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 Thursday, April 23, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra perform Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. This recent concert took place in Kresge Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Metropolitan Opera: Turandot

Apr 21, 2020
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s spectacular tale of legendary China, Turandot, in a performance from the Met archives starring Nina Stemme. The Swedish soprano took on the formidable title role of the fiercely proud Princess who tempts her suitors to their deaths. Tenor Marco Berti sang Calàf, the ardent prince determined to win Turandot’s hand.

After she saw Itzhak Perlman playing the violin on Sesame Street, four-year-old Melissa White pestered her mother nonstop until she got her very own violin.

Now, Melissa is a member of the Harlem String Quartet, a solo artist and an entrepreneur.

Repose has been a Classical IPR mainstay since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., and join us Saturdays at 10 p.m. for new episodes

Enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Giuseppe Verdi: Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re focusing on the fugue. We’ll hear fugues by composers from Bach to Bright to Weinberger. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for April 18, 2020

Apr 18, 2020
Open Music Library

Today' playlist featured the Concerto In D Major for Guitar and Orchestra by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositions were banned from radio even before the Italian Government promulgated the Italian Racial Laws.  This convinced him to leave Italy and immigrate to the U.S.  He soon landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a film composer.  As a teacher, he had a significant influence on major film composers including Henri Mancini, Andre Previn, Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, all of whom were his pupils. 

In this time of social distancing, hunkering down and chatting remotely, we might learn some new things about each other. For example, you might know Marin Alsop as the longtime music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading figures in classical music around the world and a frequent guest on Weekend Edition. But you might not know that back in the 1980s, she also led a swing band.

Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra

Apr 17, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s stirring epic Simon Boccanegra, starring the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky in a commanding performance from 2011.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.

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 (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, in tribute to all who serve medical needs around the world, we share music made by medical professionals in Michigan.

The physicians, nurses, researchers and other members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra performed this concert recently on the campus of Wayne State University. The ensemble's mission is "Bringing Healing through Music."

The program for this broadcast includes works by Berlioz, Dvořák and Schumann.

Hi Kids Commuters! We’re always talking about musical imagery on Kids Commute, and we’re issuing a challenge to you.

The Kids Commute team wants to hear your stories inspired by a specific piece of music. The music is "The New Lobby Boy" from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" by Alexandre Desplat. You can listen to it below.

UPDATE! Submissions are coming in! Take a look at these pictures inspired by the music, created by Aspen Clayton, 10,  from Downers Grove, Illinois!

Kevin LaRose loves his job as the third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. It's peaceful, he says, and it gives him lots of time to practice his many, many musical instruments.

For the last year, he has recorded a video series called "Thursday 3 a.m. Jams," where he plays a different musical instrument in a different location on the Interlochen campus during his nightly rounds. Watch the series here.

On Thursday, April 16, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour of the program to hear the JACK Quartet and cellist Joshua Roman perform Carlo Gesualdo's Three Madrigals for Five Voices. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Sophia Bondi just got a great new apartment in New York's West Village, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, she can't live there just yet.

Instead, Bondi, a freshman at The New School, is back at her parents' home in Seattle. She's taking her classes online and playing a lot of music.

She told Classical IPR that having all of her classes move online is "not so great," but she and her classmates are doing their best to make it work right now.

Repose airs at 10 p.m. every weeknight on Classical IPR. New episodes are broadcast every Saturday at 10 p.m. 

Join us nightly for this longstanding IPR tradition.

Some people respond to suffering by turning it into art. That's true even with the harrowing experience of a pandemic.

In the early 1400s, an Englishman named John Cooke composed Stella celi, a hymn to the Virgin Mary referencing the Black Plague which, according to some sources, wiped out half of Europe. Its text speaks of the "ulcers of a terrible death" but also the assurance that "the star of heaven ... has rooted out the plague."

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

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

This week's program

Music by Request Playlist for April 11, 2020

Apr 11, 2020

Thank you to all the listeners who helped create today's program.  The most requested composer was  Johann Sebastian Bach.   

1.     George Frederick Handel, Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Julius Rudel

2.     Traditional Gospel, Just a closer walk with thee, Bob Snyder and David B. Hooten

3.     Giacomo Puccini, Nessun Dorma from Tosca, Luciano Pavarotti, London Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta

4.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, E. Power Biggs

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. 

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It is Easter this Sunday. And in Milan, the renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will be sending a message of love and hope to the world, especially Italy, which has seen more death in this pandemic than any country.

Richard Teitelbaum, an electronic artist, keyboardist and composer who combined an interest in non-western musical languages with a focus on experimental practice, died on Thursday at HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. His wife, the classical pianist Hiroko Sakurazawa, said the cause was a major stroke. He was 80.

Flutist Adam Sadberry recently joined the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and he says the barbeque in Memphis is even better than the barbeque in Texas. (Just don't tell his family in Texas that he said that.)

Sadberry joined Classical IPR via Zoom. He talked about his time as a camper at Interlochen and why he may have missed his true calling as a professional kazoo player.

On Friday, April 10, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour to hear the Danish String Quartet in a recent performance they gave in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.