Classical Music

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Angela Lickiss Aleo

Oboist Angela Lickiss Aleo has written a book of oboe etudes that will be published later this year. The book focuses on techniques for music of the 20th and 21st centuries.


When Daniil Trifonov was 20, he scored a double victory, taking home top prizes at both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein International Piano Competitions. That was six years ago, and by now he has secured a spot as one of the most revered – perhaps even feared – classical pianists on the scene today.

Kids Commute Episode 22: Autumn Allegro (first movement), by Antonio Vivaldi. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting: La Festa Della Vendemmia, Raffaello Sorbi

Welcome to Day Three of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we're going to begin listening to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's concerto, Autumn. This recording features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers playing the violin. In our music, people have a big party, and then a nap - listen for the way Meyers makes the violin sound, "sleepy!"

Kids Commute Episode 22
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Autumn, first movement
Antonio Vivaldi

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Pianist Evgeny Kissin has just released a long-awaited solo album. “Evgeny Kissin: Beethoven” is the pianist’s first solo album in over ten years. It is also his first album dedicated entirely to the solo piano works of Ludwig van Beethoven.


Cellist Naseem Alatrash brings his performances of traditional Arabic music to audiences around the world. His playing incorporates traditional melodies and improvisation. He stresses the importance of improvisation for all musicians saying, "Being unable to improvise is like being unable to hold a casual conversation." Naseem Alatrash and Crispin Campbell collaborated on two selections and discussed communication and connecting through music. Listen to In Studio A with Naseem Alatrash and Crispin Campbell.

Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti’s "Don Pasquale" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Maurizio Muraro, Heidi Stober, Lawrence Brownlee, and Giuseppe Finzi 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.

Welcome to Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll visit Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Imagine a big party where all the seasons are the people that attend...and Autumn shows up to scatter leaves everywhere!

Monday, October 2, 2017:
Alexander Glazunov
The Seasons
Autumn Bacchanale

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Bill Murray has come a long way since his early days as Nick the Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live. He made screwball comedies like Caddy Shack and Stripes. Then he made serious films, like Lost in Translation.

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Williamsburg, Petoskey, Buckley, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alan Hovhaness, Symphony no. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (third movement); Gerard Schwarz/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

2. Charles-Marie Widor, Symphony no. 5, Toccata; E. Power Biggs

3. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

4. Baerwald & Gilbert, “Come What May”; Moulin Rouge! original motion picture soundtrack

What does it take to be an opera superstar? Jonas Kaufmann should know. He's been called "the world's greatest tenor."

Kaufmann has the voice. He's also got the onstage charisma, the movie-star good looks, the ambition, even a little controversy — and a brand new album.

He's the ultimate singer-songwriter: His poetry knows no equal and, as a musician, his powers are magical. But he also has big problems.

The tragic story of Orpheus has inspired countless works of art over the millennia — plus one. The latest retelling comes from director and choreographer Mark DeChiazza.

Welcome to Day Four of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Episode 18 (Thursday, September 28): Circus Polka - for a Young Elephant, by Igor Stravinsky

Today, we'll hear music for an elephant extravaganza - a ballet for fifty ballerinas and fifty elephants!

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Welcome to Day Three of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll hear a delightful little concoction from American composer Henry Mancini. The music is from the 1962 movie, Hatari! about a group of trackers that gather animals in the wild for zoos. 

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 Earlier this year, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble celebrated The First Lady of Song in a concert called “A Centennial Birthday Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” The Jazz Ensemble was joined for this concert by two special guests, Gary Motley and Carmen Bradford. Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 p.m. for a special presentation of this recent concert.

On Tuesday morning, the first announcement went out that in Fall 2018 — only a year away! — Broadway performances will begin of Pretty Woman: The Musical. Prior to that, Chicago will host the world premiere run, beginning in the spring.

Sooooooooooooooooo if you've been wondering when one of Hollywood's most endearing-slash-problematic stories would make it to the stage, it's almost time!

Welcome to Day Two of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute. Today, we'll hear a lullaby for a famous elephant.

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Cory Weaver for San Francisco Opera

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Bright Sheng’s "Dream of the Red Chamber" from San Francisco Opera.

The production stars Dai Yu-Pureum Jo, Bao Yu-Yijie Shi, Lady Wang-Hyona Kim, and Bao Chai-Irene Roberts, and George Manahan 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.

Welcome to Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute! You wouldn't believe how much great classical music has been written about elephants - but we'll hear a bunch of it this week.

Today, we'll hear a segment of French composer Camille Saint-Saens "party piece," Carnival of the Animals.

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...and here's a video of musicians performing, "Elephants!"

New York Public Library via Wikimedia Commons

Thanks to listeners in Interlochen, St. Ignace, Novi Sad (Serbia), Northport, Manistee, Norman (OK) and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alexander Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia; Neeme Jarvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

2. Schonberg & Boublil, “The Ceremony” from Miss Saigon; original London cast recording

3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Sir John Barbirolli/Sinfonia of London

4. Gioachino Rossini, The Thieving Magpie overture; Yoel Levi/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This week, I went to the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to sit in on a conducting class led by Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Maestra was showing several Peabody students — aspiring young conductors — some of the fine points of leading an orchestra, as they led musicians through Don Juan, the dramatic tone poem by Richard Strauss.

Welcome to La Cenerentola Friday on IPR's Kids Commute! We hope you've enjoyed this week of Gioacchino Rossin's Italian opera based on the story of Cinderella.

Yesterday, the Prince and Dandini wondered when the real charming daughter of Don Magnifico would show up at the party. Well - of course she did, eventually! What would our fairy tale be without a, "happy ever after?"

Today, La Cenerentola shows her true goodness and sings, "Non piu mesta," - no more sadness!

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At first glance, Devonté Hynes and Philip Glass might appear like musical opposites. Hynes, the 31-year-old British producer and songwriter who performs under the name Blood Orange, makes hit records with Solange and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Kids Commute Episode 13: Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano! Prince Ramiro and his servant and friend Dandini (also dressed as a Prince) sneak off to the garden to gossip quietly.
Painting, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1830

Welcome to Day Four of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Yesterday, a bunch of footment showed up to invite the daughters of Don Magnifico to a dinner party.

Today, we meet Prince Ramiro and his buddy (and servant) Dandini. They've been at dinner with Clorinda and Tisbe, and sneak off to the garden to talk about how obnoxious they are. They don't want to get caught, so they keep reminding each other - "Zitto zitto! Piano piano!" - which is Italian for, "Shhhhh."

Kids Commute Episode 13 (Thursday, September 21, 2017) : Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!

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Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

  Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Kishi Bashi With Strings On Mountain Stage

Sep 20, 2017

Eclectic pop maestro Kishi Bashi makes his front-and-center debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.