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.

We've never had an original Mellotron at the Tiny Desk until now. Much like a Hammond organ, it's big, heavy and fragile. When they fired it up, with all its mechanical gears turning tape loops and moving play heads, the 15-year-old geek in me blissed out.

The Mellotron was a magical 1960s invention that predates sampling. It's a keyboard instrument, with each piano key triggering a tape loop — the sound could be a string ensemble, a flamenco guitar, a saxophone and so much more. Think about the flute sounds on The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever" and you get the idea.

One of the senior elected officials at the union that commissioned an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against opera star Plácido Domingo has resigned.

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

 

Monday Ep090110

Gayle Cloud - Believe In Me

Nick Farr - Winter Prayer

Celtic Woman - Harry's Game

Robin Spielberg - Until You Come Home

Marc Enfroy - Empire Bluff

Jim Wilson - A Place in My Heart

Yanni - In the Mirror

Music by Request for February 29, 2020

Feb 29, 2020
Ottawa Savoy Society

Happy Leap Year Everyone!  Thank you to a listener from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, who requested excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.  Halfway through the comic opera, Frederick the pirate makes the discovery that his contract as a pirate apprentice lasts not until his 21st year but his 21st birthday. And since he was born in a leap year, that birthday will not occur for another 80 years. 

Metropolitan Opera: Agrippina

Feb 28, 2020
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The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with its first-ever Saturday matinee broadcast of Agrippina, Handel’s satire about the lust for power in ancient Rome. The work dates from 1709, making it the oldest opera ever broadcast from the Met.

NPR Music's Top 10 Albums Of February

Feb 28, 2020

An album released just before an artist's death — especially an artist with such promise — can color its reception, but we kept coming back to Pop Smoke's Meet the Woo 2 regardless. We also count new music from Soccer Mommy, rapper Royce da 5'9" and Nashville up-and-comer Katie Pruitt among the best of the month.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of harpist Erica Goodman, who spent eight summers as a camper at Interlochen in the 1950s and 1960s. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Hansel and Gretel Week!

Feb 28, 2020

In 1812,the Brothers Grimm wrote many stories and fables and published them as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”. This week on Kids Commute, we’ll hear the story of “Hansel and Gretel,” in the form of an opera by Englebert Humperdinck in 1893. We’ll share the highlights of the story and the beautiful music that helps it all come to life. Of course, we’ll remember to give you the Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct answer and you’ll win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Sometimes old recipes, newly tweaked, can yield astonishing results. Consider the concerto: It might be a 400-year-old formula, calling for a soloist to perform with — and often battle against — an orchestra. But occasionally, a brand new concerto arrives that offers old-fashioned thrills.

In a sharp turn from the public apology he issued two days ago, opera star Plácido Domingo offered a new statement on Thursday regarding allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

An investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against Plácido Domingo ended Tuesday with the announcement that the opera star engaged in "inappropriate activity." But that's about all that was disclosed.

Alex Fiterstein, Alon Goldstein and Amit Peled

Pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein are all respected soloists, teachers and ensemble musicians. They formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005, and in recitals, they perform as soloists, in duets, and as a trio.

On Wednesday, February 26, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR  this Wednesday during the ten o'clock hour to hear music of Carlos Guastavino played by guitarist Marcin Dylla. The performance is from a recent concert in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall.

The recording was engineered by  Michael Culler.

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The union representing opera performers, choral singers and dancers says that according to an independent investigation it commissioned, opera megastar Plácido Domingo engaged in "inappropriate activity" with women both "in and outside of the workplace."

This year marks the 250th birthday of one of the most revered composers who ever lived: Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1770. Beethoven wrote hundreds of piano sonatas, overtures and chamber pieces, but truly made his mark with his nine symphonies.

In Studio A with Ara Sarkissian and Ya-Ju Chuang

Feb 24, 2020

This year the world celebrates the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven 250 years ago.

Violinist Ara Sarkissian and pianist Ya-Ju Chuang will give an all-Beethoven faculty recital in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts this Tuesday evening at 8:30. There is no cost to attend.

They visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of the repertoire from their upcoming concert. The musicians also discussed Beethoven and talked about working together.

Listen to the conversation and performance below.

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Join us for an hour of beautiful, relaxing music every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes of Repose air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

Monday Ep100327

Bill Wren - One Day in a Life

Craig Urquhart - Cathedral Pines

Philip Riley & Jayne Elleson - Benediction

Bernward Koch - A New Winter

Colors of the Land - Dancing In The Moonlight

Great Lakes Concerts: February 24, 2020

Feb 23, 2020

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

 

This week's playlist:

Zoltán Kodály: "Dances of Galánta"
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Mark Gibson, conductor
(Recorded in Hill Auditorium on September 13, 2019)
 

Music by Request for February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020
Playbill

  1. Erik Satie, Trois Danses de Travers, Pascal Roge
  2. Sir Edward Elgar, Land of Hope and Glory, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Andrew Davies
  3. Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Israel Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
  4. Jacab Gade, Jalouise (Tango Tzigane), Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart
  5. John Williams, The Presses Roll from the original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Post, Studio Orchestra, John Williams
  6. Michael Korb/Uli Rover, arr.

Metropolitan Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

Feb 21, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s brilliant comedy Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). 

Kids Commute - Pop Goes the Classical Week 2.0

Feb 21, 2020

Kids Commuters, take cover! It’s Pop Goes the Classical Week 2.0 on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week we’ll be hearing pop songs played on classical instruments. Back in the day, it was called a theme and variation; one composer takes another composer’s theme and makes changes to put their own twist on it. Nowadays, we call that a cover song. Regardless of what label you put on it, the Kids Commute theme thought you’d like to hear a new batch of pop music performed with a classical spin by today’s classical performers.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll hear his music for orchestra, wind octet, string quartet, and choir. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

How can one mourn a parent whose harsh judgments frame childhood? This question haunts Philip Kennicott's Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning.

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features a recent performance by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

GLCO music director Libor Ondras conducts works by Ravel and Schubert.

Classical IPR in Concert can be heard on Interlochen Public Radio on Fridays at 8 p.m. or Sundays at noon.

To hear this week's Classical IPR in Concert at any time, click below.

This concert was engineered by Jack Conners.

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Join Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. for an hour of Repose. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

Monday Ep170916

Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

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