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. 

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of Bernstein Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein - beloved 20th century composer, conductor and educator.

Today, we'll hear some jolly-sounding wickedness from Bernstein's 1956 operetta "Candide" - based on the philosophical novel by the French author Voltaire. The dastardly Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina sends Candide off on a voyage - on a leaky boat!


Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to "Bernstein Week" on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most popular conductors of the 20th century. His expressive conducting style, his love for music education, and his ability to connect with people made Bernstein a household name.


World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

Ma played the opening notes of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in a park next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities.

Victor Kraft / Library of Congress

Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Brethren, Boyne City, Lake George and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Wir danken dir, Gott Sinfonia; German Brass

2. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt

3. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4. William Schuman, New England Triptych; Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

5. Jean-Baptiste Faure, Les Rameaux (The Palms); John McCormack

6. Rodgers & Hammerstein, It might as well be spring; Bryn Terfel

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Friday

Apr 12, 2019

Happy Friday!  We’re glad you’ve come back to hear the conclusion of Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve explored highlights from German composer, Carl Orff. Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been giving us insights into Orff’s famous oratorio.   Today’s selection is a rousing a jolly piece that highlights the brass section of the orchestra. “Were All The World Mine,” has a prominent rhythmic motif that is similar to the later composition “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” used in the 1968 film.

In January 2018, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest was widely criticized for staging the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess — whose story wrestles with racism, drug abuse and poverty — with a predominantly white cast, despite the fact that the Gershwin estate requires performances to feature an all-black cast.

Now, the Hungarian production is back for another series of performances of Porgy this month — and its nearly all-white cast was reportedly asked to sign testimonials saying that they were African-American.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Thursday

Apr 11, 2019

Welcome back to Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been guiding us through highlights of German composer Carl Orff’s famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana”.  Today, we hang out in a tavern, enjoying “endless recess,” as Mr. Rhodes describes it. Enjoy the boisterous “In the Tavern,” by Carl Orff!

Classical IPR in Concert presents Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A
Kyle Novy

Classical IPR in Concert presents the Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A.  We caught up with a group of five students as they were about to embark on a tour of the Midwest with instructor Kyle Novy. Fellow instructor Courtney Kaiser-Sandler took a different student group to South by Southwest.

Listen Friday at 8pm, stream any time below!


Join Classical IPR on Sunday April 14th for a live broadcast of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Kevin Rhodes conducts the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the combined voices of the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs.

Soloists are soprano Kimberley Dolanski, tenor John Bragle, and baritone Gustav Andreassen.

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Day Three of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute. "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


PLEASE NOTE: this week's broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run to approximately 4:50 p.m.

Display in the medieval kitchen servery at Gainsborough Old Hall
Richard Croft

Happy Tuesday! Welcome to Day Two of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute.  "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


A page from the original texts used for Carmina Burana dating to around the year 1230
Bavarian State Library

Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute. This week is going to be huge - it's "Carmina Burana" Week! "Carmina Burana" is an oratorio (a piece for chorus and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935. He based the work on texts written by medieval monks and religious workers - on their days off. Some of those folks had a pretty wild imagination!

Joining us this week is Kevin Rhodes, Conductor and Music Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The TSO will be performing "Carmina Burana" along with the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs this coming weekend. Tune in to find out how to win a pair of tickets!

  

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’ll hear music related to death and the afterlife, with plenty of magic and mystery. Listen to the entire episode below.

Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent performance given by the Brentano String Quartet at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.

The quartet performed Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet in C minor (op. 18, no. 4) and the String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major by Dmitri Shostakovich. 

Nancy Conforti and Michael Culler engineered the recordings made at Interlochen.

Weird Al Yankovic at Radio City Music Hall 2018
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Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!

We hope you've enjoyed celebrating April Fool's this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We've heard some fun, goofy polkas all week, and we'd still love for you to send your best (or worst!) joke to our Quizlet line!

What better way to wind up Polka Week than with America's current, beloved polka king - Weird Al Yankovic! He's been a big star since the 1970's, known for writing silly parody versions of hit radio songs. Today, though, we're hearing an original polka composition by Weird Al, written for "Pokemon 2000: The Power of Love."

Ever since he was a little boy, Yannick Nézet-Séguin knew he wanted to be a conductor. He likens the feeling to something "almost like a religious call."

"Making music in the group is what animates me," he says.

Welcome to Day Four of Polka Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll hear the wicked little "Devil's Polka" by Czech composer Vitezslav Novak. Listen for everything he does to make the music sound more "devilish!"

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"Devil's Polka"
Vitezslav Novak
Prague Symphony Orchestra/Vaclav Smetacek

Dan Wanschura

Interlochen Public Radio is proud to announce that Amanda Sewell will step into the role of Music Director, leading the growth and development of Interlochen Center for the Arts’ unique music service, Classical IPR. Amanda is a musicologist who received her Ph.D. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She became involved with Interlochen in 2015 writing program notes for concerts. She volunteered at IPR helping with the music library and was later hired to host music live on air.

Visiting vocal faculty member soprano Angela Yoon is giving a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall tonight at 7:30pm. Joining her will be Dr. Jason Terry, a member of the piano faculty at Bradley University.


Welcome to Day Three of Polka Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Since Monday was April Fool's Day, we are celebrating this week by becoming fools...for the polka! We'll be listening to some fun, goofy polkas all week, and give you a chance to goof around with us at Quizlet time.

Today, we'll enjoy an explosive polka by Johann Strauss II. Oh - you didn't think polkas could be explosive? Think again!

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Explosions Polka
Johann Strauss II
Vienna Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s celebrated tragedy Tosca, conducted by Carlo Rizzi. The performance will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6. Jennifer Rowley sings the title role of the diva heroine, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings the role of Tosca’s lover Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch portrays the villainous Scarpia.

No composition seems too difficult for pianist Lang Lang. But on his latest solo record, Piano Book, the 36-year-old known for his finger-twisting virtuosity is exploring something simpler: Beethoven's "Fur Elise," Debussy's "Clair de Lune" and other pieces that accompanied him in the first few years of a lifelong love-affair with the instrument.

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