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This week's Kids Commute will get stuck in your head - it's EAR WORM WEEK!

We'll hear five very popular, catchy classical tunes that have run around in people's heads for centuries.

Ever wonder - what's that piece of classical music used in so many fancy restaurants in the movies? Find out this week!

We'll even have a wormy Quizlet to tease your brain along with the music.

Tune in Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links!

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Die Frau ohne Schatten – The Woman Without a Shadow, Richard Strauss’s epic fairy tale that grapples with the essence of being human.

This encore broadcast from 2013 features American soprano Christine Goerke whose breakthrough performance as the Dyer’s Wife established her as a leading dramatic soprano.

Interlochen Arts Academy: Music Spotlight 4
Nick Boyer

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we'll hear Music Spotlight 4 from Interlochen Arts Academy, focusing on chamber works.

Michael Culler engineered this program.

Tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8, Sunday at noon, or any time below!

Music in this program (Title/Composer/Conductor):

Outdoors: Here comes the sun

Apr 21, 2021

Of the many musical compositions written about April, perhaps the most universally known is “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison of the Beatles.

Apparently, things were not going so well for George back in 1969.

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

See this week's playlists below.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In May 1977, the esteemed American choral conductor Gregg Smith visited Interlochen.

Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in the 1950s and specialized in the music of the United States at a time when not many musicians were doing so.

Bassist Rodney Whitaker and friends recently performed a musical tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

At the start of 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Whitaker and an all-star roster of colleagues visited at Interlochen Center for the Arts and performed in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Metropolitan Opera: From the House of the Dead

Apr 15, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janáček’s profoundly moving opera From the House of the Dead, based on the novel by Dostoevsky set in a Siberian prison camp.

This encore broadcast from 2009 starred an extraordinary ensemble cast as the community of damaged but irrepressible inmates.

It's Florence Price Week on Kids Commute. Happy Birthday, Florence!
Aeterna Christi Munera, public domain

On Friday, April 9, it was the birthday of American composer Florence Price, so we're celebrating her with her own week on Kids Commute!

Florence Price is a wonderful composer whose work is still being discovered - discover it along with us!

We'll tease your head with a brand new Quizlet, too.

Listen Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. on Classical IPR, or any time at the links below!

This week's MAYA MIX features full versions of all of this week's excerpts!

Classical IPR has created on-demand listening to accompany a few of the sculptures at Michigan Legacy Art Park

Inspired by specific works of art, Classical IPR chose pieces of music that we thought reflected the aesthetic of each sculpture.

See the sculptures and listen to the music below.

If you can, travel to the Art Park yourself and listen to the music while experiencing the sculptures in person. 

Note: the work of art is shown first, followed by the accompanying audio file.

When the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra formed 20 years ago, they didn’t require their musicians to audition. 

“We just said if you’re interested and willing to play, come and join us,” says Robert Pattengale, a retired professor of music and one of the founders of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. 

Outdoors: Spring peepers

Apr 14, 2021

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect

The total Sky almost without defect,

And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,

Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone.

Trevor Mahlmann

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Peter Myles has been a Hollywood film music editor for over 20 years. 

He recently spoke with Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell about his career, starting from his time as a student at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy.

After earning degrees from the New England Conservatory and Northwestern, Myles played the trumpet professionally and then became a producer for the Delos record label.

We heard some unusual instruments during this week's program, including the zither, played by Anton Karas, and the gyile, played by Bernard Woma.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features a variety of music by American composers performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students.

There will be American hymns, dances, and folk and patriotic songs, plus music about baseball.

The Boss and the Miller's Wife: The Tri-Cornered Hat
Chris van Niekerk, Maxine Denys en Harold King in die vroeë 1960's in Three-Cornered Hat in die Alhambra, Kaapstad.

This week on Kids Commute, we're going to the ballet!

We'll learn the story and hear the music of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's lighthearted ballet, "The Tri-Cornered Hat!"

We'll have a tri-cornered Quizlet for you, too.

Tune in to Classical IPR Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links.

Here's one of the dances from the ballet, featuring Leonide Massine, its original choreographer, who traveled all around Spain with Manuel de Falla to learn about its music and dance.

Metropolitan Opera: La Bohème

Apr 8, 2021

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a treasure of the repertory, Puccini’s La Bohème.


This performance, recorded in the fall of 2017, saw the Met debut of the radiant American soprano Angel Blue and is being featured for the first time in a Saturday matinee broadcast.


Classical IPR in Concert: TSO Brass Quintet + Organ

Apr 8, 2021

Recently the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and organist Thomas Bara presented an online concert.

This week Interlochen Public Radio shares it with you on Classical IPR in Concert.

Kevin Rhodes conducts, and he is the featured pianist on the program.

Tune in Friday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at noon or listen below at any time.

Outdoors: Spring awakenings

Apr 7, 2021

I love the sound of an orchestra warming up.

The cacophony is hardly musical, but if you listen, you can hear what’s coming.

Fragments of melody float from the din, with hints of the beauty that will soon begin.

Isn’t early spring much like pre-concert magic?

Fragments of birdsong float from the treetops; swelling buds and pastel twigs hint of the beauty that is to come.

A concert begins when the conductor mounts the podium, raises a baton and, with a downbeat, indicates that the musicians should begin.

Repose is an hour of beautiful, relaxing music to help you end your day peacefully. Listen nightly at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's playlists are posted below.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This episode is devoted to the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hear decades of student performances from Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, featuring incidental music, choral music, folk song transcriptions and a very famous fantasia by Vaughan Williams.

DOHUK, Iraq — With rows of white tents filling a windswept hillside, the Khanke camp in northern Iraq shelters about 14,000 men, women and children from the Yazidi religious minority. They have been stuck here since ISIS invaded their home villages in 2014.

With its dirt roads and drab dwellings, the camp can be a bleak place. But the beat of a daf, a drum sacred to Yazidis, throbs underneath loud, energetic singing, rising over shouts of children in a trash-strewn playground.

Music for the Easter weekend was at the forefront of this week's requests.

See the entire playlist below.

Every year since the 1930s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the Academy Award for Best Original Score.