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.

Every Monday at 6 p.m., enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Felix Mendelssohn: "Hebrides" Overture, Op. 26 (or, "Fingal's Cave")
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded March 24, 2018 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist Lorin Levee.

We’ll hear him perform clarinet concertos as a student at Interlochen as well as his later work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for April 25, 2020

Apr 25, 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Edward B. Catton served at WIAA/IPR from 1964 - 1997

Ed was known as "the voice of Interlochen Public Radio," and spent his three-decade career at the station as a beloved classical music host, and the creator of Music by Request.  Support this beloved Saturday tradition, and    make a gift to IPR today.  

1.     Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

The Kids Commute Story Challenge continues! Recently, we asked you to come up with short stories and art inspired by "The New Lobby Boy" by composer Alexandre Desplat. Now, we have a new piece of music for you to play with. Please give a listen to "Vianne Confronts the Comte" by Rachel Portman, from the movie "Chocolat" and write a short story to go with it (the music is 1 minute and 22 seconds long).

Today's story is "Pierre Takes the Train" by Gwendolyn Kudlack. Photo: early morning in Montmartre.
Photo: Pedro Szekely, Flickr

Our Kids Commute Story Challenge continues on IPR! We've given you a piece of music and asked you to create a story or artwork to go with it - find all the details on how to participate, and hear the piece of music, by clicking here. Future entries will be voiced by Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Students!

For the second year in a row, Kids Commute has won a bronze award in the New York Radio Festival Awards.

Competing in the Best Children/Young Adult Program category, Kids Commute placed alongside radio programs from India, New Zealand and Sweden.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

There's not a lot of music out there for two solo violas to play, but mother and son violists Renee and Joseph Skerik found a duet to play just for IPR.

Joined by their relatively indifferent dog Zoey, the Skeriks played an arrangement of a duo violin sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair.

They also talked about what it's like living in a house with three classical musicians who need to practice all the time. 

Listen to their entire conversation and performance below. Then, scroll down to see video of their duet.

Earlier this year, before changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Interlochen Arts Academy activities were in full swing.

The IAA Orchestra performed with their peers in other disciplines on a showcase concert in Miami, Florida.

Leslie Dunner conducted the orchestra's performance of the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

You can hear the IAA Orchestra in concert from Miami on this week's Classical IPR in Concert. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at noon.

On Thursday, April 23, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. This recent concert took place in Kresge Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

Apr 21, 2020
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s spectacular tale of legendary China, Turandot, in a performance from the Met archives starring Nina Stemme. The Swedish soprano took on the formidable title role of the fiercely proud Princess who tempts her suitors to their deaths. Tenor Marco Berti sang Calàf, the ardent prince determined to win Turandot’s hand.

After she saw Itzhak Perlman playing the violin on Sesame Street, four-year-old Melissa White pestered her mother nonstop until she got her very own violin.

Now, Melissa is a member of the Harlem String Quartet, a solo artist and an entrepreneur.

Repose has been a Classical IPR mainstay since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., and join us Saturdays at 10 p.m. for new episodes

Enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Giuseppe Verdi: Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re focusing on the fugue. We’ll hear fugues by composers from Bach to Bright to Weinberger. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for April 18, 2020

Apr 18, 2020
Open Music Library

Today' playlist featured the Concerto In D Major for Guitar and Orchestra by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositions were banned from radio even before the Italian Government promulgated the Italian Racial Laws.  This convinced him to leave Italy and immigrate to the U.S.  He soon landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a film composer.  As a teacher, he had a significant influence on major film composers including Henri Mancini, Andre Previn, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, all of whom were his pupils. 

In this time of social distancing, hunkering down and chatting remotely, we might learn some new things about each other. For example, you might know Marin Alsop as the longtime music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading figures in classical music around the world and a frequent guest on Weekend Edition. But you might not know that back in the 1980s, she also led a swing band.

Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra

Apr 17, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s stirring epic Simon Boccanegra, starring the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a commanding performance from 2011.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, in tribute to all who serve medical needs around the world, we share music made by medical professionals in Michigan.

The physicians, nurses, researchers and other members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra performed this concert recently on the campus of Wayne State University. The ensemble's mission is "Bringing Healing through Music."

The program for this broadcast includes works by Berlioz, Dvořák and Schumann.

Hi Kids Commuters! We’re always talking about musical imagery on Kids Commute, and we’re issuing a challenge to you.

The Kids Commute team wants to hear your stories inspired by a specific piece of music. The music is "The New Lobby Boy" from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" by Alexandre Desplat. You can listen to it below.

UPDATE! Submissions are coming in! Take a look at these pictures inspired by the music, created by Aspen Clayton, 10,  from Downers Grove, Illinois!

Kevin LaRose loves his job as the third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. It's peaceful, he says, and it gives him lots of time to practice his many, many musical instruments.

For the last year, he has recorded a video series called "Thursday 3 a.m. Jams," where he plays a different musical instrument in a different location on the Interlochen campus during his nightly rounds. Watch the series here.

On Thursday, April 16, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour of the program to hear the JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman perform Carlo Gesualdo's Three Madrigals for Five Voices. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Sophia Bondi just got a great new apartment in New York's West Village, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, she can't live there just yet.

Instead, Bondi, a freshman at The New School, is back at her parents' home in Seattle. She's taking her classes online and playing a lot of music.

She told Classical IPR that having all of her classes move online is "not so great," but she and her classmates are doing their best to make it work right now.

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