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This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Yonghoon Lee in the title role, with Anna Pirozzi as Maddalena, George Gagnize as Gerard and J'Nai Bridges as Bersi. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

The oppera is sung in Italian. For an English translation of the libretto, click here.

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters, and welcome to BOOM WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

You know how classical music can be really soothing and relaxing? Not this week! This week, we're listening to big, loud, booming pieces of music!

Today, we'll go BOOM with bullfighters, in the exhilarating "Entrance (March) of the Toreadors" from Georges Bizet's opera, "Carmen." The fans are so excited to see them!

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"Entrance (March) of the Toreadors" ("Les voici!")
Georges Bizet
Richard Hickox/London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Cedar Creek Township, Bear Lake, Kingsley and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Various composers, Armed Forces Medley; United States Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus

2. Clare Grundman, Concord; United States Marine Band

3. George Frederic Handel, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba; Gert van Hoef

4. Richard Wagner, Isolde’s Liebestod (from Tristan und Isolde); Zubin Mehta/New York Philharmonic/Montserrat Caballé

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's music performed by the acclaimed oboist Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli during several of the visits she made to Interlochen. Listen to the entire episode below.

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Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in C Major for Oboe and Orchestra
Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra
Lady Evelyn Rothwell Barbirolli, oboe
Don Jaeger, conductor
November 1965

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! It’s the final day of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve dedicated this week to artists with a classical music background who bridge the gap between modern classical music.

Today, we focus on Black Violin, a violin/viola duo that combines classical-style playing with contemporary hip-hop beats. In today’s musical selection, they use Joseph Brackett’s Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts, and reimagine it with variations on the theme, a hip-hop beat, and their classical training.

Kids Commuters - you have until Monday, October 8 to enter the drawing to win tickets to see Black Violin in concert at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor on October 13! Simply text the word "tickets" to our Quizlet line 231-237-7482 for your chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Based on a hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett
Arranged and performed by Black Violin (Kev Marcus and Wil B.)

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Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser are the Croatian cellists that form the duo 2Cellos. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!

Welcome to Day Four of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week on IPR’s Kids Commute. We’ve been exploring several artists and ensembles that use their creativity and training to reinvent modern music.

Today, we focus on 2Cellos, a duo of cellists that have a history of competing against one another. While they were highly respected because of their musical accomplishments, they weren’t necessarily financially successful until they realized the key to success was being different from other talented and accomplished musicians.

2Cellos took the internet by storm with the viral video of their performance of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal that has gained almost thirty million views on YouTube! Knowing that this is what makes them unique, they’ve gone on to reinvent popular songs such as "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC, last year’s hit song "Despacito," and "I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons.

Today, we'll hear the hit that made them famous - Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."

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"Smooth Criminal"
Michael Jackson
2Cellos (Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser)

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The Philadelphia Orchestra received a warm welcome from an enthusiastic audience at Hill Auditorium last week. For much of the twentieth century the Philadelphia Orchestra gave annual performances in Ann Arbor but had not been back since 1994.

The University Musical Society and Interlochen Public Radio shared the concert with radio listeners in a live broadcast.

Yo-Yo Ma is one of the greatest cellists of all time. His relationship with the music of Bach is widely known, but he paid tribute to another artist during his set: Pablo Casals. The Spanish cellist discovered the Bach suites in a music store in 1890 and brought them to modern attention.

The Friction Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. (L-R: Otis Harriel, Taija Warbelow, Doug Machiz, Kevin Rogers) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Botello

We’re in the middle of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week from Kids Commute by Interlochen Public Radio. Join the fun as we highlight musicians who put a classical twist on modern music.

Friction Quartet not only uses their creativity to reinvent modern music, they are active in commissioning works from modern composers to expand the repertoire available to string quartet ensembles. An extra cool feature is that Friction Quartet was the string quartet in residence at the 2018 Interlochen Arts Camp, right here in Interlochen, Michigan.

Today, Friction Quartet will peform a chamber version of "Little Red Corvette" by Prince, arranged by the group's cellist, Doug Machiz. Friction Quartet performed the song just for us in IPR's Studio A! To hear our full interview with them, click here.

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"Little Red Corvette"
Doug Machiz/Friction Quartet

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Hey Kids Commuters!

