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. 

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!

Chris Hintz

This week, the nationally syndicated classical music program From the Top features an episode recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts and featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students.

The program, recorded in March 2019, was hosted by actor and conductor Damon Gupton with pianist Michelle Cann. 

Student soloists include tubist JunMing Wen, cellist Esther Chae and bassoonist Luis Marquez Teruel. The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble were also featured.

This Thanksgiving 2019, Classical IPR is pleased to offer a day of special programming. See the entire schedule below.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Classical music with Kate Botello (live)

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today

12 p.m. A Feast for the Ears

Adam Kuhn is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

He is one of the winners of this year's student concerto competition and will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra in the coming months.

Metropolitan Opera

Classical IPR wants to hear from you! What is your favorite opera and why?

As the new season of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts approaches, we want to share excerpts of our listeners' favorite operas on the air. 

Thomas Brill

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru has recently been named the inaugural Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO).

In a career – and personal life – loaded with enough drama to fuel an opera, Kanye West is finally presenting one. Or at least that's what he tweeted Sunday, announcing a performance of Nebuchadnezzar, "A Kanye West Opera" at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 24.

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

Every Monday at 6 p.m., Classical IPR presents Great Lakes Concerts. The program is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio.

Enjoy recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Music By Request playlist for November 16, 2019

Nov 16, 2019
University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library

  1. Maurice Ravel, Bolero, Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variations, Gwendolyn Toth
  3. American Shaker Song/John Rutter, Lord of the Dance, Cambridge Singers
  4. Robert Schumann, Piano Sonata in B Flat, Vladimir Horowitz
  5. Louis Vierne, Finale from Symphony No. 1 Op. 14, Michael Murray
  6. Phillip Glass, Company, London Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green
  7. Giuseppi Verdi, Vieni! t’afreeta!

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s classical music that you probably recognize from cartoons. We’ll have guest appearances by Mickey, Daffy, Bugs, Elmer, the Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, and many others. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

On Thursday, November 14, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in to Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear pianist Sarah Cahill perform Ingram Marshall's "Authentic Presence." This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen. 

Michael Culler engineered the audio recording.

The physicians, nurses, researchers and other members of the Detroit Medical Orchestra are featured this week on Classical IPR in Concert. The ensemble's mission is "Bringing Healing through Music."

The program for this broadcast includes music of Mozart, Elgar and Vivaldi. Dr. Michael Cher, Chief of Urology at the Karmanos Cancer Center, is the featured soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. 

Kids Commute - Veterans' Week!

Nov 13, 2019

Hello Kids Commuters; it’s Veterans' Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! All week long, we’re saluting the brave men and women that have served, or are currently serving in the American forces.

We’ll be highlighting the anthems of each branch of the United States military.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE: November 15, 2019

Nov 12, 2019

Join Classical IPR Friday, November 15 at 10:40 a.m. for a live broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Friday morning concert takes place in Orchestra Hall and is produced in partnership with WRCJ Detroit and WKAR.

The conductor this week is Leonard Slatkin. The concert features tenor Miles Mykkanen, an alumnus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Gabriela Ortiz's Yanga had its world premiere late last month at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ortiz is one of Mexico's most sought-after classical composers and her work has been performed by musicians all over the world, from soprano Dawn Upshaw to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to Kronos Quartet.

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

On Tuesday, November 12, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen  Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the quartet Russian Renaissance perform Richard Galliano's Tango pour Claude. This performance took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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 great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," K. 492
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
Recorded 2/10/2018 at Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI

For Alzheimer's Awareness Month, accomplished flutist Eugenia Zukerman has released a new book called Like Falling Through a Cloud: A Lyrical Memoir. It chronicles her internal and emotional journey since a diagnosis of "cognitive difficulties" three years ago.

Just this past September, Zukerman was playing Claude Debussy's "Syrinx" — a piece she figures she's played more than 20,000 times since the age of 10 — when she drew a sudden blank. So although she can't always find the notes these days, Zukerman is persistent in finding the words.