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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.


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
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  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:

Because of public health and safety concerns in 2020, Interlochen Arts Academy forged a new path for its annual Collage concert. 

The program was presented online, with recordings made while masked and socially distanced.

On this week's Classical IPR in Concert, you'll hear musical selections from this year's Collage and a Vocal Arts Showcase.

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

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Where's Kevin? What instrument is he playing?

E-mail your answer to: - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin played a chord organ in the Dendrinos Chapel!

Here's this week's video - good luck!

Outdoors: Chickadee contact call

Nov 18, 2020

Just like humans, chickadees are social.

They split up into pairs during the breeding season, but this time of year, they  form flocks with other chickadees and often with other birds such as nuthatches and small woodpeckers, and they move through the forest in a group.

By definition, a forest is full of trees, and sight lines are limited.

Occasionally, a little chickadee suddenly realizes that it cannot see its flockmates (if that's a word).

What happens when you take popular songs from the last half century and rework them for classical instruments?

In this curated playlist, Classical IPR offers you musical selections from blues, hip-hop, rock, pop and country, all reimagined for classical musicians. 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" for piano duo, Metallica for cello quartet, Britney Spears for ukulele orchestra, Dr. Dre for string trio, Nirvana for symphony orchestra - it's all here.

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

On this episode, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and Interlochen Arts Camp/National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen."

According to Bilik, many popular songs like "Stardust" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" were actually created by Interlochen campers.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, it's another singalong! We'll hear some of the biggest hits from musicals that premiered on Broadway in the 21st Century. Find some new tunes to love! One of our all-time favorite musical theatre afficionados tinkered with our playlist and recommended a few songs (thanks, Anthony A.!). Even if you're at home alone, there will be lots of people singing with you. 

For snacks and drinks this round, we're having a simple feast of popcorn and hot tea as we dish about a couple of the 21st Century's biggest flops, as well!

GAMEPLAY: The Music of Wilbert Roget

Nov 12, 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.

Each week, Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records a video of himself in a different location on the Interlochen campus.

Watch this week's video below.

Do you know where Kevin is? What instrument is he playing?

Email us your answer at - we'll send you a CD!

This week's video is below - good luck!

Outdoors: The gales of November

Nov 11, 2020
Shipwreck Coast Museum

This year, "the gales of November came early."   

In his haunting ballad “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Gordon Lightfoot sang of a very real phenomenon:  40% of all Great Lakes shipwrecks have occurred during the month of November.

The Great Lakes hold vast volumes of water, and well into autumn, that water retains some of the heat it absorbed last summer. 

In November, when lakes are still relatively warm, the air is light as it rises above the water surface, creating what meteorologists call "stationary low pressure.”

IPR's music director Amanda Sewell recently gave a talk about music and art in Nazi Germany.

It was part of the Coffee@Ten series from Crooked Tree Arts Center.

In the talk, Sewell presented several examples of music and art that highlighted Nazi values and then asked participants to consider the troubling legacy of these items in the 21st century.

The entire talk is available to view below.

Please note: the lecture contains some graphic imagery and topics that may not be suitable for all audiences.


A touching video showing a former ballet dancer afflicted with memory loss gracefully dancing as she hears the music from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake has

  Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, who died Sunday at 80 after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years, once said he always wanted to conduct an orchestra. He finally got a chance to fulfill that dream 26 years ago with a regional orchestra in western Pennsylvania.

The Deseret News described that night in a write-up from Nov. 8, 1994:


Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.


Featured on today's program was Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring.  This compositon won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize in Music. 

1.      John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Peter Breiner,  Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 in the style of Vivaldi, Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra

2.     Aaron Copland, Lincoln Portrait, James Earl Jones, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

3.     Eric Whitacre, Ghost Train Triptyche, Rutgers Wind Ensemble, William Berz

4.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet in F major, Boston Symphony Chamber Players

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this episode, we celebrate the orchestral music of Ludwig van Beethoven, including over half a century of Interlochen students playing the composer's Symphony no. 7. 

Hi, Kids Commuters! This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we look into the life and work of a composer with a very famous sibling. The sibling? Renowned German composer Felix Mendelssohn. The other sibling? His less-renowned, but wonderfully talented sister, Fanny.

Meet Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel this week, and take your chance at our sibling-related Quizlet this week!

Congrats to our Quizlet Aces: