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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join Interlochen Public Radio's Music Director Amanda Sewell at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee for a talk about music and art during the Harlem Renaissance.

Sewell will be speaking as part of the Talks, Tunes & Tours Series on Tuesday, August 25 at 10 a.m. 

Admission is free.

Click here for more information about the event, including venue safety protocols.

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Repose airs every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.


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Karen Marie Garrett - Tip Toe Dancer and the Sea Pearl

Chris Spheeris - Embrace

Anewday - Dawn of Day

Paul Cardall - Voices

John Mills - Into the dark night

Jeff Oster (w/ Will Ackerman, Philip Aaberg and Taylor Barefoot) - Released

Great Lakes Concerts: August 24, 2020

Aug 23, 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:

Zoltán Kodály: "Dances of Galánta"
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Mark Gibson, conductor
(Recorded in Hill Auditorium on September 13, 2019)

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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor by E. Power Biggs.   Known for his dignified manner and witty conversation, Biggs aroused interest in serious organ music  in the U.S. beginning in the 1930's.   A renowned expert on the older organs of Europe, he was very serious about the encroaching of electronic organs in churches and concert halls. When an electronic organ was installed in the 1970's at Carnegie Hall, he stated, "The present device cheapens the hall and ruins its image as a place of excellence."

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, join us for Volume II of our "Showtune Singalong Soiree" with Kate Botello. We have a rip-roaring selection of solos, duets and chorus numbers you can belt out from the safety of your own home. Plus, we get pro tips from actors on the best (and possibly most superstitious) things to eat or drink before a performance!

Tune in to Classical IPR Friday night at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen any time at the link below.

Chris Thile has won Grammy Awards, hosted his own radio program and received a MacArthur Fellowship (unofficially known as a "genius grant"). 

Since Chris has so many accomplishments under his belt already (and he's not even 40 yet), Classical IPR thought we'd ask our listeners to provide the interview questions for him.

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Cristian Măcelaru was surprised when he learned he'd been admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy because he thought he'd filled out the application for Interlochen Arts Camp instead.

At the Academy, Măcelaru discovered conducting, an experience that would change his life completely.

GAMEPLAY: Film and TV Composers

Aug 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.

Outdoors: Shakespeare's Roses

Aug 19, 2020

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Apparently, Shakespeare liked roses. He mentioned them - not just in "Romeo and Juliet" - but in more plays and sonnets than any other flower.

Being emblems of the Houses of York and Lancaster, red and white roses thrived Shakespeare's historical plays. 

What could be more romantic than a long-stemmed red rose?

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Repose is an hour of beautiful and relaxing music that you can hear every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.


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Galileo- Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumble

Mohave Sunrise - Montage

Spirit - Brian Mann

Cathedral Pines - Eugene Friesen

Spring meadow - Michael Jones

For the roses - Teresa Schroeder

Eventide - Robert Resitar

Hosted by Jody Knol, Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. for great music from the Great Lakes region.

This week's program

Aaron Copland: 4 Dance Episodes from "Rodeo"
Jackson Sym Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 10th, 2018 at Potter Center Music Hall)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet No. 19 in C, K. 465, "Dissonant"
Diderot Quartet
(Recorded January 18, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor)  


Today's playlist featured a recording of Licia Albanese as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme.  Albanese's rich soprano range thrilled audiences during her long spanning career.  She brought passion and committment to each performance.  In a 2004 interview with Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle, "I always changed every performance.  I was never boring, and I'm against copying. What I learned from the great singers was not to copy, but that the drama is in the music."  

1.      Claude Debussy, Estampes, Jean Yves Thibaudet

Interlochen Center for the Arts

William Shakespeare's plays have inspired operas, operettas, musicals, concert works, incidental music, songs and choral music.

This week on The Interlochen Collection, we'll hear a variety of pieces of music based on works of the Bard, all performed by Interlochen students over the decades.

When cellist Jonah Kim was just 15 years old, Washington Post music critic Joseph McLellan called him "the next Yo-Yo Ma." 

Kim is in his early 30s now, and he's carving out a path all his own. His new album, recorded with pianist Sean Kennard, features sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

The Reader's Digest Family Songbook was first published in 1969.

It contains more than 120 songs from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film, plus folk songs, hymns and popular tunes.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, our singalong soiree will feature several selections from the Reader's Digest Family Songbook. 

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: Final Fantasy

Aug 13, 2020

This week on GAMEPLAY: a tour of music from one of the most beloved, influential, and commercially successful videogame series of all time: FINAL FANTASY. 

These games are so revered by fans not only because of their complex storytelling and relationships, but because they have been jam-packed with emotional, dramatic, immersive music for over 30 years.

We’re going to enjoy some iconic themes by Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu from Final Fantasy 7, 8, 10 and many more!

Outdoors: Summertime birds

Aug 12, 2020

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy." Easy, perhaps, but it is incredibly quiet at Interlochen these days.

"Summertime" is from the controversial George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess." The way I read the lyrics, the song "Summertime" speaks to white privilege.

But it's hauntingly beautiful, and the tune has been stuck in my head this summer.

It's about the only music I hear outdoors. Even the birds have stopped singing.

It's summertime.

After he recovered from COVID-19 this spring, Brian Stokes Mitchell sang "The Impossible Dream" out the window of his New York home every night at 7 o'clock.

But it wasn't a performance, he says. Instead, it was "a song of gratitude for the essential workers." That's why he didn't sing any other songs. To him, "The Impossible Dream" most accurately captured the experiences of the doctors, nurses and other first responders who were hard at work during the pandemic.

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Repose is an hour of beautiful and relaxing music. You can hear it every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.


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Peter Kater - Ascent

David Lanz - A Whiter Shade of Pale

Jeanette Alexander - The Road to Caernarvon  

Autumn's Child - Row of White Trees

Jeffrey Michael - Indigo Falls

Back in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, lots of people found community and comfort in singing together, whether at school, as a form of worship, in amateur groups or performing as professionals. Last year, Chorus America reported that some 54 million Americans — that is, more than 15% of the entire country's population — participated in some kind of organized group singing. And that study revealed that nearly three-quarters of those polled felt less lonely.

Great Lakes Concerts: August 10, 2020

Aug 9, 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:


Ludwig van Beethoven: "Egmont" Overture, Op. 84
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded February 17, 2019, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Op. 74, "Pathetique"
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 30th, 2019 at Wharton Center)

When cases of the coronavirus spiked in March, doctors and nurses across the country found themselves overwhelmed with work. The shutdown also took away an important creative outlet for a special breed of medical professional: classical musicians. That's why John Masko, a symphony conductor in Boston, founded the National Virtual Medical Orchestra, giving those in the medical field a chance to perform and connect with each other.

"I kept hearing from musician after musician from our ensemble [about] how much they wish they were playing," Masko says.

GAMEPLAY: Breath of the Wild

Aug 8, 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.

Featured on today's program were the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahams.  A set of 21 pieces composed originally for piano, four hands, they are based on Hungarian themes.  

1.      George Frederick Handel, Concerto Grosso No. 11, Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman

2.     Antonin Dvorak, O Silver Moon from Rusalka, Renee Fleming, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

3.     Philip Sparke, Strathcarron-Sword Dance from Hymn of the Highlands, Brass Band Froschl Hall, Hannes Buchegger