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Featured on today's playlist was Song to the Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka.    The libretto based on Czech folklore, tells the story of a water nymph who falls in love with a human Prince. 

"Moon high up in the sky, you light up vast distances, you wander through the wide, wide world looking into the homes of mens. Stay awhile, moon, tell me, o tell me where my beloved is!" 

1.     Antonin Dvorak, Song to the Moon from Rusalka, Renee Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Gohar Vardanyan walked into World History with Mr. McCall for her first day of classes at Interlochen Arts Academy. The TV was on, and horrible images were on the screen.

It was September 11, 2001.

On Monday, November 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play music by Mikis Theodorakis in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: October 30, 2020

Oct 30, 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.

Former University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps was arrested Thursday morning at his Ann Arbor home on two charges of transporting a minor girl across state lines to engage in sexual activity. 

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These days, lots of people are working from home.

Classical IPR has curated a playlist to help keep you on track during the workday.

It's a mellow blend of music by composers you know - and a few you might get to know - that we've chosen as just the right background mix for the day. 

The playlist is exactly eight hours long, so when you get to the finale of the William Tell overture, you know it's time to knock off for the day.

Listen on demand below.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we get in the Halloween spirit with "Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination." This production of the Old Town Playhouse features classic works of spooky literature, with music by Dr. Cynthia Van Maanen.

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

"Phantasms of a Fevered Imagination" at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City

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

Watch this week's video below - a special spooky edition for Halloween! Do you know where Kevin is? Send us an email at classicalipr@interlochen.org - we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the guitar at Penn Hall!

This week's video is below - good luck!

GAMEPLAY: Breath of the Wild

Oct 29, 2020
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  On GAMEPLAY this week, we’re going to explore the innovative, spacious, and eclectic soundtrack to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a 2017 game release whose original score pays homage to themes from 30 years of series history, while taking the sound of the Zelda franchise in a fresh, new direction.

Outdoors: Into the Woods

Oct 28, 2020

Halloween is the perfect time to listen to a recording of the musical "Into the Woods."

"You go into the woods / where nothing is clear / where witches, ghosts and wolves appear / into the woods and through the fear / you have to take the journey."

When his fairytale characters go "into the woods," Stephen Sondheim is using the lyrics as a metaphor for a dangerous quest required to make wishes come true.

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

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Featured on today's program was Charles Gounod's Funeral March for a Marionette.  The work gained popularity in the United States during the 1960's as the theme music for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  

1.     Paul Dukas, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Jean Fournet

2.     Sir Edward Elgar, Land of Hope and Glory, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Barry Wordsworth

3.     Camille Saint-Saens, arr. Franz Liszt/Vladimir Horowitz, Danse Macabre, Yuga Wang

This program features music that is "petite," "little," "miniature," "small" and, of course, "kleine."

Hear decades of student musicians from Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy perform music of Mozart, Gonoud, Turina, Bach, Haydn and Debussy. 

Hey Kids Commuters!

You might be noticing lots of campaign advertisements as we head toward the election. Using catchy songs and slogans - and throwing side-eye to your opponents - has been a common campaign tactic throughout history.

This week on Kids Commute, we'll hear catchy campaign songs composed for Presidential candidates from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson.

We'll have an American historical Quizlet for you too!

Congrats to our Quizlet Aces this week:

Halloween is fast approaching, and we have a special playlist for the spooky season.

Classical IPR has curated an eerie playlist to get you in the Halloween mood, or to play in the background for your trick-or-treaters. 

From classic horror movie themes to avant-garde weirdness, we've got all kinds of creepy cuts to chill your bones! Some of these tunes might be too scary for radio!

Listen on demand below.

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At our friend Sierra's suggestion, Classical IPR has curated a playlist of music that stars the tuba.

We've included lots of pieces written specifically for the instrument by composers including Paul Hindemith, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Daugherty and Jan Koetsier.

Among the tubists featured are Gene Pokorny, Patrick Sheridan, Carol Jantsch and James Gourlay, plus composer-tubists Kenneth Amis and Øystein Baadsvik.

Listen on demand below.

On Friday, October 23, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play a Fantasie by Fernando Sor in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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

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

Last week, Kevin was playing the sopranino recorder at the Upton-Morley Pavilion.

This week's video is below - good luck!

GAMEPLAY: Jazz

Oct 22, 2020
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  When you think of jazz, you might think of big band swing in a ballroom, or enjoying a live combo in a candlelit club with a nice cocktail.

 

But what about jazz... in a videogame?

 

This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll take a look at three very different but equally irresistible jazz-influenced game soundtracks.

 

Classical IPR in Concert: The Halftime Show

Oct 21, 2020

This week on Classical IPR in Concert it’s The Halftime Show, showcasing sounds from area high school marching bands.

The performances are from the past two seasons, so you'll hear the bands play in full stadiums with thrilled crowds.

Schools featured this week include Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West.

Join us Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

On Thursday, October 22, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music recorded and performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts. 

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour of the broadcast to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a recent concert at Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium.

Conducted by Matthias Pinscher, the orchestra played Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

Outdoors: Art in pandemics

Oct 21, 2020

I recently re-read "Station Eleven." This post-apocalyptic novel was the selection for the 2015 Great Michigan Read, so I read it then.

The book, set during and following a catastrophic pandemic, draws comparisons between a group of actors and musicians who travel and perform along the familiar shore of Lake Michigan and the troupes of itinerant performers who traveled through Shakespeare's England.

Join IPR's music director Amanda Sewell on Friday, October 30 at 10 a.m. for a virtual lecture on music and art in Nazi Germany. 

We will examine several examples of art and music that highlight Nazi values.

Then, we'll consider the troubling legacy of these artifacts in the 21st century. 

The talk is offered as part of Crooked Tree's Coffee@Ten series.

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Think you might like opera but don't know where to start? 

Classical IPR has you covered with our "Opera for beginners" Spotify playlist. 

We've collected some of opera's greatest arias (sung by a soloist), duets and choruses in a curated playlist. 

Listen on demand below.

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

See this week's playlists below.

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