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. 

We’re glad you’ve returned for another episode of Carnival of the Animals Week, Part 2, on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, host Kate Botello guides us through the second half of our journey through the Carnival of the Animals, by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.  Our musical highlight of the day is, “Aviary.”  Does the music sound like you’re surrounded by birds flying overhead?  Once we’ve heard the music, we’ll give the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  Text us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  Thanks for joining

On Tuesday, May 7, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 10:20 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill. She performed "Authentic Presence" by Ingram Marshall in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  This suite of music composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we had to break it up into two weeks.  In Carnival of the Animals week one, Leonard Bernstein was our musical guide.  Kids Commute host Kate Botello takes the reigns this week as we finish our journey through the carnival.  In today’s episode, we take a look at two short pieces within the suite, “Personages With Long Ears,” and “The Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods.”  We highlight how Saint-Saens creates the “hee-haw” sound of a mule, and the

Great Lakes Concerts features recent professional classical music performances from the Great Lakes Region. The program is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

James Niblock: Three American Dances
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 24, 2018 at Wharton Center Great Hall)

1. Dmitri Shostakovich, Gadfly Suite, Sheku Kanneh Mason/Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Le

2. Johann Strauss II,  Unter Donner Und BlitzLeonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

3. Giuseppe Verdi, The Force of Destiny Overture, Ricardo Muti/Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala

4. Leonard Bernstein, Prologue and Somewhere from the  Symphonic Dances of West Side Story

5. Telman Susato, La Morisque and Bergerette from  The Danserye/University of Texas Wind Ensemble

6. Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending, Nigel Kennedy/City of Birmingham Symphony

On Monday, May 6, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will include two different Interlochen performances.

At about 10:10 a.m., Performance Today will feature a 2017 performance given by the Danish String Quartet in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium. Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Addy Sterrett is a soprano based in New York. She grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. She has returned to perform in the region this week.

Sterrett visited IPR’s Studio A to perform "Rosenblumen" by Richard Strauss with pianist Steve Larson. She talked about her eclectic interests in early music and in new music.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Friday

May 3, 2019

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  We hope you’ve enjoyed Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve highlighted music composed about bikes as we celebrate a partnership with Norte, a Traverse City bicycling group.  We’ve heard all kinds of great music this week; rock music arranged for an orchestra, a song about a bicycle built for two, film music, and even a polka!  Today, we’re taking to the skies as we listen to “Bicycle Chase,” written by John Williams. This music was featured during a chase scene from director Stephen Spielberg’s 1982 film, “E.T.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Thursday

May 2, 2019

We’re cruising through Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we’ve worked in tandem with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, and we’re bringing you music composed about bicycles.  So far, we’ve heard an orchestral arrangement of Queen’s, “Bicycle Race,” the Elm City Four’s, “Daisy Bell,” and music composed to illustrate fictional character Pee-Wee Herman’s horror when he discovers his bike was stolen.  Today, we’ll listen to “Velocipede Polka,” written by Josef Strauss.

The Detroit Medical Orchestra's mission is "Bringing Healing Through Music." Their members are all different types of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, researchers and medical students. See below for a list of all personnel and their specialties. 

Join Classical IPR Friday at 8 p.m. for Viva España, a recent concert given by the Detroit Medical Orchestra. You can also listen any time below.

Concert program

Emmanuel Chabrier, España

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Wednesday

May 1, 2019

Thanks for joining us for day three of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  We’re teaming up with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, to bring you a community bike ride immediately followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet.  Kids Commute is also supporting the event by highlighting compositions written for bicycles. Today, we listen to “Stolen Bike,” written by film composer Danny Elfman for the 1985 film, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”  Because of the special event this week, we’re skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet.

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a broadcast from October 6, 2018, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role of Verdi’s monumental Aida. Netrebko gave her first Met performances as the enslaved Ethiopian princess last fall, alongside Anita Rachvelishvili, who made her Met role debut as Amneris, Aida’s formidable rival.

Tony Manfredonia is a composer who writes for many different instruments, styles and genres. On May 1, the Northern Symphonic Winds will give the world premiere of “On the Threshold of Spring,” a piece they commissioned from Manfredonia.

Manfredonia stopped by Classical IPR to talk about the upcoming world premiere of "On the Threshold of Spring." He explained what the process is like when writing music for a commission.

With a reverence for classics and an experimental spirit, Kelsey Lu is broadening the scope of how strings fit into contemporary pop. Lu's debut album, Blood, out now, is a mash-up of disco, R&B, pop and more that's rooted in her adoration of strings.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Tuesday

Apr 30, 2019

Thanks for coming back for day two of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Kids Commute and Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, are working together to bring you a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet immediately following the ride.  Since Norte is taking care of the bike ride, Kids Commute is taking care of the music. Yesterday, we heard an orchestral version of Queen’s “Bicycle Race.” Today, we’ll hear the famous bicycling song, “Daisy Bell,”  composed by Harry Dacre.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Monday

Apr 29, 2019

  Welcome to a new free-wheeling week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It’s Bicycle Week! Kids Commute is partnering with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, for a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at the Little Fleet.  Make sure you listen for more details about the event. To support this partnership, Kids Commute will be playing some great music centered around bikes. If you’re a regular Kids Commuter, you’ve heard us say that classical music isn’t too fancy or out of reach.  It’s just music! Our musical selection of the day is a great example.


Franz von Suppé was born on 200 years ago — April 18, 1819 — in what is now Croatia, but he went to Vienna a

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.

This week's playlist 

Jean Sibelius: Concerto in d minor for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 47 (1903)
Yevgeny Kutik, violin
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded Sept. 17, 2017, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

National Gallery of Art

Music by Request is glad to welcome Gretchen Carr as the new host! She'll be appearing more in the coming weeks on the program.

1.  Camille Saint Saens,  Organ Symphony Finale No. 3 Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Murray

2. Alexander Glazunov, The Seasons:  Spring and Summer Movements, Edo de Waart, Minnesota Orchestra

3. Stephen Foster,  Merry Merry Month of May,   Nelson Eddy

4. Karl Jenkins,  Benedictus,  2 Cellos

5. Bob Margolis, Terpsichore, Cincinnati Wind Symphony

6. James Scott, Frog Legs Rag, Ragtime Jazz Band

There has never been a better name for a person than Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick. She died this week, at the age of 35.

Charity was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension when she was a young opera singer in Europe. She had two double lung transplants in the past 10 years, flatlined twice, sank into comas, suffered innumerable close calls and lights-blinking, horn-blaring intensive care unit emergencies, only to always to come roaring back with rekindled energy and sunny grace — to sing and to shine.

On Monday, April 29, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:06 a.m. Monday to hear music of Manuel de Falla performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music for the winter season. Listen to the entire episode below.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  All week long we’ve been listening to highlights from “Carnival of the Animals” by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens with Leonard Bernstein as our tour guide.  If you’re bummed that this is the last episode, don’t worry - this musical suite is so big, we had to cover it over two separate weeks, so there’s a second part coming up in the near future.  So far, we’ve heard a royal march for the king of the jungle, and we’ve slow-danced the can-can with tortoises, plus heard music composed for elephants, chickens, and donkeys.

Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing April 26 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

  We hope you’re enjoying Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’re enjoying highlights from the musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens. This suite is so big and enjoyable, the Kids Commute team is going to break it up into two weeks, so be sure to keep listening for more zoological exploration in the near future.