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Repose has been a favorite of IPR listeners since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday at 10 p.m.

Great Lakes Concerts is a weekly co-production of WKAR, WRCJ and Interlochen Public Radio. The program is hosted by Jody Knol.

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Chorus of the Janissaries, "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder"(Sing to the mighty Pasha) from Act I of "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" ("The Abduction from the Seraglio")
Vocal Arts Ensemble
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
David Lockington, guest conductor
(Recorded in Michigan Theater on January 18, 2020)

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The late Vera Lynn was the most requested artist on today's program.  

1.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Goldberg Variation, Glenn Gould

2.     Charles Ives, Variations on America, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler

3.     George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Yuga Wang, Vienna Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel

4.     Fritz Kreisler, Caprice Viennois, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andre Previn

5.     Hugh Charles and Ross Parker, We’ll Meet Again, Vera Lynn

6.     Nat Burton and Walter Kent, White Cliffs of Dover, Vera Lynn

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?

It's a Showtune Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR!
Singalong Jubilee Halifax 1968 Jubilee (Flickr: Ross Dunn)

Welcome to another Singalong Soiree on Classical IPR! This time, we've pulled together a collection of popular showtunes for you to show off your pipes!

Many of our songs come from IPR's Vinyl Vault, which contains original vinyl pressings of many classic Tony-nominated musicals, but we've got a couple of recent hits, too.

SHOWTUNES IN THE SOIREE

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, and they announced that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free.

The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed two and half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. But many states, including Texas, did little to acknowledge President Lincoln's Proclamation until the war ended.

Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19. It is the African American Independence Day. 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Classical IPR is broadcasting the sounds of Interlochen this summer, and we want you to be a part of it!

Starting Monday, June 29, we'll share audio postcards from Interlochen camp alumni during our local broadcasts. 

If you're an Interlochen camp alum or a member of the faculty or staff, we want to hear from you.

On Wednesday, June 17, the nationally syndicated program Performance Today will feature music performed and recorded at Interlochen.

Tune in during the 10 a.m. hour on Classical IPR to hear guitarist Marcin Dylla play the Theme, Variations and Fugue on Folia de Espana by Manuel Ponce. This recital took place in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

Michael Culler engineered the recording. 

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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m.

This week's playlists are available below.

Great Lakes Concerts is a co-production of WRCJ, Interlochen Public Radio and WKAR. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

This week's program

Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles
Lansing Sym Orch
Timothy Muffitt, conductor
(recorded March 30th, 2019 at Wharton Center)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we’re going for Baroque as Interlochen student ensembles perform music from the early part of the 18th century.  

Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for June 13, 2020

Jun 13, 2020
G. Schirmer

Today's playlist included The Northern Pines by John Philip Sousa.  The work was composed in 1931 and named for the tall and beautiful pine trees that blanket the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  The march was dedicated to the students who attended the camp and Dr. Joseph Maddy

1.     Karl Jenkins, Palladio, London Philharmonic Strings, Karl Jenksin

2.     Peter Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel

3.     Percy Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Frederick Fennel

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?

Lawrence Brownlee performed works of Schumann and Sorey in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall in April of 2019.
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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee recently presented a recital in Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. Brownlee, along with collaborative pianist Myra Huang, performed "Dichterliebe" by Robert Schumann (text by Heinrich Heine) and "Cycles of My Being" by Tyshawn Sorey (text by Terrance Hayes).

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

For the full texts and translations, see below. Click each image for a larger view.


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Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Listen every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR, with new episodes every Saturday night at 10 p.m. This week's playlists are available below.

Every week, Great Lakes Concerts features great performances from the Great Lakes region. Listen Mondays at 6 p.m. on Classical IPR.

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

This week's program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro," K. 492
Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
Fouad Fakhouri, conductor
(recorded October 19, 2019 at the Temple Theatre, Saginaw)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, we revisit the Interlochen Arts Academy’s Mozart Bicentennial concert at Lincoln Center. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

Music by Request for June 6, 2020

Jun 6, 2020
National Park Service

Today's playlist featured, Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait.  This orchestral work incorporated speeches and letters from President Lincoln.  

Here is  an excerpt included in the compostion, taken from Lincoln's Annual message to Congress in 1862. 

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country."

"My entire life is a set of circumstances that happened while I was making plans for other things," says conductor Cristian Măcelaru.

Măcelaru's entire career has been shaped by a series of accidents and coincidences. 

It started in the late 1990s when he thought he was applying to attend Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer. He inadvertently chose the wrong application form, and Măcelaru found himself admitted to Interlochen Arts Academy with a full scholarship. 

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?

Classical IPR in Concert: A Tribute to Rick Jones

Jun 3, 2020
Debra Jenner-Townsend

If you’ve lived in northern Michigan long enough or have been a frequent visitor, then you may have attended a performance of the northern Michigan ensemble Song of the Lakes.  

In the early 1980s, Ingemar and Lisa Johansson, Mike Sullivan and Rick Jones began playing and performing sea shanties and traditional Irish melodies. Their charisma and energy attracted audiences around the world, and soon they were known as the unofficial Ambassadors to the Great Lakes.  

 

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Waking to "Reveille" and drifting off to "Taps" are Interlochen traditions - and Classical IPR wants to make sure those traditions continue during the 93rd camp season.

This summer, Classical IPR will play recorded performances of "Reveille" each morning and "Taps" each night during Interlochen Online virtual camp (June 28-July 19). 

Repose has been a listener favorite since the 1980s. Tune in every weeknight at 10 p.m. on Classical IPR. See all of this week's playlists below.

Enjoy an hour of great music from the Great Lakes Region every Monday at 6 p.m.

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

This week's program

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Ralph Votapek, piano
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Rhodes, conductor
(Recorded February 16, 2020, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen)

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music by the American composer Frank Ticheli. 

 
Listen to the entire episode below. 

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