Coming up Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m., you can join us for our first-ever KIDS COMMUTE LIVE concert with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band, plus special guest appearances from the Arts Academy Theatre Company, Chamber Singers and Comparative Arts.

We'll have some musical treats from Zaninelli, Wagner and Holst, and one monstrous trick - a hair-raising and interactive performance of GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS!

Kirsten Trudeau

The Gregorian Schola is a special division of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Its students are dedicated to the study and preservation of Gregorian chant.

Members of the Gregorian Schola recently visited Northern Michigan and presented concerts of chant from medieval manuscripts.

Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR presents a concert they gave at the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River. 

Composer David Maslanka passed away in August 2017. The University of Utah Wind Ensemble has just released its fourth volume of Maslanka's music.

The album includes two pieces that Maslanka completed in 2016. The third piece, his Symphony no. 10 "The River of Time," was left unfinished at the time of his death.

Welcome to day two of POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week. We’re just getting started in our exploration of musicians who live in both the traditional classical music world and the world of modern music.

Sybarite5 is our featured ensemble today. They are a string quintet who play traditional classical, modern classical, and reinvent modern pop music for their ensemble. Sometimes they even weave traditional classical music in their modern pop reinventions!

The word "sybarite" means a person devoted to luxury or pleasure. Sybarite5 says they purposefully choose music that they will enjoy playing the first - and thousandth! - time they perform it.

Today, we'll hear their version of "No Surprises" by the rock group Radiohead. Sybarite5 enjoyed the music of Radiohead so much, they made a whole album of their music, "Everything in its Right Place."

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"No Surprises"

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This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick" from LA Opera.

The production stars Jay Hunter Morris as Captain Ahab, Joshua Guerrero as Greenhorn, Morgan Smith as Starbuck and Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in English.

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to POP! GOES THE CLASSICAL Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we have fun discovering musical ensembles that have traditional classical training and apply it to music that is popular today.

Vitamin String Quartet is non-traditional string quartet. It’s actually run by a record company that uses lots of different artists, producers, and arrangers to create the music. The quartet started in 1999 making tribute albums. These albums were successful enough that Vitamin Records decided to make the Vitamin String Quartet official. They are still producing music and performing all over the place.

Today, we'll hear the VSQ perform "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

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"Uptown Funk"
Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
Vitamin String Quartet

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Thanks to listeners in West Bloomfield, Bay View, Ludington, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

2. Johann Ernest Galliard, Sonata no. 3 for trombone; Carl Lenthe & Ashley Toms

3. Vasily Soloviev-Sedoi, Midnight in Moscow; Vitaly Gnutov/Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra

4. John Williams, Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back; composer conducting the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra

Today - the big finale to COPPELIA! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
English National Ballet

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! We hope you’ve enjoyed COPPELIA WEEK on IPR’s Kids Commute. All week, we’ve been hearing the story and listening to the music of this classic ballet by French composer L&ecute;o Delibes.

Yesterday, Swanhilda performed some clever detective work and a heroic rescue. She saved Franz from having his life essence transferred into the Coppelia doll!

Today, we’ll hear some “happily ever after” music for everybody (even the strange Dr. Coppelius - sort of). We’ll also answer our Quizlet!

Let’s get to it!

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Coppelia: Galop Final
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Live on Classical IPR

Sep 27, 2018

On Thursday, September 27, Classical IPR presents a special live broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI.


Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it's a program of world premieres given by Interlochen student ensembles. Listen to the entire episode below.

Today: Swanhilda to the rescue! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
State Academic Bolshoi Theatre, 1957

Hi, Kids Commuters, and welcome to Day Four of COPPELIA WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been listening to the story and music of the classic ballet Coppelia by French composer Léo Delibes.

Today - Swanhilda performs a daring rescue as Dr. Coppelius knocks Franz out with a sleeping potion and tries to steal his life force to put into the mechanical Coppelia doll!

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Coppelia: Chanson à boire et scène ("Song of the Drink and Scene")
Léo Delibes
Richard Bonynge/National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Renée Fleming was recently nominated for a Tony award for her performance in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Carousel." She has a new album of Broadway songs from the 1920s to the present day.

In the album's press release, Fleming says, "This repertoire is so rich, and the sheer quality of the music is so high that it's been a joy to record these songs." The album includes music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Meredith Willson, Adam Guettel and Stephen Sondheim, among others.