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. 

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the National High School Symphony Orchestra’s trip to the White House in 1962, where they performed for President John F. Kennedy.

Listen to the entire episode below.

Metropolitan Opera: Wozzeck

Jan 10, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Berg’s gripping masterpiece Wozzeck, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director. 

Baritone Peter Mattei makes a role debut this season as the title character, a lowly soldier who falls apart under systematic abuse and humiliation.  Soprano Elza van den Heever also adds a new role to her repertoire as Marie, Wozzeck’s unfaithful lover. 

After the ferociously talented harpist Bridget Kibbey unpacked her 47-stringed instrument at our NPR Music offices, she proceeded to crush the stereotype of the genteel harp, plucked by angels. She proved that the instrument can be as tempestuous as a tango, as complex as a Bach fugue and sing as serenely as a church choir.

Kibbey is crazy for the harp. She first heard one at a country church amid the Northwest Ohio cornfields where she grew up. Now she's the go-to harpist for contemporary composers, some of whom who are writing pieces especially for her.

Classical IPR in Concert: Harlem Quartet 2019

Jan 7, 2020

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

Listen to Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. today as guitarist Marcyn Dilla performs Manuel Ponce's Variations and Fugue on La Folia de Espana. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the audio 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.

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

This week's playlist:

Wang Jie: "America the Beautiful"
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on November 2, 2019)

Aaron Copland: Ballet suite, "Appalachian Spring"
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Mark Gibson, conductor
(Recorded in Hill Auditorium on September 13, 2019)

Music by Request for January 4, 2020

Jan 4, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Buckley, Ann Arbor, Suttons Bay, Honor, Watervale and St. Ignace.  Today's program featured Symphony No.1  for Sitar and Orchestra by Ravi Shankar. 

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

Jan 3, 2020
Karen Almond / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Richard Strauss’s masterwork Der Rosenkavalier. Sir Simon Rattle, music director of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducts one of Strauss’s most beloved scores.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by composer Albert James Fillmore, from an album compiled by Interlochen’s own Michael and Jean Coonrod. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra recently visited Interlochen Center for the Arts for the first time since 2006. This week, Classical IPR in Concert presents this recent performance from the stage of Kresge Auditorium.

Listen Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.

Music by Request for December 28, 2019

Dec 28, 2019

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey, Cheboygan, Buckley, Ann Arbor, Utica and Wolverine for helping to curate today's program.  The last Music by Request playlist  for the decade of 2010-2019 included music of J.S. Bach, Steve Reich and traditional carols and spirituals.  

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re celebrating! You’ll hear music for different kinds of celebrations.

Listen to the entire episode below. 

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Adrianne Lenker is the guitarist and singer for the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based rock band Big Thief. Cecilia Bartoli is the Italian opera singer who thrives on neglected repertoire from the 18th century. The two women might seem like strange bedfellows, but they come together in our series titled "highly specific superlatives," a kind of drilling down to some of the finest and most precise moments in the arts in 2019.

Karen Almond / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s classic fairy tale The Magic Flute, an abridged English-language adaptation that carries on the Met’s tradition of presenting opera for audiences of all ages at the holidays.

Lothar Koenigs conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this beloved opera about the triumph of love and virtue.

In October of 2019, the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony, Theatre Department and IPR joined forces for the "Kids Commute Circus Extravaganza."

Hundreds of people - and lots of kids! - joined Kate Botello and the performers in Corson Auditorium for a concert of mostly circus-themed music that focused on the lesson of how music expresses emotion.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WRCJ and WKAR. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes Region.

This week's program

George Gershwin: "Summertime and A Woman is a Sometime Thing" from "Porgy and Bess" (arr. Jascha Heifetz)
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
(Recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town as part of the Absolute Music Chamber Series)

Every Christmas Eve at exactly 3 p.m., the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England plays A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The tradition began in 1918, and for decades it's been broadcast on the BBC and around the world. A commemorative recording of last year's Centenary Service has just been released; it was the last one conducted by Sir Stephen Cleobury, the choir's music director for 37 years, who died just last month on Nov. 22.

Music by Request playlist for December 21, 2019

Dec 21, 2019

The program featured traditional music of the season.  Thank you to listeners from Alden, Buckley, Cheboygan, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Onekama and Baltimore for curating today's playlist. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music for the Christmas season. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Snow Week!

Dec 20, 2019

Brrr! It’s Snow Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Winter is in full swing, complete with all the wintery weather so the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to choose some great music to help you enjoy this winter wonderland. We’ll learn about the Snow Maiden from Russian folklore, hear music from two classic movies. We’ll also hear a piece by Florence Price that was almost lost forever, and music from a new contemporary composer, Elodie Jolette. Lots of great music to enjoy, whether you enjoy the snow or not!

Percussionist Ruyi Yuan is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, with a focus on the marimba.

She recently visited Studio A to perform the second movement of the Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra by Emmanuel Sejourne, with Ya-Ju Chuang at the piano.

Ruyi told IPR's Kate Botello about why she loves the marimba and about her fascinating storytelling technique for managing mallets.

Hear the full interview and performance below.  This Studio A broadcast was engineered by Michael Culler.

In Studio A with Yue Zhang

Dec 17, 2019

Yue Zhang is a double bassist studing with Derek Weller at Interlochen Arts Academy. This is his junior year.

Yue visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. With pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, he performed two movements from the Koussevitzky Concerto for Double Bass.

Join Classical IPR for our third annual Christmas Day from Northern Michigan. Recent holiday performances by regional music ensembles will be featured all day.

Everyone at Classical IPR wishes you and yours a very merry holiday season.

The complete Christmas Day schedule is below.