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Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose - who plays dozens of musical instruments - offers us a challenge.

Kevin plays a mystery instrument...somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send the right answer in an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the tenor sax at Sawmill Gate!

Where's Kevin? This week's video is posted below.

Composed by Jeffrey Cobb and with text by Laura Knight Cobb, "The Lesson of the Lark" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote.

The piece received its world premiere performance online last month. 

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear Scott Joplin's (almost) lost opera, "Treemonisha!"

Follow along Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below. We'll have a new Quizlet for you this week, too!

Our cast this week:

Gunther Schuller conducts the Houston Grand Opera and Chorus.

ZODZETRICK: Ben Harney
MONISHA: Betty Allen
NED: Willard White
TREEMONISHA: Carmen Balthrop
LUCY: Cora Johnson
REMUS: Curtis Rayam

Outdoors: Unconsidered trifles

Jan 20, 2021
The Urban Nature Enthusiast

In Shakespeare’s "A Winter’s Tale," Autolycus is a rogue, "a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles."

Autolycus was a thief.

Noticing that some birds often snap up unconsidered trifles, British ornithologists, remembering their Shakespeare, called the behavior "autolycism."

Listen now: Hygge

Jan 19, 2021

"Hygge" is the Danish word for a lifestyle concept that embraces coziness, warmth and familiarity. 

Interlochen Public Radio has created an on-demand playlist of classical music that evokes the concept of hygge.

Osvaldo Golijov is a MacArthur "genius" composer who's written for Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But in 2012, he was accused of plagiarism, and he disappeared from the scene. Only now, nearly a decade later, is Golijov reemerging — with a work that could not have a more timely subject: it's a meditation on grieving and loss.

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Join Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. for an hour of Repose. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

Monday Ep170916

Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

Music by Request for January 16, 2021

Jan 16, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared patriotic selections on this week's program, along with pieces from musicals, opera excerpts and folk songs.

Requests included music by Judith Weir, Aaron Copland, Antonín Dvořák, Dobrinka Tabakova and Gaetano Donizetti.

 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Canadian Brass, Susan Graham, 2Cellos and Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Founded in 1993, the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation seeks to help people in many ways.

The Foundation not only offers grants to support those who need medical and dental care, but it also regularly awards scholarships to music students.

The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship has supported dozens of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students over the past two decades. 

Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

Jan 14, 2021
Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Verdi’s La Traviata, an encore broadcast from last year.

Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak starred as the iconic heroine Violetta, who gives up her life as a courtesan to pursue an enduring love. Tenor Dmytro Popov was the impulsive Alfredo, and baritone Quinn Kelsey sang Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s moralistic father.

Karel Mark Chichon led the Met Orchestra and Chorus in this performance of Verdi’s intimate and heart-rending tragedy.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on the Interlochen campus, playing one of the dozens of musical instruments in his bag of tricks.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Answer correctly in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a prize!

Last week, Kevin played the Chinese hulusi. He says he was in, "a certain stairwell in TJ that can resonate with specific pitches at various locations."

Where's Kevin this week? Watch the video, below!

Music Spotlight 3 was originally an online concert presented by Interlochen Arts Academy music students this fall. 

On Classical IPR in Concert this week, we'll share their performances! 

The program features brass ensembles, mixed chamber and more. 

Due to COVID-19, a creative approach is necessary for artists to find ways to make music together safely - and our young artists rose to the challenge!

All our performances were in safe, socially-distanced settings.

Recordings in this broadcast were engineered by Michael Culler.

Outdoors: Monocular vision

Jan 13, 2021

In the European sculpture wing of most art museums, one is confronted with a bewildering assortment of mythological gods and goddesses.

I can usually recognize the Roman god of doors and transitions, Janus, because he has two heads, one looking forward and one looking back.

To see both forward and backward, a double face would be necessary.

Human eyes, located on the very front of face, produce what is known as binocular vision.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week's program features a variety of music written in memory of someone or something.

Hear decades of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students perform a variety of elegies, requiems and memorials.


Outdoors: The star of Bethlehem?

Jan 11, 2021

Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, composer Gian Carlo Menotti viewed the Bosch painting "The Adoration of the Magi."

It reminded him of his childhood in Italy, where, on January 6, children received gifts, not from Santa Claus, but rather, from the Three Kings.

This memory inspired him to write an opera for television, "Ahmal and the Night Visitors," which my family watched every year.

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Enjoy Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

Monday Ep101120
Seay - All Around The World: A Seasonal Greeting
Wind Machine - Morning Has Broken
Michael Logozar - Autumn Rain
James Todd w/ William Morse - New Day
Colors of the Land - Elegy
Steven C and The London Symphony Strings - HeartStrings in F#

Music by Request for January 9, 2021

Jan 9, 2021

Classical IPR listeners shared an eclectic variety of selections on this week's program.

Requests included music by Max Steiner, Florence Price, Leopold Mozart, George Gershwin, and Philip Sparke. 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by Dashon Burton, Seraph Brass, Kenneth McKellar, and Barry Tuckwell.

Metropolitan Opera: The Barber of Seville

Jan 8, 2021
Ken Howard/Met Opera

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Barber of Seville, one of opera’s best-loved comedies in a notable performance from 2007.

Each week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose hangs out somewhere on campus playing a musical instrument.

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing?

Send us an e-mail to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and if you get the answer right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played the chord organ in the Dendrinos Chapel & Recital Hall.

This week's video is below. Where's Kevin?

Interlochen Center for the Arts recently welcomed violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao to the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. They performed music of Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms.

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Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In April of 1982, esteemed American composer Alan Hovhaness visited Interlochen Arts Academy.

During his residency, Hovhaness worked with Academy students and faculty on his music.

His visit culminated with two concerts featuring his music for choir, band and orchestra.

Classical IPR listeners welcomed 2021 with a variety of selections on this week's program.

Requests included music by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Maslanka, Giuseppe Verdi, Leos Janacek and Gustav Mahler. 

Requesters also asked for specific performances by E. Power Biggs, Jessye Norman, the Younce Guitar Duo and Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm All-Girl Orchestra. 

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a mystery instrument somewhere on the Interlochen campus. 

Where's Kevin, and what instrument is he playing? Send us an e-mail with the correct answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org. If you're right, we'll send you a CD!

Last week, a twinkly-bearded Kevin played the ukulele outside the Herlitz Paint Studio.

Where's Kevin? This week's video is below!

Metropolitan Opera

It's been close to a year since it was safe for large choruses to gather and sing together.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we invite you to sing along to your favorite opera choruses at a safe distance.

Thanks to our friend Martha for the idea!

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