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. 

On Wednesday, June 17, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla play the Theme, Variations and Fugue on Folia de Espana by Manuel Ponce. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists are available below.

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

This week's program

Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Lansing Sym Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 30th, 2019 at Wharton Center)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re going for Baroque as Interlochen student ensembles perform music from the early part of the 18th century.  

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for June 13, 2020

Jun 13, 2020
G. Schirmer

Today's playlist included The Northern Pines by John Philip Sousa.  The work was composed in 1931 and named for the tall and beautiful pine trees that blanket the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The march was dedicated to the students who attended the camp and Dr. Joseph Maddy

1.     Karl Jenkins, Palladio, London Philharmonic Strings, Karl Jenksin

2.     Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel

3.     Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Frederick Fennel

The shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic hit musicians hard, with concert halls and rehearsal spaces shuttered and silent. But a new music initiative from the Library of Congress embraces the constraints of COVID-19. The series is a collection of 10 videos of 10 different original compositions that will premiere online starting Monday, June 15. It's called the Boccaccio Project.

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: Braid and Red Dead Redemption

Jun 11, 2020
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  On GAMEPLAY this week: two games which each deal in their own ways with the concept of time. 

 

We’ll begin with a look at music from 2008’s fascinating Braid, in which you control the flow of time itself, rewinding your actions to solve mind-bending puzzles against a backdrop of gorgeous watercolor visuals. 

 

Lawrence Brownlee performed works of Schumann and Sorey in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in April of 2019.
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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee recently presented a recital in Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Brownlee, along with collaborative pianist Myra Huang, performed "Dichterliebe" by Robert Schumann (text by Heinrich Heine) and "Cycles of My Being" by Tyshawn Sorey (text by Terrance Hayes).

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

For the full texts and translations, see below. Click each image for a larger view.


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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m. This week's playlists are available below.

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts features great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," K. 492
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded October 19, 2019 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the Interlochen Arts Academy’s Mozart Bicentennial concert at Lincoln Center. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for June 6, 2020

Jun 6, 2020
National Park Service

Today's playlist featured, Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.  This orchestral work incorporated speeches and letters from President Lincoln.  

Here is  an excerpt included in the compostion, taken from Lincoln's Annual message to Congress in 1862. 

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country."

"My entire life is a set of circumstances that happened while I was making plans for other things," says conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

Măcelaru's entire career has been shaped by a series of accidents and coincidences. 

It started in the late 1990s when he thought he was applying to attend Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer. He inadvertently chose the wrong application form, and Măcelaru found himself admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy with a full scholarship. 

Welcome to another installment of the Kids Commute Story Challenge! We select music and ask young artists to create artwork or a story to go with it. We then turn the stories into a radio drama voiced by Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Students.

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: Film and TV Composers

Jun 4, 2020
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  On GAMEPLAY this week: a celebration of some versatile composers who are just as much at home scoring for videogames, film, and TV! 

 

We’ll hear game music from Spider-Man, Dante’s Inferno, The Last of Us, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and many more by some of the giants of the game industry, including Garry Schyman and multiple Emmy-winner and Interlochen alumna Laura Karpman.

Join us for an adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m.  This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

Classical IPR in Concert: A Tribute to Rick Jones

Jun 3, 2020
Debra Jenner-Townsend

If you’ve lived in northern Michigan long enough or have been a frequent visitor, then you may have attended a performance of the northern Michigan ensemble Song of the Lakes.  

In the early 1980s, Ingemar and Lisa Johansson, Mike Sullivan and Rick Jones began playing and performing sea shanties and traditional Irish melodies. Their charisma and energy attracted audiences around the world, and soon they were known as the unofficial Ambassadors to the Great Lakes.  

 

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Waking to "Reveille" and drifting off to "Taps" are Interlochen traditions - and Classical IPR wants to make sure those traditions continue during the 93rd camp season.

This summer, Classical IPR will play recorded performances of "Reveille" each morning and "Taps" each night during Interlochen Online virtual camp (June 28-July 19). 

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

Enjoy an hour of great music from the Great Lakes Region every Monday at 6 p.m.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, Interlochen Public Radio and WRCJ.

This week's program

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Ralph Votapek, piano
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded February 16, 2020, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

On Monday, June 1, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recently performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear pianist Alon Goldstein perform three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by the American composer Frank Ticheli. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

GAMEPLAY: Final Fantasy

May 30, 2020

This week on GAMEPLAY: a tour of music from one of the most beloved, influential, and commercially successful videogame series of all time: FINAL FANTASY. 

These games are so revered by fans not only because of their complex storytelling and relationships, but because they have been jam-packed with emotional, dramatic, immersive music for over 30 years.

We’re going to enjoy some iconic themes by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu from Final Fantasy 7, 8, 10 and many more!

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