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. 

Listen to the broadcast on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

In Studio A with the Interlochen Arts Academy Oboes

May 21, 2019
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Recently, the oboe students from Interlochen Arts Academy and their instructor Dane Philipsen visited Studio A at IPR. They prepared a piece to mark the occasion of the oboe studio in Interlochen's new Music Center being named for Dan Stolper, long-time instructor of oboe at Interlochen.

The oboe students and their teacher (nine in all)  played the Concerto in D by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Philipsen discussed the intricacies and nuances involved in the piece and its value to developing musicians.

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Monday

May 21, 2019

Welcome to Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  As the Kids Commute team begins to wrap up this season, we thought it would be fun to highlight pieces that don’t fit into a weekly theme, but are still fun to listen to.  So we threw a bunch of ingredients into our Randomizer Machine, fired it up, and out came five great musical selections that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Today, we take a look back on an invention that at one time was absolutely essential for many people.  The typewriter!  Do you know what that is?

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Tuesday

May 21, 2019

It’s another random day in Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Our theme this week is that we have no theme! Only great music that is fun to listen to, but doesn’t quite fit into a weekly theme.  Yesterday, we listened to, “The Typewriter,” written by Leroy Anderson about a device that was once essential for many people, but has largely been replaced by computers.  Today, we go in an entirely different direction, and listen to, “Uh-Oh,” from “A Little Nightmare Music,” composed by P.D.Q. Bach, otherwise known as Peter Schickele. Mr.

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I've watched a lot of Tiny Desk concerts over the years. It's good to see musicians in the raw, away from stage lighting and backing tracks — as if they've just stopped by an office to play over a lunch break, with desk-bound employees watching on. The performances should expose flaws, but instead they tend to expose musicians being casually brilliant, like the members of Ensemble Signal, who certainly play these pieces beautifully.

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 great performances from the Great Lakes region.

Joaquín Rodrigo: "Concierto de Aranjuez" for Guitar & Orchestra
Matthew Cochran, guitar
Baroque on Beaver Festival Orchestra
Robert Nordling, conductor
(recorded Aug. 3, 2018 at Beaver Island Community School)

Music by Request playlist for May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

Thanks to listeners from Oklahoma City, Hersey, Williamsburg,  Ann Arbor and many other places for your requests on today's program. 

1. J.S. Bach, Suite for Brass, Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

2.  W.A. Mozart, Ah vous dirai-je Maman, Marilyn Neeley

3. J.S. Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BWV 1043, Hillary Hahn and Margaret Batjer, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane

4. Alan Menken, Seize the Day, Newsies, Original Broadway Cast Recording

Photo by Michael Burke

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's the career of violinist Margaret Batjer from her time as a camper and Academy student to her current work as a performer and educator. Listen to the entire episode below.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Friday

May 17, 2019

  TGIF!  It’s the final day of SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  If you’ve listened all week, you know that SATB is the musical abbreviation for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (also referred to as baritone).  Each day, we’ve heard musical selections that demonstrate how each of these vocal parts are used. Today, we get to hear how each of these parts weave together as we listen to “So You Want To Write a Fugue,” composed by the famous Glenn Gould.  After the music, we’ll reveal the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013–14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam. 

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Thursday

May 16, 2019

Today, we’re getting down to the bottom of things as we decode the last letter of SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.   So far, we’ve soared with Joan Sutherland as she sang, “The Doll Song,” by Jacques Offenbach. We’ve lamented with the altos as we listened to, “Alto’s Lament,” by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Wednesday

May 15, 2019

  We’re back to decode the next letter of the musical abbreviation, “SATB”.  You may already know what it stands for, but in case you don’t, we’ll give you all the answers during SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  So far this week, we’ve decoded S and A. Today, guest host Lynne Church reveals what ‘T’ stands for before we listen to famous singer Luciano Pavarotti perform, “Una Furtiva Lagrima,” from the opera “L’Elisir D’Amore,” composed by Gaetano Donizetti.  Stick around after the music for the second hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

