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.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Hector Berlioz's "Les Troyens" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Renée Fleming and Francis Collins have something unexpected in common: music.

Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, plays guitar. Fleming, of course, is a renowned soprano.

rachelbartonpine.com

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine just released her 35th album, "Bel canto Paganini." The centerpiece of the album is the 24 caprices for solo violin by Niccolo Paganini. Pine chatted with IPR's Amanda Sewell about the new album, what 19th-century opera composers thought about Paganini's music, and why Pine's young daughter is one of the only people who gets to hear her sing. Hear the entire conversation in the clip below.

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week is the 35th album by violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The centerpiece of the album, “Bel Canto Paganini,” is Pine’s performance of Niccolò Paganini’s 24 caprices for solo violin.

 

For many people, New Orleans is practically synonymous with jazz; it's the birthplace of both the music and many of its leading lights, from Louis Armstrong to Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. But now, one organization is working to draw attention to the city's history of opera music.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Interlochen, Onekama, Clare, Traverse City, and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Sherrill Milnes et al.

2. Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1; Barry Tuckwell/London Symphony Orchestra

3. Felix Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream overture; Peter Maag/London Symphony Orchestra

4. Dan Emmet, Dixie; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Krista Cooper

 The Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently closed its season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. They were joined by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs. Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 PM for a special presentation of this recent concert.  

The concert program and a translation of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" text is available by clicking on the images below.

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)'s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording Star Wars' iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets.

If the word "aura" is defined as a pervasive atmosphere, then it's a perfect title for this piece by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who has a knack for creating vivid sonic environments.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE!

May 24, 2017

This Friday morning on Classical IPR, you can hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra live in concert! Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony. The program airs at 10:40am.

  “Final Thoughts” is the newest release from Cedille Records. It features Jorge Federico Osorio performing the final solo piano works of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). A trailer for “Final Thoughts” can be viewed here.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Omena, Petoskey, Interlochen, Northport, Seattle (WA), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, instrumental music from Das Rheingold; Lorin Maazel/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Erik Bergman, Burla for orchestra; Jussi Jalas/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

3. Randall Thompson, Frostiana (selections); Richard Auldon Clark/Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/New York Choral Society 

4. Edward Elgar, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations; Giuseppe Sinopoli/Philharmonic Orchestra

If you're a regular NPR listener, you know BJ Leiderman's music. Leiderman is the John Williams of public radio: He's written the theme music for programs like Morning Edition, Marketplace and, yes, Weekend Edition.

Biss & Padmore Concert from Interlochen

May 19, 2017

Pianist Jonathan Biss and tenor Mark Padmore bring late works of Franz Schubert to the stage of Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts. These world renowned artists perform Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang and the Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major.

When John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2014 for his undulating orchestral piece Become Ocean, you'd be forgiven for thinking of him as something like the Jacques Cousteau of contemporary classical music.

When Josh Groban takes his final bow in Broadway's Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, he'll leave some very big shoes to fill. Fans of the multiplatinum-selling recording artist have flocked to see him in this exuberantly offbeat musical, which is based on a section of the Russian novel War and Peace.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents the first opera of the season from the American Opera Series. This week's broadcast is a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a turn at the ivories in Beijing is currently making the Internet rounds.

  Sony Classical brings a new collection nearly 90 years in the making. “Arturo Toscanini: The Essential Recordings” is a 20-disc collection over a thousand minutes in length that celebrates the work of conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957). The recordings in this collection were made for the RCA Victor label between 1929 and 1952. This compilation celebrates Toscanini’s 150th birthday and his over seven decades on the podium.

 

  Interlochen Arts Academy senior Nathaniel Heyder was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 NextNotes Competition. NextNotes is a national competition hosted by the American Composers Forum. Heyder was one of six winners chosen from over 130 submissions. Heyder studies composition with Cynthia Van Maanen at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Grayling, Buckley, Cedar, Manistee, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, waltzes from Acts Iⅈ Zubin Mehta/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, fourth movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Act III trio; Renee Fleming/Anne Sofie von Otter/Heidi Grant Murphy

4. Stuart Stott, Music in my Mother’s House; Alan Gumm/CMU Women’s Chorus

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