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.

Andrew Cioffi

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

  This year marks the 40th season for the Emerson String Quartet. They are celebrating with a new album called “Chaconnes and Fantasias.”

 

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Frankfort, Interlochen, Royal Oak, Leland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute; John Eliot Gardiner/English Baroque Soloists/Gerald Finley & Christiane Oelze

2. George Frederic Handel, Harp Concerto no. 6; Bernard Labadie/Les Violons du Roy/Valerie Milot

3. Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello suite no. 1, first three movements; Zuill Bailey

Cory Weaver

 This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Molly Rubin

This weekend, Chas Helge will perform as the soloist in Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. Helge, who grew up in Manistee and also attended camp at Interlochen, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about his Northern Michigan roots.

It's now officially summer, which means it's time to kick back, pour out a glass of rosé and listen to the ever-timeless Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, by composer Felix Mendelssohn. The German composer wrote the Overture (Op. 21) when he was only 17, but by then he was a seasoned composer with numerous operas and string symphonies under his belt.

Earlier this month, the New York Philharmonic's outgoing music director Alan Gilbert said goodbye to his orchestra in a series of concerts. Today, he is saying hello to a brand new job in Hamburg, Germany.

Mozart And 'The Peanut Vendor' In Havana

Jun 22, 2017

Last month, American pianist Simone Dinnerstein was in Cuba preparing for her current North American tour with an orchestra of young musicians from Havana. She fondly recalls one very hot rehearsal.

Colin Way

The Honens Piano Competition is a sort of Canadian Van Cliburn competition, where an award is given just every three years. The competitors are all under the age of 30, and the winner receives not only a major cash award of $100,000 but also an extensive career development program valued at about half a million dollars.

 

Now here's a creative way to promote your upcoming symphony season and up your brand: Strap your conductor in a motion capture suit, switch on a dozen high-tech cameras, and get an artist to translate the data into kaleidoscopic shapes and colors.

The Hyperion label presents the first studio album by the pianist Luca Buratto. The album is named for the three pieces by Robert Schumann that appear on it: “Davidsbündlertänze, Humoreske & Blumenstück.”

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Clare, Wolverine, Ann Arbor, Cheboygan, Midland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; composer conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

2. Georges Enesco, Romanian Rhapsody no. 2; Antal Dorati/London Symphony Orchestra

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

4. Bob James, Odyssey; performed by Nancy Stagnitta and the composer

5. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter, first movement; Nashville Chamber Orchestra

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

How does a scientist become a principal timpanist at the Met?

Jason Haaheim gets that question all the time. The 38-year-old is a former nanotechnology researcher, with a master's degree in electrical engineering. But four years ago, he made a major life pivot: to play professionally with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, is widely described as United States' highest honor for jazz. Today, the NEA announced its four newest recipients of the prize: pianist Joanne Brackeen, guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves and producer Todd Barkan.

  Chamber music of the Danish composer Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) is featured on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week, “Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works, vol.

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Bear Lake, Higgins Lake, Glen Lake, Central Lake, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. John Philip Sousa (arr. Rayburn Wright), march medley; Canadian Brass

2. Frederic Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat major; John Browning

3. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6, first movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

4. Traditional, Aura Lee; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5. Traditional, Scotland the Brave; Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra/Boston Pipers Society

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jules Massenet's "Don Quichotte" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

There's a stunning project by a handful of music's current big-thinkers: composer Nico Muhly, songwriter and singer Sufjan Stevens and guitarist-composer Bryce Dessner of The National. The trio, along with percussionist James McAlister, have created Planetarium, an existential song cycle that confronts both the heavens and the human condition in a marriage of hypnotic sound and song.

Fame Is A Boomerang

Jun 7, 2017

As far as flashy, oversize coffee table books go, opera star Maria Callas is a fitting subject. A larger-than-life figure, she had a complicated off-stage story that played out with as much searing drama as the operas she sang. With hard work and sacrifice, Callas vaulted to the top of her art while pushing it to new levels of intensity. In her personal life, she searched for love, found it, then lost it and died young.

 “Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter,” a new release from the Obsidian label, features motets that would have been composed and performed at the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara during the sixteenth century.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Mesick, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Holland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Victor Herbert, “Thine alone”; Andre Kostelanetz/London Symphony Orchestra/Beverly Sills

2. Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; Frederick Fennell/Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

3. Fain & Kahal, “I’ll Be Seeing You”; Mario Lanza

4. Edvard Grieg, Morning Mood from Peer Gynt; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony

5. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 2, final movement; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra

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