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. 

Pianist Sandra Shapiro serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Shapiro recently gave a recital at Interlochen Center for the Arts entitled "In My Father's Footsteps - A Daughter's Search for Answers." This recital is the first of the four-part series "Musical Roots: An Exploration of Cultural Heritage."

Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten

Dec 3, 2019
Paola Kudacki / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens with Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—the first time the Saturday matinee broadcast season has begun with an opera by a living composer.

American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the iconoclastic pharaoh who introduced the concept of monotheism to ancient Egypt.

On Saturday, December 7, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell will be meeting listeners at Manitou Winds' annual Winter Songs and Carols concert.

The concert takes place at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, and it starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to support Grace’s Friday Community Lunch ministry.

Click here for more information about the concert. Sewell will be available in the lobby before and after the concert to meet with listeners.

In Studio A with the Northern Lower Brass Quartet

Dec 3, 2019

The Northern Lower Brass Quartet brought holiday cheer to Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

The group appeared in advance of Tuba Christmas. The event will be December 7 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Center Road in Traverse City.

Tuba and euphonium players who wish to participate should register on site at 12 p.m. this Saturday.

For more information, click here or contact marlene@encorewinds.org

Celebrate the season with special programming on Classical IPR. 

Click the image below for a printable version of the 2019 holiday programming schedule. 

A text version of the schedule is available below the image.

One of classical music's most beloved conductors has died: Latvian-born Mariss Jansons, who was age 76 at his death on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jansons had long had a heart condition, which first became known when he collapsed on the podium while conducting in Norway more than 20 years ago.

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

Interlochen Public Radio presents Great Lakes Concerts in partnership with WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G

Music by Request playlist for November 30, 2019

Nov 30, 2019
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia

  1. Giovanni Gabrielli, Litaniae Beatae Mariae Virginis, Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury with His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Jeremy West
  2. John Williams and Leslie Bricusse, Somewhere in my memory from the Original Motion Picture soundtrack, Home Alone, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams
  3. George Frederick Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Academy of St.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by the American composer Frank Ticheli. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Cecilia Bartoli isn't your average opera star. She doesn't sing many of the popular 19th century operas. Instead, she prefers to explore the dusty, little-known corners of the 18th century.

Bartoli's new album is devoted to music written for a single artist of the Baroque era named Farinelli. He was the most acclaimed opera singer of the mid-1700s, the rock star of his day, singing some of the most virtuosic music ever written for the human voice.

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Every summer, classical musicians from around the country gather on northern Michigan’s Beaver Island for the Baroque on Beaver Festival.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature highlights from the 2019 Baroque on Beaver Festival. Click here for the complete roster of musicians in the Festival Orchestra and Chorus. 

Interlochen Conductor of Choirs John Bragle and the IAA Chamber Singers recently created a special recording for our listeners for Thanksgiving Day. The Chamber Singers performed works by Brahms, Berger and Rutter. Tune in to Classical IPR Thanksgiving morning at 8:43, or listen any time at the link below.

The Chamber Singers performed three works:

Interlochen Arts Academy Organist Kat Jolliff began her studies as a piano major but wanted to expand her horizons a bit. She switched her major to organ performance for her senior year.

Kat recently performed a couple of pieces in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall on the Interlochen Arts Academy campus, and we had a chance to speak with her about the music and her instrument.

Kat performed Marcel Dupré's prelude from the "Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Opus 7" and JS Bach's fugue from the "Prelude and Fugue in G minor."

Kids Commute - Food Week!

Nov 27, 2019

Gobble, gobble! Welcome to Food Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ve chosen some quite delicious music to whet your appetite. We’ll hear music from the musical, “Oliver,” music about apples from the West Indies, and Vivaldi’s rarely played piece for two violins titled, “The Turkey.” Since it’s a holiday week, the Kids Commute team is feeling generous and skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet. But fear not, you can still win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Peter Gelb has not enjoyed a particularly smooth tenure as the general manager at New York's Metropolitan Opera. But the company's board expressed its faith in him on Monday by extending his contract through 2027.

The agreement — which arrived a full two and a half years before Gelb's current contract expires — signals the board's strong commitment to Gelb, who earned some $2.17 million in combined pay and benefits during the company's last reported financial year.

The castrato Farinelli was one of the most celebrated singers of the eighteenth century. In a new album on the Decca label, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli performs repertoire that was written specifically for Farinelli to sing.

Castrated when he was about 12 years old, Farinelli (born Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi in 1705) had become a star on the Italian operatic stage by the time he was 20. 

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

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

King's College, Cambridge

This year's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from the Choir of King's College, Cambridge will likely be a sadder affair this year, following the death of its longtime leader Stephen Cleobury. 

Music by Request for November 23, 2019

Nov 23, 2019
Brown University

  1. Johannes Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Pacific Quartet with Menahem Pressler
  2. Phillip Glass, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Gidon Kremer, Vienna Philharmonic, Christoph von Dohnanyi
  3. John Adams, The Chairman Dances, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman
  4. Clara Schumann, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Holly Mathieson
  5. Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, Buffalo Philharmonic, Joann Falletta
  6. Edward Grieg, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Leif Ove Andsnes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitr

Henry Leck is an internationally recognized choral director. He’s professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, and he’s also the founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. 

This weekend, he'll lead the Grand Traverse Area Festival Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers, and the NMC Children’s Choir in a performance of John Rutter's Mass of the Children.

Leck visited IPR's Studio B to chat with Amanda Sewell about the upcoming performance and about some notable musical moments in the piece. 

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by Interlochen faculty. We’ll hear music composed and directed by Interlochen faculty from 1959 to 1998.

Listen to the entire episode below. 

When Russian-born pianist Igor Levit dropped in to play Beethoven at the Tiny Desk, he admitted he was – even after four cups of coffee – "still in my time zone change." A little jet-lagged, he had flown in from Berlin the night before and hopped an early train from New York to Washington, D.C.

Welcome to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Monday and that means a new theme for the week, and that is not an unfortunate event - even though the story starts with an unfortunate event - the death of the composer!

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