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Outdoors: Countersinging birds

Jun 30, 2020

I love antiphonal music! 

The ethereal back and forth of double choirs in European cathedrals. The African American call and response form in jazz and gospel music.  And my personal  favorite: several brass choirs  stationed around the sides of Kresge Auditorium echoing back and forth through the hall and into the mall.

The dawn chorus at Interlochen is rather like antiphonal music. Birds take turns singing.   

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

This week's playlists

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Minstrel Streams - Ancient Mariner 
Dan Chadburn - Quiet Soul
Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees
Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls 

Outdoors: The flowers that bloom in the spring

Jun 29, 2020
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Have you ever noticed how often singers sing about nature?

Take Gilbert and Sullivan.  Librettist Sir William Schwenk Gilbert was remarkably knowledgeable in matters "vegetable, animal and mineral."

For example, in "The Mikado," Nanki Poo and Koko, addressing the shade intolerance of woodland wildflowers, sing,  “The flowers that bloom in the spring / tra la / breathe promise of merry sunshine.”

Interlochen Center for the Arts

For the first time since 1928, campers, staff and faculty will not convene in person at Interlochen Center for the Arts this summer.

But the sounds of camp will still emanate from Interlochen via Classical IPR. 

Between June 27 and July 19, Classical IPR will have hourly, daily and weekly features celebrating the past, present and future of camp at Interlochen.

Enjoy an hour of great music from the Great Lakes region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Jody Knol is your host. Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

This week's program

Bedrich Smetana: 3 Dances from "The Bartered Bride" - Polka; Furiant; Dance of the Comedians
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded live, May 19, 2017, Great Hall, Wharton Center)

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Music written for voice constituted nearly half of today's program.  We heard ensembles VOCES8, Anonymous 4, The London Opera Chorus, Cambridge Singers, and the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, along with the voices of  Bryn Terfel, Renata Tebaldi, Renee Fleming, Carol Vaness, Jussi Bjoerling, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Emma Stone, Dawn Upshaw, Peggy Wood, Christopher Plummer, Julie Andrews, and Charmian Carr.

1.     Claude Debussy, Children’s Corner Suite, Yoshiko Okada

An Evening with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra

Jun 26, 2020

Classical IPR is proud to continue the tradition of presenting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sunday evenings.

This week, we begin our season sharing performances from the Interlochen archives.

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

On the program:

Rossini: The Thieving Magpie Overture, WYSO (2000)

Hanson: A Sea Symphony, WYSO and High School Choir (1977)

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, National High School Orchestra (1961)

Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture, WYSO (2005)

Clarinet players at Interlochen, 1965, with instructor Sydney Forrest
Interlochen Center for the Arts

For many years, it's been a summertime tradition to come to the Interlochen campus on Saturday nights to hear performances of the World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS).

This year, we're celebrating in a new way, with concerts on the radio!

Tune in to Classical IPR for three Saturday nights for "An Evening with the World Youth Wind Symphony."

Listen to the first episode this coming Saturday, June 27, or listen any time below.

PROGRAM FOR JUNE 27, 2020

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?

On Friday, June 26, the nationally syndicated classical music Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour as Performance Today broadcasts a recent performance given by the Harlem Quartet at Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. The quartet played three rags by William Bolcom.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

GAMEPLAY: Skyrim

Jun 25, 2020
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  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.

Campfire songs can be silly songs, pop songs, cowboy songs, sentimental favorites, or many other kinds of songs.

We cover several types of campfire songs on this week's Singalong Soiree!

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

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. The program is hosted by Jody Knol.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chorus of the Janissaries, "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder"(Sing to the mighty Pasha) from Act I of "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" ("The Abduction from the Seraglio")
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
David Lockington, guest conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on January 18, 2020)

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The late Vera Lynn was the most requested artist on today's program.  

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variation, Glenn Gould

2.     Charles Ives, Variations on America, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

3.     George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Yuga Wang, Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

4.     Fritz Kreisler, Caprice Viennois, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andre Previn

5.     Hugh Charles and Ross Parker, We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn

6.     Nat Burton and Walter Kent, White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn

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: The Chorus

Jun 18, 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.

It's a Showtune Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR!
Singalong Jubilee Halifax 1968 Jubilee (Flickr: Ross Dunn)

Welcome to another Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR! This time, we've pulled together a collection of popular showtunes for you to show off your pipes!

Many of our songs come from IPR's Vinyl Vault, which contains original vinyl pressings of many classic Tony-nominated musicals, but we've got a couple of recent hits, too.

SHOWTUNES IN THE SOIREE

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, and they announced that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. But many states, including Texas, did little to acknowledge President Lincoln's Proclamation until the war ended.

Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19. It is the African American Independence Day. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Classical IPR is broadcasting the sounds of Interlochen this summer, and we want you to be a part of it!

Starting Monday, June 29, we'll share audio postcards from Interlochen camp alumni during our local broadcasts. 

If you're an Interlochen camp alum or a member of the faculty or staff, we want to hear from you.

On Wednesday, June 17, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla play the Theme, Variations and Fugue on Folia de Espana by Manuel Ponce. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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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.

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

This week's program

Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Lansing Sym Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 30th, 2019 at Wharton Center)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re going for Baroque as Interlochen student ensembles perform music from the early part of the 18th century.  

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for June 13, 2020

Jun 13, 2020
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Today's playlist included The Northern Pines by John Philip Sousa.  The work was composed in 1931 and named for the tall and beautiful pine trees that blanket the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The march was dedicated to the students who attended the camp and Dr. Joseph Maddy

1.     Karl Jenkins, Palladio, London Philharmonic Strings, Karl Jenksin

2.     Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel

3.     Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Frederick Fennel

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