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When the intrepid string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider first visited the Tiny Desk nine years ago, no one knew what the musicians might play. They're as likely to trot out an Asian folk tune as they are a string quartet by Beethoven, or one of their own compositions.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Tuesday

May 14, 2019

  Welcome back to SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Do you know what SATB means? Each day this week, we’ll decode one of the letters in this musical abbreviation.  Yesterday, we found out what ‘S’ stands for and listened to “The Doll Song,” from the opera, “Tales of Hoffman,” composed by Jacques Offenbach.  Today, guest host Lynne Church decodes the letter ‘A’ before we hear a funny song written by Interlochen alumna Marcy Heisler. After hearing “Altos' Lament,” maybe we’ll all have a little more sympathy for the fact that altos rarely get to sing the melody.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Monday

May 13, 2019

Welcome to a brand new week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Do you know what SATB stands for? Tune in all week long and special guest Lynne Church, Interlochen Arts Academy voice instructor, decode it for you one letter at a time.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter ‘S’ as we listen to “The Doll Song,” composed by Jacques Offenbach for his opera, “Tales of Hoffman.” We’ll also introduce you this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet after the music.  Do you think you can guess the answer without any hints? If you can, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

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

Thanks to listeners in Honor, Baltimore, Traverse City, Interlochen, and many more for your requests this week!

1.     Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, conductor

2.     Johann Johannsson, Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Theory of Everything (suite)

3.     Stuart Stott, Music in my Mother’s House, Stuart Stott, Twin Cities Women’s Chorus 

4.     Engelbert Humperdinck, Overture from Sleeping Beauty, Bamberger Symphony, Karl Anton Rickenbacher

Happy Friday!  Thanks for joining us for the conclusion of Carnival of the Animals on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  “Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint-Saens was so big and so good, we had to break it up over two weeks.  Today we hear, “Finale,” where Saint-Saens parades all of the animals that we met during our zoological journey.  After the musical selection of the day, we’ll give you the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  If you sent us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  We hope you enjoyed “Carnival of the Animals,” on Kids Co

At the end of every academic year, Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates during Festival. This multi-day event includes performances and exhibits by Academy students. This year's Festival is particularly special because it will include the dedication of the new Music Center.

Classical IPR will be live at the Interlochen Arts Academy Festival on Thursday, May 23.  The broadcasts will take place in a tent on the mall as well as from locations on campus including the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and the new Music Center.

Zikuan "Harvard" Zhao is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist from Shangdong Province, China came to Studio A to perform music of Franz Liszt.

Classical IPR in Concert: Orff's Carmina Burana

May 9, 2019

This week on Classical IPR in Concert it's an encore broadcast of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's recent performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. The symphony is joined by regional choral ensembles and soloists.

Tune in this Friday evening at 8:00 or listen below at any time,

Welcome back to Carnival of the Animals Week, Part Two.  We’ve made it almost all the way through the suite of music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.  We’re going to have a honking good time in today’s episode as we listen to “The Swan,” the second to last movement of the suite.  Once we’ve heard the music, we’ll give the final hint to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if you text us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  We’re glad you’ve joined us for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

From The Top - From Interlochen!

May 8, 2019

This spring NPR's From the Top taped an episode at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The episode will be on Classical IPR this Saturday.

Actor and musician Damon Gupton hosts the program with co-host and collaborative pianist Michelle Cann.

In Studio A with pianist Jonathan Bass

May 8, 2019

Jonathan Bass is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist (both classical and jazz) from Washington Island, Wisconsin visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Jonathan began studying piano at age three and says he doesn't remember not playing the piano.

In Studio A he performed Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 and the jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon."

Thanks for joining us for the Wednesday episode of Carnival of the Animals Week, Part 2, on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  We’ve been exploring the zoological suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens.  It’s so big and so good, we had to break it up into two weeks’ worth of episodes to cover all the content.  Today is another two-in-one episode as we listen to “Pianists,” and “Fossils.”  Stick around after the music, and we’ll give the second hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  If your answer is correct, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  Thanks for listening to Ki

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