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Celebrate Christmas Day on Classical IPR with recent holiday concerts from around Northern Michigan. Local concerts are listed below.

View Classical IPR's complete 2018 holiday season program schedule by clicking here.

Christmas Day 2018 schedule

8 a.m.: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Messiah plus Bach & Rutter (encore from 2017)

10 a.m.: Interlochen Arts Academy presents Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" (encore from 2017)

In Studio A with clarinetist Daniel Solowey

Dec 19, 2018
Daniel Solowey

Daniel Solowey is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

In Studio A at Classical IPR we found out about Daniel’s take on composers Johannes Brahms and Bela Kovacs. He performed with pianist Susan Snyder and chatted with us about his interests and future plans.

In Studio A with Daniel Solowey was engineered by Brock Morman. Sophia Bondi provided production assistance.

Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Art Academy, performs a section of 'A Christmas Carol' at Interlochen Public Radio.
Dan Wanschura

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra performs its “Home for the Holidays” concert this weekend.

Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Arts Academy, will give a dramatic reading of a section from “A Christmas Carol.” 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

JunMing Wen is a tubist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He grew up in Guangzhou, China.

JunMing Wen visited IPR's Studio A to perform the Romanza movement from the tuba concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang. 

He told Classical IPR why he chose the tuba as his instrument when he was a child, and why he would now choose a career playing the tuba over a career driving for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. He also explained why he keeps his mouthpiece with him at all times. 

Sounds of the Season, Interlochen's highly-anticipated holiday show, is performed by Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty. It is a family-friendly concert centered around this festive time of year.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir present holiday songs, with favorites for all ages. This annual celebration has become a tradition for many local residents, with classical holiday music and a sing-along. The show also features Interlochen Public Radio's own Kate Botello!

Listen to the live broadcast on Friday at 7:00 p.m. 

John Bragle

Classical IPR went trick or treating and hit the Halloween motherlode, courtesy of the Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers. They let us haunt a rehearsal as they performed some very spooky repertoire.

Listen to each piece below. 

Vincent Persichetti, "Hist whist" (click here to see the original poem by E. E. Cummings)

In Studio A with Catharsis Wind Quintet

Oct 30, 2018

Catharsis Wind Quintet came to Interlochen Public Radio during their recent visit to Northern Michigan.

The group performed in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall, played for students in area schools and worked on chamber music with students at Interlochen Arts Academy

Quiana Lynell is a singer, songwriter and composer. She was recently named the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Lynell visited Interlochen Arts Academy to work with students in the jazz and singer-songwriter programs. She also came to IPR's Studio A, where she performed with two different student jazz combos.

Amanda Sewell

Technically, we weren't actually in Studio A for this session. There are 18 musicians in the Interlochen Arts Academy cello choir, so they simply wouldn't fit in IPR's Studio A. As a result, we recorded this session during their rehearsal in Corson Auditorium.

Patrick Owen is the instructor of cello at Interlochen Arts Academy. Although it's his first year teaching here, he's no stranger to Interlochen - he attended both Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Soprano Victoria Schmidt is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies with Laura Osgood Brown. She grew up in Kearney, Missouri.

Dr. Leslie B. Dunner conducts the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra this Friday night.

Classical IPR brings you the concert live from Corson Auditorium.

On the program will be a suite from "The River" by Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" and Malambo from "Estancia" by Alberto Ginastera.

Tune in for this live broadcast event at 7:30 p.m.

 

Matthew Cochran is Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy. He’ll be performing a recital this week at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City.

Cochran visited Studio A to perform music of David Kellner and Anton Diabelli. He talked about how a guitarist plays music that was written for the lute and what makes a great performance space for guitar. Hear the entire conversation and performance below.

Angela Scates

Angela Scates is an oboist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has studied with Daniel Stolper and Dane Philipsen at Interlochen. 

Scates visited IPR's Studio A to play the first etude of Gilles Silvestrini. This piece is named "L'Hôtel des roches noires. Trouville" after a painting by Claude Monet.

In 2017, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble celebrated The First Lady of Song in a concert called “A Centennial Birthday Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” The Jazz Ensemble was joined for this concert by two special guests, Gary Motley and Carmen Bradford.

Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 p.m. for a presentation of this recent concert.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This year, 43 students entered the concerto competition at Interlochen Arts Academy. A team of Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members narrowed the 43 initial entries to ten finalists, and the four winners were then selected by a judging panel made up of professional musicians. 

Lauren Whitaker

Flutist Lauren Whitaker is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, and she is a student of Nancy Stagnitta. Lauren is also the winner of the Encore Winds Youth Artist Competition, and she will perform with Encore Winds on their spring concert this Sunday. 

Judy Rumelhart, Associate Producer of the original Broadway run of Sondheim's, SWEENEY TODD.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy's production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opens this weekend.

Judy Rumelhart, an Associate Producer of the Sondheim classic's original Broadway run, will be watching the production with great love. Judy joined IPR's Kate Botello in the studio to discuss her memories of the first SWEENEY TODD - and selected a few of her favorites to share with us!

Judy selected the following pieces: 

  • Prologue/The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  • The Worst Pies in London
  • Pretty Women
  • Not While I'm Around


Baroque Choral Festival Encore Broadcast - Tonight!

May 11, 2018
Karin Willman

Classical IPR brought you the Baroque Choral Festival live from Corson Auditorium last month. The concert included the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and soloists, choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir. Together the groups performed Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, and Vivaldi's Gloria. Listen to our encore broadcast of this concert tonight at 8 p.m.

Baroque Choral Festival - In Case You Missed It

Apr 27, 2018
Karin Willman

Classical IPR brought you the Baroque Choral Festival live from Corson Auditorium this past Sunday.

The concert included the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and soloists, Choral Ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir.

In Studio A With David Schonberger

Apr 24, 2018

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs this Friday night in Corson Auditorium. The program will feature students who won the annual concerto competition. Among the soloists is David Schonberger, a bass trombonist from El Paso, Texas. David will perform the Bass Trombone Concerto by Thom Ritter George. He stopped by Studio A to play an excerpt of the piece and talk with Classical IPR's Nancy Deneen. More about the upcoming concert is at tickets.interlochen.org

Baroque Choral Festival - Live this Sunday!

Apr 18, 2018

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy perform Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria. Soloists are Laura Osgood Brown, Jayne Sleder and Keith Brown. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen live at 3 p.m. this Sunday on Classical IPR.

 

Interlochen Arts Academy Band Director Matthew Schlomer leads students in a recent dress rehearsal.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

When "The Soldier's Tale" premiered in 1918, an influenza epidemic cut short it's European performance tour.

Ironically, the flu caused some problems for Interlochen Arts Academy students as they practiced for the show earlier this year.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," a 2017 performance featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students. 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

 Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. for "Sounds of the Season," the 2017 holiday concert from Interlochen Arts Academy.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Sounds of the Season - Live on Classical IPR

Dec 14, 2017

Join in the joy! Surround yourself with the holiday spirit as Corson Auditorium sets the stage for Interlochen’s annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season. Enjoy the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir as they present a magical evening of family-friendly festivities. Listen live this Friday at 7 p.m. on Classical IPR.

 

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