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, October 16, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 11.15 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill of excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

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Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music with Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. This week's weeknight playlists are below.

 

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Carolyn Southworth and Jennifer Thomas - Sweet Dreams

Danny Wright - The Way We Were

Tomas Michaud - Lotus in the Moonlight

Colors of the Land - Taking the Backroad

Rebecca Oswald - Embrace

Kevin Kern - Endless Blue Sky

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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

Hyacinthe Jadin: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 2, No. 1
Diderot Quartet
(Recorded January 18, 2018, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Ann Arbor/Academy of Early Music Series)

Music by Request playlist for October 12, 2019

Oct 12, 2019
Gretchen Carr

  1. Philip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Robert McDuffie, Houston Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach
  2. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
  3. Rogers and Hammerstein, excerpts from South Pacific, Renee Fleming, BBC Orchestra, Rob Fisher
  4. John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Eleanor Rigby, Manuel Barrueco, London Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Lubboch
  5. Traditional American Shaker Song/Arr. John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
  6. Giuseppi Verdi, Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo!

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the memorial recital given in honor of Edward P. Frohlich in 2003. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Circus Extravaganza Week!

Oct 11, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, kids of all ages - welcome to Circus Extravaganza Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Circuses have existed for thousands of years, and any big-time entertainment needs engaging music to accompany it.

All week long, we’ll listen to music written for and about circuses, clowns, and lion tamers.

Plus, we’ll let you know where we’ve hidden the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

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"I don't know how many other flute concertos there are with a cowbell," says flutist Nancy Stagnitta in reference to "Giants of the Night," a piece by David Amram.

Stagnitta will perform "Giants of the Night" this weekend with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The piece is a tribute to three major figures of the Beat Generation: Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear a performance by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. 

Conductor Libor Ondras and the GLCO present Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring Angela Kim) and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony.

Click below to hear the concert, or tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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Thursday, July 11 2019
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor

On Thursday, October 10, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Thursday to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla perform the Sonata no. 3 by Carlos Gustavino.  This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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This Thursday evening, Sir James Galway is the featured soloist with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Leslie B. Dunner conducts.

Tune in at 7 p.m. to hear commerical recordings by James Galway.Then at 7:25, we'll go live to Corson Auditorium for the main event. The concert downbeat is at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes the Flute Concerto No. 2  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Second Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

Classical IPR in conversation with Sir James Galway

Oct 8, 2019

World renowned flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway are visiting Interlochen Center for the Arts this week.

Ahead of their arrival in northern Michigan, Sir James spoke with Classical IPR from his home across the Atlantic.

On November 8, singer Anthony Roth Costanzo will take center stage at the Metropolitan Opera, debuting as the star of a new production of Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten. It's a remarkable turn for a celebrated singer who nearly lost his voice to thyroid cancer.

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Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Karen Marie Garrett - Tip Toe Dancer and the Sea Pearl

Chris Spheeris - Embrace

Anewday - Dawn of Day

Paul Cardall - Voices

John Mills - Into the dark night

Jeff Oster (w/ Will Ackerman, Philip Aaberg and Taylor Barefoot) - Released

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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 

Christoph Willibald von Gluck: "Melodie" from "Orfeo ed Euridice"                 
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town  

Music by Request playlist for October 5, 2019

Oct 5, 2019
The Academy of Achievement

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach, French Suite in D minor, Vladimir Ashkenazy
  2. Jerome Kern, Old Man River from Showboat, Paul Robeson
  3. Henry Purcell, When I am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas, Jessye Norman, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitnick
  4. George Frederick Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, Academy of St.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music for the seasons. The program features music for spring, summer, fall and winter.

Listen to the entire episode below. 

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Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens has shared "IV", the latest from his score to The Decalogue.

Kids Commute - William Tell Week!

Oct 4, 2019

Hey Kids Commuters - welcome to William Tell Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. 

We’re doing something a little bit different this week. We’re listening to a big piece of music in smaller parts, On Friday, we’ll listen to the whole thing.

The William Tell Overture is one of the most recognizable overtures in classical music. A portion of it was most famously used as the introduction to the radio and television program, “The Lone Ranger.” But there’s much more to the overture than just that famous section.

Pianists Richard Gao and Wenbo Xing will perform tonight and tomorrow night as part of Interlochen Arts Academy’s interdisciplinary evening, Collage.

The two pianists visited Studio A to perform works of Chopin ("Etude in A minor Opus 25 No. 11") and Liszt ("Sounds in the Forest").

They told us a little bit about their interests outside the piano. They are both students of Michael Coonrod.

Hear the performances and interviews below.

On Friday, October 4, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Friday to hear music of Sergei Rachmaninoff 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.

The new movie Joker is a psychological character study of a lonely, disturbed man who turns violent. Dark, chaotic, unconventional — all descriptions that would make sense for a movie about one of the most infamous and unpredictable villains in comic book history. But in fact, director Todd Phillips wanted this Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, to inspire empathy. To give this comic book character human depth, director Todd Phillips brought in a composer who could transform darkness into sensitive musicality.

One of the most prominent composers of the late 20th century has died. Giya Kancheli was from Georgia — and the music he wrote, whether for films or for the concert hall, was full of light, shade and an incandescent longing. He died Wednesday at age 84 in his home city, the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Kancheli's death was announced by his longtime record label, ECM; his son, Sandro Kancheli, told NPR that his father had suffered from heart failure for a long time.

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The embattled opera singer Plácido Domingo resigned Wednesday as general director of LA Opera, the company that he helped found and that he led for more than 15 years. The news broke in the midst of two formal investigations into accusations of sexual misconduct made by 20 women about alleged incidents that took place between the 1980s and the 2016-2017 performance season.

Domingo is also withdrawing from all scheduled appearances there, including a run of Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux next February and March.

Matthew Shepard Foundation

This month is the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard. In 1998, Shepard, who was gay, was brutally beaten in a hate crime. He later died of his injuries.

Shepard's death brought national attention to hate crimes based on sexual orientation.

Opera fans are mourning one of the world's most revered voices.

Soprano Jessye Norman died Monday morning at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York. Her death was confirmed to NPR by a spokesperson for her family, Gwendolyn Quinn, as well as a representative from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts. The official cause of death was septic shock and multi-organ failure, secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. She was 74.

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