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Featured on today's program were exceprts from The Long View: A Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Nine Songs by Patrice Michaels.  Michaels, a composer and vocalist arranges Ginsburg's legal opinions, letters, and lectures creating an episodic portrait of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, wife, mother and feminist icon. 

1.     Erik Satie, Je te veux, Jean-Yves Thibaudet

2.     Julie Giroux, Fort McHenry Suite, U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, Col. Larry H. Lang

3.     John Tavener, Song for Athene, VOCES8

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This program features music from the medieval and renaissance eras, but reimagined by 20th-century composers.

Hear Notre Dame polyphony, Renaissance keyboard pieces and a variety of instrumental dance music brought to life by modern wind bands, brass ensembles and orchestras.

Classical IPR in Concert: Pacifica Quartet

Sep 17, 2020
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet.

The group's recent performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts includes works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven.

Tune in this Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at noon, or listen below at any time.

Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose records himself playing a different instrument during his overnight rounds.

Do you know where Kevin is this week, or what instrument he's playing? Send us an email at and we'll send you a CD if you get it right. (Or even if you don't get it right)

Last week, Kevin was playing the kalimba in the gazebo by Intermediate Girls Lakeside. Congrats to Christine on her correct identification.

This week's video is below. Good luck!

On Thursday, September 17, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Join Classical IPR during the 10 a.m. hour to hear music of Manuel de Falla from the Suite populaire espagnole performed by violinist Martin Chalifour and guitarist Mak Grgic during a recent recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The recordings were engineered by Duncan LeMay with Michael Culler.

Outdoors: Cricket percussion

Sep 16, 2020

I play the keyboard for a little country church. After one of the COVID-careful services, I complained to my husband that it felt wrong, somehow, to play hymns when nobody was singing.

He pointed out that, although the congregation wasn't singing, a cricket was.

To be technical, crickets do not sing.

It's more like percussion, a sound made by striking or scraping. 

Repose airs at 10 p.m. every weeknight on Classical IPR. New episodes are broadcast every Saturday at 10 p.m. 

Join us nightly for this longstanding IPR tradition.

Great Lakes Concerts: September 14, 2020

Sep 14, 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:

Dmitri Shostakovich: "Festive Overture," Op. 96
Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Hi Kids Commuters!

This week on Kids Commute, we've put together a week for Kids Commuter Hazel, who's a big fan of clouds. With some help from our friend meteorologist Jayne Firstenberg and some wonderful composers - it's Cloud Week!

Tune in to hear Cloud Music and take your chance at our weekly Quizlet. Listen Monday through Friday mornings at 7:40 a.m., or listen any time at the links below.

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Featured on today's playlist were compositions that are traditionally performed at the annual BBC Proms, formally known as the Henry Woods Promenade Concerts.  Prom is short for promenade concert, a term originally referring to outdoor concerts in London's pleasure gardens, where the audience was free to stroll while the orchestra performed. 

1.     Claude Debussy, Sirenes from Trois Nocturnes, Paris Orchestra Women’s Chorus and Orchestra of Paris, Daniel Barenboim

2.     Aaron Copland, Symphony No. 3, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This week's program features music of Sergei Prokofiev.

Join us for an hour of music performed by Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy students through the decades. 

The program includes archival recordings of Prokofiev's music for opera, ballet and film, plus chamber music inspired by folk sounds of Kabarda, a remote region of the Caucasus. 

Every week, Interlochen campus safety officer Kevin LaRose makes a video during his overnight rounds.

Each video features a different instrument and is recorded in a new location on the Interlochen Center for the Arts campus.

Watch Kevin's video for the week below. Then, if you know where on the campus he is or what instrument he's playing, email us at - you could win a CD!

Outdoors: Art and trees

Sep 9, 2020

We all know that trees are essential for the environment, but trees are actually quite important to visual artists as well.

While the finest papers are still made from rags, these days, most paper comes from wood pulp.

Paper also is processed and sized with various gums derived from trees.

Rosins, usually from pine trees, are used as surface coatings for many papers.

Many historical works of art - especially Italian paintings - were created by dissolving pigments in walnut oil.

Gums from trees act as binders for watercolors.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert we feature a performance by cellist Camille Thomas and pianist Roman Rabinovich.

The concert took place at Interlochen Center for the Arts in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Tune in Friday at 8 p.m. or Sunday at noon on Classical IPR.

Stream on demand any time below.

Click on the image to enlarge the program.

This concert was engineered by Michael Culler.

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome back to school - and Season Four of IPR's Kids Commute!

We're overjoyed to be back with you, so this week, it's Joy Week. We'll hear music all about joy - the feeling of huge happiness.

Speaking of joy - we have new prizes for our Quizlet, too!

Tune in to Classical IPR weekday mornings at 7:40 or listen any time below. 

Congrats to our Quizlet winners this week: Finn from Traverse City, Fiona from Reed City, J.A. from Farmington Hills and Hazel from Rapid City!


Jody Knol is your host every week for recent great performances from the Great Lakes region.

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

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

This week's playlist

Reynaldo Hahn: Mozart Overture
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor
(Recorded October 5, 2019 at Potter Center Music Hall)


Tyler Nordgren

Enjoy an hour of Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

Featured on today's playlist was Charles Ives' Central Park in the Dark.  This transcendental work evokes the sounds one would hear sitting in New York's Central Park at the turn of the twentieth century.  

1.     George Frederick Handel, Sonata in G minor, Jacqueline Du Pre with Ernest Lush

2.     J. Fred Coots, For all we know, Drew Tretick, London Symphony Orchestra, Bob Krosgstad

3.     Aaron Copland, Symphony 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland

4.     Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi, Maria Callas

Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this program, we revisit a radio broadcast from July 1974 that featured a complete performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The performance included the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, High School Women's Chorus and student narrators Abbe Sher and Phillip Silverman.

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.

The Classical IPR staff worked together to create a singalong soiree of songs from the World War II era.

Featuring music of Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Vera Lynn and many more, the program is a musical journey back to the 1940s.

Outdoors: Birds' farewell

Sep 2, 2020

Back in 1772, playing in Haydn's orchestra at Prince Esterhazy's summer palace probably seemed like a pretty sweet gig.

But as the long season wore on, the musicians were more than ready to return home to their wives and families.

According to the familiar story, rather than pleading the musicians' case to the Prince directly, Haydn wrote the work that has come to be known as the Farewell Symphony.

On Wednesday, September 2, 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 on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Nicholas Goluses play two preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos in a recent recital at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 



Enjoy an hour of beautiful, relaxing music with Repose every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. New episodes air every Saturday at 10 p.m.

This week's weeknight playlists are below.


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Carolyn Southworth and Jennifer Thomas - Sweet Dreams

Danny Wright - The Way We Were

Tomas Michaud - Lotus in the Moonlight

Colors of the Land - Taking the Backroad

Rebecca Oswald - Embrace

Kevin Kern - Endless Blue Sky

Hosted by Jody Knol, Great Lakes Concerts is your weekly ticket to great recent performances from the Great Lakes Region. The program is co-produced by Interlochen Public Radio, WKAR and WRCJ.

Listen every Monday at 6 p.m.

This week's program

Leonard Bernstein: 3 Dance Episodes from "On the Town" (1944) - "The Great Lover"; "Lonely Town: Pas de deux"; "Times Square: 1944"
Jackson Symphony Orch
Matthew Aubin, conductor