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.

Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic, performing, THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA.
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Happy Summer, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Week One of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’ll bring you a special extended episode of Kids Commute to enjoy. Don’t forget to answer the Quizlet at the end of the program!

On May 19, 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were wed in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.  They are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For the first time in history, all of the music, readings, blessings and vows were recorded and made available on streaming services. The physical album is now also available. 

Google Art Project

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Williamsburg, Cadillac, Watervale and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait; Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra/James Earl Jones

2. Marta Keen, Homeward Bound; Mack Wilberg/Orchestra at Temple Square/Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Bryn Terfel

3. Frank Erickson, Toccata for Band; Dennis Zeisler/Virginia Wind Symphony

4. Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Concerto in E major for Jew’s harp and mandora (first movement); Hans Stadlmair/Munich Chamber Orchestra/Fritz Mayr

In the spring of 2014, Eric Abramovitz got the opportunity of a lifetime.

He just didn't know it.

Abramovitz was the victim of a deception that a Canadian judge called "despicable," as he granted Abramovitz $350,000 Canadian dollars (more than $260,000 U.S.) in damages.

Happy summer, Kids Commuters! The Interlochen Public Radio Kids Commute Summer Listening Program starts June 18!

Here's how it works: each week, we'll post a special, extended Kids Commute episode on some of classical music's greatest hits here on our website. The posts can also be found on our free Kids Commute app - just search, "Interlochen Public Radio," in the App Store or on Google Play.

Audra McDonald has won Grammys, Emmys and six Tonys, which makes her American theater's most decorated performer. But she still has more to do - her newest album "Sing Happy" is her first solo recording with orchestra, and it features many songs that she has never recorded before.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Ludington, Torch Lake, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 (finale); Roger Norrington/London Classical Players

2. Julie Giroux, Italian Rhapsody; Col. Larry Lang/United States Air Force Academy Band

3. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 8 (first movement); Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

4. John Lennon, Imagine; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

5. Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 3 (second movement); Zubin Mehta/Bavarian State Orchestra

 Pianist Christopher Harding is associate professor and chair of piano at the University of Michigan. He’ll be the soloist this weekend with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Interlochen's College of Creative Arts is nearing the end of this week's Early Music Workshop. This will be the final year of the Workshop for Program Director Mark Cudek, Chair of the Early Music department at the Peabody Institute and founding member of The Baltimore Consort. He'll be handing over the reins to Sarah Huebsch, a period oboist and performance practice specialist. Sarah writes for WFIU Public Radio's Harmonia Early Music (heard on Sunday nights on Classical IPR), and is Director of Outreach of Forgotten Clefs, Renaissance Band.

The Early Music Workshop participants will present a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall on the ICA campus on Saturday, June 9, at 11:00 a.m.

Mark and Sarah stopped by Studio A to chat with Classical IPR's Kate Botello about the program, performed works for cittern and recorder (featuring some bonus Baroque guitar!).

 Neil Mueller is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Central Michigan University and a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. He will be performing this weekend as part of the Brandenburg Festival, which takes place Saturday night in Manistee and Sunday afternoon in Traverse City.

Eighth Blackbird

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently celebrated the American composer Steve Reich in a multi-day festival with performances of Reich's music by students and guest artists. Those guest artists included the Grammy Award-winning ensembles Third Coast Percussion and Eighth Blackbird.


  The United States Air Force Midwest Winds are currently taking an extensive tour of northern Michigan. In the next week, the quintet will perform in Manistee, Ludington, Cheboygan, Mackinac Island and Sault Ste. Marie. They are joined on this tour by their colleagues in the Liberty Quartet. 

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Turandot

Jun 5, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot."

This production stars Amber Wagner, Josh Lovell and Stefano Lacolla.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Boyne City, Harbor Springs, Irons and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ferde Grofé, On the Trail; John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra

2. George Frederic Handel, Harpsichord Suite no. 5 in E major; Murray Perahia

3. John Novacek, Intoxication Rag (performed in IPR’s Studio A)

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (second movement); Kent Nagano/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

5. Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 4 (third movement); Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra

2018 is the bicentennial of the birth of the French composer Charles Gounod. Best known for his operas such as "Faust" and "Roméo et Juliette," Gounod also composed masses, symphonies and piano pieces. A new album by Roberto Prosseda celebrates Gounod's works for piano, including some that have never been recorded before. 

John Novacek is a multifaceted musician: he’s a pianist who performs regularly as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, and with orchestras, and he also composes. Novacek will be the soloist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this weekend in their season finale concert.

The sun's season became official this past weekend — so what do you want to hear? Rooftop bops? Windows-down coasters? Sweated-through squall?

Lyric Opera of Chicago: The Pearl Fishers

May 30, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Georges Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers."

This production stars Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani, Andrea Silverstrelli and Marina Rebeka.

Back at the beginning of time, the human voice was the very first instrument. Probably close in second place were folks banging on stuff – in other words, percussionists. The quartet of gentlemen who form the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion takes primordial pounding into a completely distinctive new league. To be sure, in this Tiny Desk performance, they'll play their sophisticated, modern marimbas and vibraphones, but be on the lookout for the subtleties of tuned cowbells and 3/4" galvanized steel pipes, like those found at the local hardware store.

Don't call Thea Musgrave a "woman composer."

"When I'm composing, I'm a human being," she insists. "It's not a question of sexuality."

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters - and happy summer!!! This is the last daily broadcast of Kids Commute for this school year! Don't worry, though - we'll be launching our Summer Listening Program on June 18, with music, Quizlets and prizes - ending with an ice cream party! Watch this space for updates!

Thanks so much for spending your school year with us - and now it's time to get excited for summer! This week we've been hearing music all about this sunny season. Today, though, we're doing something a little different. Today, we're hearing music that expresses the happiness of summer - and the end of school! 

We'll listen to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven's iconic, "Ode to Joy," from his Ninth Symphony. It's an ode to the wonderful feeling of joy itself, and to brotherly love.

Big love to all of you, and to all the music teachers out there! 


Friday, May 25, 2018 (Ep. 164)
Ludwig van Beethoven

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Welcome to Day Four of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - but never fear! We'll have more Kids Commute for you with our Summer Listening Program, which starts Monday, June 18th. Watch this space for updates on how you can participate!

To help get you inspired for what we hope is a fabulous summer, we're listening to summer-themed music this week.

Today, we're finishing up with Vivaldi's, "Summer," from THE FOUR SEASONS. The thunderstorm has arrived - and it's a doozy!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (Ep. 163)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (3rd movement - Presto)
Antonio Vivaldi

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Welcome to Day Three of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This is the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching June 18th.

To help get you inspired for summer - we've got lots of great summer music for you this week!

Today, we continue with Antonio Vivaldi's, "Summer," from his 1725 series of concertos, THE FOUR SEASONS. We'll hear his rendition of the last muggy, buggy moments before a summer storm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Ep. 162)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (2nd movement - Adagio)
Antonio Vivaldi

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This year, 43 students entered the concerto competition at Interlochen Arts Academy. A team of Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members narrowed the 43 initial entries to ten finalists, and the four winners were then selected by a judging panel made up of professional musicians.