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.

The Minnesota Orchestra will play one of its most important gigs of the year this month — at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa. In doing so, it will become the first major U.S. orchestra to visit that city. The performance is part of a year of celebrations recognizing the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. It makes sense for the orchestra to play in the community central to the freedom struggle which brought down apartheid.

Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands." Join host Fiona Ritchie to explore this rich seam of music and song.

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The 2018-2019 school year is just around the corner, and Kids Commute is getting ready to come back with an a new season of episodes to go with it! Come and say hello to your Kids Commute Production Team, Kate Botello and Tony Bero, at Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City this week. We'll have a table near City Opera House, and will be giving away free kazoos - and a lesson to go with them!

Drop by our table Friday night, August 17th, from 5:30 - 9:00pm. The new season of Kids Commute launches Tuesday, September 4 at 7:40am.

Jason McKinney

  Jason McKinney is a pianist, oboist, harpist and composer. He is also the founder of the local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds.


McKinney recently visited IPR’s Studio A to play some music and talk about the upcoming Manitou Winds concert. He played two excerpts from his own arrangement of O'Carolan's Symphony (George Brabazon and Planxty Burke) and an arrangement of the lullaby "Seoithín Seo Hó."


Listen to the entire performance and interview below.


In Studio A With the Telegraph Quartet

Aug 15, 2018

The Telegraph Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The group was formed in 2013 and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award. The Telegraph Quartet has a new CD coming out next month.

They perform and coach chamber music at Interlochen Center for the Arts this week. The Telegraph Quartet visited IPR's Studio A with music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Weinberg. Listen below.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent production of Charles Gounod's "Faust" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The production stars Benjamin Bernheim in the title role with Ailyn Perez as Marguerite, Christian Van Horn as Mephistopheles and Edward Parks as Valentin. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

The opera is sung in French. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

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Dr. Tim McAllister is a Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and a renowned soloist, and is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dr. Tim McAllister visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to talk with IPR's Kate Botello and play works of Andy Scott and Fernande Decruck. He was joined by collaborative pianist Liz Ames.

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Thanks to listeners in Arcadia, Clarkston, Lake Leelanau, Hersey and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on an American National Air; Kenneth Klein/London Symphony Orchestra

2. Gordon Jacob, William Byrd Suite; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Johann David Heinichen, Concerto in F major; Reinhard Göbel/Musica Antiqua Köln

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (Scene by the Brook); Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

Margaret Batjer is the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Batjer visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Schumann. She was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. Hear the music and conversation below.


Margaret Batjer’s residency at Interlochen is supported by the Valade Fellows Teaching Endowment.

 The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently presented its Bach Family Festival Concert. The concert featured music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, as well as Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert. The entire concert program is below (click for a larger image).

The Friction Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. (L-R: Otis Harriel, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Friction Quartet is a string quartet dedicated to “modernizing the chamber music experience and expanding the string quartet repertoire”. They are also the string quartet in residence at Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

Friction Quartet came by Studio A to play works of Janacek and their own arrangement of a song by Prince, and talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to modern music.

Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He  is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Parry visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play the oboe sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.

Parry talked about his interesting journey to becoming a full-time oboist. He also explained what he sees as being the main differences between a live performance and a recording session. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins at 7 p.m., ahead of the live concert at 7:30 p.m. That's a special early starting time. Experience treasures from the Interlochen archives and insightful comments from this week's conductor, Jung-Ho Pak. The live concert includes the music of Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein with the Interlochen Festival Choir and soloists. The program features traditional season-ending performance of Les Préludes by Franz Liszt.

  Matthew Cochran is a guitarist, composer and educator. He is Instructor of Guitar at both Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp as well as Singer-Songwriter Instructor at Interlochen Arts Camp. Cochran is featured in multiple performances during this year’s Baroque on Beaver festival..


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Every summer at Interlochen Arts Camp, sixteen students study in the Advanced High School String Quartet program. The students are divided into four string quartets. They learn entire quartets together as a group.

The students recently visited IPR's Studio A and performed Beethoven's String Quartet op. 59, no. 1. Each student quartet performed one movement. Listen to the entire performance below.

Until last Thursday, violinist William Preucil was one of Cleveland's most lauded and visible music stars. For more than two decades, he has served as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the top orchestras in the U.S., while teaching at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) conservatory, where he was a nationally known instructor. Prior to joining the Ohio symphony, Preucil was the first violinist in the Cleveland Quartet, which won a Grammy during his tenure.

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The Danish String Quartet is known for their iconic mix of traditional string quartet repertoire and their own arrangements of Danish and other Nordic folk tunes. They have played everywhere from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. 

The Danish String Quartet recently performed in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert.

View the concert program below.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Interlochen Festival Choir are featured along with broadway star Rachel Gold and violinist Yesong Sophie Lee.

You’ll hear works by Verdi, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Saint-Saëns, Lerner & Loewe, and Tchaikovsky. Listen Friday at 8:00 p.m.


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Sound the call! Beginning August 12, join Classical IPR every Sunday at 8 p.m. for The Interlochen Collection.

The Interlochen Collection features recorded music from the archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Listen each week for stories from Interlochen's history, updates from notable alumni and lots of music performed right here in the land of the stately pines.

It all starts Sunday, August 12 at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR. Many episodes will also be available to stream on demand through the IPR website and mobile app.