrays. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri is the High Priest of Dagon, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny is the Philistine commander Abimélech, and bass Günther Groissböck is the Old Hebrew.

KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Tuesday

Mar 19, 2019

We’re glad you’re back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about and listening to selections from the soundtrack of “Black Panther,” from Marvel Comics. Find out why Ludwig Goransson chose to include “Bèrèbèrè” written by Idrissa Soumaoro in the soundtrack. We’ll set the scene for you before we listen to the music. Stay with us after the music and we’ll give you a hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct and answer and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.


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KIDS COMMUTE - Wakanda Week! Monday

Mar 18, 2019

Welcome to a brand new week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Wakanda Week! All week long, we’ll be listening to music Swedish composer Ludwig Goransson, wrote and selected for the soundtrack to the Marvel Comics action movie, “Black Panther.” Today, we’ll learn about the research that he did in order to make his compositions sound as authentic as possible before listening to “Wakanda Origins.” Stick around after the music and we’ll introduce an all new Kids Commute Quizlet. Will you get the answer without any hints? If you do, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

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