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Classical IPR has decked the halls with a variety of holiday programming for the season.

At the start of 2020, the students and faculty in the music department at Northwestern Michigan College were beginning rehearsals for the world premiere performance of the "The Lesson of the Lark."

Composed by Jeffrey Cobb and with text by Laura Knight Cobb, "The Lesson of the Lark" celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women's right to vote.

But then COVID-19 hit, and all in-person rehearsals were shuttered. 

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a mystery instrument somewhere on the Interlochen Campus.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing? Send us an e-mail with the answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, on Thanksgiving Eve, Kevin played the ocarina in the basement of Lochaven.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

Music Spotlight 2 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 2.

The program features instumental soloists, choral ensembles, chamber groups and jazz combos.

Metropolitan Opera: War and Peace

Dec 2, 2020
Met Opera Archives

The 2020-21 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season opens on December 5th, 2020

Outdoors: Holly and ivy

Dec 2, 2020

Of all the trees that are in wood, 
The holly bears the crown.

It’s hard to imagine the holiday season without "The Holly and the Ivy," but how did these plants become associated with Christmas?

In the pagan cultures of Northern Europe, people were quite taken with evergreens. If a plant could stay green during the cold days of winter, they believed it must possess mystical powers, many of which had to do with fertility.

Your Favorite Holiday Memory

Nov 30, 2020

Share your favorite holiday memory with Classical IPR!

Whether you fondly recall a sneaky plan to see Santa, playing dreidel way past bedtime, a surprise homecoming or a giant snowstorm, we want to hear from you!

Connie Bruce

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists are available below.

Thanks to listeners from St. Ignace, St. Joseph, Wolverine, Traverse City, Frankfort, and many other places for your requests this week.

This program features the career of Darita Seth, from his time as a student composer at Interlochen Arts Academy to his tenure with the ensemble Chanticleer to his current work as the artistic director of the chamber choir Choral Audacity.

Seth, the son of Cambodian refugee immigrants, was the first generation of his family born in the United States.

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The Christmas season is a good time for contemplation and reflection.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of quiet holiday favorites.

Enjoy this curated selection of Christmas music that was chosen to soothe your spirit and warm your soul.

GAMEPLAY: The Chorus

Nov 26, 2020
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  There’s nothing like the thrilling sound of many voices coming together!

 

On this week’s episode of GAMEPLAY, we celebrate the chorus in videogames.

 

We’ll hear the first piece of game music to win a Grammy, and we’ll enjoy singing in languages living, dead, and created too, from English and Latin to Swahili, Old Norse, and a magical tongue spoken by dragons!  

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

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself playing music somewhere on the Interlochen campus.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing? E-mail your answer to classicalipr@interlochen.org, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was in the Wood Shop playing the saw!

This week's video is below. Good sleuthing!

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We've cooked up a Thanksgiving playlist for this year's holiday.

Angela Aleo

On this week's program, we celebrate the past and present of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.

The broadcast includes music from a recent chamber recital given by TSO principals Ken Larson and Sylvia Norris with music director Kevin Rhodes at the piano.

Lauren St. Clair

If you need music to  make your Christmas season jolly, Classical IPR has just the playlist.

Enjoy this curated list of holiday music for the lighter side of Christmas.

Outdoors: Thanksgiving smells

Nov 25, 2020
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"Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme."

When I say sage, I suppose most Americans think of sagebrush—the pungent plant of the West.

That sage is in the sunflower family, while, like rosemary and thyme, true sage is a mint.

Mints have been cherished for centuries because these plants give off volatile oils—which, after evaporating, have a pleasant odor.

In nature, this scent helps mints attract insect pollinators.

The same volatile oils can make food more palatable.

In the mid-1970s, more than 40 years before he won the Pulitzer Prize for music, pianist and composer Anthony Davis was driving with his wife to Boston for a concert when a police officer pulled them over .

Perhaps no one is more excited about the Christmas season than kids.

Classical IPR has created a playlist of holiday favorites performed by young voices.

No matter how you're spending your Thanksgiving this year, Classical IPR has a day of special music programming to keep you company. 

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s.

Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists are available below.

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Today's playlist featured The Prayer of Thanksgiving, often known to many as "We Gather Together." This Christian hymn was written by Dutch composer and poet, Andrian Valerius to honor the Dutch victory over the Spanish forces in the battle of Turnout.  At the turn of the twentieth century, it became popular in the United States, and is often associated with Thanksgiving Day services and celebrations. 

1. Johann Sebastian Bach/trans. Feruccio  Busoni, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, Vikingur Olaffson

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Drama, humor, passion, tragedy, love and death - opera has it all.

This week's program features decades of Interlochen students performing music from the operatic stage, including works composed by Aaron Copland, Umberto Giordano, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

GAMEPLAY: Film and TV Composers

Nov 20, 2020
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  On GAMEPLAY this week: a celebration of some versatile composers who are just as much at home scoring for videogames, film, and TV! 

 

We’ll hear game music from Spider-Man, Dante’s Inferno, The Last of Us, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, and many more by some of the giants of the game industry, including Garry Schyman and multiple Emmy-winner and Interlochen alumna Laura Karpman.

Join us for an adventure on Classical IPR Saturday at 1 p.m.  This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

This week on Kids Commute - it's Dragon Week! We'll take to the skies with our fire-breathing friends with dragon music from several different genres.

We've got a dragon-sized Quizlet too! Congrats to our Quizlet aces so far this week:

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