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. 

Olivier Latry, one of the chief organists at Notre Dame Cathedral, was the last artist to record on the famous instrument before the catastrophic fire on April 15 that damaged the church and caused its spire to collapse. This pipe organ is the largest in France and dates back centuries. Though it was spared from the flames, it will still require extensive renovation.

Music by Request playlist for April 20, 2019

Apr 20, 2019

Thanks to listeners from Richmond, Onekama, Baltimore, Ludington, and many other places for your requests this week!

1. G. F. Handel: Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah; Richard Condie, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Royal Philharmonic

2. Dietrich Buxtehude: Toccata and Fugue in F Major; Francois-Henri Houbart, organist

3. Richard Rodgers: Victory at Sea suite; Lalo Schifrin, San Diego Symphony Pops

4. Alfred Reed: Alleluia, Laudamus Te; Frederick Fennell, Dallas Wind Symphony

5. Spiritual: “Were You There?”; Marian Anderson, contralto; Franz Rupp pianist

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we feature composers, conductors and pieces of music that were dedicated to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

Episode playlist
Vincent Persichetti, Divertimento for Band
High School Symphonic Band
Kenneth Snapp, conductor
August 1961

John Philip Sousa, Northern Pines March
High School Symphonic Band
Joseph E. Maddy, conductor
August 1960

Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy

Apr 19, 2019

Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University and Interlochen Center for the Arts alumnus, Otis Murphy will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium.

He will give the Interlochen premiere of the Saxophone Concerto by James Stephenson, also an alumnus of Interlochen. 

Otis Murphy performed music of J.S. Bach and David Maslanka in Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. He also discussed his time working with the Interlochen students.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy was engineered by Brock Morman.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Friday

Apr 19, 2019

It's Friday!  We hope you've enjoyed Bernstein Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long we highlighted some of the most famous and whimsical compositions by American conductor, Leonard Bernstein.  From "West Side Story," to incidental music written for the 1952 play, "The Lark," Bernstein was passionate about the projects he worked on.  He was also passionate about educating people of all ages and connecting them more deeply to music.  Today, we learn about the later part of his career and retirement before listening to today's musical selection, "Conga," from the

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Thursday

Apr 18, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters!  We're glad you're back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It's Bernstein Week, and that means we're learning about the life and career of famous American conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.  We've heard selections from his most famous composition, "West Side Story," and "Candide."  Yesterday, we learned what inspired him to write a song cycle with the title, "I Hate Music."   Today, we get a little more serious with the musical selection.  "The Lark" was a play written about Joan of Arc.  Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

You can also listen any time below.


On Friday April 19, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 10:30 a.m. Friday to hear "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, arranged by Sybarite5.  A recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall featured the quintet Sybarite5. 
Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Wednesday

Apr 17, 2019

Welcome back to Bernstein Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we're exploring the career and compositions of American conductor Leonard Bernstein.  So far we've learned about his early career as a young conductor.  Today we discuss his ability to effortlessly connect with people, especially young people.  We'll also find out why his roommate hated music, inspiring him to write a cycle of five songs written from a young person's perspective titled, "I Hate Music."  Stick around after the music for another hint for this week's Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if y

The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Mozart’s opera set in ancient Rome, La Clemenza di Tito. Tenor Matthew Polenzani stars in the title role as the compassionate Emperor Tito. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the trouser role of Sesto, Tito’s devoted friend, and soprano Elza van den Heever is Vitellia, Sesto’s lover, who covets the throne and orders him to assassinate the Emperor.

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of Bernstein Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein - beloved 20th century composer, conductor and educator.

Today, we'll hear some jolly-sounding wickedness from Bernstein's 1956 operetta "Candide" - based on the philosophical novel by the French author Voltaire. The dastardly Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina sends Candide off on a voyage - on a leaky boat!


Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

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Join Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. for an hour of Repose. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

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Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to "Bernstein Week" on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most popular conductors of the 20th century. His expressive conducting style, his love for music education, and his ability to connect with people made Bernstein a household name.


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This Monday at 6 p.m., join Classical IPR for Great Lakes Concerts, a weekly program featuring performances from all over the state.

  Great Lakes Concerts is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's playlist

Hyacinthe Jadin: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 2, No. 1
Diderot Quartet
(Recorded January 18, 2018, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Ann Arbor/Academy of Early Music Series)

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

Ma played the opening notes of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello in a park next to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the crossings that connect the U.S. and Mexican cities.

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Brethren, Boyne City, Lake George and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Wir danken dir, Gott Sinfonia; German Brass

2. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt

3. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Emerson, Lake & Palmer

4. William Schuman, New England Triptych; Andrew Litton/Dallas Symphony Orchestra

5. Jean-Baptiste Faure, Les Rameaux (The Palms); John McCormack

6. Rodgers & Hammerstein, It might as well be spring; Bryn Terfel

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music by Johannes Brahms performed by Interlochen student musicians. Listen to the entire episode below.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Friday

Apr 12, 2019

Happy Friday!  We’re glad you’ve come back to hear the conclusion of Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve explored highlights from German composer, Carl Orff. Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been giving us insights into Orff’s famous oratorio.   Today’s selection is a rousing a jolly piece that highlights the brass section of the orchestra. “Were All The World Mine,” has a prominent rhythmic motif that is similar to the later composition “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” used in the 1968 film.

In January 2018, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest was widely criticized for staging the George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess — whose story wrestles with racism, drug abuse and poverty — with a predominantly white cast, despite the fact that the Gershwin estate requires performances to feature an all-black cast.

Now, the Hungarian production is back for another series of performances of Porgy this month — and its nearly all-white cast was reportedly asked to sign testimonials saying that they were African-American.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Thursday

Apr 11, 2019

Welcome back to Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been guiding us through highlights of German composer Carl Orff’s famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana”.  Today, we hang out in a tavern, enjoying “endless recess,” as Mr. Rhodes describes it. Enjoy the boisterous “In the Tavern,” by Carl Orff!

Classical IPR in Concert presents Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A
Kyle Novy

Classical IPR in Concert presents the Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A.  We caught up with a group of five students as they were about to embark on a tour of the Midwest with instructor Kyle Novy. Fellow instructor Courtney Kaiser-Sandler took a different student group to South by Southwest.

Listen Friday at 8pm, stream any time below!


Join Classical IPR on Sunday April 14th for a live broadcast of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Kevin Rhodes conducts the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the combined voices of the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs.

Soloists are soprano Kimberley Dolanski, tenor John Bragle, and baritone Gustav Andreassen.

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Day Three of "Carmina Burana" Week on IPR's Kids Commute. "Carmina Burana" is a oratorio (a piece for voices and orchestra) written by the German composer Carl Orff in 1935.


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