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Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

 Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

GAMEPLAY: Breath of the Wild

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  On GAMEPLAY this week, we’re going to explore the innovative, spacious, and eclectic soundtrack to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a 2017 game release whose original score pays homage to themes from 30 years of series history, while taking the sound of the Zelda franchise in a fresh, new direction.

Helen Jones Woods, who played trombone with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band that toured widely during World War II, died of COVID-19 on July 25 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 96.

Her daughter Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of the broadcast media company Urban One, confirmed the details of her death to NPR.

Outdoors: Lazy circles in the sky

Aug 5, 2020

A few years back, the annual musical at Interlochen Arts Camp was "Oklahoma!" 

The Juniors all went to the dress rehearsal, and the next day, one of the campers asked, "Why do hawks make lazy circles in the sky?"

Understand that hawks hunt from the sky, so the higher they fly, the more area they can see.

Their eyesight is phenomenal. Apparently, birds of prey can see in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum, which turns out to be important.

Classical IPR in Concert: Nicholas Goluses

Aug 4, 2020

This week Classical IPR in Concert features guitarist Nicholas Goluses.

Goluses is Professor of Guitar at the Eastman School of Music. His concert tours have taken him across North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia to critical acclaim.

In 2019, Nicholas Goluses performed in the Dendrinos Chapel/Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The program included works by Fernando Sor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Maria Newman, Mikis Theodorakis and more. See the complete concert program below.

New York's Metropolitan Opera, armed with technology, today's top singers and a captive, home-bound audience is, in spite of them, struggling to make opera relevant. The company's new streaming series, Met Stars Live in Concert, while a valiant endeavor, can't seem to shake off opera's fusty, aristocratic trappings.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s spiritual music from around the world.

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

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Enjoy Repose on Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Gayle Cloud - Believe In Me

Nick Farr - Winter Prayer

Celtic Woman - Harry's Game

Robin Spielberg - Until You Come Home

Marc Enfroy - Empire Bluff

Jim Wilson - A Place in My Heart

Yanni - In the Mirror

One of America's most beloved and resourceful pianists has died. Leon Fleisher was 92 years old. He died of cancer in Baltimore Sunday morning, according to his son, Julian.

The pianist's roller coaster career began with fame, moved to despair and ended in fulfillment.

Great Lakes Concerts: August 3, 2020

Aug 2, 2020

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ. Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's playlist:

Patrick Harlin: Shadow Dancer
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded live at Wharton Center on October 11, 2019

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e minor, Op. 64
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Morihiko Nakahara, conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on November 2, 2019)
 

 

 

Ancient Pages

Happy Swiss National Day! Featured on today's program was the William Tell Overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera, William Tell.   This popular work features a depiction of a storm and viviacious finale "The March of the Swiss soldiers".  William Tell is a legenday folk hero of Switzerland who symbolizes the struggle for political and individual freedom. 

1.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in F major, Andre Watts

2.    Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein

Classical IPR in Concert: Michael Coonrod

Jul 30, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, pianist Michael Coonrod performs in his Northern Michigan home. 

Because of Covid-19, many artists have found newer ways to connect with an audience. Michael Coonrod recorded a concert to be shared digitally.

The performance includes music by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann. Tune in on Classical IPR this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

 Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus.

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

GAMEPLAY: Classics

Jul 30, 2020

This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll sample music from some of the classics: games that are not only huge critical and commercial successes, but that have also withstood the test of time. 

 

Many have expanded into decades-long series, deepening their stories and sometimes reinventing themselves. 

 

They’ve been played and loved for many years, and these games keep on winning over new fans today.

Outdoors: Renaissance of trees

Jul 29, 2020

From 1450 to 1620, dramatic changes took place in Europe. The period, now called the Renaissance, resulted from a complex interaction of factors that brought about changes in politics, religion, economics and the arts.

I've recently read a number of articles that suggested that a pandemic led to the Renaissance - a hopeful thought, because during that time, educated people came to believe they could learn from nature.

Science as we know it came to be.

On Tuesday, July 28, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded and performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Join Classical IPR during the broadcast to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a recent performance at Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium. Conducted by Matthias Pinscher, the orchestra played Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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Join us for an hour of beautiful, relaxing music every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes of Repose air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

 

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Bill Wren - One Day in a Life

Craig Urquhart - Cathedral Pines

Philip Riley & Jayne Elleson - Benediction

Bernward Koch - A New Winter

Colors of the Land - Dancing In The Moonlight

Each week, Jody Knol is your host for a program of great music from the Great Lakes region. 

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Peter Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from the opera, "Eugen Onegin," Op. 24
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Laura Jackson, conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on October 12, 2019)

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Today's playlist consisted of many works composed for film and television.  Composers included Ramin Djawadi, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, John Wiliams, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman, Howard Shore, John Barry and Michael Legrand.  

1.     Charles Ives, Hymns from Symphony No. 4, Richard Webster, Members of the Chicago Symphony Chorus

2.     George Frederick Handel, Eternal Source Light Divine from Ode to the Birthday of Queen Anne, Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, John Nelson

This week's episode of the Interlochen Collection features pianist Cynthia Raim. We'll hear archival recordings from her time as an Interlochen camper in the early 1960s as well as her later professional commercial recordings.

Listen to the entire episode below.

New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen wanted to find a way to get guns out of kids' hands, so he turned to what he knows best: music. He recently created a gun-for-trumpet exchange program — called Trumpet Is My Weapon — and has so far collected four guns that he turned over to police.

"I had some trumpets lying around, and I know for me, the trumpet saved me," he says.

Allen, who's from the city's Lower Ninth Ward, started the program after learning about Devante Bryant, 9, was fatally shot in front of his 7th Ward home earlier this month.

Chris Herbert was in a hurry. The vocalist and musicologist was studying the Ephrata Codex — an 18th century music manuscript — in the Library of Congress, which meant he was on the clock. Herbert was working on digitizing the Codex. He flipped through the pages, taking pictures of each one, with no time to pause.

GAMEPLAY: Jazz

Jul 23, 2020
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  When you think of jazz, you might think of big band swing in a ballroom, or enjoying a live combo in a candlelit club with a nice cocktail.

 

But what about jazz... in a videogame?

 

This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll take a look at three very different but equally irresistible jazz-influenced game soundtracks.

 

CIPR in Concert - Folk Music Singalong!

Jul 23, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it’s a folk music singalong! Folk musician Mike Seeger (brother of Pete Seeger) once famously commented that the definition of American folk music is "...all the music that fits between the cracks."

This week, we look into those cracks and enjoy folk music from every region of the United States. We’ll hear favorites from Woody Guthrie; Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Carter Family and many more. 

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Multi-instrumentalist Kevin LaRose is also an Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer. 

Every Thursday at 3 a.m. during his rounds,  Kevin makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a variety of locations on the Interlochen campus. 

Scroll down to see Kevin's video for the week.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

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