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Music By Request playlist for May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020
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The Vacant Chair was a Civil War poem written by Henry S. Washburn and set to music by George Root in 1862.  The song mourns the loss of a son during the Battle of Bull Run. The image of ‘the vacant chair’ signifies the empty space Grout’s absence left as the family gathered for Thanksgiving.

1.     Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, “The New World”, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir George Solti

2.     John Barry, Somewhere in Time, Royal Philharmonia, John Barry

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features performances by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra from the 2019-2020 school year.

Leslie B. Dunner conducted the Symphony No. 2 by Johannes Brahms in the fall of 2019 and the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich in early 2020. This episode also includes selections from The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Hear Classical IPR in Concert Friday at 8.p.m. or Sunday at noon. You can listen below at any time.

Although many classical guitarists wear funky socks that they show off while using a foot rest, Gohar Vardanyan isn't one of them. She usually performs wearing gowns, and socks don't exactly go with that wardrobe.

Vardanyan joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home in New York City to discuss teaching during the pandemic.

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Grammy Award-winning conductor Cristian Măcelaru and the WDR Sinfonieorchester will join Interlochen Online this summer as part of the virtual camp offerings.

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

Photographer Jason Bell

This Memorial Day weekend, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach's six cello suites in memory of those lost during the pandemic and in honor of those serving on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus. 

"A Musical Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach's Cello Suites Live" will take place live in the studios of WGBH (Boston).

Listen on Classical IPR Sunday starting at 3 p.m. as Ma performs all six of J. S. Bach's cello suites live.

Starting May 23, Saturdays on Classical IPR are going to have a new sound. 

Favorite programs like Music by Request, The Thistle and Shamrock and Afterglow will remain, but several new shows are joining the lineup.

See the new Saturday schedule below.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Request

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Every spring, as the school year draws to a close, Interlochen Arts Academy students share their work in recitals, concerts and other showcases.

They can't be on campus this year, but the Interlochen Arts Academy Festival will still happen - just from a distance.

Join Classical IPR on Friday, May 22 starting at 8 a.m. as we help celebrate this year's Arts Academy students. Their musical performances from this past academic year will be broadcast throughout the day.

On Thursday, May 21, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 11 a.m. hour of the program for an excerpt of a recent recital given by Russian Renaissance at Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

On Wednesday, May 20, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour to hear the Pacifica Quartet in a recent recital from Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. The featured music is Beethoven's Razumovsky Quartet no. 3 (op. 59, no. 3). 

Brett Weisenborn engineered the recording with support from Michael Culler.

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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.

Enjoy great performances from the Great Lakes Region every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WRCJ, WKAR and Interlochen Public Radio.

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Impresario," K. 486
Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded live at Wharton Center on October 11, 2019)

Music By Request for May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020

Today's program featured film music from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.   Thank you to listeners from Holland, Cadillac, Buckley, Bear Lake, Frankfort, Petoskey, Cheyboygan, Torch River, Lake City, Honor, Old Mission, Manistee, Lexington KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Baltimore MD. 

1.      Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, Multinational Orchestra and Chorus, Leonard Bernstein

2.     Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt, Greg McCallum

3.     Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance: March in D major, London Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s classical music that you probably recognize from cartoons. We’ll have guest appearances by Mickey, Daffy, Bugs, Elmer, the Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry, and many others. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will work with Interlochen students this summer as part of the Interlochen Online virtual Arts Camp program.

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. 

Check out Kevin's newest video each week here on the IPR website.

Can you correctly identify (1) what instrument he's playing, and/or (2) where on the Interlochen campus he is?

Tom Rose has been spending a lot of time with his collection of 20 banjos lately.

Currently on furlough from his role as store manager of Interlochen's Scholarshop, Rose has been using his free time to record himself playing lots of music on his banjos.

GAMEPLAY premieres May 23 on Classical IPR

May 14, 2020

GAMEPLAY is a new show that celebrates the vast worlds of videogame music. Each episode will bring the music, composers and performers to life.  

Join host Keith Brown for a weekly adventure through one of today’s most exciting art forms.

 

Tune in every Saturday at 1 p.m. starting May 23 for an exploration of everything from new releases and beloved classics to rarely-heard gems.

 

Metropolitan Opera National Council Concert 2019-20

May 13, 2020

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named five singers as the winners of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Each winner receives a $20,000 cash prize—up from $15,000, the first increase since 1998—and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars.

The 2020 winners, the regions they represent in the competition, and their hometowns are:

Inspired by the popularity of Kate's recent Singalong Soiree, members of the Classical IPR staff will be producing their own soirees in the coming weeks.

This week, IPR's music director Amanda Sewell celebrates her father's life and legacy with some of his favorite music and recipes.

Listen to the entire episode below, and scroll down for the recipes and playlist.

Like a lot of professional musicians, Clara Warnaar has struggled to feel excited about performing music during these uncertain times.

Warnaar, who is a drummer, percussionist and composer/producer, has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately.

Unexpectedly, she began finding musical inspiration in the sounds of the kitchen appliances, mixing bowls and pots and pans.

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

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

Ludwig van Beethoven: Finale, "Theme with variations" from the Trio No. 4 in B-Flat for Violin, Cello & Piano, Op. 11

Beth Weston, violin
Patrick Owen, cello
Kevin Rhodes, piano
(Recorded January 26, 2020, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen) (The Intimate Beethoven Chamber Concert)
Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Music By Request for May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020
BBC

Thank you to listeners from Petoskey and Grayling who requested two songs featuring Dame Vera Lynn, a British singer, songwriter and actress who was widely popular during World War II.  At the age of 103, she recently led a rousing rendition of We'll Meet Again outside her home in West Sussex in honor of of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.   She is quoted in recently saying "I hope today serves as a reminder that no matter how hard things get, we will meet again." 

1.     Aaron Copland, Quiet City, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Berstein

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit a 2005 tribute concert given in memory of Frederick Fennell. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

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