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. 

In October of 2019, the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony, Theatre Department and IPR joined forces for the "Kids Commute Circus Extravaganza."

Hundreds of people - and lots of kids! - joined Kate Botello and the performers in Corson Auditorium for a concert of mostly circus-themed music that focused on the lesson of how music expresses emotion.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WRCJ and WKAR. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes Region.

This week's program

George Gershwin: "Summertime and A Woman is a Sometime Thing" from "Porgy and Bess" (arr. Jascha Heifetz)
Ilya Kaler, violin
Genadi Zagor, piano
(Recorded Nov. 16, 2017- Urban beat, Old Town as part of the Absolute Music Chamber Series)

Every Christmas Eve at exactly 3 p.m., the Chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England plays A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. The tradition began in 1918, and for decades it's been broadcast on the BBC and around the world. A commemorative recording of last year's Centenary Service has just been released; it was the last one conducted by Sir Stephen Cleobury, the choir's music director for 37 years, who died just last month on Nov. 22.

Music by Request playlist for December 21, 2019

Dec 21, 2019

The program featured traditional music of the season.  Thank you to listeners from Alden, Buckley, Cheboygan, Ann Arbor, West Bloomfield, Onekama and Baltimore for curating today's playlist. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music for the Christmas season. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Snow Week!

Dec 20, 2019

Brrr! It’s Snow Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Winter is in full swing, complete with all the wintery weather so the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to choose some great music to help you enjoy this winter wonderland. We’ll learn about the Snow Maiden from Russian folklore, hear music from two classic movies. We’ll also hear a piece by Florence Price that was almost lost forever, and music from a new contemporary composer, Elodie Jolette. Lots of great music to enjoy, whether you enjoy the snow or not!

Percussionist Ruyi Yuan is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, with a focus on the marimba.

She recently visited Studio A to perform the second movement of the Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra by Emmanuel Sejourne, with Ya-Ju Chuang at the piano.

Ruyi told IPR's Kate Botello about why she loves the marimba and about her fascinating storytelling technique for managing mallets.

Hear the full interview and performance below.  This Studio A broadcast was engineered by Michael Culler.

In Studio A with Yue Zhang

Dec 17, 2019

Yue Zhang is a double bassist studing with Derek Weller at Interlochen Arts Academy. This is his junior year.

Yue visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. With pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, he performed two movements from the Koussevitzky Concerto for Double Bass.

Join Classical IPR for our third annual Christmas Day from Northern Michigan. Recent holiday performances by regional music ensembles will be featured all day.

Everyone at Classical IPR wishes you and yours a very merry holiday season.

The complete Christmas Day schedule is below. 

Metropolitan Opera: Macbeth

Dec 17, 2019
Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s Macbeth, a performance taped live on September 25, 2019.

Anna Netrebko and Željko Lučić reunited as Shakespeare’s ruthlessly ambitious Scottish couple, after having won tremendous acclaim for their portrayals at the Met in 2014.

The revival also starred Matthew Polenzani as Macduff and Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo, with Marco Armiliato on the podium, leading the Met Orchestra and Chorus.

Happy Holidays and Merry Everything from the staff of Interlochen Public Radio! We've put together a program of our favorite holiday music to share with you.

Hear a wide variety music of chosen by many of our staffers - from reporters to music hosts to behind-the-scenes folks! From all of us: warmest of season's greetings to you and yours.

Tune in to Classical IPR on Tuesday, December 17th at 5 p.m. and Christmas Day at 4 p.m.

The special will also air on IPR News Radio on Christmas Day - watch this space for updates.

Listen any time below.

Sounds of the Season, Interlochen's highly-anticipated holiday show, is performed by Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty. It is a family-friendly concert centered around this festive time of year.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony and Choir present holiday songs with favorites for all ages. This annual celebration has become a tradition for many local residents, with classical holiday music and a sing-along. The show also features Interlochen Public Radio's own Kate Botello!

Listen to the live broadcast on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts presents recent great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Giacomo Puccini: Aria, "O mio babbino caro" ("O dearest daddy") from "Gianni Schicchi"
Emily Douglass, soprano
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)                                                                                                   

At the height of the Cold War in 1958, Van Cliburn, a curly-headed kid from Texas, won the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was hugged by Nikita Khrushchev and heralded like Elvis Presley when he returned.

Violinist Yu-Jen Weng is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Ara Sarkissian.

She recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform the second movement from the violin concerto by Jean Sibelius. She was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.

Yu-Jen told us why Aladdin is her favorite movie and why it's a lot easier to practice at Interlochen than in her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan.

Listen to the entire performance and interview below.

  

Brock Morman engineered this edition of Studio A.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re going for Baroque as Interlochen student ensembles perform music from the early part of the 18th century.  

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Nutcracker B-Sides Week!

Dec 12, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters - it’s Nutcracker B-Sides Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Nutcracker is one of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions. It’s performed in the winter because the story takes place around Christmas time. However, it’s so famous that we hear many of the “greatest hits” quite often. So the Kids Commute team thought it would be a good idea to play for you some of the music that’s not heard as frequently, but is still really good. We hope you enjoy this week’s selections.

The Northwestern Michigan College Concert band recently gave a performance called "Musicals that Changed Our Lives." Conducted by Pat Brumbaugh, the ensemble presented medleys from six different popular musicals.

Listen to this recent NMC Concert Band performance Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon or on demand below.

Curious about the band members' day jobs? Scroll down to see the complete demographics.

Kevin Gills engineered the audio recording.

The complete program is listed below. Click the image to enlarge it.

Traditions worth saving still need need practitioners and advocates who are willing to propel them forward. Classical music boasts a long, rich history — about 1000 years — of transformation, adaptation, tumult and triumph. From radical, boundary-bashing composers to brave and bold interpreters, the music has remained vibrantly alive even as prognosticators routinely forecast its demise.

Metropolitan Opera: The Queen of Spades

Dec 10, 2019
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Tchaikovsky’s thriller The Queen of Spades.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Classical IPR, WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Aaron Copland: Concerto for Clarinet & Strings, with Harp & Piano (1948)
Jeanmarie Riccobono, clarinet
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded Oct. 14, 2018, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

In Studio A with soprano Elizabeth Hanje

Dec 9, 2019

Elizabeth Hanje is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies voice with John Bragle.

She visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio with collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.  She performed "O del mio amato ben" by Stefano Donaudy and Eduoard Lippe's song "How Do I Love Thee."

Music by Request Playlist for December 7, 2019

Dec 7, 2019
Gretchen Carr

Thank to listeners from  Alden, Buckley, Freemont, West Bloomfield, Oklahoma City, Pierport and Traverse City for helping to curate today's playlist.  

Ever since Beethoven's iconic Ninth Symphony premiered May 7, 1824 at the Theater am Kärntnertor in Vienna, it has remained arguably the most popular composition in the classical music canon, thanks largely to its final movement, the "Ode to Joy," with a text by poet Friedrich Schiller.

But Beethoven's music has become something much more than popular. With its expansive length, mold-busting design, and the inclusion of solo singers and chorus, he was proposing nothing less than a philosophy for humanity.

Metropolitan Opera

 

 

Join Classical IPR host Keith Brown to experience the Metropolitan Opera’s LIVE HD Broadcast of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Saturday, February 1 at the historic Ramsdell Theater in Manistee. 

 

 

 

 

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