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The Sphinx Competition is an annual concerto competition for young American string players of color. The winners of the Sphinx Competition often go on to remarkable careers.

Recently, three Sphinx Laureates gave a recital at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Violinist Elena Urioste, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and double bassist Xavier Foley performed with pianist  Tom Poster.

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For the first time since 1964, Interlochen Center for the Arts will not be hosting its annual summer Arts Festival.

Metropolitan Opera - Maria Stuarda

May 8, 2020
Ken Howard/Met Opera

In the last scheduled Saturday matinee radio broadcast of its 2019-20 season, the Metropolitan Opera presents Donizetti’s riveting historical drama Maria Stuarda.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings the title role, in a performance from 2013, when the opera had its Met premiere. DiDonato is Mary Stuart, the deposed Queen of Scots, being held captive in England.

Jazz, new music, early music, standard orchestral repertoire: you name it, and cellist Christine Kyprianides has played it expertly.

She started as an Interlochen camper and Arts Academy student. Her mother, Lou Kyprie, was a camp nurse and director of counseling.

Early in her career, Christine studied new music with Earle Brown. She also performed at Tanglewood, where she won the Gregor Piatigorsky Prize.

Gunther Schuller then recruited her to attend the New England Conservatory, where she changed her focus to early music.

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?

Gary Langley

Classical IPR's 88.7 FM tower has been repaired. As of 5:29 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, WIAA has been restored to full operating power.

Repairs have been repeatedly delayed due to limited availability of specialized crews who can repair these kinds of towers, inclement weather and travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A tower crew arrived onsite in Harrietta on Monday, May 4.

They lowered the five bottom bays so that they could access the middle T-section of the tower. 

Carol Jantsch's cat Beauregard never wants to be left out of anything, unless Carol is playing the tuba.

Carol, the principal tuba player of the Philadelphia Orchestra, joined Classical IPR via Zoom from her home.

While Beauregard attacked a plant in the background, Carol told Classical IPR about several projects she has in the works. 

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.

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

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded March 24, 2019 Weatherwax Hall, Jackson, MI)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
Lansing Symphony Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(Recorded 1/6/2018 at Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI)

Music By Request for May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020
E. Heemond 2015

Featured on today's program were excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  Saint-Saens wrote this work while secluding himself in a small Austrian village after a disastrious concert tour.  He regarded the work as a piece of fun.  It is widely regarded as his best known work and popular with music teachers and young children. 

1.     Edgard Meyer, Sliding Down, Edgar Meyer, Mike Marshall, Bela Fleck

2.     Franz Schubert, Impromptu in G flat major, Kyoko Tabe

3.     Traditional Spiritual, Deep River, Chanticleer

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Listen to the entire episode below. 


Metropolitan Opera: Káťa Kabanová

May 1, 2020
Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, starring renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila in a performance from 2004.

Mattila sang the title role of a sensitive young woman who yearns to escape an oppressive domestic life. Tenor Jorma Silvasti was Kát’a’s lover Boris, and mezzo-soprano Judith Forst sang the role of her domineering mother-in-law Kabanicha.

Classical IPR is inviting you to a party!

Don't worry - you can still attend while practicing safe social distancing.

Tune in this week as Kate Botello hosts a singalong soiree with plenty of snacks and drinks.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or click below!


Sophie Haas hasn't been able to hug her father Jeff since the middle of March.

The two are keeping a safe distance from each other during the pandemic, maintaining contact with calls, texts and a weekly "window meeting."

They joined Classical IPR via Zoom to talk about what it's like being apart from each other right now. 

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?

In the midst of a pandemic, a brand new music ensemble has been created in Northern Michigan.

Jeffrey Cobb, Director of Music Programs at Northwestern Michigan College, quickly assembled the NMC Virtual Choir. He spoke with Classical IPR about the project.

Cobb arranged "Amazing Grace" and "How Can I Keep from Singing" for a virtual SATB choir and instrumental musicians. 

Many professional musicians wear black tie to their performances, but Casey Paulozzi sports a black tricorn hat, a waistcoat and a white powdered wig. 

Paulozzi is a member of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

He's performed for Presidential inaugurations, heads of state and even the Pope. 

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

Every Monday at 6 p.m., enjoy great classical music from the Great Lakes region on Classical IPR.

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

This week's program

Felix Mendelssohn: "Hebrides" Overture, Op. 26 (or, "Fingal's Cave")
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded March 24, 2018 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we look at the career of clarinetist Lorin Levee.

We’ll hear him perform clarinet concertos as a student at Interlochen as well as his later work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for April 25, 2020

Apr 25, 2020
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Edward B. Catton served at WIAA/IPR from 1964 - 1997

Ed was known as "the voice of Interlochen Public Radio," and spent his three-decade career at the station as a beloved classical music host, and the creator of Music by Request.  Support this beloved Saturday tradition, and    make a gift to IPR today.  

1.     Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

For the second year in a row, Kids Commute has won a bronze award in the New York Radio Festival Awards.

Competing in the Best Children/Young Adult Program category, Kids Commute placed alongside radio programs from India, New Zealand and Sweden.

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?

There's not a lot of music out there for two solo violas to play, but mother and son violists Renee and Joseph Skerik found a duet to play just for IPR.

Joined by their relatively indifferent dog Zoey, the Skeriks played an arrangement of a duo violin sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair.

They also talked about what it's like living in a house with three classical musicians who need to practice all the time. 

Listen to their entire conversation and performance below. Then, scroll down to see video of their duet.

Earlier this year, before changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Interlochen Arts Academy activities were in full swing.

The IAA Orchestra performed with their peers in other disciplines on a showcase concert in Miami, Florida.

Leslie Dunner conducted the orchestra's performance of the Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

You can hear the IAA Orchestra in concert from Miami on this week's Classical IPR in Concert. 

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at noon.

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