Classical Music

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.

Cristian Macelaru
Sorin Popa

Week Four of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen features guest conductor Cristian Macelaru, Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

This week's concert features Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Brahms Symphony No. 2. Macelaru - a former member of the WYSO himself - had some fascinating things to say about Brahms, Dvorak, and their musical ideas of happiness.

Listen below to hear more, and to find out why Macelaru wants to make t-shirts that say, "Keep Dvorak Weird!"

Join us for the concert live on Classical IPR, Sunday night at 8pm.


Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

 The production stars Johan Botha in the title role, Michaela Schuster as Venus, Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, and Gerald Finley as Wofram, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

So what do you do if you're a recently crowned head of state and you're already facing opposition — even from within your own family? One answer is optics. Make a big, public splash; throw a lavish party with A-list musical entertainment. That's just what happened in London — 300 years ago Monday.

The Notos Piano Quartet performs chamber music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week. The album, called Hungarian Treasures, includes piano quartets by Hungarian composers Ernst von Dohnanyi and Bela Bartok and a string trio by Zoltan Kodaly.

Jeff Fasano Photography

Join us for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra Live Concert Broadcast tonight at 8:00 p.m. Carlos Kalmar conducts. Violinist Simone Porter performs the Third Violin Concerto of Mozart. Also featured are works by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen and Tchaikovsky. Listen at 8:00 on Classical IPR!

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Traverse City, Branch, Kaleva, Lake Leelanau, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter (third movement); Nashville Chamber Orchestra/Stephen Seifert

2. Carlos Gardel, Por una cabeza; Trio Pittsburgh

3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (second movement; Béla Drahos/Nikolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia

4. Modest Mussorgsky, The Ancient Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orchestration); Giuseppe Sinopoli/New York Philharmonic

To the uninitiated, it's the French horn — though that's a bit of a misnomer. To its players and students, it's simply a horn, an instrument that has featured in orchestras for centuries.

The horn's sound is easily recognizable thanks to the prominent role it's played in some of the most epic classical songs and movie themes. But it's still an uncommon instrument, and not the easiest one to build community around. To that end, dozens of horn players head into the woods in the White Mountains every summer to celebrate and learn more about their instrument.

Jeff Fasano Photography

Violinist Simone Porter will be the soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra this Sunday evening. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, Porter and WYSO will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 3.

Simone Porter stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and to perform music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Manuel de Falla. She was joined by collaborative pianist Tim Plambeck.

On July 9, 2017, guest conductor JoAnn Falletta led the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen in the second week of their 2017 season.

On the program: the United States premiere of Zhou Long's Tsingtao Overture, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Hear the archived live broadcast in full, below.


Carlos Kalmar - WYSO 2017, Week Three

Jul 13, 2017

This week’s performance by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra features "Phenomenon" by Narong Prangcharoen, Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto with soloist Simone Porter, and "Capriccio Italien" by Tchaikovsky. Carlos Kalmar is the guest conductor for this concert which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR. Maestro Kalmar stopped by the studio at Interlochen Public Radio to chat about this week's repertoire.

 

requiemformymother.com

Stephen Edwards is best known for his work as a film composer. When his mother passed away in 2006, he composed a Requiem mass in her memory. “Requiem for My Mother” is now commercially available for the first time.

The Gryphon Trio
John Beebe

The Gryphon Trio is performing a concert tonight in the Concert Hall of the former Holy Rosary School/Sala Koncertowa in Cedar as part of the Leelanau Summer Music Festival. Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker talked with Kate Botello and performed works of Beethoven and Astor Piazzolla.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The production stars Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna and Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

When his mother Rosalie Savarino Edwards passed away in 2006, composer Stephen Edwards composed a Requiem mass in her honor. The premiere recording of Edwards’s Requiem for My Mother is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Manistee, Onekama, Kennesaw (GA), Big Rapids, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries; Frederick Hohman

2. Rodgers & Hammerstein, “Some enchanted evening” from South Pacific; Jonathan Tunick/London Symphony Orchestra/Jose Carreras

3. Igor Stravinsky, Les noces (first scene); JoAnn Falletta; Les Noces Percussion Ensemble/Virginia Symphony Chorus

4. Jacques Ibert, Concertino for Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Branford Marsalis

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

In this special hour of Morning Classical, Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey shares some of his favorite classical music with listeners.

Click through to see Trey's playlist.


JoAnn Falletta, Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, returns to Interlochen Arts Camp to conduct the second week of the 2017 World Youth Symphony Orchestra season.

On the repertoire this week: Zhou Long's Tsingtao Overture, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

IPR's Kate Botello talked with JoAnn about Interlochen, the concert repertoire, and sharing in the excitement of discovery with the young musicians of the WYSO.


Most people love to sing, but in Estonia, they take their singing very seriously. At the Estonian Song Festivals, for example, over 30 thousand singers routinely show up to form one gigantic chorus. Among the Baltic country's smaller, professional vocal ensembles, the Grammy-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is considered one of the world's best. When the group releases a new album, fans of choral music listen up.

Since its premiere in 1918, Gustav Holst's symphonic cycle The Planets has effectively defined the informal genre of "music about space." But more recently, four prominent artists from different musical realms collaborated on a cosmic exploration of their own. It culminated in Planetarium, which was released earlier this month.

What role does music play in our national dialogue about immigration? Six young musicians, rooted in six different countries, gathered at Ellis Island, and in Manhattan, to explore that question in a new composition inspired by Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

 Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week features Natalie Dessay performing songs of Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This album is the first time Dessay has recorded Schubert’s music.

 

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Branch, Manistee, Frankfort, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ira Hearshen, Fantasia on the Army Blue; US Army Field Band

2. George Frederic Handel, “The name of the wicked” from Solomon; Nicholas McGegan/Winchester Cathedral Choir/Göttigen Festival Orchestra

3. William Dawson (arr.), “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Ev’ry time I feel the spirit”; Anton Armstrong/St. Olaf Choir

4. Richard Rodgers, title track and “Surrey with a fringe on top” from Oklahoma! Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra

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