Classical Music

Interlochen Public Radio has the latest in classical music. You'll find recent local concerts, live performances from our very own Studio A, classical music for kids and so much more. 

Kirsten Trudeau

The Gregorian Schola is a special division of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Its students are dedicated to the study and preservation of Gregorian chant.

Members of the Gregorian Schola recently visited Northern Michigan and presented concerts of chant from medieval manuscripts.

Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR presents a concert they gave at the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River. 

Composer David Maslanka passed away in August 2017. The University of Utah Wind Ensemble has just released its fourth volume of Maslanka's music.

The album includes two pieces that Maslanka completed in 2016. The third piece, his Symphony no. 10 "The River of Time," was left unfinished at the time of his death.

Welcome to day two of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week. We’re just getting started in our exploration of musicians who live in both the traditional classical music world and the world of modern music.

Sybarite5 is our featured ensemble today. They are a string quintet who play traditional classical, modern classical, and reinvent modern pop music for their ensemble. Sometimes they even weave traditional classical music in their modern pop reinventions!

The word "sybarite" means a person devoted to luxury or pleasure. Sybarite5 says they purposefully choose music that they will enjoy playing the first - and thousandth! - time they perform it.

Today, we'll hear their version of "No Surprises" by the rock group Radiohead. Sybarite5 enjoyed the music of Radiohead so much, they made a whole album of their music, "Everything in its Right Place."

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"No Surprises"

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This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick" from LA Opera.

The production stars Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab, Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, Morgan Smith as Starbuck and Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in English.

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we have fun discovering musical ensembles that have traditional classical training and apply it to music that is popular today.

Vitamin String Quartet is non-traditional string quartet. It’s actually run by a record company that uses lots of different artists, producers, and arrangers to create the music. The quartet started in 1999 making tribute albums. These albums were successful enough that Vitamin Records decided to make the Vitamin String Quartet official. They are still producing music and performing all over the place.

Today, we'll hear the VSQ perform "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

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"Uptown Funk"
Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
Vitamin String Quartet

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Thanks to listeners in West Bloomfield, Bay View, Ludington, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

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

2. Johann Ernest Galliard, Sonata no. 3 for trombone; Carl Lenthe & Ashley Toms

3. Vasily Soloviev-Sedoi, Midnight in Moscow; Vitaly Gnutov/Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra

4. John Williams, Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back; composer conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

Magos Herrera is a jazz singer from Mexico, but she has also sung pop songs with Brazilian beats and crooned Mexican classics with a touch of rock. Herrera takes another adventuresome step on her new album, Dreamers, where she partners with a classical string quartet for an album steeped in Latin American culture. The potent mix of themes and the sound of the string quartet, plus a little percussion, are compelling.

Today - the big finale to COPPELIA! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
English National Ballet

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! We hope you’ve enjoyed COPPELIA WEEK on IPR’s Kids Commute. All week, we’ve been hearing the story and listening to the music of this classic ballet by French composer L&ecute;o Delibes.

Yesterday, Swanhilda performed some clever detective work and a heroic rescue. She saved Franz from having his life essence transferred into the Coppelia doll!

Today, we’ll hear some “happily ever after” music for everybody (even the strange Dr. Coppelius - sort of). We’ll also answer our Quizlet!

Let’s get to it!

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Coppelia: Galop Final
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Live on Classical IPR

Sep 27, 2018

On Thursday, September 27, Classical IPR presents a special live broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

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.

Today: Swanhilda to the rescue! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, 1957

Hi, Kids Commuters, and welcome to Day Four of COPPELIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been listening to the story and music of the classic ballet Coppelia by French composer Léo Delibes.

Today - Swanhilda performs a daring rescue as Dr. Coppelius knocks Franz out with a sleeping potion and tries to steal his life force to put into the mechanical Coppelia doll!

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Coppelia: Chanson à boire et scène ("Song of the Drink and Scene")
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Renée Fleming was recently nominated for a Tony award for her performance in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel." She has a new album of Broadway songs from the 1920s to the present day.

In the album's press release, Fleming says, "This repertoire is so rich, and the sheer quality of the music is so high that it's been a joy to record these songs." The album includes music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Meredith Willson, Adam Guettel and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

Kate Botello


Emily Amos is a 15-year-old senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She will be one of five finalists in the upcoming Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival competition at the end of this week. Toi toi toi, Emily!

Emily performed Maurice Durufle's "Prelude and Fugue on the Name Alain" on the organ in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and chatted with IPR's Kate Botello about being an organist - and what's up with those shoes!

Tick-tock...who is this Coppelia person, anyway? Today, Swanhilda and her friends uncover the mystery. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
DVD Cover, Australian Ballet

Welcome to Part Three of COPPELIA WEEK where we listen to music and tell the story from Léo Delibes' ballet.

So far we’ve met Franz and Swanhilda, our couple in love. And yesterday, we were introduced to Dr. Coppelius and his daughter, Coppelia. Today, the mystery deepens. Franz is still captivated by her and the fact that she doesn’t move. Swanhilda is a bit jealous of Coppelia, so she decides to do some detective work and try to figure out what is really going on here. She and her friends sneak into the house of Dr. Coppelius and find...?

