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Hi there Kids Commuters!

This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we'll meet the revolutionary composer Wendy Carlos. She's a pioneer of electronic music and has created many famous versions of classical works. IPR Music Director Amanda Sewell authored a biography about Carlos, and joins us to share some of her fascinating story!

This week's Quizlet will test your ears, as we give you a week of musical clues to a mystery musician.

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Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer. 

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: September 25, 2020

Sep 25, 2020

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

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Composer, percussionist, producer, drummer and studio musician Clara Warnaar is featured on this week's program.

A 2009 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Warnaar is now based in New York City and has a multifaceted career. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes music while he's making his rounds.

Each week, he records a video of himself playing a different instrument in a new location on Interlochen's campus.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where at Interlochen Kevin is, or what instrument he's playing?

If you know, email us at classicalipr@interlochen.org and you could win a CD!

GAMEPLAY: Skyrim

Sep 24, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  This week on GAMEPLAY: we explore beloved music from one of the most successful fantasy role-playing games of all time: The Elder Scrolls V: SKYRIM!

Millions of gamers have gotten pleasantly lost in this rich wintry world since 2011, with its deep story and detailed history, politics, and mythology that are easily comparable to Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

New York's famed Metropolitan Opera announced on Wednesday that the house will remain closed until September 2021.

In a press release, the Met said that it had made its decision to cancel the rest of the 2020-21 season based on the advice of "health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center," and keeping in mind the hundreds of performers and staff members required for rehearsals and performances as well as its audiences.

About 35 years ago, violinist Lara St. John — then just 15 years old — went with two friends to the dean of the school she attended, Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, to say that her private teacher, the famed violin pedagogue Jascha Brodsky, had sexually abused her on multiple occasions.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present our Oktoberfest Singalong Soiree with hosts Tony Bero and Kate Botello. Traverse Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kevin Rhodes makes a cameo appearance as our ersatz Mayor of Munich.

Official Oktoberfest activities in Munich have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, so we're bringing the celebration home to you! Join us for some great elbow-swinging oompah music and fun fest facts Friday night at 8pm or Sunday at noon. Listen any time at the link.

Music featured in the broadcast:

Outdoors: Black swans

Sep 23, 2020
Orange County Register

When economists talk about "black swans," they're referring to an unpredictable event, often one with a severe impact.

The year 2020 has certainly had some black swans.

Even during migration, I can't imagine seeing black swans on Green Lake or Duck Lake.

Repose has been a Classical IPR mainstay since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., and join us Saturdays at 10 p.m. for new episodes

Hi there Kids Commuters!

This week, we'll hear music written for a BBC Documentary about the Louvre Museum in France. 

We'll take a tuneful tour of the Louvre with music by Norman Dello Joio performed by the Interlochen Arts Academy Band.

Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater in New York, knows firsthand about the coronavirus. Eustis was hospitalized with COVID on March 10, and by the time he was released five days later, everything was shut down. "I came out into a world that had no theater, and it's a different world," he says.

Great Lakes Concerts: September 21, 2020

Sep 20, 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:

Richard Wagner: "Entry of the Guests on the Wartburg" from Act II of "Tannhäuser"
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded September 8, 2019 Corson Auditorium, Interlochen) 

GAMEPLAY: The Music of Wilbert Roget

Sep 19, 2020
Top Dollar PR; used with permission.

  Composer Wilbert Roget is an amazing talent who has written original scores for some of the biggest videogame franchises on the planet!

 

This episode of Gameplay features conversation with Wilbert Roget and selections of his music from Call of Duty: World War II, Mortal Kombat 11, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and more.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below, plus an exciting behind-the-scenes video featuring the recording of A Matter of Time, the main theme from Mortal Kombat 11.

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Featured on today's program were exceprts from The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs by Patrice Michaels.  Michaels, a composer and vocalist arranges Ginsburg's legal opinions, letters, and lectures creating an episodic portrait of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, wife, mother and feminist icon. 

1.     Erik Satie, Je te veux, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2.     Julie Giroux, Fort McHenry Suite, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Col. Larry H. Lang

3.     John Tavener, Song for Athene, VOCES8

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features music from the medieval and renaissance eras, but reimagined by 20th-century composers.

Hear Notre Dame polyphony, Renaissance keyboard pieces and a variety of instrumental dance music brought to life by modern wind bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.


Classical IPR in Concert: Pacifica Quartet

Sep 17, 2020
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This week, Classical IPR in Concert features the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet.

The group's recent performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts includes works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

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


Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records himself playing a different instrument during his overnight rounds.

Do you know where Kevin is this week, or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org and we'll send you a CD if you get it right. (Or even if you don't get it right)

Last week, Kevin was playing the kalimba in the gazebo by Intermediate Girls Lakeside. Congrats to Christine on her correct identification.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

On Thursday, September 17, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear music of Manuel de Falla from the Suite populaire espagnole performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

Outdoors: Cricket percussion

Sep 16, 2020

I play the keyboard for a little country church. After one of the COVID-careful services, I complained to my husband that it felt wrong, somehow, to play hymns when nobody was singing.

He pointed out that, although the congregation wasn't singing, a cricket was.

To be technical, crickets do not sing.

It's more like percussion, a sound made by striking or scraping. 

Repose airs at 10 p.m. every weeknight on Classical IPR. New episodes are broadcast every Saturday at 10 p.m. 

Join us nightly for this longstanding IPR tradition.

Great Lakes Concerts: September 14, 2020

Sep 14, 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:

Dmitri Shostakovich: "Festive Overture," Op. 96
Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Hi Kids Commuters!

This week on Kids Commute, we've put together a week for Kids Commuter Hazel, who's a big fan of clouds. With some help from our friend meteorologist Jayne Firstenberg and some wonderful composers - it's Cloud Week!

Tune in to hear Cloud Music and take your chance at our weekly Quizlet. Listen Monday through Friday mornings at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below.

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Featured on today's playlist were compositions that are traditionally performed at the annual BBC Proms, formally known as the Henry Woods Promenade Concerts.  Prom is short for promenade concert, a term originally referring to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra performed. 

1.     Claude Debussy, Sirenes from Trois Nocturnes, Paris Orchestra Women’s Chorus and Orchestra of Paris, Daniel Barenboim

2.     Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

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