Gretchen Carr

Classical IPR in Concert: A Tribute to Rick Jones

Jun 3, 2020
Debra Jenner-Townsend

If you’ve lived in northern Michigan long enough or have been a frequent visitor, then you may have attended a performance of the northern Michigan ensemble Song of the Lakes.  

In the early 1980s, Ingemar and Lisa Johansson, Mike Sullivan and Rick Jones began playing and performing sea shanties and traditional Irish melodies. Their charisma and energy attracted audiences around the world, and soon they were known as the unofficial Ambassadors to the Great Lakes.  


Music By Request for May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Today's program featured film music from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Thank you to listeners from Holland, Cadillac, Buckley, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Petoskey, Cheyboygan, Torch River, Lake City, Honor, Old Mission, Manistee, Lexington KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Baltimore MD. 

1.      Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Multinational Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

2.     Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt, Greg McCallum

3.     Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance: March in D major, London Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

Music By Request for May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey and Grayling who requested two songs featuring Dame Vera Lynn, a British singer, songwriter and actress who was widely popular during World War II.  At the age of 103, she recently led a rousing rendition of We'll Meet Again outside her home in West Sussex in honor of of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   She is quoted in recently saying "I hope today serves as a reminder that no matter how hard things get, we will meet again." 

1.     Aaron Copland, Quiet City, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Berstein

Music By Request for May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020
E. Heemond 2015

Featured on today's program were excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  Saint-Saens wrote this work while secluding himself in a small Austrian village after a disastrious concert tour.  He regarded the work as a piece of fun.  It is widely regarded as his best known work and popular with music teachers and young children. 

1.     Edgard Meyer, Sliding Down, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck

2.     Franz Schubert, Impromptu in G flat major, Kyoko Tabe

3.     Traditional Spiritual, Deep River, Chanticleer

Music by Request for January 25, 2020

Jan 25, 2020

Featured on today's program was  Bruce Brubaker's piano transcription of Pat's Aria from John Adams' Nixon in China.

Music by Request playlist for January 11, 2020

Jan 11, 2020
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

Featured on today's program were piano pieces taught and performed by long time Western Michigan University piano professor, Phyllis Rappaport, who passed away on January 10, 2020. 

Music by Request for January 4, 2020

Jan 4, 2020

Thank you to listeners from Buckley, Ann Arbor, Suttons Bay, Honor, Watervale and St. Ignace.  Today's program featured Symphony No.1  for Sitar and Orchestra by Ravi Shankar. 

Music by Request for December 28, 2019

Dec 28, 2019

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey, Cheboygan, Buckley, Ann Arbor, Utica and Wolverine for helping to curate today's program.  The last Music by Request playlist  for the decade of 2010-2019 included music of J.S. Bach, Steve Reich and traditional carols and spirituals.  

Elberta baby born above a bar becomes a local legend

Dec 19, 2019
Gretchen Carr / Red Pine Radio

Frederik Stig-Nielsen and his wife Betsy Mas had their first child in their apartment above the Cabbage Shed, a popular restaurant and tavern in Elberta. 

Music by Request Playlist for December 7, 2019

Dec 7, 2019
Gretchen Carr

Thank to listeners from  Alden, Buckley, Freemont, West Bloomfield, Oklahoma City, Pierport and Traverse City for helping to curate today's playlist.