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. 

It's as if the pianos were haunted. Somewhere about midway through this Tiny Desk, as Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds performed on his electronic keyboard, two upright pianos were playing lilting melodies behind him, absent any performer at the keys. And yet these "ghosts," along with Ólafur's band of strings and percussion, put together some of the most beautiful music I've heard at the Tiny Desk, made all the more mysterious through its presentation.

Opera Broadcasts from the UK: Un Ballo in Maschera

Jul 16, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Opera Broadcasts from the UK's recent production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.

This production stars Rafael Rojas, Philip Rhodes and Adrienn Miksch.

On a summer evening, a soft breeze rustles quietly through the trees. The hum of cicadas fills the air. Bumblebees buzz through flower gardens. Grasshoppers bounce while crickets chirp from the lush grass.

Giddyup, cowgirls and cowboys! It’s the fifth and final week of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! A great summer break isn’t complete without a great soundtrack, so your Kids Commute team has put together five special extended episodes of Kids Commute for you to enjoy. Answer the super-easy Quizlet question at the end of the episode and you’ll receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week’s episode digs deep into Rodeo by American composer Aaron Copland. We’ll teach you about the proper pronunciation of the title in addition to details about his life and what made Aaron Copland one of the most prominent American composers of his time. We’ll also guide you through a musical tour of his career. Rodeo is a ballet originally choreographed by the very famous Agnes de Mille, who was responsible for convincing Mr. Copland to write the orchestral score. As you listen, we’ll give examples of the cowboy songs that Mr. Copland used as inspiration for his composition and give Rodeo its characteristic old west ‘American’ feel.

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Five
MUSIC: Rodeo
COMPOSER: Aaron Copland
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Aaron Copland/London Philharmonic; , "Ranch House Party," Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Here's our final Kids Commuter Summer Listening Program! Don't forget - you have until the middle of August to complete all five weeks of the program, answer the Quizlets - and win concert tickets and an invitation to an ice cream party!

Now, get your lasso ready and let's wrangle with Rodeo, by Aaron Copland. Yee-haw!

Metropolitan Museum of Art


Thanks to listeners in Alden, Traverse City, Kingsley, Arcadia and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 (fourth movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig

2. Franz Joseph Haydn, Cello Concerto (third movement); Chamber Orchestra Basel/Sol Gabetta

3. Georges Bizet, Jes dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from Carmen; Elixabeth Schwarzkopf

4. Alfred Reed, Armenian Dances Part 1; Frederick Fennell/Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra

5. Victor Herbert, Thine Alone; Beverly Sills

 Phil Sinder is professor of tuba and euphonium at Michigan State University. He is also a 2018 Valade teaching fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp.


Phil Sinder visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Derek Bourgeois, Bill Dobbins and Paul McCartney. He was joined by collaborative pianist Derek Polischuk.


Listen to the complete performance and interview below.



An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins Sunday at 7 p.m. Ahead of the live concert at 8 p.m. experience an hour of treasures from the Interlochen archives and a conversation with conductor Larry Rachleff.

The live concert from Kresge Auditorium features Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” and The Pines of Rome by Respighi. Listen Sunday starting at 7:00 p.m.


  Violinist Martin Chalifour is the principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music. Chalifour is also a 2018 Valade Concertmaster at Interlochen Arts Camp.


Martin Chalifour visited Studio A to perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Camille Saint-Saens. He was joined by collaborative pianist Robert Koenig.


Amanda Sewell

The Interlochen Arts Camp faculty includes musicians and teachers from around the country. The faculty members come together in different combinations during the summer in chamber groups.


An IAC faculty wind quintet recently visited Studio A. Its members are Jennifer Parker-Harley (flute), Dane Philipsen (oboe), Douglas Moore-Monroe (clarinet), Henry (Hank) Skolnick (bassoon) and Josh Michal (horn).


Sean Miller, Petoskey News

Interlochen Public Radio presented a live broadcast from Bay Harbor. 

Great songs and tunes are always available to stream on ThistleRadio's 24-hour music channel. Span the decades on ThistleRadio with classic tracks from Battlefield Band and the Bothy Band, as well as Mary Jane Lamond, Session A9, Kris Drever, and Calan.

Amanda Sewell

Kristen Holritz, Jeanmarie Riccobono, Aaron Brant, Sara Fraker and Jill Marderness are the Bay View Wind Quintet. They are the resident faculty quintet of the Bay View Music Festival.


Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, one of Britain's most influential contemporary classical figures, died Sunday, July 8, at the age of 66. His passing was announced by his publisher, Faber Music, but no cause of death was given.

Opera Broadcasts from the UK: Eugene Onegin

Jul 9, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Opera Broadcasts from the UK's recent production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

This production stars Samuel Dale Johnson, Natalya Romaniw and Peter Auty.

William Tell and his son in the town square
'Healthy Living,' 1917, by C.E.A. Winslow

Hi-Yo Silver, away! It’s week four of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! The Kids Commute team wants to make sure you stay in touch with great music over your summer break, so for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As is the Kids Commute custom, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the super-easy quizlet question and receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week we’re exploring the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Of course we’ll give you all the important details about Rossini’s incredible life. We’ll talk about and listen to sound clips of some compositions that made him very wealthy and successful during his life. Because his opera William Tell is about three hours long, we’ll just focus on the Overture, which is a very exciting piece all by itself. It’s so exciting, part of it was used as the theme to very famous radio and television show, The Lone Ranger.

MUSIC: Overture to William Tell
COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Kevin Rhodes/Traverse Symphony Orchestra

And now, on a fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! We bring you...The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini.


Thanks to listeners in Lake City, Petoskey, Traverse City, Big Rapids and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Franz Schubert, ballet music from Rosamunde; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

2. Dmitri Shostakovich, waltzes from the Jazz Suite no. 2; Riccardo Chailly/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies; William Zeitler (glass armonica)

4. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture; Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra begins at 7 p.m. Ahead of the live concert at 8 p.m., experience an hour of treasures from the Interlochen archives, a conversation with the conductor and more.

In the 7 o’clock hour, conductor Guillermo Figueroa talks about this week’s repertoire, and he shares memories of his days as a camper at Interlochen. The live concert at 8 p.m. features the Symphony No.1 by Shostakovich, Mariandà by Ernesto Cordero and the Overture to Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz.

Listen Sunday starting at 7:00 p.m.

DSO Oboist Sarah Lewis - Music at Midday

Jul 6, 2018

Petoskey native Sarah Lewis shares her favorite works and talks about how each piece has influenced her life. An oboist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Lewis will be on stage as the group performs in Bay Harbor at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts Opening Gala on July 7th. That concert will be broadcast live on Classical IPR Saturday night at 8:00 p.m.

 Pianist Sarah Cahill is an advocate for new classical music and a faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 2018, she was given a Champion of New Music Award from the American Composers Forum.


Sarah Cahill stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music of John Adams, Annea Lockwood and Pauline Oliveros. All three of those pieces were written for her.


Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe has filed a lawsuit against the orchestra, claiming that she is making substantially less each year than her closest peer — a man.

This Saturday, July 7 Interlochen Public Radio broadcasts live from Bay Harbor.  The Gala opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, “Raise the Curtain,” will feature the Detroit Symphony OrchestraInterlochen Festival Choir, Broadway star Rachel Gold, Miami City Ballet ballerina

  Cellist Joshua Roman and the JACK String Quartet are on the cutting edge of 21st-century music. This Friday on Classical IPR, hear a special presentation of a recent performance they gave at Interlochen Center for the Arts.