Classical Music

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Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera

Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s 1899 operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, in its first network broadcast from the Met stage. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming. The cast also features soprano Kathleen Kim as Cendrillon’s Fairy Godmother, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the wicked stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as Cendrillon’s father Pandolfe.

BATTALIA WEEK! Soldiers at a campfire
C. Tucker Beckett, 1916

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

This week, we're listening to Heinrich Biber's  compassionate (and sometimes funny) musical interpretation of a battle.

Today, we'll hear two short pieces. The first, "The Profligate Society of Common Humor," features a bunch of nationalistic songs crashing into each other, followed by the, "Presto," with excited soldiers checking their pocket watches,  waiting for the battle to start.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Ep. 141)
LA BATTALIA: The Profligate Society of Common Humor/Presto
Heinrich Biber

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This week's composer, Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)
Engraving by Paulus Seel, 1681

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

This week, we're hearing a groundbreaking piece by German Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. He created a musical representation of a battle from start to finish, and even invented new techniques for musicians to use to create the sounds he was looking for.

Today, we'll hear the introduction/first movement of LA BATTALIA. It sets up the piece, and includes the sound of soldiers marching to the battlefield.

Monday, April 23, 2018 (Ep. 140)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Cadillac, Interlochen, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten; Rudolf Werthen/I fiamminghi

2. Jackie Gleason & his Orchestra, Melancholy Serenade

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, suite from The Sleeping Beauty; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra

4. Michael Torke, Bright Blue Music; David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

5. Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor; E. Power Biggs

Sarah Bouasse

French soprano Julie Fuchs has been removed from an upcoming production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at the Staatsoper Hamburg (State Opera, Hamburg). According to a statement issued on her Facebook page, Fuchs states that she was told that the production's artistic integrity could not be maintained with her in the role of Pamina because she is currently four months pregnant.

Arvo Pärt is one of the most popular, most performed living composers. He's beloved worldwide for his signature sound – a spacious, meditative music that tends to sound timeless.

But there's a lesser-known side to the 82-year-old Estonian's career. It's a story that can be traced in a new recording of Pärt's four Symphonies. The album is a musical journey spanning 45 years in fervently detailed performances by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by fellow Estonian Tõnu Kaljuste.

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

This week, we're celebrating the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear a recent work from a living - and very busy! - composer, who does a lot of work in film: Rachel Portman.

Friday, April 20, 2018 (Ep. 139)
Rachel Portman

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

This week we're celebrating the work of women composers - many of whom worked at a time when, "composer," was a job title only available to men.

Today, we'll hear a work by Clara Schumann!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Ep. 138)
Piano Trio in G minor: Scherzo (Movement II)
Clara Schumann

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The ASCAP Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. This award is given to composers of concert music who are under the age of 30. 

Baroque Choral Festival - Live this Sunday!

Apr 18, 2018

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy perform Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria. Soloists are Laura Osgood Brown, Jayne Sleder and Keith Brown. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen live at 3 p.m. this Sunday on Classical IPR.


Tony Banks is best known to many people as the keyboardist and one of founding members of the English rock band Genesis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is widely considered one of the greatest rock keyboardist of all time. But Banks's musicianship isn't confined to rock: he has released several solo albums of both rock and classical music. 

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

This week, the ladies take the lead as we celebrate the work of women composers.

Today, we'll meet Fanny Mendelssohn - a German composer with a famous brother (Felix), who sometimes put his name on her work because she couldn't publish it under her own!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Ep. 137)
Bergeslust (Joy in the Mountains)
Fanny Mendelssohn

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

This week, we're celebrating the work of women composers, many of whom lived in a time when composing music was considered a job for men.

Today, we'll hear the third movement from the Symphony in E minor by Florence Price. Keep your ears open for the slide whistle - not something you'd necessarily imagine hearing in a symphony!

Tuesday, April 17 2018 (Ep. 136)
Symphony in E minor: Movement III
Florence Price

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Violist David Aaron Carpenter has just released a two-disc set of music for viola and orchestra. The pieces include two 20th-century viola concertos, an arrangement of Antonin Dvorak's cello concerto for viola and orchestra and three world premieres by the Kiev-born and New York-based composer Alexey Shor.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the network broadcast premiere of The Exterminating Angel, the acclaimed opera by Thomas Adès. The story is based on the classic surrealist film by Luis Buñuel, about guests at an elegant dinner party who mysteriously find themselves unable to leave. Tom Cairns wrote the libretto in collaboration with the composer and directed the production, which marked the opera’s U.S. premiere.

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

This week, we're letting the ladies take the helm as we listen to work by women composers.

Today, we'll hear a piano work by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.

Monday, April 16 2017 (Ep. 135)
Amy Beach

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Brad Warnaar

Brad Warnaar is a hornist, composer, arranger and alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy. He stopped by Interlochen Public Radio during the drive for listener support. Hear the complete conversation and excerpts of the music below.

Classical IPR brings you the most recent performance from TSO’s 65th anniversary season. It includes Sunset Strip: 7am by Michael Daugherty, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich. The soloist is Suren Bagratuni. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Nymphs and shepherds dance in today's music by Antonio Vivaldi.
Painting, by Camille Corot (Dance of the Nymphs)

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music about Springtime from composers across the world.

Today, we'll finish up with the final movement Antonio Vivaldi's, "Spring," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (Ep. 134)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement III Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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In today's music by Vivaldi, a goatherd takes a name under a leafy bower with his faithful dog.
Painting, by Philipp Peter Roos, from the Slovak National Gallery

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

This week, we're celebrating Spring with music written about the season by composers around the world.

Today, we continue our visit to Italy with composer Antonio Vivaldi!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Ep. 133)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement II - Largo)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Stephanie Richards' trumpet sounds like deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.

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

This week, we're celebrating the season with music by composers across the world.

Today (and for the rest of the week), we travel to Italy in the year 1725. Composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote a set of sonnets about the seasons, and music to go with them!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (Ep. 132)
The Four Seasons: Spring (1st movement)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Pianist Martha Argerich and conductor Seiji Ozawa both have long, distinguished careers and have each won multiple Grammy Awards. But Ozawa, 82, and Argerich, 76, have never recorded an album together until now.

They have just released a new recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 on the Decca label. The Mito Chamber Orchestra performs under Ozawa's baton and with Argerich at the piano. The album also includes a performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 1.