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. 

Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth

Dec 17, 2019
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Macbeth, a performance taped live on September 25, 2019.

Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić reunited as Shakespeare’s ruthlessly ambitious Scottish couple, after having won tremendous acclaim for their portrayals at the Met in 2014.

The revival also starred Matthew Polenzani as Macduff and Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo, with Marco Armiliato on the podium, leading the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

Happy Holidays and Merry Everything from the staff of Interlochen Public Radio! We've put together a program of our favorite holiday music to share with you.

Hear a wide variety music of chosen by many of our staffers - from reporters to music hosts to behind-the-scenes folks! From all of us: warmest of season's greetings to you and yours.

Tune in to Classical IPR on Tuesday, December 17th at 5 p.m. and Christmas Day at 4 p.m.

The special will also air on IPR News Radio on Christmas Day - watch this space for updates.

Listen any time below.

Sounds of the Season, Interlochen's highly-anticipated holiday show, is performed by Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty. It is a family-friendly concert centered around this festive time of year.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony and Choir present holiday songs with favorites for all ages. This annual celebration has become a tradition for many local residents, with classical holiday music and a sing-along. The show also features Interlochen Public Radio's own Kate Botello!

Listen to the live broadcast on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts presents recent great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Giacomo Puccini: Aria, "O mio babbino caro" ("O dearest daddy") from "Gianni Schicchi"
Emily Douglass, soprano
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)                                                                                                   

At the height of the Cold War in 1958, Van Cliburn, a curly-headed kid from Texas, won the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was hugged by Nikita Khrushchev and heralded like Elvis Presley when he returned.

Violinist Yu-Jen Weng is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Ara Sarkissian.

She recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform the second movement from the violin concerto by Jean Sibelius. She was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.

Yu-Jen told us why Aladdin is her favorite movie and why it's a lot easier to practice at Interlochen than in her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan.

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.

  

Brock Morman engineered this edition of Studio A.

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. 

Kids Commute - Nutcracker B-Sides Week!

Dec 12, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters - it’s Nutcracker B-Sides Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Nutcracker is one of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions. It’s performed in the winter because the story takes place around Christmas time. However, it’s so famous that we hear many of the “greatest hits” quite often. So the Kids Commute team thought it would be a good idea to play for you some of the music that’s not heard as frequently, but is still really good. We hope you enjoy this week’s selections.

The Northwestern Michigan College Concert band recently gave a performance called "Musicals that Changed Our Lives." Conducted by Pat Brumbaugh, the ensemble presented medleys from six different popular musicals.

Listen to this recent NMC Concert Band performance Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or on demand below.

Curious about the band members' day jobs? Scroll down to see the complete demographics.

Kevin Gills engineered the audio recording.

The complete program is listed below. Click the image to enlarge it.

Traditions worth saving still need need practitioners and advocates who are willing to propel them forward. Classical music boasts a long, rich history — about 1000 years — of transformation, adaptation, tumult and triumph. From radical, boundary-bashing composers to brave and bold interpreters, the music has remained vibrantly alive even as prognosticators routinely forecast its demise.

Metropolitan Opera: The Queen of Spades

Dec 10, 2019
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Tchaikovsky’s thriller The Queen of Spades.

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

This week's program

Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet & Strings, with Harp & Piano (1948)
Jeanmarie Riccobono, clarinet
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded Oct. 14, 2018, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

In Studio A with soprano Elizabeth Hanje

Dec 9, 2019

Elizabeth Hanje is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies voice with John Bragle.

She visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio with collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.  She performed "O del mio amato ben" by Stefano Donaudy and Eduoard Lippe's song "How Do I Love Thee."

Music by Request Playlist for December 7, 2019

Dec 7, 2019
Gretchen Carr

Thank to listeners from  Alden, Buckley, Freemont, West Bloomfield, Oklahoma City, Pierport and Traverse City for helping to curate today's playlist.  

Ever since Beethoven's iconic Ninth Symphony premiered May 7, 1824 at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna, it has remained arguably the most popular composition in the classical music canon, thanks largely to its final movement, the "Ode to Joy," with a text by poet Friedrich Schiller.

But Beethoven's music has become something much more than popular. With its expansive length, mold-busting design, and the inclusion of solo singers and chorus, he was proposing nothing less than a philosophy for humanity.

Metropolitan Opera

 

 

Join Classical IPR host Keith Brown to experience the Metropolitan Opera’s LIVE HD Broadcast of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Saturday, February 1 at the historic Ramsdell Theater in Manistee. 

 

 

 

 

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. 

Kids Commute - Elf Week!

Dec 6, 2019

Hi, Kids Commuters. Now is not the time to sit on a shelf. It’s ELF WEEK on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! People have been telling stories about elves for centuries, so we thought it would be fun to highlight some music inspired by elves. These creatures were first imagined in old German folklore, and since then, they’ve been useful characters in all kinds of stories. This week’s music features all kinds of elves: mystic, house elves, dancing elves, and silly elves.

Happy Holidays to Kids Commuters, kids, grown-ups and everyone in between!

Meet your IPR Kids Commute team in person on Sunday, December 8! We'll be in the lobby of Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City before and after the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert.

We'll give away Kids Commute swag, and you can record your voice to introduce our show!

One of opera's leading men, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo, was dismissed Thursday by two of the world's most prestigious houses: the Royal Opera in London and New York's Metropolitan Opera.

His firing comes after an investigation by the Royal Opera [RO], which determined that he had demonstrated "inappropriate and aggressive behavior" during an RO tour of Japan in September.

In Studio A with the Vesta Quartet

Dec 4, 2019

The Vesta Quartet, four saxophonists from the Interlochen Arts Academy, visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio recently.

Jacob Peery, Taylor Simpson, Zachary Costello and Taki Salameh each shared what they like most about the piece they brought to the studio, Memory from Nepomuk's Dances by Marcelo Zarvos.

Hear their performances and learn a bit about each of them by clicking the link below.

In Studio A with the Vesta Quartet was engineered by Brock Morman.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE: December 6, 2019

Dec 4, 2019

Join Classical IPR this Friday, December 6 at 10:40am for a LIVE broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

Juanjo Mena conducts, and violinist James Ehnes will be the featured soloist.

The Program:

FELIX MENDELSSOHN 
Violin Concerto

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN 
Symphony No. 44

FRANZ SCHUBERT 
Symphony No. 9

Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten

Dec 3, 2019
Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens with Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—the first time the Saturday matinee broadcast season has begun with an opera by a living composer.

American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the iconoclastic pharaoh who introduced the concept of monotheism to ancient Egypt.

On Saturday, December 7, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell will be meeting listeners at Manitou Winds' annual Winter Songs and Carols concert.

The concert takes place at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to support Grace’s Friday Community Lunch ministry.

Click here for more information about the concert. Sewell will be available in the lobby before and after the concert to meet with listeners.

In Studio A with the Northern Lower Brass Quartet

Dec 3, 2019

The Northern Lower Brass Quartet brought holiday cheer to Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

The group appeared in advance of Tuba Christmas. The event will be December 7 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Center Road in Traverse City.

Tuba and euphonium players who wish to participate should register on site at 12 p.m. this Saturday.

For more information, click here or contact marlene@encorewinds.org

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