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Hear great performances from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR. 

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ

This week's program

Gretchen Carr

Featured on today's program was Bright Blue Music from Michael Torke's Color Music Suite for Orchestra. The composition is associated withe Torke's synethesia which is a the perceptual phenomenon when one sensory or cognitive perception leads to another sensory or cognitive perception or simply said, a mingling of the senses.  A synesthete hears color, feels sounds, and tastes shapes. 

1.     Chen Gang and He Zhan Hoa, Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Gil Shaham, Singapoe Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: October 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Nazani Cassidy, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, hosts an hour of contemporary music.  Listen today during the 5 o'clock hour.

Nazani is a student from Santa Barbara, California, and she hosted the program A Big Violin on KCSB.

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.


There will be no shows on Broadway until May 30 at least.

The news comes from the Broadway League, the trade association representing theater producers and owners. According to a press release, the specific dates for returning and new shows will be announced individually, depending on the production schedule for each show.

This is, of course, yet another economic blow from COVID-19.

This week on Kids Commute, it's "Old American Songs Week."

Composer Aaron Copland went digging through libraries and found a bunch of classic American folk tunes and arranged them into two sets. This week, we'll hear the first set, sung by legendary bass-baritone William Warfield with the composer at the piano.  

We'll have a U.S.A.-themed Quizlet this week, too!

On this program, we'll sing along to some of the most memorable soundtracks from films of the 1960s. 

On Friday, October 9, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein trio perform music of Ernest Bloch from a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

During his third shift rounds at Interlochen Center for the Arts, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a different location.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD!

Congrats to David, Jan and Denver, all of whom correctly identified Kevin's location (Bus Barn) and instrument (oval euphonium) last week!

GAMEPLAY: God of War

Oct 8, 2020
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  This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll dive deep into the BAFTA-award winning soundtrack for 2018’s God of War!

 

Composer Bear McCreary’s epic, layered score for the visceral action title uses huge orchestral forces along with Nordic folk instruments and voices to bring vivid emotional life to the deities, giants, and beasts of Norse mythology.

 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

Eddie Van Halen, who has died from cancer at 65, blazed trails with his band Van Halen as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. But he never forgot his classical past, and it started with his name and upbringing.

Outdoors: Taming shrews

Oct 7, 2020

Why is it that when men speak derogatorily of women, they refer to them as animals?

This beastly name-calling dates back at least to Shakespeare's time. The Bard referred to Kate as a shrew in the play "The Taming of the Shrew."

Admittedly, to describe a vicious, aggressive individual, the type who, whenever she opens her mouth, poison seems to flow out, that name might have been apt.

If the shrew fits...

University Musical Society

When he was a teenager, Ken Fischer got to visit the White House and play music for President Kennedy.

But he almost missed out on the opportunity.

At Interlochen's National Music Camp in the summer of 1962, Fischer was sixth chair in the orchestra's horn section.

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.

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Kerani - Fields of Hungary

Paul Sullivan - Sky Full of Stars

Scott Cossu - Gwenlaise

Michael Whalen - Reflection of My Affection

Heidi Anne Breyer - Half Hour Before Spring

Jennifer Thomas - Old Movie Romance

Gina Leneé - undeniable

David Lindsay - For Joni

David Lindsay - Sorrows of the Moon

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR in East Lansing and WRCJ in Detroit.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Sir Arthur Sullivan: Overture to "The Pirates of Penzance"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 23, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)

Ann Arbor District Library

Featured on today's playlist was a recording of E. Power Biggs performing Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slowdrag on a John Challis pedal harpsichord.  John Challis grew up in southeastern Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He became the only harpsichord builder in North America where he worked out of a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti.  He later moved to New York City when his home was condemned to build the Chrysler Freeway.

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, transcription by August Strada, Organ Sonata in E minor, Vikingur Olafsson

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.


On Friday, October 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Roman Rabinovich play an arrangement of Cesar Franck's Violin sonata in A major in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kevin LaRose makes music when he's making his rounds as a third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Each week, he records himself playing a different instrument in a different location on the Interlochen Campus. 

Watch his video for the week below, then email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org if you know where he is or what instrument he's playing. We'll send you a CD!

Congrats to Jan, who correctly identified Kevin's location (Red Schoolhouse) and instrument (pocket trumpet) last week. 

GAMEPLAY: Atmospheres

Oct 1, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  On this week’s episode: game music that sets a mood.

 

Though plenty of videogames are about pulse-pounding action thrills, there are also lots of games that are more atmospheric, reflective, even meditative, and music plays a major part in creating the atmosphere for your experience.

 

We’ll sail peacefully down majestic dunes, take our first steps up a mystical mountain, and even build a colony on the surface of Mars.

Music Spotlight 1 was a concert originally presented online earlier this fall by music students at Interlochen Arts Academy.

On Classical IPR in Concert this week we'll share the performances from Music Spotlight 1.

The program features soloists and socially distanced chamber ensembles.

Outdoors: Seeing red

Sep 30, 2020

How many actors and dancers are bugged when they have to wear rouge?

What if they knew that, in many cases, they were smearing crushed insects on their faces? Would they see red?

Any makeup listing "carmine" as an ingredient is made from crushed insects called cochineal. 

The actual cochineal insect is puny, similar to a mealy bug. They live on the juices from prickly pear cactus.

In areas of Mexico, Bolivia and Peru, the insects are raised and harvested.

Heroes never fade from memory. Last year, on Sept. 30, 2019, the great American soprano Jessye Norman died suddenly. She was just 74.

Repose playlists for the week of September 28, 2020

Sep 28, 2020
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Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music every night at 10 on Classical IPR. This week's playlists are provided below.

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Ed Blumenthal - Who Knows

Ann Sweeten - Lullaby for Blackie Boo

Great Lakes Concerts: September 28, 2020

Sep 28, 2020
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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:

 

 

Astor Piazzolla: III. "Nightclub 1960" from L'histoire du Tango
Richard Sherman, flute
Gwendolyn Dease, marimba
(Recorded Feb 21, 2019- Urban beat, Old Town – Absolute Music Chamber Series)
 

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