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. 

Enjoy great performances from the Great Lakes Region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WRCJ, WKAR and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Impresario," K. 486
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded live at Wharton Center on October 11, 2019)

Music By Request for May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Today's program featured film music from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Thank you to listeners from Holland, Cadillac, Buckley, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Petoskey, Cheyboygan, Torch River, Lake City, Honor, Old Mission, Manistee, Lexington KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Baltimore MD. 

1.      Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Multinational Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

2.     Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt, Greg McCallum

3.     Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance: March in D major, London Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s classical music that you probably recognize from cartoons. We’ll have guest appearances by Mickey, Daffy, Bugs, Elmer, the Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, and many others. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra [BSO] and a popular draw for tourists in the Berkshire Mountains, has canceled its 2020 live performance season due to the coronavirus, the BSO announced on Friday.

It's the Kids Commute Story Challenge! Listen to music, and write us a story or draw us a picture!
Image by Fathromi Ramdlon from Pixabay

We've chosen a new piece of music for our Kids Commute Story Challenge! First, we asked young artists to write a story or create visual art inspired by "The New Lobby Boy" by Alexandre Desplat. Our second music option is, "Vianne Confronts the Comte" by Rachel Portman.

Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will work with Interlochen students this summer as part of the Interlochen Online virtual Arts Camp program.

Welcome to another installment of the Kids Commute Story Challenge! We choose a piece of music, and ask you to make some art or write a story to go with it!

This time, we have a story by nine-year-old Roya McAllister of Ann Arbor, Michigan! Her tale, "Mickey and Millie," is set to "The New Lobby Boy" by Alexandre Desplat.

Thanks to Bill Church and our actors from the Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Department!

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

Tom Rose has been spending a lot of time with his collection of 20 banjos lately.

Currently on furlough from his role as store manager of Interlochen's Scholarshop, Rose has been using his free time to record himself playing lots of music on his banjos.

GAMEPLAY premieres May 23 on Classical IPR

May 14, 2020

GAMEPLAY is a new show that celebrates the vast worlds of videogame music. Each episode will bring the music, composers and performers to life.  

Join host Keith Brown for a weekly adventure through one of today’s most exciting art forms.

 

Tune in every Saturday at 1 p.m. starting May 23 for an exploration of everything from new releases and beloved classics to rarely-heard gems.

 

Metropolitan Opera National Council Concert 2019-20

May 13, 2020

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named five singers as the winners of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Each winner receives a $20,000 cash prize—up from $15,000, the first increase since 1998—and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars.

The 2020 winners, the regions they represent in the competition, and their hometowns are:

Inspired by the popularity of Kate's recent Singalong Soiree, members of the Classical IPR staff will be producing their own soirees in the coming weeks.

This week, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell celebrates her father's life and legacy with some of his favorite music and recipes.

Listen to the entire episode below, and scroll down for the recipes and playlist.

Like a lot of professional musicians, Clara Warnaar has struggled to feel excited about performing music during these uncertain times.

Warnaar, who is a drummer, percussionist and composer/producer, has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately.

Unexpectedly, she began finding musical inspiration in the sounds of the kitchen appliances, mixing bowls and pots and pans.

In these days of uncertainty, music can provide a safe haven, an escape, or even a boost of energy. I've found all of that and more in a new recording of the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second oldest of Johann Sebastian's musical sons, and a composer who continually fascinates me.

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Violinists have special relationships with their instruments, almost like marriages. And so it was that when the Grammy-winning fiddler Augustin Hadelich came to play his Tiny Desk concert, he brought with him the equivalent of a new significant other.

Music By Request for May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020
BBC

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey and Grayling who requested two songs featuring Dame Vera Lynn, a British singer, songwriter and actress who was widely popular during World War II.  At the age of 103, she recently led a rousing rendition of We'll Meet Again outside her home in West Sussex in honor of of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   She is quoted in recently saying "I hope today serves as a reminder that no matter how hard things get, we will meet again." 

1.     Aaron Copland, Quiet City, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Berstein

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit a 2005 tribute concert given in memory of Frederick Fennell. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

The Sphinx Competition is an annual concerto competition for young American string players of color. The winners of the Sphinx Competition often go on to remarkable careers.

Recently, three Sphinx Laureates gave a recital at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and double bassist Xavier Foley performed with pianist  Tom Poster.

Metropolitan Opera - Maria Stuarda

May 8, 2020
Ken Howard/Met Opera

In the last scheduled Saturday matinee radio broadcast of its 2019-20 season, the Metropolitan Opera presents Donizetti’s riveting historical drama Maria Stuarda.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, in a performance from 2013, when the opera had its Met premiere. DiDonato is Mary Stuart, the deposed Queen of Scots, being held captive in England.

Welcome to another installment of the Kids Commute Story Challenge! We present listeners with a piece of music, and ask them to create a work of art or story to go with it.

This week, our young artist has provided both! Nina Wheeler, age 5, created both the art and story for this episode. Thanks and congrats, Nina!

Story: "Bears in the Woods"
Music: "Vianne Confronts the Comte" from "Chocolat" by Rachel Portman
Author: Nina Wheeler, age 5
Narrator: Claudia Schlomer

Jazz, new music, early music, standard orchestral repertoire: you name it, and cellist Christine Kyprianides has played it expertly.

She started as an Interlochen camper and Arts Academy student. Her mother, Lou Kyprie, was a camp nurse and director of counseling.

Early in her career, Christine studied new music with Earle Brown. She also performed at Tanglewood, where she won the Gregor Piatigorsky Prize.

Gunther Schuller then recruited her to attend the New England Conservatory, where she changed her focus to early music.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

Gary Langley

Classical IPR's 88.7 FM tower has been repaired. As of 5:29 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, WIAA has been restored to full operating power.

Repairs have been repeatedly delayed due to limited availability of specialized crews who can repair these kinds of towers, inclement weather and travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A tower crew arrived onsite in Harrietta on Monday, May 4.

They lowered the five bottom bays so that they could access the middle T-section of the tower. 

Carol Jantsch's cat Beauregard never wants to be left out of anything, unless Carol is playing the tuba.

Carol, the principal tuba player of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home.

While Beauregard attacked a plant in the background, Carol told Classical IPR about several projects she has in the works. 

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