Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! 

All week, we've been enjoying music dedicated to the scallywags of the high seas - pirates!

Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera, JOLLY ROGER, by English composer Walter Leigh.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (Ep. 69)
Walter Leigh

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Sounds of the Season - Live on Classical IPR

Dec 14, 2017

Join in the joy! Surround yourself with the holiday spirit as Corson Auditorium sets the stage for Interlochen’s annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season. Enjoy the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir as they present a magical evening of family-friendly festivities. Listen live this Friday at 7 p.m. on Classical IPR.


The governor has a stack of bills aimed at combating the opioid crisis headed to his desk. Lawmakers in the House and Senate passed bipartisan legislation Wednesday. A major goal is limiting the amount of opioids available to people who don’t need them.

Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) sponsored a bill in the package. That bill is aimed at curbing “doctor shopping.” It would require patients have a bona-fide relationship with a doctor who prescribes an opiate.

Money might be on the way to help fight perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in Michigan.

PFAS is a family of chemicals that’s been discovered in groundwater in 14 communities, and 28 sites, across the state. PFAS chemicals are used in things like flame retardants, cleaning products and food packaging.

Sue Leeming is the Deputy Director in the Office of External Relations for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. She said dealing with PFAS has been a challenge because it’s an emerging contaminant.

KC Ep. 68 - "Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!" from PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to Day Four of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates!

Today, music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Ep. 68)
Hans Zimmer

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Photo by Marshall Clarke

Cellist Amit Peled actually encourages his students to join a gang - the Peabody Cello Gang.

Peled spoke with Classical IPR about how the Cello Gang got started, which piece on their new album is the “Everest” for cellists and the story behind the album’s cover photo. He also talked about the once-in-a-lifetime live performance of David Popper’s Requiem featuring nineteen cellos that appears on the new album.


A bill to make English the official language in Michigan has passed a House committee. HB 4053 would require all public government documents be written in English, although they could be printed in another language as well.

Northern Michigan Representatives Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and Tristan Cole (R-Mancelona) are co-sponsors of the bill.

Nora Boydell

Farmers might have more time to come up with cage-free housing for their egg-laying hens.

In 2009, the state passed a bill saying farmers could not confine their lay hens throughout the day. The hens must be able to stand, lie down or turn 360 degrees during most of the day. But a new bill before the Michigan Senate would delay the start date of those rules by five years, from 2020 to 2025. 

Jack Boyd

A doe with chronic wasting disease has been found at a deer farm in Mecosta County. The fatal, neurological disease can be found in deer, elk and moose.

The number of deer thought to be infected with CWD tripled this fall, bringing the tally to 30 cases. Seventeen suspected cases were found in Montcalm County around hunting season. The deer farm's infected doe is the northernmost confirmed case so far. 

Democratic lawmakers are trying once again to repeal the state’s “Right to Work” law.
Five years ago, a Republican-led Legislature made Right to Work the law of the state. It prohibits contracts that make union membership a condition of employment.
Democrats say letting people opt out of unions gives them a free ride to the benefits of the union.
Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) is a bill sponsor. He said strong unions are important to Michigan, but Right to Work diminishes the power of unions and reduces the number of members.


A Canadian company that wanted to build a $20 million medical marijuana facility in Kingsley has changed its plans. TheraCann says it still wants to do business in Michigan - just not in Kingsley.

If you’re a top cellist at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, you’re probably in a gang. A cello gang, that is. Amit Peled calls the students in his studio the Peabody Cello Gang, and they have a new album.


Members of a pipeline advisory board are criticizing a deal Governor Snyder struck with the energy company, Enbridge. They are calling for the line to be temporarily shut down.

KC EP. 66 - Pirate Week! Tuesday: "With Cat-Like Tread," from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Opera Australia's PIRATES

Avast, me hearties! 'Tis Day Two of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Ep. 66)
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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This summer a man hanged himself to death in the Grand Traverse County jail. Officers found Alan Halloway dead in his cell in July. It took three hours for corrections officers to discover his body. Officers were supposed to check Halloway's cell every hour, but did not do so, according to a report by the Michigan Sheriffs Association.


Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Bellini’s Norma, starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton, who reprise their acclaimed interpretations of the Druid priestess Norma and her rival Adalgisa. The performance also features Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover Pollione and Matthew Rose as her father Oroveso, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, in a production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 16 at 1pm ET.

If you live in Michigan, then most likely you’re aware that on Mackinac Island, the main transportation asset is the horse, and every year in June, during the island’s lilac festival, there’s a blessing of the horses that takes place. This blessing is rooted in the 3rd century Gallo-Roman feast of Epona, goddess protector of horses and fertility. What’s interesting to me is that in addition to her feast day in June, Epona also enjoys a festival every year in December, on the 18th.

KC Ep. 65 - Pirate Week - Monday! ANNE OF THE INDIES, music by Franz Waxman. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie, ANNE OF THE INDIES.

Monday, December 11, 2017 (Ep. 65)
Franz Waxman

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Wellcome Collection

Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Harbor Springs, Cadillac, Williamsburg, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (first movement); Jose Serebrier/London Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (selections); Modern Mandolin Quartet

3. John McCutcheon, Christmas in the Trenches; John McDermott

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magic Flute overture; Bruno Weil/Tafelmusik

5. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Vienna Boys Choir & Placido Domingo

Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! THE NUTCRACKER: "Final Waltz & Apotheosis." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Marie Patinio Sanchez, Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of Nutcracker Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, everybody dances one last, big dance together, and Clara goes home.

Friday, December 8, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Jack Boyd

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.

Karen Anderson has been writing weekly essays for IPR for 10 years. Her new book, "Gradual Clearing" is a collection of 120 of those essays.
Windborne Studios

For the last 10 years, Karen Anderson has been writing weekly essays heard on Interlochen Public Radio.

The essays are vivid, personal, and relatable. Karen takes time to notice the little details and experiences of everyday life.

Peter Smith

Interlochen Public Radio, the University Musical Society and the New York Philharmonic presented a  live program from Hill Auditorium on November 19th. It will be rebroadcast  on Classical IPR this Friday, December 8th at 8pm.

The program features commentary, interviews, and the performance of Don Quixote by Strauss and Bernstein's  Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Along with the New York Philharmonic, performers include Speaker Jeremy Irons, Soprano Tamara Wilson, the UMS Choral Union, and the MSU Children's Choir.

On the next edition of Michigan Writers on the Air:

Jack Driscoll talks about his stunning new collection of short stories, The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot;

Sarah Shoemaker reads from her new novel, Mr. Rochester, a story based on Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre;

And Fleda Brown provides an audio essay on Michigan poet Robert Fanning.

Kids Commute Ep.63 - Nutcracker Week - Thursday! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Var. 2 from THE NUTCRACKER. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cpl. U. B. Roberts

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

This week, we're telling the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER. 

Today, the citizens of the Kingdom of Sweets dance for Clara, capped off by a performance by the Queen herself - The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Ep. 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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