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Outdoors: Crepey bats

Jul 22, 2020

The annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta used to be a highlight of the Interlochen camp season. Usually, one or two bats made an appearance sometime during each show.

This was particularly appropriate during the performance of "The Sorcerer," when John Wellington Wells referred to bats as "creepy things with wings."

Or did he say "crepey"?

Apparently, the original Gilbert lyrics have sometimes evolved over time.

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Join Classical IPR every weeknight at 10 p.m. for an hour of Repose. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

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Timothy Crane - Sylvan Grove

Joe Bongiorno - First Love

Kim Robertson - Flamorgan's Aire

Wind Machine - Journey Home

Helen Jane Long - Embers

Secret Garden - Adagio

Great Lakes Concerts is co-produced by WKAR, Interlochen Public Radio and WRCJ. Hosted by Jody Knol, the program features great music from the Great Lakes.

Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Marcus Norris: GLORY for Violin and Chamber Orchestra
Xie Min, violin                                                                                                                               
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(World Premiere--Recorded March 24, 2019 Weatherwax Hall, Jackson, MI)

U.S. Coast Guard

Featured on today's playlist was Sea Fever by John Ireland  featuring the poetry of John Masefield. 

"I must go down to the seas again: to the lonely sea and the sky, 

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, 

And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail shaking, 

And a grey mist on the sea's face , and a grey dawn breaking. "

1.     Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

When Toni Trucks learned she'd be going on tour with the USO last summer, she thought she'd need to prepare a song and dance routine to perform for the troops. 

That wouldn't have been a stretch for her. After all, Trucks studied musical theater at Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy as well as the University of Michigan.

Her first role on stage was at the Ramsdell in Manistee, where she sang in the chorus of "Sweet Charity" at the age of seven.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the National High School Symphony Orchestra’s trip to the White House in 1962, where they performed for President John F. Kennedy.

Listen to the entire episode below.

On Friday, July 17, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music that was performed and recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. hour of the program to hear the Danish String Quartet perform their own arrangements of two traditional folk songs. The recital took place in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

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?

Outdoors: Turtle shells

Jul 16, 2020

About this time every year, female turtles drag themselves out the lake in order to lay their eggs. They seem to have no fear.

If a turtle survives  for five or six years, its shell has become rock hard. 

When danger threatens, the turtle merely retracts its head, tail and four stubby legs.

The top and bottom of the shell fit so perfectly that the turtle is safe from any enemy (except, perhaps,  a moving vehicle).

Though a shell offers support and protection, it also presents a few problems. For one thing, there is no such thing as a graceful turtle.

Outdoors: Whining mosquitoes

Jul 15, 2020

Will there still be mosquitoes at Interlochen this summer? Does corduroy swish?

Most folks are aware that male mosquitoes are more or less innocuous, living on nectar and plant juices.

They may even be pollinators, but they don’t bother us, aside from the fact that they mate with the females. 

Once she has mated, a female mosquito requires a blood meal - sort of a prenatal protein supplement - in order to produce healthy eggs.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by composer Albert James Fillmore, from an album compiled by Interlochen’s own Michael and Jean Coonrod. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, the program features chamber music performed by faculty members of the 2019 Interlochen Arts Camp

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.


Outdoors: Baby raccoons

Jul 14, 2020

Wildlife habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter and space that meet the needs of wildlife. 

That definition can describe Kresge Auditorium, where, over the years, thousands of wild creatures have made their homes.

Bats and birds, chipmunks and squirrels have grown up in Kresege. 

But perhaps the most memorable was back in 1991. 

A young raccoon’s first venture into the New World was a bit of a downfall.

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Enjoy Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m. See this week's weeknight playlists below.

Outdoors: Toads and violins

Jul 13, 2020

Many years ago, we had faculty member at Interlochen who was a great teacher and fine violinist but who was reluctant to work with Junior campers.

Turns out, she was afraid that they might be hiding toads in their instrument cases.

That  wouldn’t have surprised me. In a way, it’s sort of a tradition.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of Interlochen Public Radio, WRCJ and WKAR. Jody Knol is your host each week for great music from the Great Lakes Region.

Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR

This week's playlist

Gareth Farr: Kembang Suling
Richard Sherman, flute
Gwendolyn Dease, marimba
(Recorded Feb 21, 2019- Urban beat, Old Town)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 55, "Eroica"
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded February 17, 2019, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen) 

Vulture

Today's featured composer was Ennio Morricone. He will be remembered for being one of the most influential creators of music for modern cinema.  Morricone stated that he was able to hear his music in his mind, and therefore he composed not at the piano, but at his desk.  

1.     George Gershwin, Embraceable You, Katia and Marielle Labeque

2.     George M. Cohen, A Cohen Medley, George M. Cohen

3.     Hector Berlioz, La Marseillaise, Sylvia McNair, Richard Leach, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman

Bassoonists in the 2000 World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Interlochen Center for the Arts

For many years, it's been a summertime tradition to come to the Interlochen campus on Saturday nights to hear performances of the World Youth Wind Symphony (WYWS).

This year, we're celebrating in a new way, with concerts on the radio!

Our third and final "Evening with the World Youth Wind Symphony" airs Saturday, July 11 at 8pm on Classical IPR.

Tune in or listen any time below.

PROGRAM FOR JULY 11, 2020

Blue Shades
Frank Ticheli
John Whitwell
1997 High School Symphonic Band

Outdoors: Possum actors

Jul 10, 2020

Opossums may be ugly, but what they lack in grace and beauty, they make up for with their abilities to reproduce and with their acting skills, which are remarkable.

Well, their acting skills are remarkable but limited. They do a superb death scene.

Should danger threaten, an opossum really does “play possum.”

It wilts to the ground or goes limp,  falling over on its side, eyes unfocused, mouth agape with tongue hanging from between rows of fifty pointy little teeth. Copious drool.

Barrett Foa has portrayed the character of Eric Beale on "NCIS: Los Angeles" since 2009, but acting is just one item on a long list of his skills.

In addition to being a TV star, Foa is also a singer and a dancer who has appeared on Broadway hundreds of times.

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?

Outdoors: Bird lighting

Jul 9, 2020

Many years ago, a lighting technician made a comment that stuck with me.

She said, “If we do our job right, nobody notices us. If we don’t — ooh, boy.”

And that is the reason for at least some of the anxiety that precedes the first tech rehearsal of any show.

How will the scenery look under the lights?  And the costumes?

Different materials reflect and refract light differently and under bad lighting, to quote my friend, “Ooh, boy.”

Any bird watcher will tell you the same thing.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert, the program features chamber music performed by faculty members of the 2019 Interlochen Arts Camp

Listen Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 12 p.m. or any time on demand below.


On Thursday, July 9, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music recorded at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Join Classical IPR during the 11 a.m. EST hour of the program to hear the Telegraph Quartet perform three divertimenti by Benjamin Britten. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Outdoors: Petoskey stones

Jul 8, 2020

Visual artists always have been aware of geometric shapes. 

The Great Masters were all about geometry. 

Pablo Picasso captured  his world in shapes.  M. C. Escher combined shapes with his tessellating designs, and architect Buckminster Fuller demonstrated that tessellating triangles form a hexagon, which is a shape with great structural strength.

This structural strength is demonstrated by  a coral fossil we call a Petoskey stone. 

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