Classical Music

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Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion has a new album of water-inspired music called "Paddle to the Sea."

Welcome to Day Two of WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, Winter is upside-down - in Buenos Aires, Argentina!

TUESDAY, FEB.  6, 2018 (EP. 96)
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires: Invierno Porteño Tango
Astor Piazzolla

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra - Live on Classical IPR

Feb 5, 2018

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs live Friday morning on Classical IPR. It’s an all Ravel concert conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Soloist Jean Efflam-Bavouzet is featured in both the G Major Piano Concerto and the Concerto for Left Hand. Also on the program are Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 and Pavane pour une infant défunte. Listen live on Classical IPR at 10:40 a.m.

Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Donizetti’s comedy L’Elisir d’Amore, starring South African soprano Pretty Yende as the wealthy Adina, opposite American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the poor villager hopelessly in love with her. Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of Dulcamara, the quack doctor who sells Nemorino the “elixir of love,” and Italian baritone Davide Luciano makes his network broadcast debut as the cocky visiting sergeant, Belcore. Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan also makes his network debut with this performance.

Alexander Glazunov (Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!)
Painting, by Vadim Repin

Happy Monday! Welcome to WINTER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we'll hear classical music inspired by this cold, snowy season.

Today, we'll hang out at a party at Old Man Winter's house and meet his chilly friends, in the WINTER section of THE SEASONS ballet by Russian composer Alexander Glazunov.

Monday, February 5, 2018 (Ep. 95)
Alexander Glazunov

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Museum of Modern Art

Thank you to listeners in Northport, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 4 (third movement); Libor Pesek/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Giacomo Puccini, “Nessun dorma” from Turandot; Luciano Pavarotti

3. Miller & Miller, “Let there be peace on earth”; Lowell Graham/US Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants

4. Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto for 2 Keyboards; Robert & Gaby Casadesus/Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Candide is a show with a classy pedigree. Voltaire wrote the 1759 novella. It became an operetta in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, contributions from Dorothy Parker and Richard Wilbur, the noted poet — and some gorgeous music by Leonard Bernstein. The original production lasted just two months on Broadway, but the score is still a popular favorite — and the show has been revived many times over the years, with Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler, John Mauceri, and Bernstein himself adding material.

A new album from mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli and cellist Sol Gabetta features the unique relationship between the voice and the cello in music from the Baroque period. Bartoli and Gabetta have been friends for years, and this is the first project they have collaborated on.

Interlochen Arts Academy Band Director Matthew Schlomer leads students in a recent dress rehearsal.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

When "The Soldier's Tale" premiered in 1918, an influenza epidemic cut short it's European performance tour.

Ironically, the flu caused some problems for Interlochen Arts Academy students as they practiced for the show earlier this year.

At first, there's just a drip: a gentle pulse from a marimba. Then a bewitching melody played on a set of tuned cowbells enters and the music comes into focus. The four musicians in the Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion let the piece unfold deliberately. They play as if they're a single, eight-armed organism.

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

We've been learning about how different technologies through time helped composers to develop music over time.

Today, we arrive in the 20th Century, where we'll mambo with Leonard Bernstein!

Friday, February 2 2018 (Ep. 94)
Leonard Bernstein

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The Calidore String Quartet is one of the most remarkable young string quartets on the classical music scene today. In 2016, they won the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, which came with a $100,000 grand prize. They’ve been recognized as a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, and BBC Radio 3 has named them a New Generation Artist. 

Welcome to Day Four of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing how different technologies helped musicians to change music through time!

Today, we'll hear the modern piano being put to brilliant use by Romantic Polish/French composer Frederic Chopin.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Ep. 93)
Heroic Polonaise
Frederic Chopin

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Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Il Trovatore. It stars soprano Jennifer Rowley as the noblewoman Leonora, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the mysterious gypsy Azucena, tenor Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour Manrico, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Manrico’s rival Count di Luna. Bass Štefan Kocán sings the role of Ferrando, and Marco Armiliato leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 3 at 1pm ET.

Welcome to Day Three of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're taking a trip through time and learning about how different technologies affected the music created by composers.

Today, we visit the Classical era and one of its foremost composers - Franz Josef Haydn!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (Ep. 92)
Trio in E Major: Allegro (3rd movement finale)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Welcome to Day Two of MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We're taking a trip through time to hear how new technologies and discoveries led to new music!

Today, we'll hear some music from the Baroque period courtesy of JS Bach, the Margrave of Brandenburg AND a very brave librarian!

Tuesday January 30, 2018 (Ep. 91)
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Good morning, Happy Monday, and welcome to MUSICAL TIME MACHINE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're stepping into a time machine and learning about the music and music technology from different time periods!

Today, we'll hear something from the Prebaroque time period, from around the early 1400's to the early 1600's!

Monday, January 29, 2018 (Ep. 90)
Michael Praetorius

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in Benzonia, Big Rapids, Mesick, Cheboygan, Old Mission Peninsula and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 8 (first movement); Marin Alsop/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

2. Hector Berlioz, Symphony fantastique (second movement); Daniel Barenboim/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending; Neville Marriner/Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Iona Brown

4. Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 3 (excerpt of sixth movement); Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic

Pianist Liza Stepanova has a new album called Tones and Colors that explores the relationship between music and visual art. Each of the thirteen pieces she plays is either inspired by a specific work of art or else the piece of music later inspired a work of art. 

The liner notes for the album include images of each work of art and an explanation of how the art is related to the piece Stepanova plays.

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today, some magic-making music with the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella - "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!"

Friday, January 26, 2018 (Ep. 89)
CINDERELLA: Where Did I Put That Thing?/Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
Mack David, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingstone

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In these days of wireless earbuds, streams and podcasts, the notion of people gathering to hear a lone classical singer (with a pianist) perform densely structured art songs in a foreign tongue seems almost laughably quaint.

Entrance of Carabosse/Entrance of the Lilac Fairy from SLEEPING BEAUTY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Hooray for the Lilac Fairy!

Welcome to Day Four of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our magical little fairy friends.

Today - let's get ready to rumble!! It's a fairy fight in Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's ballet, Sleeping Beauty! In this corner - the wicked fairy Carabosse! In this corner - the kindly Lilac Fairy!

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (Ep. 88)
SLEEPING BEAUTY: Entrance of Carabosse, Entrance of the Lilac Fairy
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Photo by Rich Polk

Building your own instruments from scraps of metal, playing a conch shell with your mouth like a trumpet and making music with spaghetti strainers purchased at IKEA - all of these are just another day's work for percussionist Rob Dillon.