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

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

This week's program

Sir Arthur Sullivan: Overture to "The Pirates of Penzance"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded November 23, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)

Ann Arbor District Library

Featured on today's playlist was a recording of E. Power Biggs performing Scott Joplin's Sunflower Slowdrag on a John Challis pedal harpsichord.  John Challis grew up in southeastern Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University.  He became the only harpsichord builder in North America where he worked out of a two-story space above a dress shop in Ypsilanti.  He later moved to New York City when his home was condemned to build the Chrysler Freeway.

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, transcription by August Strada, Organ Sonata in E minor, Vikingur Olafsson

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This episode is devoted to the music of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Hear decades of student performances from Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp, featuring incidental music, choral music, folk song transcriptions and a very famous fantasia by Vaughan Williams.

On Friday, October 2, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Listen during the 10 a.m. hour of the program on Classical IPR to hear cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Roman Rabinovich play an arrangement of Cesar Franck's Violin sonata in A major in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Kevin LaRose makes music when he's making his rounds as a third shift campus safety officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Each week, he records himself playing a different instrument in a different location on the Interlochen Campus. 

Watch his video for the week below, then email us at if you know where he is or what instrument he's playing. We'll send you a CD!

Congrats to Jan, who correctly identified Kevin's location (Red Schoolhouse) and instrument (pocket trumpet) last week. 

GAMEPLAY: Atmospheres

Oct 1, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  On this week’s episode: game music that sets a mood.


Though plenty of videogames are about pulse-pounding action thrills, there are also lots of games that are more atmospheric, reflective, even meditative, and music plays a major part in creating the atmosphere for your experience.


We’ll sail peacefully down majestic dunes, take our first steps up a mystical mountain, and even build a colony on the surface of Mars.

Music Spotlight 1 was a concert originally presented online earlier this fall by music students at Interlochen Arts Academy.

On Classical IPR in Concert this week we'll share the performances from Music Spotlight 1.

The program features soloists and socially distanced chamber ensembles.

Outdoors: Seeing red

Sep 30, 2020

How many actors and dancers are bugged when they have to wear rouge?

What if they knew that, in many cases, they were smearing crushed insects on their faces? Would they see red?

Any makeup listing "carmine" as an ingredient is made from crushed insects called cochineal. 

The actual cochineal insect is puny, similar to a mealy bug. They live on the juices from prickly pear cactus.

In areas of Mexico, Bolivia and Peru, the insects are raised and harvested.

Heroes never fade from memory. Last year, on Sept. 30, 2019, the great American soprano Jessye Norman died suddenly. She was just 74.

Repose playlists for the week of September 28, 2020

Sep 28, 2020
Creative Commons

Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music every night at 10 on Classical IPR. This week's playlists are provided below.

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Ed Blumenthal - Who Knows

Ann Sweeten - Lullaby for Blackie Boo

Great Lakes Concerts: September 28, 2020

Sep 28, 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:



Astor Piazzolla: III. "Nightclub 1960" from L'histoire du Tango
Richard Sherman, flute
Gwendolyn Dease, marimba
(Recorded Feb 21, 2019- Urban beat, Old Town – Absolute Music Chamber Series)

Hi there Kids Commuters!

This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we'll meet the revolutionary composer Wendy Carlos. She's a pioneer of electronic music and has created many famous versions of classical works. IPR Music Director Amanda Sewell authored a biography about Carlos, and joins us to share some of her fascinating story!

This week's Quizlet will test your ears, as we give you a week of musical clues to a mystery musician.

Today's playlist featured Folk Suite No. 2 by William Grant Still. His career as a composer was comprised of many "firsts." His Symphony No.1  was premiered by Howard Hanson and the Rochester Philharmonic, the first symphony performed by an African-American composer.  In 1936 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the first African-American to conduct a major symphony orchestra in the United States. The New York City Opera performed his Troubled island, the first opera by an African-American composer. 

Cadenza with Nazani Cassidy: September 25, 2020

Sep 25, 2020

Nazani Cassidy, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, hosts an hour of contemporary music.  Listen this Friday during the 5 o'clock hour.

Aleksandr Karjaka

Composer, percussionist, producer, drummer and studio musician Clara Warnaar is featured on this week's program.

A 2009 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Warnaar is now based in New York City and has a multifaceted career. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes music while he's making his rounds.

Each week, he records a video of himself playing a different instrument in a new location on Interlochen's campus.

Watch this week's video below. Do you know where at Interlochen Kevin is, or what instrument he's playing?

If you know, email us at and you could win a CD!


Sep 24, 2020
By Source, Fair use: Wikipedia entry

  This week on GAMEPLAY: we explore beloved music from one of the most successful fantasy role-playing games of all time: The Elder Scrolls V: SKYRIM!

Millions of gamers have gotten pleasantly lost in this rich wintry world since 2011, with its deep story and detailed history, politics, and mythology that are easily comparable to Game of Thrones or the Lord of the Rings.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below.

New York's famed Metropolitan Opera announced on Wednesday that the house will remain closed until September 2021.

In a press release, the Met said that it had made its decision to cancel the rest of the 2020-21 season based on the advice of "health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center," and keeping in mind the hundreds of performers and staff members required for rehearsals and performances as well as its audiences.

About 35 years ago, violinist Lara St. John — then just 15 years old — went with two friends to the dean of the school she attended, Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, to say that her private teacher, the famed violin pedagogue Jascha Brodsky, had sexually abused her on multiple occasions.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we present our Oktoberfest Singalong Soiree with hosts Tony Bero and Kate Botello. Traverse Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kevin Rhodes makes a cameo appearance as our ersatz Mayor of Munich.

Official Oktoberfest activities in Munich have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, so we're bringing the celebration home to you! Join us for some great elbow-swinging oompah music and fun fest facts Friday night at 8pm or Sunday at noon. Listen any time at the link.

Music featured in the broadcast:

Outdoors: Black swans

Sep 23, 2020
Orange County Register

When economists talk about "black swans," they're referring to an unpredictable event, often one with a severe impact.

The year 2020 has certainly had some black swans.

Even during migration, I can't imagine seeing black swans on Green Lake or Duck Lake.

Repose has been a Classical IPR mainstay since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m., and join us Saturdays at 10 p.m. for new episodes

Hi there Kids Commuters!

This week, we'll hear music written for a BBC Documentary about the Louvre Museum in France. 

We'll take a tuneful tour of the Louvre with music by Norman Dello Joio performed by the Interlochen Arts Academy Band.

Oskar Eustis, artistic director of The Public Theater in New York, knows firsthand about the coronavirus. Eustis was hospitalized with COVID on March 10, and by the time he was released five days later, everything was shut down. "I came out into a world that had no theater, and it's a different world," he says.

Great Lakes Concerts: September 21, 2020

Sep 20, 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:

Richard Wagner: "Entry of the Guests on the Wartburg" from Act II of "Tannhäuser"
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded September 8, 2019 Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)