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

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

This week's program

Giuseppe Verdi: Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore"
Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded at Potter Center, November 11, 2017)

mariusz kluzniak, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Beulah, Traverse City, Frankfort, Ocqueoc, Cheboygan and Sheboygan for your requests this week.

1. Jean Sibelius, Symphony no. 2 (fourth movement); James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

2. Gerald Finzi, Eclogue for piano and strings; William Boughton/English String Orchestra/Martin Jones

3. John Rutter, The Lord is My Shepherd; Cambridge Singers/City of London Sinfonia

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Kurt Masur/Gewandhaus Orchestra

GAMEPLAY: Jessica Curry

Oct 16, 2020
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  On this week’s episode of GAMEPLAY, we’ll explore three different soundtracks scored by composer Jessica Curry: one of today’s great game music storytellers.


No matter the setting or story of a particular game, she is able to adapt her style while maintaining her unique, gorgeously lyrical voice.


We’ll look for the secrets held by an island in the Scottish Hebrides, go on a walk through the beautiful but mysteriously empty English countryside, and experience the life cycle of a planet.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

In May 1977, the esteemed American choral conductor Gregg Smith visited Interlochen.

Smith founded the Gregg Smith Singers in the 1950s and specialized in the music of the United States at a time when not many musicians were doing so.

Hi Kids Commuters!

This week, it's Round Two of "Old American Songs" by Aaron Copland. We'll hear composer Aaron Copland at the piano along with bass-baritone William Warfield. We also have a new Quizlet for you this week!

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature the Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band and Choir concert from earlier this year, prior to pandemic-related closures.

The program will feature music for band, selections for vocal ensembles, and works for the groups together.

Patricia Brumbaugh conducts the band. Jeffrey Cobb conducts choral ensembles and is the director of the Music Department at NMC. The concert also includes compositions by Jeffrey Cobb.

This weekend, the five members of Canadian Brass will perform in person together for the first time since COVID-19 halted their touring schedule this past March.

They'll be following strict safety protocols, trumpeter Caleb Hudson told Classical IPR.

For example, he joked, each member will play inside their own separate bubble on stage.

Each week, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose plays a different instrument in a specific location at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Watch his video of the week below. Do you know where he is or what instrument he's playing? Email your answer to, and we'll send you a CD!

Last week, Kevin was playing the bass clarinet outside the Transportation Hut.

Outdoors: Goldfinches

Oct 14, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi wrote the Concerto for Flute in D in 1729. This work, known as "the Goldfinch," includes a birdlike cadenza and is filled with twittering passages.

I've heard recordings of European goldfinches. Vivaldi did a bit of embellishing of the bird's trills and warbles. 

In my opinion, the name "goldfinch" for the European species is a stretch. The bird is sort of brown, with yellow and black wings.

On Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic announced that it has canceled all of its scheduled concerts through June 13, 2021. It is the first time in the orchestra's 178-year history that it has canceled an entire season.

Trevor Mahlmann

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

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

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

This week's program

Gretchen Carr

Featured on today's program was Bright Blue Music from Michael Torke's Color Music Suite for Orchestra. The composition is associated withe Torke's synethesia which is a the perceptual phenomenon when one sensory or cognitive perception leads to another sensory or cognitive perception or simply said, a mingling of the senses.  A synesthete hears color, feels sounds, and tastes shapes. 

1.     Chen Gang and He Zhan Hoa, Butterfly Lovers Concerto, Gil Shaham, Singapoe Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: October 9, 2020

Oct 9, 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.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features a variety of music by American composers performed by Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp students.

There will be American hymns, dances, and folk and patriotic songs, plus music about baseball.

There will be no shows on Broadway until May 30 at least.

The news comes from the Broadway League, the trade association representing theater producers and owners. According to a press release, the specific dates for returning and new shows will be announced individually, depending on the production schedule for each show.

This is, of course, yet another economic blow from COVID-19.

This week on Kids Commute, it's "Old American Songs Week."

Composer Aaron Copland went digging through libraries and found a bunch of classic American folk tunes and arranged them into two sets. This week, we'll hear the first set, sung by legendary bass-baritone William Warfield with the composer at the piano.  

We'll have a U.S.A.-themed Quizlet this week, too!

On this program, we'll sing along to some of the most memorable soundtracks from films of the 1960s. 

On Friday, October 9, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen to Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour to hear the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein trio perform music of Ernest Bloch from a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

During his third shift rounds at Interlochen Center for the Arts, campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video of himself playing a different instrument in a different location.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where Kevin is or what instrument he's playing? Email us at and we'll send you a CD!

Congrats to David, Jan and Denver, all of whom correctly identified Kevin's location (Bus Barn) and instrument (oval euphonium) last week!

GAMEPLAY: God of War

Oct 8, 2020
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  This week on GAMEPLAY, we’ll dive deep into the BAFTA-award winning soundtrack for 2018’s God of War!


Composer Bear McCreary’s epic, layered score for the visceral action title uses huge orchestral forces along with Nordic folk instruments and voices to bring vivid emotional life to the deities, giants, and beasts of Norse mythology.


Kevin Winter/Getty Images


Eddie Van Halen, who has died from cancer at 65, blazed trails with his band Van Halen as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. But he never forgot his classical past, and it started with his name and upbringing.

Outdoors: Taming shrews

Oct 7, 2020

Why is it that when men speak derogatorily of women, they refer to them as animals?

This beastly name-calling dates back at least to Shakespeare's time. The Bard referred to Kate as a shrew in the play "The Taming of the Shrew."

Admittedly, to describe a vicious, aggressive individual, the type who, whenever she opens her mouth, poison seems to flow out, that name might have been apt.

If the shrew fits...

University Musical Society

When he was a teenager, Ken Fischer got to visit the White House and play music for President Kennedy.

But he almost missed out on the opportunity.

At Interlochen's National Music Camp in the summer of 1962, Fischer was sixth chair in the orchestra's horn section.

Repose is an hour of beautiful, relaxing music to help you end your day peacefully. Listen nightly at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's playlists are posted below.

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Kerani - Fields of Hungary

Paul Sullivan - Sky Full of Stars

Scott Cossu - Gwenlaise

Michael Whalen - Reflection of My Affection

Heidi Anne Breyer - Half Hour Before Spring

Jennifer Thomas - Old Movie Romance

Gina Leneé - undeniable

David Lindsay - For Joni

David Lindsay - Sorrows of the Moon