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.

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Repose has been a Classical IPR listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists

Monday Ep170217
Minstrel Streams - Ancient Mariner 
Dan Chadburn - Quiet Soul
Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees
Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls 

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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.

Music By Request Playlist for August 10, 2019

Aug 10, 2019

Thank you to listeners from El Paso, TX,  Frankfort, Alden, Cedar, Old Mission, Oklahoma City, OK,  Petoskey and Traverse City for curating today's playlist.  Our program featured music of Johannes Brahms, Max Richter, Arvo Part, Malcolm Williamson, John Williams and Ola Gjeilo.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from New York’s Lincoln Center. We’ll revisit a performance given by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in Philharmonic Hall in March of 1964.

Listen to the entire episode below.  

Amanda Sewell

This summer, Interlochen Arts Camp welcomed 24 students to its Advanced String Quartet program. The students in these six quartets recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of the music they learned this summer.

Lenny Schranze, the faculty coordinator of the program, also discussed the Advanced String Quartet program with IPR.

Listen to each quartet's performance below.

Last month, opera star David Daniels and his husband, William "Scott" Walters, were indicted by Harris County, Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault. Simultaneously, the singer is battling the University of Michigan (UM), where he has taught since 2015 and where he was granted tenure in May 2018. Earlier this year, the school began seeking to fire Daniels over multiple, serious allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Sphinx Competition is an annual concerto competition for young American string players of color. The winners of the Sphinx Competition often go on to remarkable careers.

Recently, three Sphinx Laureates gave a recital at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and double bassist Xavier Foley performed with pianist  Tom Poster.

One of the most potentially explosive #MeToo situations in the classical music sphere has been quietly shut down. The Metropolitan Opera and its former music director, James Levine, have reached a settlement in competing court claims that had been filed in New York State Supreme Court.

From the Tudors to the Windsors, Britain boasts a lot of dynasties. But there's another British household that's becoming something of a musical royal family. The Kanneh-Mason family, with seven sibling musicians aged preteen to early 20s, is a classical clan filled with promising careers.

Starting Monday, August 12, Classical IPR is making some programming changes. We're adding more regional programs, encores of some of your favorite programs and new programs to our lineup.

Every Monday at 6 p.m., hear favorite programs from around the region. These include MSU in Concert, Great Lakes Concerts and the Interlochen Collection. We will also add an encore broadcast of From the Top and Michigan Matinee, a movie music program produced by WKAR.

Weekend Classical with Nancy Deneen will now air Saturdays starting at 7 a.m.

On Tuesday, August 6, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature two different recordings from Interlochen. 

At about 10:06 a.m., Performance Today will feature a performance the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra gave at Lincoln Center in David Geffen Hall. This performance from the 2016 NY Phil Biennial featured the piece "So Far So Good" by Nico Muhly. The conductor was Christopher Rountree.

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Repose has been a favorite of IPR listeners since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

Music By Request playlist for August 3, 2019

Aug 4, 2019
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Thank you listeners from Ann Arbor, Lake City, Petoskey, Sparta, Old Mission and Boyne City.  Featured on today's playlist was the music of Joan Tower, Howard Shore, Aloys Fornerod, Alban Berg and Jim Morrison. 

Jung-Ho Pak conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) this Sunday in works by Joan Tower, Leo Sowerby and Aaron Copland. After intermission, WYSO, the World Youth Wind Symphony, the Interlochen Philharmonic and the Interlochen Wind Ensemble will come together to perform Les Preludes by Franz Liszt. The traditional season-ending performance also includes students from the dance department.

In Studio A with Alexa Still

Aug 1, 2019

Dr. Alexa Still is a flute professor at Oberlin Conservatory of music and is known internationally for her recordings with the Koch International Classics label. This summer, she is teaching as a Valade Fellow with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Alexa Still visited IPR’s Studio A to play music of Paul Shoenfield with pianist  Po Chuan Chiang. She also talked about teaching and performing. Hear the entire performance and interview below.



Terry Barber  is an internationally touring countertenor and educator. His voice appears in recordings on every major record label. He will be performing a special concert to benefit the the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts and Michigan Legacy Art Park, a couple of leading nonprofit arts organizations in Northern Michigan.

Terry Barber visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and talk about the special flexiblity he applies to his voice and his work. Hear the entire performance and interview below.

Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents the third and final installment of chamber music performed by 2018 Interlochen Arts Camp faculty members. 

Composer Amanda Harberg teaches music theory and composition at Rutgers University. In the summer, she's an Instructor of Composition at Interlochen Arts Camp.

This summer, Harberg visited IPR's Studio A with four of her faculty colleagues from Interlochen Arts Camp. With Harberg at the piano, they performed a variety of her chamber music.

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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a new program produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly program featuring concert performances from all over the state. Click here to read the complete press release.

This week's program


Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m. This week's playlists are available below.

This week, meet Interlochen Public Radio's music director Amanda Sewell at Baroque on Beaver, an annual classical music festival held on Beaver Island.

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra presents its fifth concert of the season this Sunday evening.

Erik Nielsen will conduct the young artists in Andromède by Augusta Holmès and selections from Götterdämmerung by Richard Wagner.

Listen to An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Classical IPR this Sunday. Tune in at 7 p.m. for recordings from the Interlochen archives and comments from Erik Nielsen. Then enjoy the live concert broadcast at 7:30.

Updated Aug. 1 at 8:14 p.m. ET

Opera star David Daniels has been indicted in Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault.

A grand jury indicted Daniels in Harris County District Court on July 25. Also indicted on the same charge is Daniels' husband, William Walters, who goes by the name Scott. In Texas, sexual assault of an adult is a Class 2 felony; if convicted, Daniels and Walter could face between two and 20 years in prison.

This Saturday, July 27, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra returns to Interlochen for the first time since 2006.

Ensemble Intercontemporain Music Director Matthias Pintscher will lead the DSO in Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose" Suite, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring guest soloist Joseph Moog.

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The Sphinx Virtuosi is a professional chamber orchestra made up of the nation's top Black and Latinx classical soloists. The orchestra recently visited Interlochen Center for the Arts.