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A new album by Steven Isserlis surveys the music written for the cello during the period of World War I. The album is called The Cello in Wartime. It includes several popular pieces performed on an instrument called a trench cello.

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This Thanksgiving Day, celebrate with Classical IPR and the following special programs.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Morning Classics with Kate Botello

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today with Fred Child

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A Feast for the Ears: Celebrate Thanksgiving with music that sets the atmosphere and reflections that provide deeper meaning to the holiday.

This Saturday at 1pm, Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Craig Bohmler's Riders of the Purple Sage.

The performance features Laura Wilde, Joshua Jeremiah, Amanda Opuszynski and Joseph Mechavich conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. These young, fresh-faced singers have already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings — mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance.

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Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Millersburg, Cedar Creek Township, Onekama, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Montserrat Caballe, Samuel Ramey et al.

2. Giacomo Puccini, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi; Renata Tebaldi

3. Over the River and Through the Woods; The Smokey Mountain Band

4. Karl Michael Ziehrer, Step Right Up! (waltz); Gustavo Dudamel/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Franco Faccio's Amleto (Hamlet) from Opera Southwest. This opera has not been performed since 1871.

The performance features Alex Richardson, Shannon DeVine and Caroline Worra, and Anthony Barrese conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

  The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently presented a concert called Sol Español. The music included pieces by three Spanish composers as well as American composer Gwyneth Walker’s settings of text by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. The concert featured guest appearances by the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet and soprano Amy Cross, and the music was conducted by Libor Ondras.

Kids Commute Ep. 54 - Don Quixote Week! Friday: "The Impossible Dream," from MAN OF LA MANCHA. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Cast Album, 1964

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

All week we've been hearing Quixote-inspired music by German composer Richard Struass. Today, we'll hear music from  MAN OF LA MANCHA, the 1964 Broadway musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's novel.

Friday, November 17, 2017 (Ep. 54)
MAN OF LA MANCHA: The Impossible Dream
Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh

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Photo courtesy chrisbrubeck.com

 Chris Brubeck and the rest of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform this Saturday night in Traverse City. In addition to being a bassist, a bass trombonist and a jazz composer, Brubeck is also a classical composer. Just last week, the Lexington Philharmonic and Canadian Brass gave the premiere performance of Brubeck's "No Borders."

Kids Commute Ep. 53, Don Quixote Week: "Dialogue Between Knight and Squire." (Pictured, Don Quixote with Sancho Panza.) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to Day Four of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Welcome to Day Three of Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, we'll hear a musical conversation between our hero, Don Quixote, and his squire, Sancho Panza.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Ep. 53)
Don Quixote: Dialogue Between Knight and Squire
Richard Strauss

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Music at Midday - Guest Host Leelanee Sterrett

Nov 15, 2017
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Leelanee Sterrett was raised here in Northern Michigan and is now a member of the New York Philharmonic. She joined Nancy Deneen for Music at Midday, bringing along several of her favorite recordings and plenty of enthusiasm. 

Leelanee Sterrett  was on Kids Commute with Kate Botello this morning.  http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/kids-commute-don-quixote-week-wednesday#stream/0

Welcome to Day Three of Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, Don Quixote thinks he sees the dust of two opposing armies coming at him on the road, but they're not two opposing armies. They're...sheep.  Yep!

We have a very special guest joining us today for Kids Commute - Leelanee Sterrett is Acting Associate Principal Horn for the New York Philharmonic. The NYPhil is performing Don Quixote at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor this weekend (you can listen to the concert and pre-show coverage on Classical IPR!). Leelanee is from Manton, Michigan, and was kind enough to drop by Kids Commute to explain how the orchestra turns the entire Horn section into a flock of sheep!

Here's today's Kids Commute:

More of Kate's interview with Leelanee Sterrett after the jump (click "read more!").

 Military wind bands were very popular in Britain in the early part of the twentieth century. Sir Edward Elgar and his contemporaries wrote quite a bit of music for this type of ensemble. A new release from Somm Recordings called Elgar and His Peers: The Art of the Military Band celebrates this repertoire.

 

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, Don Quixote tries to pick a fight with a bunch of nasty giants...that aren't actually giants at all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (Ep. 51)
Don Quixote: Windmills
Richard Strauss

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Kids Commute Episode 50 - Don Quixote Week! "The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance." - Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Gustave Dore: "A World of Disorderly Notions, Picked Out of His Books."

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music in a tone poem by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, we'll meet the star of our week, Don Quixote himself.

Monday, November 13, 2017 (Ep. 50)
Don Quixote: The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance
Richard Strauss

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Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

Nov 10, 2017

One of the premier classical pianists of her generation, Ruth Laredo (1937–2005) was known as America's First Lady of the Piano. In partnership with Marian McPartland and Dick Hyman, Laredo produced wildly popular Three Piano Crossover Concerts, exploring the boundaries between classical music and jazz.

Benjamin Zander: How Does Music Transform Us?

Nov 10, 2017

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How Art Changes Us.

About Benjamin Zander's TED Talk

Years of conducting a world-famous orchestra have shown Benjamin Zander the power of classical music. He says music speaks to our emotions — and has the ability to reach everybody.

About Benjamin Zander

Terry Riley's In C might be considered one of the seminal pieces of minimalism, but at its heart it's an open invitation. The score resides on a single sheet of paper with 53 phrases to be repeated by an indefinite number of musicians.

Welcome to Day Four of John Williams Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer, John Williams.

Today, we'll whisk off with the messenger owls to the wizarding world of HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Ep. 48)
HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE: Hedwig's Theme
John Williams 

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Lance W. Ozier

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert performance of Rossini's Tancredi' from Opera Southwest.

The performance features Heather Johnson, Lindsay Ohse, Heath Hurberg and Anthony Barrese conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

KIDS COMMUTE EP. 47 - "March," from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, by John Williams. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original movie poster, 1981

Welcome to Day Three of John Williams Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll go on an adventure with heroic archaeologist Indiana Jones from the 1981 movie, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (Episode 47)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: March
John Williams

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has released an album featuring solo piano music of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius composed fewer than 20 works for the piano, and his orchestral music is far better known.

 

Kids Commute Episode 46: John Williams Week! E.T.: "The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1982

Welcome to Day Two of John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll hear music that's unforgettable to anyone who saw the 1982 science fiction fantasy, E.T. in a movie theater.

A note from Kids Commute Kate: I waited in line for about six hours - after being turned away when it was sold out! - to see this movie when I was a kid. I can't tell you how excited we were! The entire theater full of kids gasped out loud during the scene we're hearing about today. I'll never forget it, and the music was a big part of it.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Ep. 46)
E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme
John Williams

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Kids Commute Episode 45: John Williams Week! STAR WARS. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1977

Welcome to John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week's Kids Commute was requested by Kids Commuter Maya. She's a big fan of film composer John Williams, and we at Kids Commute are, too!  Maya's a particular fan of STAR WARS, so we'll start there.

Monday, November 6, 2017 (Episode 45)
STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE - Main Theme
John Williams

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