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. 

Kids Commute - School Anthem Week!

Sep 6, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to a brand new season of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Kids Commute team is excited about all the fun things we have planned for our third season.

We have some very special guest hosts, and recordings of the Kids Commute theme played by very talented artists. This season is packed with interesting information to get you excited to learn more about music. 

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The Associated Press reported Thursday that 11 more women have accused opera megastar Plácido Domingo of sexually harassing them in the opera theaters that are their workplaces. In total, 20 women have now accused Domingo of misconduct in allegations made via the AP.

A spokesperson for Domingo disputed the report and accused the AP of waging an "inaccurate" and "unethical" campaign against Domingo.

Classical IPR in Concert: Pacifica Quartet

Sep 4, 2019
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This week, Classical IPR in Concert features the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet.

The group's recent performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts includes works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

Tune in this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.


Mezzo soprano Lindsey Anderson has performed with the Seattle Opera, the Sarasota Opera and the Virginia Opera, just to name a few. The Northern Express recently named her one of its 20 most fascinating people of 2019 in northern Michigan. She’s also the Assistant Director of Admission (Recruitment & Communications) at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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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

Music by Request playlist for August 31, 2019

Aug 31, 2019
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  1. Claude Debussy, Jardins sous la pluie, Jean Yves Theibaudet
  2. Karl Jenkins, Benedictus, 2 Cellos
  3. John Williams, The Papers from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Post, Sony Pictures Studio Orchestra
  4. Enrique Granados, Laments, or the Maiden and the Nightengale, Findlay Cockrell
  5. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is our God, American Boy Choir, James Litton
  6. George Gershwin/Arr. Raimundo Penaforte,  Prelude No. 2, Eroica Trio
  7. W.A. Mozart, Ach, ich fuhl’s, from the Magic Flute, Cheryl Studer, Academy of St.

Traverse City's Old Town Playhouse will soon open a production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The play features many delightfully oddball characters, including the staunch Victorian Lady Augusta Bracknell, portrayed in this production by Betsy Willis.

Willis came to IPR's Studio B in character as Lady Bracknell to share some of that great lady's favorite music, interspersed with some firm Victorian opinions about edifying music, a fondness for German respectability and a general suspicion of all things French.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of harpist Erica Goodman, who spent eight summers as a camper at Interlochen in the 1950s and 1960s. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join Interlochen Public Radio's Music Director Amanda Sewell at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey for a talk about music and art during the Harlem Renaissance. Sewell will be speaking during the Coffee at Ten series on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. Admission is free. Click here for more information about the event.

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Dan Tepfer has transformed the acoustic piano entirely with his new project, Natural Machines. Watch the keys and you'll see this Disklavier — a player piano — plucking notes on its own. But it's not a prerecorded script.

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During the 2018-19 academic year, Classical IPR welcomed more than 50 student performers in Studio A. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature many of those student performances.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time below.
 


Soprano Lauren Fleming is about to be a senior at Traverse City Central High School. For two years running, she was named one of the top soloists in the state of Michigan and performed at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival.

Lauren, a musical theatre performer from a young age, stopped by Studio A to chat with IPR's Kate Botello about making the switch from theatre to opera. She performed two pieces: "Villanella" by Eva Dell'Acqua and "Ma rendi pur contento" by Vincenzo Bellini.

Hear the interview and performances below.

Classical singer Marian Anderson was one of the all-time greats — both as an artist, and as a cultural figure who broke down racial barriers. She is best known for performing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after she was denied permission to sing for an integrated audience at Washington's DAR Constitution Hall. But she was much more than that — she helped shape American music.

Julia Wolfe might be called America's "labor documentarian," but she's not making movies. She's composing music.

If 1960s rock icon Jimi Hendrix and 18th century composer George Frideric Handel were alive at the same time, they would have been next door neighbors in London.

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Enjoy Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

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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.

Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

Everyone knows what a trumpet looks like: shiny brass. But the Instrument of Hope is mostly black.

Except for the lead pipe — the straight part that extends from the mouthpiece.

It's made of bullets.

"Bullets that were shot and fired out of a gun, cut up and pieced together," says Josh Landress, who made it.

Music by Request playlist for August 24, 2019

Aug 24, 2019
Balsky Retez

Thank you listeners from Beulah, Torch Lake, Crystal Lake,  Frankfort, Cedar, Honor, Troy, Scottville and Glen Arbor.  Today's playlist featured works by Chopin, Handel, Ravel, Arvo Part, and Sir Paul McCartney.

"I once said to Fred Astaire, 'Isn't it wonderful what the Gershwin brothers did for you at RKO?' " John Williams recalls. Astaire answered. "Yes. But Irving Berlin did more."

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We’ll hear his music for orchestra, wind octet, string quartet, and choir. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Controversy has seemed to follow pianist Ivo Pogorelich at every move, even from the beginning. In 1980, when the 22-year-old whiz kid from Yugoslavia failed to reach the final round of the International Chopin Competition, the revered pianist Martha Argerich, who declared him a "genius," stormed off the jury in protest. Naturally, the dustup helped launch his career. With a brooding pout, movie star looks and a high-powered record deal, Pogorelich was an instant celebrity.

Classical IPR in Concert: Harlem Quartet 2019

Aug 21, 2019

The Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization. Their mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers.

The Harlem Quartet recently performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, you can hear that program.

Tune in this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

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Violinist Yesong Sophie Lee is just fifteen years old, and she's already a rising star.

She has won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition, and she's been a soloist with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, the London Philharmonia and the Detroit Symphony. She has also appeared on From the Top.

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 Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

 

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