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Cases of chronic wasting disease triple in Michigan deer

Cases of chronic wasting disease have been slowly increasing among deer in Michigan. Before hunting season this fall, there were nine cases of the disease. Now that number has risen to 30 suspected cases.

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Classical music has never lived in a bubble. For centuries, it's always found common ground with folk music.

Enter, the Danish String Quartet.

People in northern Kent County have been dealing with the recent discovery of groundwater contamination for the past several months.

Some residents still have questions about what caused it and how it could affect their health.

 Violinist Angèle Dubeau and her orchestra La Pietà have recorded musical portraits of many composers, including Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi and John Adams. Their latest musical portrait album features selected works of Max Richter.

 

Richard Reed Parry plays to arenas full of fans as a member of the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire, but he impressed listeners in 2014 with a more intimate record. Parry's Music For Heart And Breath featured compositions that asked some of the best musicians in contemporary classical music to use their own heartbeats and breathing to guide their performances.

Welcome to Day Two of Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Battle with the Mouse King
Peter Tchaikovsky

Here's today's Kids Commute:


The Metropolitan Opera has suspended its longtime conductor and former music director, James Levine, following allegations of sexual abuse reported by The New York Post and The New York Times. The three sets of allegations span from the 1960s to the '80s.

A fired employee from Grand Traverse County has been offered the position of Emmet County administrator. Jennifer DeHaan served as deputy administrator for Grand Traverse County until the county's new administrator, Vicki Uppal, asked her to resign or be fired for “poor performance.”

DeHaan refused to resign, saying the county's issues with her were political and not about performance. She was fired last month.

Commissioners voted 5–2 to offer DeHaan the administrator position last Thursday.

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Mozart’s The Magic Flute stars Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Alfred Walker as the Speaker, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Evan Rogister makes his Met debut conducting the opera, which is performed in an abridged, English-language version of the popular production by Julie Taymor.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 9 at 1pm ET.

The oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac will be shut down during bad storms. That’s just one of the agreements reached in a deal announced last week by the state of Michigan and the Canadian oil transport company Enbridge.

Throughout 2017, the planet Venus has been the guardian goddess of the dawn. But now that we approach the darkest time of year, this goddess, also the goddess of love and beauty has disappeared from view. Does this mean we have to live without love for a spell? The news of the day can certainly make it seem that way. But there’s a deeper mystery written in the sky right now, and it’s here we should cast our imaginations.

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Schedule of Holiday Programs

Live from the Metropolitan Opera

The Magic Flute

Saturday, December 9, 2017 1pm

Gradual Clearing: Weather Reports from the Heart

IPR Essayist Karen Anderson has a new collection of 120 essays in an illustrated edition. Available now in bookstores and on Amazon.

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Max Richter Portrait

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