Listen to today’s episode as we uncover some answers in our mystery!

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Coppelia: Musique des automates-Scène ("Music for Automatons and Scene")
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

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This Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a double bill of Puccini's "Gianni Schicci" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."

"Gianni Schicchi" stars Placido Domingo in the title role with Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Runuccio and Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta. Grant Gershon conducts.

"Pagliacci" stars Marco Berti as Canio, Ana Maria Martinez as Nedda and George Gagnidze as Tonio. Placido Domingo conducts. 

Both operas are sung in Italian.

Matthew Cochran is Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy. He’ll be performing a recital this week at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City.

Cochran visited Studio A to perform music of David Kellner and Anton Diabelli. He talked about how a guitarist plays music that was written for the lute and what makes a great performance space for guitar. Hear the entire conversation and performance below.

  1. Morton Gould: West Point Symphony; I. Epitaphs; Frederick Fennell/Eastman Wind Ensemble

  2. J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Canadian Brass

  3. Vivaldi: “Autumn” concerto #3 from Four Seasons; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin/Trondheim Soloists

  4. Arvo Part: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten; Rudolf Werthen/I Fiamminghi

  5. Franz Xaver Suessmayr: Sinfonia Turchesca; Werner Ehrhardt/Concerto Koeln

Dave Calendine is the house organist at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. He regularly performs during Detroit Red Wings hockey games.

Calendine recently gave a recital at the Music House Museum, performing Broadway favorites on the museum’s 1924 Wurlitzer theater organ. See below for more information about the instrument.

Join Classical IPR Friday for a special presentation of this recent performance. This program airs at 8 p.m.

Dr. Coppelius and his daughter Coppelia, who sits in a chair and reads.. all day. This is the album cover for the recordings we're hearing this week! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Album Cover

Welcome to Part Two of COPPELIA WEEK on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’re telling the story Léo Delibes’ ballet Coppelia over the course of the week.

Yesterday, we were introduced to the young couple in our story, Franz and Swanhilda. A couple in love who are supposed to get married under the town’s new bell.

Today we are introduced to Dr. Coppelius and his daughter Coppelia, who has some pretty strange characteristics. And so our mystery begins. Franz becomes fascinated by Coppelia, and so Swanhilda tries a game with a wheat stalk to be sure of his love. Here's how the game works: if you shake the stalk near your ear, and you hear it rattle - you're in love! The wheat rattles in Swanhilda's ear, but Franz doesn't hear anything. He pretends he does - and this makes Swanhilda pretty sad.

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Coppelia: Ballade de l'épi ("Dance of the Wheat Stalk")
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Happy villagers dance in a production of this week's ballet, COPPELIA, by Leo Delibes. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Poleth Rivas/ Secretaría de Cultura CDMX

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! It’s story week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long we'll tell the story from the ballet Coppelia by French composer, Léo Delibes. It’s a bit of a mystery about the reclusive Dr. Coppelius, his strange daughter (Coppelia), and a curious young couple (Franz and Swanhilda).

The story starts in a village that is about to receive a bell. To celebrate, the mayor has offered a prize to a couple who gets married under the brand new bell. The town holds a happy celebration with lots of fun and dancing.

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Coppelia: Mazurka
ément Philibert Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Two of the country's oldest and most venerated music institutions, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, are beginning their seasons with a change in artistic leadership. Both organizations are grappling with 21st century issues of bringing new audiences in and convincing them that centuries-old music forms are central to their lives today.

Despite being one of the first and oldest forms of popular music, opera sometimes struggles to connect with 21st century audiences. However, Anthony Roth Costanzo is breaking down the genre's stodgy stereotype and making opera more accessible — taking his distinctive sound to the masses, from a sixth-grade classroom in the Bronx to NPR's own Tiny Desk.

Today, we'll meet Puss in Boots, the star of his own famous fairy tale and a special guest at Princess Aurora's wedding in the SLEEPING BEAUTY ballet. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
1843 edition of Puss in Boots

And meow, my friends, we’ve reached the final episode of “Cat Week” from Kids Commute. We hope you’ve had fun exploring music inspired by, written about, or “composed” by cats. Have you remembered to text in your answer to this week’s Quizlet? If you get the answer right, we’ll send you one of our all-new Kids Commute Prize Packs.

Today, we listen to cat music composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the 1890 ballet, Sleeping Beauty. Its title is also the answer to today’s quizlet, Puss In Boots. The original story is a fairy tale about a boot-wearing cat who wins his poor young master a castle, a title and a princess - all with clever tricks! Tchaikovsky doesn’t use this plot for Sleeping Beauty, but Puss In Boots makes an appearance at Aurora's wedding feast. As you listen, try to see if you think the music sounds like the way cats might behave.

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Sleeping Beauty - "Puss in Boots"
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's dances from around the world. Listen to the entire episode below.