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.

Ancient Pages

Happy Swiss National Day! Featured on today's program was the William Tell Overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera, William Tell.   This popular work features a depiction of a storm and viviacious finale "The March of the Swiss soldiers".  William Tell is a legenday folk hero of Switzerland who symbolizes the struggle for political and individual freedom. 

1.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in F major, Andre Watts

2.    Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein

Classical IPR in Concert: Michael Coonrod

Jul 30, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, pianist Michael Coonrod performs in his Northern Michigan home. 

Because of Covid-19, many artists have found newer ways to connect with an audience. Michael Coonrod recorded a concert to be shared digitally.

The performance includes music by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. Tune in on Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

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.

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

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

GAMEPLAY: Classics

Jul 30, 2020

This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll sample music from some of the classics: games that are not only huge critical and commercial successes, but that have also withstood the test of time. 

 

Many have expanded into decades-long series, deepening their stories and sometimes reinventing themselves. 

 

They’ve been played and loved for many years, and these games keep on winning over new fans today.

Outdoors: Renaissance of trees

Jul 29, 2020

From 1450 to 1620, dramatic changes took place in Europe. The period, now called the Renaissance, resulted from a complex interaction of factors that brought about changes in politics, religion, economics and the arts.

I've recently read a number of articles that suggested that a pandemic led to the Renaissance - a hopeful thought, because during that time, educated people came to believe they could learn from nature.

Science as we know it came to be.

Two controversies broke out this week regarding accusations of anti-Black racism in classical music. One involved two high-profile international soloists, pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos. The other features less prominent individuals — a group of academics — but it also points to the slowness of the classical music community to take up difficult conversations about race and representation.

Updated on Aug. 6 at 8:06 a.m. ET

In April 1945, Madame Roos wrote a letter to French authorities describing her piano she was hoping to get back. Roos, who was 72, was Jewish and her piano had been stolen when Nazis emptied her apartment in Paris.

A similar fate befell many of the 75,000 French Jews deported to concentration camps during World War II.

On Tuesday, July 28, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded and performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Join Classical IPR during the broadcast to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a recent performance at Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium. Conducted by Matthias Pinscher, the orchestra played Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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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

Each week, Jody Knol is your host for a program of great music from the Great Lakes region. 

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Peter Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from the opera, "Eugen Onegin," Op. 24
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Laura Jackson, conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on October 12, 2019)

Thrifty Vinyl

Today's playlist consisted of many works composed for film and television.  Composers included Ramin Djawadi, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, John Wiliams, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore, John Barry and Michael Legrand.  

1.     Charles Ives, Hymns from Symphony No. 4, Richard Webster, Members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus

2.     George Frederick Handel, Eternal Source Light Divine from Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson

This week's episode of the Interlochen Collection features pianist Cynthia Raim. We'll hear archival recordings from her time as an Interlochen camper in the early 1960s as well as her later professional commercial recordings.

Listen to the entire episode below.

New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen wanted to find a way to get guns out of kids' hands, so he turned to what he knows best: music. He recently created a gun-for-trumpet exchange program — called Trumpet Is My Weapon — and has so far collected four guns that he turned over to police.

"I had some trumpets lying around, and I know for me, the trumpet saved me," he says.

Allen, who's from the city's Lower Ninth Ward, started the program after learning about Devante Bryant, 9, was fatally shot in front of his 7th Ward home earlier this month.

Six years ago, Maria Schneider, the meticulous jazz composer and orchestrator, embarked on a project with David Bowie, the polymorphic pop vanguardist.

Chris Herbert was in a hurry. The vocalist and musicologist was studying the Ephrata Codex — an 18th century music manuscript — in the Library of Congress, which meant he was on the clock. Herbert was working on digitizing the Codex. He flipped through the pages, taking pictures of each one, with no time to pause.

CIPR in Concert - Folk Music Singalong!

Jul 23, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it’s a folk music singalong! Folk musician Mike Seeger (brother of Pete Seeger) once famously commented that the definition of American folk music is "...all the music that fits between the cracks."

This week, we look into those cracks and enjoy folk music from every region of the United States. We’ll hear favorites from Woody Guthrie; Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Carter Family and many more. 

Playlist

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. 

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

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

Outdoors: Crepey bats

Jul 22, 2020

The annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta used to be a highlight of the Interlochen camp season. Usually, one or two bats made an appearance sometime during each show.

This was particularly appropriate during the performance of "The Sorcerer," when John Wellington Wells referred to bats as "creepy things with wings."

Or did he say "crepey"?

Apparently, the original Gilbert lyrics have sometimes evolved over time.

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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

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by WKAR, Interlochen Public Radio and WRCJ. Hosted by Jody Knol, the program features great music from the Great Lakes.

Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Marcus Norris: GLORY for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
Xie Min, violin                                                                                                                               
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(World Premiere--Recorded March 24, 2019 Weatherwax Hall, Jackson, MI)

Here's a surprising statistic: According to a survey by Chorus America, one in six Americans, or 54 million people, sing in choral groups, whether that's community, school and children's choirs, religious groups or professional ensembles. But since stay-at-home orders have been issued across many states, choral music here and around the world has completely stopped.

U.S. Coast Guard

Featured on today's playlist was Sea Fever by John Ireland  featuring the poetry of John Masefield. 

"I must go down to the seas again: to the lonely sea and the sky, 

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, 

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail shaking, 

And a grey mist on the sea's face , and a grey dawn breaking. "

1.     Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

When Toni Trucks learned she'd be going on tour with the USO last summer, she thought she'd need to prepare a song and dance routine to perform for the troops. 

That wouldn't have been a stretch for her. After all, Trucks studied musical theater at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy as well as the University of Michigan.

Her first role on stage was at the Ramsdell in Manistee, where she sang in the chorus of "Sweet Charity" at the age of seven.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the National High School Symphony Orchestra’s trip to the White House in 1962, where they performed for President John F. Kennedy.

Listen to the entire episode below.

On Friday, July 17, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music that was performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Danish String Quartet perform their own arrangements of two traditional folk songs. The recital took place in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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