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.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters - and happy summer!!! This is the last daily broadcast of Kids Commute for this school year! Don't worry, though - we'll be launching our Summer Listening Program on June 18, with music, Quizlets and prizes - ending with an ice cream party! Watch this space for updates!

Thanks so much for spending your school year with us - and now it's time to get excited for summer! This week we've been hearing music all about this sunny season. Today, though, we're doing something a little different. Today, we're hearing music that expresses the happiness of summer - and the end of school! 

We'll listen to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven's iconic, "Ode to Joy," from his Ninth Symphony. It's an ode to the wonderful feeling of joy itself, and to brotherly love.

Big love to all of you, and to all the music teachers out there! 

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Friday, May 25, 2018 (Ep. 164)
NINTH SYMPHONY: Ode to Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Welcome to Day Four of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - but never fear! We'll have more Kids Commute for you with our Summer Listening Program, which starts Monday, June 18th. Watch this space for updates on how you can participate!

To help get you inspired for what we hope is a fabulous summer, we're listening to summer-themed music this week.

Today, we're finishing up with Vivaldi's, "Summer," from THE FOUR SEASONS. The thunderstorm has arrived - and it's a doozy!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (Ep. 163)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (3rd movement - Presto)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Three of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This is the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching June 18th.

To help get you inspired for summer - we've got lots of great summer music for you this week!

Today, we continue with Antonio Vivaldi's, "Summer," from his 1725 series of concertos, THE FOUR SEASONS. We'll hear his rendition of the last muggy, buggy moments before a summer storm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Ep. 162)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (2nd movement - Adagio)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

This year, 43 students entered the concerto competition at Interlochen Arts Academy. A team of Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members narrowed the 43 initial entries to ten finalists, and the four winners were then selected by a judging panel made up of professional musicians. 

Welcome to Day Two of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for this school year - but watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching Monday, June 18th! 

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll listen to music Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the year 1725, he wrote a set of sonnets (poems) about the seasons, and then wrote music to go with them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Ep. 161)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (1st movement, Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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This Saturday at 12 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Richard Wagner's"Die Walküre." 

This production stars Brandon Jovanovich, Elisabet Strid, Ain Anger and Eric Owens.

Astor Piazzolla (left, as the paperboy), starred in small part in a 1935 movie featuring his idol, tango legend Carlos Gardel.
Movie still, El Día que me Quieras, 1935

Happy Monday! Welcome to the final week of IPR's Kids Commute for this school year!

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll hear some, "upside-down," summer music as we spend the warm days and nights with the people of Buenos Aires in music by Astor Piazzolla.

Monday, May 21, 2018 (Ep. 160)
Estaciones Porteñas - Verano Porteño (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Summer)
Astor Piazzolla

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Lauren Whitaker

Flutist Lauren Whitaker is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, and she is a student of Nancy Stagnitta. Lauren is also the winner of the Encore Winds Youth Artist Competition, and she will perform with Encore Winds on their spring concert this Sunday. 

Fine Art America

Thanks to listeners in Irons, Kaleva, Branch, Northport and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Felix Mendelssohn, Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra

2. Sir William Walton, excerpts from Henry V; Andrew Litton/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

3. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; James Litton/American Boy Choir

4. Benech & Dumont, Du gris; Baguette Quartette

5. Leonard Cohen, Hallelujah; Renee Fleming

In a suit filed Friday by the Metropolitan Opera, five men have made newly public accusations against conductor and pianist James Levine, who was closely associated with the Met for four decades. In total, nine men have now come forward, either by name or anonymously, with accusations against Levine.

Premiered in 1869, Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor is one of the most popular piano concertos ever written. Grieg was just 24 years old when he wrote it. The month after the concerto's premiere, his toddler daughter died of viral meningitis, and his wife miscarried what would have been their second child. The Griegs would not have any more children.

Grieg's publisher asked him for another piano concerto for years, but the composer simply couldn't write one. All that he wrote was a fragment about 150 measures in length.

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

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music by composer Simon Jeffes, and the delightfully quirky Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The piece is called, "Perpetuum Mobile," which means, "Perpetual Motion" (always moving). This is music that makes variations (changes) on a repetitive pattern. You'll hear this piece in a lot of places - in this instance, it was used in an advertisement for technology.

Friday, May 18, 2018 (Ep. 159)
Perpetuum Mobile
Simon Jeffes/Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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The myriad stories about Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson usually fall into two groups: the ones about her enormous, laser-focused voice and those about her rapier-sharp wit.

Welcome to Day Four of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by a German composer who wrote a lot of his most famous work while he was living in England - George Frideric Handel. Handel wrote the celebratory anthem, "Zadok the Priest," with words that had been used for coronations in England for a very long time. Today, we'll hear it used in an advertisement for wireless services.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Ep. 158)
Zadok the Priest
George Frideric Handel

 

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Call it a percussionist's answer to Flight of the Bumblebee — with a twist. "Filigree," by composer Robert Honstein, is a rapid-fire workout for solo vibraphone. The instrument's bars, however, are partly covered in tinfoil, which adds a unique layer of color to the music.

Welcome to Day Three of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by French composer Leo Delibes featured (in a remixed, techno style) in a series of commercials for an airline. Super cool thing about this - apparently, it was this ad that inspired South African soprano Pretty Yende to go into the opera world!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Ep. 157)
Lakme; "Flower Duet"
Leo Delibes

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Photo by Karin Willman

Gary Gatzke is the principal double bassist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He is also the interim Executive Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Gatzke will be one of several soloists featured this weekend in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Bach Family Festival.

Gary Gatzke recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Dittersdorf, Handel and Saint-Saens. Hear the entire performance and interview below. 

Today, we'll hear music featured in a commercial for a GPS system - "In a Persian Market," by Albert Ketelbey. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ken Ohyama

Welcome to Day Two of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music that was featured in a GPS commercial, with a really catchy whistling flute. That tune is, "In a Persian Market," by English composer Albert Ketelbey.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Ep. 156)
In a Persian Market
Albert Ketelbey

 

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Matt Marks, a young composer, musician and founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, died suddenly Friday, May 11. The group made an announcement Saturday on Twitter, with no cause of death given. Marks was 38.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents Lyric Opera of Chicago's recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto." 

This production stars Matthew Polenzani, Mario Rojas, Whitney Morrison and Quinn Kelsey.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Cedar, Manistee, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra

2. Dietrich Buxtehude, Prelude and Fugue in F major; Hans Helmut Tillmanns

3. Peter Schickele, music from the original motion picture soundtrack of “Silent Running”

4. Victor Herbert, “Ah, sweet mystery of life”; Beverly Sills

5. Philip Sparke, Music of the Spheres; Kazufumi Yamashita/Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band

Judy Rumelhart, Associate Producer of the original Broadway run of Sondheim's, SWEENEY TODD.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy's production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opens this weekend.

Judy Rumelhart, an Associate Producer of the Sondheim classic's original Broadway run, will be watching the production with great love. Judy joined IPR's Kate Botello in the studio to discuss her memories of the first SWEENEY TODD - and selected a few of her favorites to share with us!

Judy selected the following pieces: 

  • Prologue/The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  • The Worst Pies in London
  • Pretty Women
  • Not While I'm Around


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