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.

Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing April 26 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

  We hope you’re enjoying Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’re enjoying highlights from the musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens. This suite is so big and enjoyable, the Kids Commute team is going to break it up into two weeks, so be sure to keep listening for more zoological exploration in the near future.

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The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the leading symphony orchestra in the Netherlands, and its former chief conductor, Daniele Gatti, have come to a mutual agreement over the conductor's dismissal last August.

Tuesday the orchestra issued a statement on its website, claiming that "matters between the two parties have been resolved following extensive discussions."

Classical IPR in Concert: IAA Faculty Chamber Music

Apr 24, 2019

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features members of the faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and flutist Nancy Stagnitta perform a concert of works by Valerie Coleman and Bohuslav Martinů, along with pieces by Beethoven and Mozart.

Tune in this Friday at 8:00 p.m. or listen below at any time.

Welcome back to our musical journey through the zoo in Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we have to break it up into two weeks. Our guest host is Leonard Bernstein who give fantastic descriptions of each musical suite.  The musical selection of the day is “Tortoises.” “Can-can” you imagine a tortoise dancing the Can-Can? Camille Saint-Saens did! He pokes fun at the slow-moving amphibian by slowing down the music to a tortoise’s pace.

Amanda Sewell has recently been named Music Director at Interlochen Public Radio. This April, Amanda is traveling to multiple locations in northern Michigan to meet with listeners.

You can meet Amanda and give your feedback about Classical IPR before any of the events listed below. Look for the IPR table in the lobby.

Classical IPR's formal online listener survey is available by clicking here.

  Welcome to the second day of Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  This week is the first of a two part presentation of French composer Camille Saint-Saens musical suite, “Carnival of the Animals.”  Leonard Bernstein is our guest host this week as we highlight the movements in this suite of whimsical compositions. Today is “two for Tuesday”, as we listen to “Hens and Roosters,” immediately followed by “Wild Donkeys.”  After the music we’ll give you the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

  Hi Kids Commuters!  Thanks for joining us for Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  “Carnival of the Animals” is a fourteen movement musical suite by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens.  Meant to be humorous and fun, “Carnival of the Animals” is a big enough suite that we’re going to present it over two separate weeks.

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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.


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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

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If just one thing can be confirmed from these compelling Tiny Desk performances by the Calidore String Quartet, it should be that the centuries-old formula – two violins, a viola and a cello – is still very much alive and evolving. Indeed, an impromptu show of hands in the audience before the concert began revealed that almost everyone had seen a string quartet perform live.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

 Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's playlist 

Music by Request playlist for April 20, 2019

Apr 20, 2019

Thanks to listeners from Richmond, Onekama, Baltimore, Ludington, and many other places for your requests this week!

1. G. F. Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah; Richard Condie, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Royal Philharmonic

2. Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata and Fugue in F Major; Francois-Henri Houbart, organist

3. Richard Rodgers: Victory at Sea suite; Lalo Schifrin, San Diego Symphony Pops

4. Alfred Reed: Alleluia, Laudamus Te; Frederick Fennell, Dallas Wind Symphony

5. Spiritual: “Were You There?”; Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp pianist

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we feature composers, conductors and pieces of music that were dedicated to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento for Band
High School Symphonic Band
Kenneth Snapp, conductor
August 1961

John Philip Sousa, Northern Pines March
High School Symphonic Band
Joseph E. Maddy, conductor
August 1960

Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

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.

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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.

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Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

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.