Classical Music

James Gilray's "The Pic-nic Orchestra" (1802)
Credit [London] : Pubd. April 23d 1802 by H. Humphrey St. James's Street, [1802] / https://collections.nlm.nih.gov/catalog/nlm:nlmuid-101455846-img

Interlochen Public Radio is your gateway to news and classical music from Interlochen Center for the Arts. Learn about new music, upcoming performances and more.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

  “Final Thoughts” is the newest release from Cedille Records. It features Jorge Federico Osorio performing the final solo piano works of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). A trailer for “Final Thoughts” can be viewed here.

 

Krista Cooper

 The Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently closed its season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. They were joined by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs. Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 PM for a special presentation of this recent concert.  

The concert program and a translation of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" text is available by clicking on the images below.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Omena, Petoskey, Interlochen, Northport, Seattle (WA), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, instrumental music from Das Rheingold; Lorin Maazel/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Erik Bergman, Burla for orchestra; Jussi Jalas/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

3. Randall Thompson, Frostiana (selections); Richard Auldon Clark/Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/New York Choral Society 

4. Edward Elgar, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations; Giuseppe Sinopoli/Philharmonic Orchestra

If you're a regular NPR listener, you know BJ Leiderman's music. Leiderman is the John Williams of public radio: He's written the theme music for programs like Morning Edition, Marketplace and, yes, Weekend Edition.

Biss & Padmore Concert from Interlochen

May 19, 2017

Pianist Jonathan Biss and tenor Mark Padmore bring late works of Franz Schubert to the stage of Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts. These world renowned artists perform Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang and the Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major.

When John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2014 for his undulating orchestral piece Become Ocean, you'd be forgiven for thinking of him as something like the Jacques Cousteau of contemporary classical music.

When Josh Groban takes his final bow in Broadway's Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, he'll leave some very big shoes to fill. Fans of the multiplatinum-selling recording artist have flocked to see him in this exuberantly offbeat musical, which is based on a section of the Russian novel War and Peace.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents the first opera of the season from the American Opera Series. This week's broadcast is a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a turn at the ivories in Beijing is currently making the Internet rounds.

  Sony Classical brings a new collection nearly 90 years in the making. “Arturo Toscanini: The Essential Recordings” is a 20-disc collection over a thousand minutes in length that celebrates the work of conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957). The recordings in this collection were made for the RCA Victor label between 1929 and 1952. This compilation celebrates Toscanini’s 150th birthday and his over seven decades on the podium.

 

  Interlochen Arts Academy senior Nathaniel Heyder was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 NextNotes Competition. NextNotes is a national competition hosted by the American Composers Forum. Heyder was one of six winners chosen from over 130 submissions. Heyder studies composition with Cynthia Van Maanen at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Grayling, Buckley, Cedar, Manistee, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, waltzes from Acts Iⅈ Zubin Mehta/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, fourth movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Act III trio; Renee Fleming/Anne Sofie von Otter/Heidi Grant Murphy

4. Stuart Stott, Music in my Mother’s House; Alan Gumm/CMU Women’s Chorus

Crescendo

This afternoon, Interlochen broke ground for its new music building. Kedrick Merwin, Director of Music at Interlochen Center for the Arts, stopped by Interlochen Public Radio to discuss the new building. The new building has features such as state-of-the-art recording capabilities, extra-wide doors, and multimedia zero-latency streaming. Merwin explained that the new music building will connect Interlochen musicians with each other and with other musicians around the world.

Friday Concert: Schwanengesang Translation

May 12, 2017

Protests have been steadily building in Caracas, Venezuela — the capital of the once-prosperous, oil-rich nation that's now in economic and political turmoil. Earlier this week, amid the ongoing chaos, a young man named Wuilly Arteaga started playing his violin.

There's a musical asterisk on French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's bio: He is an avid amateur pianist. It's a facet of his life occasionally noted in passing, as in this piece from the French radio network Europe 1 titled "The Things You Don't Yet Know About Emmanuel Macron." Along with mentioning his abiding fondness for karaoke, Europe 1 reported that he studied piano for 10 years at the music conservatory in Amiens, where he won third prize.

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Renée Fleming sings her final performance of one of her signature roles, the Marschallin, in the Met’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Sebastian Weigle conducts a starry cast that includes mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her final performance as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, opposite soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman with whom he falls in love, and bass Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin.

  Pentatone offers a new recording of three of Franz Joseph Haydn’s symphonies, numbers 53, 64 and 96.

 

For professional musicians, the instrument on which they play is more than just a tool of the trade. It can also be a muse, a partner and a voice.

Min Kym started playing the violin at age 6 and won her first competition at 11. Now, the former child prodigy is the author of a new book: Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, in which she shares her story of finding her perfect partner — only to have it stolen away.

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