Classical Music

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
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KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Friday

Mar 15, 2019

We’re glad you could join us for the conclusion of Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’ve listened to debut recordings of some terrific child prodigies; people who developed adult-sized expertise at an exceptionally young age. The Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to highlight a modern child prodigy, Lucie Horsch. She was born into a family of professional musicians in the Netherlands. She began her musical studies at the age of five, and by nine years old, she was performing on television and became a national sensation. Even though she’s already recorded her first album, she continues to study recorder and piano in the Netherlands. Today, we listen to a very impressive performance of the third movement from Antonio Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in C minor from her debut album.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Thursday

Mar 14, 2019

Thanks for joining us for today’s show. All week, we’ve been enjoying performances from child prodigies who made big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Argentinian pianist, Martha Argerich. She began playing piano at age 5 and was performing incredibly sophisticated pieces of music only three years later, at the age of 8. The musical selection of the day is Sergei Prokofiev’s Toccata, Opus 11, recorded when Martha Argerich was 16 years old.

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Toccata, Opus 11
Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Martha Argerich, piano

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Wednesday

Mar 13, 2019

We’re about halfway through Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about great performers who made their debut at very young ages. Today’s prodigy is American violinist, Sarah Chang. Her parents are musicians from Korea. When she was five years old, Sarah was admitted into the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. The next year, she began studying with another famous violinist, Isaac Stern, a mentor she continues to meet with. Today, we’ll hear a recording of Niccolo Paganini’s Caprice No. 1 in E major, Opus 1.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Falstaff, Verdi’s exuberant final opera, based on Shakespeare. Fresh off his much-lauded performance as Michonnet in the Met’s performances of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars in the title role of the notorious glutton who tries to seduce two married ladies. Maestri won great acclaim for his portrayal of this role when the Met’s production had its premiere run in the 2013–14 season.

Double reeds, guitars, cellos, recorders, violas, harp, and more instruments all made an appearance in downtown Traverse City on Saturday.

Ten acts comprised of over 20 local musicians performed short classical music selections for a packed house at Horizon Books in Traverse City.  View the slideshow for images of all performers. The event was emceed by Interlochen Public Radio's Amanda Sewell.

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Wu Han wears many hats. She is a pianist, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-artistic director of Music@Menlo and co-founder of the record label ArtistLed.

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019

Welcome back to Prodigy Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. A prodigy is a young person who performs at the level of an adult. This week, we’ve chosen five child prodigies who made a big debuts at a young age. Today, we learn about Russian pianist, Evgeny Kissin, who started playing piano by ear at the age of two! By the time he was six years old, he attended a school for gifted children, and began studying piano. When he was ten, he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Today we’ll hear a recording from his debut album, recorded when he was twelve years old.

In Chicago, musicians have gone on strike. The players in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the country's top orchestras, let their contract expire on Sunday, March 10, and performances scheduled for this week have already been canceled.

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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.

Monday, March 11, 2019 at 8 p.m. - New York Philharmonic

  • Haydn: Symphony No. 95 in C minor, Hob. I-95 (1791)
  • Martinu: Incantation, Piano Concerto No. 4, H. 358 (Garrick Ohlsson, piano)
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 8 p.m. - Chicago Symphony Orchestra

On Friday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., NPR's From the Top will tape an episode at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  From the Top is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians. 

KIDS COMMUTE - Prodigy Week! Monday

Mar 11, 2019

Thanks for joining us at the start of a new week of music appreciation. This week, we’re celebrating child prodigies, musicians under the age of ten who play at the level of an adult. It’s not very common, but we’ve found some tremendously talented performers whose music we’ll enjoy all week long. We start the with Japanese violinist, Midori Goto (pronounced GO-toe). She usually is referred to by her first name, Midori. Her mother was a violinist and Midori’s first teacher. She even brought Midori to orchestra rehearsals where she would fall asleep in the front row of the auditorium.


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.

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Ludington, Traverse City, Glen Arbor and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Steven Reineke, The Witch and the Saint; Edward Petersen/The Washington Winds

2. Shadowfax, A Thousand Teardrops

3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 24; Andras Schiff

4. Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy; Col. Michael Colburn, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

5. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

6. BOND, Explosive

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's a program of world premieres given by Interlochen student ensembles. Listen to the entire episode below.

Fans of Hector Berlioz — and record companies, it appears — need no excuse to celebrate the music of the pioneering French composer and quick-witted music critic. The sesquicentennial of Berlioz's death falls on March 8, and to mark the occasion, Warner Classics has released a 27-CD box containing, purportedly, every forward-thinking note the composer ever wrote.

Today we hear the conclusion of the story. Will Marie and Tonio be allowed to marry, or will the Marquise force her long lost daughter to marry a man from a more proper upbringing? We’ll find out when we hear “Quel scandale!/Salut a France”/”What a scandal! Salute to France.”  

Today’s selection is “Au secours de notre fille”/”Our daughter needs our help,” sung by a chorus of French soldiers. They want to help Marie marry Tonio, over the Marquise’s objections. She reveals Marie is really her long lost daughter, and she should marry a man more proper than a soldier from the army. 

Join Classical IPR Friday, March 8 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

In Studio A With Muying Chen

Mar 6, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Muying Chen, a piano student of Michael Coonrod, visited Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A this week.

Muying shared music from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann and Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.

After graduation Muying plans to pursue a double major in college studying  Piano and Economics.

In Studio A with Muying Chen was engineered by Brock Morman.

This week we’re highlighting selections from Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Fille du Régiment,” or “The Daughter of the Regiment.” Today, we learn that Marie is in love with Tonio, who saved her life. The 21st regiment won’t allow Tonio to marry Marie unless he becomes a soldier. Today we hear, “Ah, mes amies,” French for “Ah, My Friends,” in which Tonio unites with the French soldiers in hopes they will give him permission to marry Marie. 

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Das Rheingold, the first opera of Wagner’s four-part cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen.

C'est bon de te revoir - it’s good to see you again! Welcome back to Daughter of the Regiment Week on Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re listening to selections from Gaetano Donizetti’s opera, “La Fille du Régiment”, or “The Daughter of the Regiment”. Yesterday, we met a very fancy lady stopped by French troops in the Austrian mountains. Today, we meet the sergeant of the 21st regiment, who turns out to be surprisingly polite, to the surprise of the fancy Marquise we met yesterday. We are also introduced to Marie.