Classical Music

James Gilray, "The Pic-nic Orchestra" (1802)

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.

Interlochen Public Radio presents Great Lakes Concerts in partnership with WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G

Music by Request playlist for November 30, 2019

Nov 30, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia

  1. Giovanni Gabrielli, Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Jeremy West
  2. John Williams and Leslie Bricusse, Somewhere in my memory from the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, Home Alone, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams
  3. George Frederick Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Academy of St.

Cecilia Bartoli isn't your average opera star. She doesn't sing many of the popular 19th century operas. Instead, she prefers to explore the dusty, little-known corners of the 18th century.

Bartoli's new album is devoted to music written for a single artist of the Baroque era named Farinelli. He was the most acclaimed opera singer of the mid-1700s, the rock star of his day, singing some of the most virtuosic music ever written for the human voice.

Taffy Raphael Photography

Every summer, classical musicians from around the country gather on northern Michigan’s Beaver Island for the Baroque on Beaver Festival.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature highlights from the 2019 Baroque on Beaver Festival. Click here for the complete roster of musicians in the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. 

Interlochen Conductor of Choirs John Bragle and the IAA Chamber Singers recently created a special recording for our listeners for Thanksgiving Day. The Chamber Singers performed works by Brahms, Berger and Rutter. Tune in to Classical IPR Thanksgiving morning at 8:43, or listen any time at the link below.

The Chamber Singers performed three works:

Interlochen Arts Academy Organist Kat Jolliff began her studies as a piano major but wanted to expand her horizons a bit. She switched her major to organ performance for her senior year.

Kat recently performed a couple of pieces in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall on the Interlochen Arts Academy campus, and we had a chance to speak with her about the music and her instrument.

Kat performed Marcel Dupré's prelude from the "Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Opus 7" and JS Bach's fugue from the "Prelude and Fugue in G minor."

Kids Commute - Food Week!

Nov 27, 2019

Gobble, gobble! Welcome to Food Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ve chosen some quite delicious music to whet your appetite. We’ll hear music from the musical, “Oliver,” music about apples from the West Indies, and Vivaldi’s rarely played piece for two violins titled, “The Turkey.” Since it’s a holiday week, the Kids Commute team is feeling generous and skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet. But fear not, you can still win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Peter Gelb has not enjoyed a particularly smooth tenure as the general manager at New York's Metropolitan Opera. But the company's board expressed its faith in him on Monday by extending his contract through 2027.

The agreement — which arrived a full two and a half years before Gelb's current contract expires — signals the board's strong commitment to Gelb, who earned some $2.17 million in combined pay and benefits during the company's last reported financial year.

The castrato Farinelli was one of the most celebrated singers of the eighteenth century. In a new album on the Decca label, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs repertoire that was written specifically for Farinelli to sing.

Castrated when he was about 12 years old, Farinelli (born Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi in 1705) had become a star on the Italian operatic stage by the time he was 20. 

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

King's College, Cambridge

This year's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge will likely be a sadder affair this year, following the death of its longtime leader Stephen Cleobury. 

Music by Request for November 23, 2019

Nov 23, 2019
Brown University

  1. Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Pacific Quartet with Menahem Pressler
  2. Phillip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Gidon Kremer, Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi
  3. John Adams, The Chairman Dances, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman
  4. Clara Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Holly Mathieson
  5. Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, Buffalo Philharmonic, Joann Falletta
  6. Edward Grieg, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitr

Henry Leck is an internationally recognized choral director. He’s professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, and he’s also the founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. 

This weekend, he'll lead the Grand Traverse Area Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, and the NMC Children’s Choir in a performance of John Rutter's Mass of the Children.

Leck visited IPR's Studio B to chat with Amanda Sewell about the upcoming performance and about some notable musical moments in the piece. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by Interlochen faculty. We’ll hear music composed and directed by Interlochen faculty from 1959 to 1998.

Listen to the entire episode below. 

When Russian-born pianist Igor Levit dropped in to play Beethoven at the Tiny Desk, he admitted he was – even after four cups of coffee – "still in my time zone change." A little jet-lagged, he had flown in from Berlin the night before and hopped an early train from New York to Washington, D.C.

Welcome to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Monday and that means a new theme for the week, and that is not an unfortunate event - even though the story starts with an unfortunate event - the death of the composer!

This Thanksgiving 2019, Classical IPR is pleased to offer a day of special programming. See the entire schedule below.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classical music with Kate Botello (live)

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today

12 p.m. A Feast for the Ears

Adam Kuhn is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

He is one of the winners of this year's student concerto competition and will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in the coming months.

Metropolitan Opera

Classical IPR wants to hear from you! What is your favorite opera and why?

As the new season of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts approaches, we want to share excerpts of our listeners' favorite operas on the air. 

Thomas Brill

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru has recently been named the inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO).

In a career – and personal life – loaded with enough drama to fuel an opera, Kanye West is finally presenting one. Or at least that's what he tweeted Sunday, announcing a performance of Nebuchadnezzar, "A Kanye West Opera" at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 24.

Every Monday at 6 p.m., Classical IPR presents Great Lakes Concerts. The program is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Enjoy recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Music By Request playlist for November 16, 2019

Nov 16, 2019
University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library

  1. Maurice Ravel, Bolero, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations, Gwendolyn Toth
  3. American Shaker Song/John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers
  4. Robert Schumann, Piano Sonata in B Flat, Vladimir Horowitz
  5. Louis Vierne, Finale from Symphony No. 1 Op. 14, Michael Murray
  6. Phillip Glass, Company, London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green
  7. Giuseppi Verdi, Vieni! t’afreeta!

On Thursday, November 14, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear pianist Sarah Cahill perform Ingram Marshall's "Authentic Presence." This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen. 

Michael Culler engineered the audio recording.

The physicians, nurses, researchers and other members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra are featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. The ensemble's mission is "Bringing Healing through Music."

The program for this broadcast includes music of Mozart, Elgar and Vivaldi. Dr. Michael Cher, Chief of Urology at the Karmanos Cancer Center, is the featured soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.