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. 

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

The production stars Eric Owens as Wotan, Samuel Youn as Alberich, Stefan Margita as Loge and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Fricka. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

The opera is sung in German. For a side-by-side German and English libretto, click here.

Thanks to listeners in Lake City, Prudenville, Crystal Lake, Levering and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait; Lewis Buckley/United States Coast Guard Band/Walter Cronkite

2. Arne Running, Sinfonia Festiva; Kazufumi Yamashita/ Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5; Sir Jeffrey Tate/English Chamber Orchestra/Kiri Te Kanawa

4. Antonin Dvorak, Symphonic Variations; Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Niccolo Paganini, Caprice no. 24; David Garrett

At Classical IPR, we're frequently asked for classical versions of songs by the Beatles. Below is a (not at all exhaustive) list of some albums with links for more information.

John Rutter, Beatles Concerto 

Symphonic Sergeant Pepper

Yo-Yo Ma opened his recent Tiny Desk concert with the gently rolling "Prelude" from J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1. It's music Ma has lived with nearly all of his life.

"Believe it or not, this was the very first piece of music I started on the cello when I was four years old," he told the crowd, tightly squeezed between the office furniture on NPR's fourth floor.

The Minnesota Orchestra will play one of its most important gigs of the year this month — at the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa. In doing so, it will become the first major U.S. orchestra to visit that city. The performance is part of a year of celebrations recognizing the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth. It makes sense for the orchestra to play in the community central to the freedom struggle which brought down apartheid.

Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands." Join host Fiona Ritchie to explore this rich seam of music and song.

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The 2018-2019 school year is just around the corner, and Kids Commute is getting ready to come back with an a new season of episodes to go with it! Come and say hello to your Kids Commute Production Team, Kate Botello and Tony Bero, at Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City this week. We'll have a table near City Opera House, and will be giving away free kazoos - and a lesson to go with them!

Drop by our table Friday night, August 17th, from 5:30 - 9:00pm. The new season of Kids Commute launches Tuesday, September 4 at 7:40am.

Jason McKinney

  Jason McKinney is a pianist, oboist, harpist and composer. He is also the founder of the local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds.


McKinney recently visited IPR’s Studio A to play some music and talk about the upcoming Manitou Winds concert. He played two excerpts from his own arrangement of O'Carolan's Symphony (George Brabazon and Planxty Burke) and an arrangement of the lullaby "Seoithín Seo Hó."


Listen to the entire performance and interview below.


In Studio A With the Telegraph Quartet

Aug 15, 2018

The Telegraph Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The group was formed in 2013 and was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award. The Telegraph Quartet has a new CD coming out next month.

They perform and coach chamber music at Interlochen Center for the Arts this week. The Telegraph Quartet visited IPR's Studio A with music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Weinberg. Listen below.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a program of chamber music performed by faculty members at Interlochen Arts Camp. The program and personnel are listed below.

Paul Schoenfield, Cafe Music. Performed by Dennis Kim, violin; Jonah Kim, cello; Robert Koenig, piano

Cyril Rootham, Septet (United States premiere). Performed by Christopher Chaffee, flute; Linda Strommen, oboe; Anton Rist, clarinet; Henry Skolnick, bassoon; Josh Michal, horn; David Holland, viola; Joan Holland, harp

Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent production of Charles Gounod's "Faust" from Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The production stars Benjamin Bernheim in the title role with Ailyn Perez as Marguerite, Christian Van Horn as Mephistopheles and Edward Parks as Valentin. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

The opera is sung in French. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

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Dr. Tim McAllister is a Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan and a renowned soloist, and is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Dr. Tim McAllister visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to talk with IPR's Kate Botello and play works of Andy Scott and Fernande Decruck. He was joined by collaborative pianist Liz Ames.

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Thanks to listeners in Arcadia, Clarkston, Lake Leelanau, Hersey and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Dudley Buck, Festival Overture on an American National Air; Kenneth Klein/London Symphony Orchestra

2. Gordon Jacob, William Byrd Suite; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

3. Johann David Heinichen, Concerto in F major; Reinhard Göbel/Musica Antiqua Köln

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (Scene by the Brook); Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

Margaret Batjer is the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Batjer visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Schumann. She was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig. Hear the music and conversation below.


Margaret Batjer’s residency at Interlochen is supported by the Valade Fellows Teaching Endowment.

 The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently presented its Bach Family Festival Concert. The concert featured music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philip Emanuel Bach and Johann Christian Bach, as well as Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf.

Join Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert. The entire concert program is below (click for a larger image).

The Friction Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. (L-R: Otis Harriel, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Friction Quartet is a string quartet dedicated to “modernizing the chamber music experience and expanding the string quartet repertoire”. They are also the string quartet in residence at Interlochen Arts Camp this summer.

Friction Quartet came by Studio A to play works of Janacek and their own arrangement of a song by Prince, and talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to modern music.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Len Graham

Aug 8, 2018

Meet Len Graham, the legendary singer and songwriter from Northern Ireland who carries an equal number of songs and stories in his heart. Fiona Ritchie interviews Len during Traditional Song Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.

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Dwight Parry is the principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He  is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.

Parry visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play the oboe sonata by Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.

Parry talked about his interesting journey to becoming a full-time oboist. He also explained what he sees as being the main differences between a live performance and a recording session. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

Lyric Opera Of Chicago: Così Fan Tutte

Aug 6, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte.

This production stars Ana Marìa Martìnez, Marianne Crebassa, Andrew Stenson and Joshua Hopkins.

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins at 7 p.m., ahead of the live concert at 7:30 p.m. That's a special early starting time. Experience treasures from the Interlochen archives and insightful comments from this week's conductor, Jung-Ho Pak. The live concert includes the music of Maurice Ravel and Leonard Bernstein with the Interlochen Festival Choir and soloists. The program features traditional season-ending performance of Les Préludes by Franz Liszt.