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. 

Amanda Sewell

Violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and cellist Patrick Owen are members of the Interlochen Arts Academy string faculty. 

They'll give a recital tonight, and they stopped by IPR's Studio A to give listeners a preview of some music that will appear on that recital. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist Lorin Levee.

We’ll hear him perform clarinet concertos as a student at Interlochen as well as his later work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Kids Commute - Villains Week!

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome back to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week we’re taking a look at the dark side...it’s Villains Week!

All week long, we’ll be listening to music that accompanied some pretty sinister characters ranging from the ancient Mephistopheles to futuristic villain, Darth Vader.

As always, we’ll have a quizlet ready for you, and if you text us the correct answer, you’ll win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features the October 2019 performance of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

Kevin Rhodes conducts "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz and "Giants of the Night" by David Amram, featuring flute soloist Nancy Stagnitta.

Tune in Friday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at noon, or listen below any time.

This concert was engineered by Jack Conners.

Amanda Sewell

A student string quartet from Interlochen Arts Academy recently brought some sun to IPR's Studio A.

The students performed the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's quartet op. 76, no. 4, nicknamed "Sunrise." Each member also told us what they like best about this particular piece.

Listen to the entire performance and conversation below.


The Atlantic Harp Duo was formed in Paris, but the duo's harpists Marta Power and Elizabeth Jaxon each have deep roots in the Great Lakes region.

They're here in Northern Michigan on tour for their new album, Ariadne Rediviva. Power and Jaxon stopped by IPR's Studio B to talk about their new album and share some music.

Listen to the entire conversation, including excerpts of the new album, below.

In Studio A with Chris Correa

Oct 22, 2019

Chris Correa is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He is from Long Beach, California and studies oboe with Dane Philipsen.

Chris visited IPR’s Studio A to perform the etude "Boulevard des Capucines" by Gilles Silvestrini.

He told IPR why he enjoys the repertoire he's working on and how reed making class is going.

Listen below for the entire interview and performance.

 

In Studio A with Chris Correa was engineered by Brock Morman with production assistance from Zachary Sobania.

The Northland Players will put on a production of "Once Upon a Mattress" this weekend at the Cheboygan Opera House. The classic 1959 musical, at its time a star-maker for Carol Burnett, is based on the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" with music by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer.

Cast member Jim Sturgill, who plays The Jester in the show, stopped by Classical IPR to share some music from the show and talk about communities coming together as a volunteer artistic force.

Hear the interview and music by clicking below!

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Enjoy an hour of Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Tally's lulla- - Karen Marie Garrett  

Bridge of dreams - David Lanz

Wills Song - Jennifer Thomas

Call summer - Koala

I Wonder - James Todd

The Sands of Time - Jennifer Cutting

As I live and breathe - Jeff Oster

The wake of the storm - Carolyn Southworth

Music by Request playlist for October 19, 2019

Oct 19, 2019
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This week's playlist featured music of Margaret Bonds, Louise Shropshire and Florence Price. 

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. 

Kids Commute - Banjo Week with Bela Fleck!

Oct 18, 2019

The Kids Commute team is very excited because our guest host for the week is banjo superstar, Bela Fleck.

We’ll hear about how he got started playing banjo, why he plays classical music, and what inspired him to write classical music for the banjo.

Plus, Bela gives our audience some advice on how to decide which instrument may be right for you to learn. All of that, plus you’ll hear fantastic music played by Bela. And don’t forget about the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Send us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Seraph Brass is an all-female brass ensemble who performs all over the world. They'll play a concert in Corson Auditorium Thursday, October 17 along with the Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble. 

The ensemble visited Studio A to talk about their upcoming concert and their goals for working with the students.

Hear Seraph Brass perform the Prelude to the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg and the full interview below.

The Cadillac Footliters are helping to put the community in a Halloween mood with their upcoming show "The Addams Family - A New Musical" by composer Andrew Lippa.

The musical is based on the classic television show and comic strips by Charles Addams.

Melissa Kendell, who plays family matriarch Morticia Addams, and the show's Assistant Director, Jen Reagan, spent half an hour with Classical IPR to share context and music from the upcoming production.

Click below to hear the interview and music.

On Wednesday, October 16, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen at about 11.15 a.m. for a performance by pianist Sarah Cahill of excerpts from Meredith Monk's Steppe Music. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

The recordings were engineered by Stefan Wiebe and Michael Culler.

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Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music with Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. This week's weeknight playlists are below.

 

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Carolyn Southworth and Jennifer Thomas - Sweet Dreams

Danny Wright - The Way We Were

Tomas Michaud - Lotus in the Moonlight

Colors of the Land - Taking the Backroad

Rebecca Oswald - Embrace

Kevin Kern - Endless Blue Sky

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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
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(Recorded January 18, 2018, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Ann Arbor/Academy of Early Music Series)

Music by Request playlist for October 12, 2019

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  1. Philip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Robert McDuffie, Houston Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach
  2. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Songs of Travel, Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
  3. Rogers and Hammerstein, excerpts from South Pacific, Renee Fleming, BBC Orchestra, Rob Fisher
  4. John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Eleanor Rigby, Manuel Barrueco, London Symphony Orchestra, Jeremy Lubboch
  5. Traditional American Shaker Song/Arr. John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers, John Rutter
  6. Giuseppi Verdi, Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo!

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. 

Kids Commute - Circus Extravaganza Week!

Oct 11, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, kids of all ages - welcome to Circus Extravaganza Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Circuses have existed for thousands of years, and any big-time entertainment needs engaging music to accompany it.

All week long, we’ll listen to music written for and about circuses, clowns, and lion tamers.

Plus, we’ll let you know where we’ve hidden the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

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"I don't know how many other flute concertos there are with a cowbell," says flutist Nancy Stagnitta in reference to "Giants of the Night," a piece by David Amram.

Stagnitta will perform "Giants of the Night" this weekend with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The piece is a tribute to three major figures of the Beat Generation: Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear a performance by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. 

Conductor Libor Ondras and the GLCO present Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 (featuring Angela Kim) and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony.

Click below to hear the concert, or tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

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Thursday, July 11 2019
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor

On Thursday, October 10, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR at about 11:06 a.m. Thursday to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla perform the Sonata no. 3 by Carlos Gustavino.  This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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This Thursday evening, Sir James Galway is the featured soloist with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. Leslie B. Dunner conducts.

Tune in at 7 p.m. to hear commerical recordings by James Galway.Then at 7:25, we'll go live to Corson Auditorium for the main event. The concert downbeat is at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes the Flute Concerto No. 2  by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Second Symphony of Johannes Brahms.

Classical IPR in conversation with Sir James Galway

Oct 8, 2019

World renowned flutists Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway are visiting Interlochen Center for the Arts this week.

Ahead of their arrival in northern Michigan, Sir James spoke with Classical IPR from his home across the Atlantic.

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