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When it comes to heavyweight game-changers like Claude Debussy, super fans even celebrate death anniversaries. It was 100 years ago, March 25, 1918, that the visionary composer lost his battle with cancer and died in Paris at age 56.

To mark the occasion, Warner Classics has issued a handsome 33-CD box containing what the label says is "the most complete collection ever made" of Debussy's music.

Welcome to La Cenerentola Friday on IPR's Kids Commute! We hope you've enjoyed this week of Gioacchino Rossin's Italian opera based on the story of Cinderella.

Yesterday, the Prince and Dandini wondered when the real charming daughter of Don Magnifico would show up at the party. Well - of course she did, eventually! What would our fairy tale be without a, "happy ever after?"

Today, La Cenerentola shows her true goodness and sings, "Non piu mesta," - no more sadness!

Friday, September 22, 2017 (Ep. 14) - encore rebroadcast Friday, March 23, 2018
Non Piu Mesta
Gioacchino Rossini

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Kids Commute Episode 13: Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano! Prince Ramiro and his servant and friend Dandini (also dressed as a Prince) sneak off to the garden to gossip quietly.
Painting, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1830

Welcome to Day Four of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Yesterday, a bunch of footment showed up to invite the daughters of Don Magnifico to a dinner party.

Today, we meet Prince Ramiro and his buddy (and servant) Dandini. They've been at dinner with Clorinda and Tisbe, and sneak off to the garden to talk about how obnoxious they are. They don't want to get caught, so they keep reminding each other - "Zitto zitto! Piano piano!" - which is Italian for, "Shhhhh."

Kids Commute Episode 13 (Thursday, September 21, 2017 - encore rebroadcast March 22, 2018) 

Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!
Gioacchino Rossini

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The National Library of Congress has shared its latest batch of musical inductees to the National Recording Registry. The 25 works — a mix of singles, field recordings, albums and soundtracks — represent myriad genres and time periods, and bring the Registry's overall catalog up to 500 entries.

Welcome to Day Three of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, an invitation, some bossing around...and some complaining!

Ep. 12 Encore rebroadcast March 21, 2018
O Figlie Amabili/Cenerentola, vien qua!
Gioacchino Rossini


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This week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio - let's go to the opera! Today, we continue with Part Two of Rossini's opera La Cenerentola

Yesterday, we met Angelina (otherwise known as La Cenerentola/Cinderella), singing to herself while her sisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, give her a hard time. Then.. a knock at the door! Who is it?

EPISODE 11 (Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - encore rebroadcast March 20, 1018):
Un tantin di carita (a cup of charity)

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Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s Turandot. Soprano Martina Serafin stars in the title role of the proud Chinese princess, opposite tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Calàf, the mystery prince who is determined to win her. Soprano Guanqun Yu makes her network broadcast debut as the courageous slave girl Liù, and bass-baritone Alexander Tsymbalyuk is Calàf’s father, Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance, presented in the much-loved production by Franco Zeffirelli.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, Matrch 24 at 1:00pm ET.

This week on IPR's Kids Commute, we're going to the opera! Don't worry if you don't speak Italian, because that opera is composer Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola - Cinderella! You know that story! (Pssst, just in case you don't, we'll have a link for you further down in this post.)

Today, we'll meet Angelina, otherwise known as Cenerentola (Italian for Cinderella). She sings a song to comfort herself while she cleans all day long.

Encore broadcast March 19, 2018
LA CENERENTOLA: Una volta c'era un re
Gioachino Rossini

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Sing Sing Correctional Facility is not the sort of place you'd expect to find a flourishing music community, but a workshop run by Carnegie Hall offers inmates the ability to learn in harmony. Twice a month, artists from New York City travel to Sing Sing and spend a day giving 30 inmates enrolled in the Musical Connections program formal training.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Onekama, Northport, Higgins Lake, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ron Nelson, Rocky Point Holiday; Jerry Junkin/Dallas Wind Symphony

2. Franz Schubert, Rosamunde overture; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

3. Leonard Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Christian Lindberg/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

4. John Field, Irish Dance; Míċeál O’Rourke

5. Samuel A. Ward, America the Beautiful; US Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

One of the most horrible events of the Vietnam War took place 50 years ago this week.

This might very well be the ultimate lullaby. Right at the start of the 2018 SXSW Music Festival, Max Richter's eight-hour composition Sleep was performed overnight to an audience tucked into 150 beds. They — the audience, not the tireless group of musicians who performed the piece — slept, dreamed and sometimes snored through this trance-inducing experience.

James Levine, the famed conductor who was fired earlier this week by New York's Metropolitan Opera following its internal investigation into allegations of sexually abusive conduct towards young artists, has responded by suing the Met and its General Manager Peter Gelb.

Welcome to the final day of MARCH WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been learning about Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya. Many thanks to Maya for coming by the studio! Didn't she do a great job?

Today, we're going to hear a march that features a special Trio section (remember, Maya called it, "the part that gets stuck in your head!") - the Interlochen school song, "Sound the Call!" (If you want to sing along - the lyrics are after the jump.)

Friday, March 16, 2018 (Ep. 124)
The Interlochen Bowl
Edwin Franko Goldman

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Here's a musical riddle that has kept people guessing for over a century.

English composer Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme, ('Enigma') op. 36 is one of England's most beloved musical works. It's commonly known as the Enigma Variations.

"Cinema per archi" (or "Cinema for Strings") is a new album from the string players of the Academy of St. Cecilia. The album features music by three Academy Award-winning Italian film composers: Ennio Morricone, Nicola Piovani and Nino Rota.

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

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches along with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya.

Today, we'll hear a famous march that

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (Ep. 123)
Colonel Bogey's March
Kenneth J. Alford (Lieutenant F.J. Ricketts)

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Meredith Wilson, composer of THE MUSIC MAN, in 1942
NBC Radio

Welcome to Day Three of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning about Great American Marches.

Today, a march about a march...sung by a very persuasive salesman - Professor Harold Hill, from Meredith Wilson's, THE MUSIC MAN.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (Ep. 122)
THE MUSIC MAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
Meredith Wilson

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Welcome to Day Two of March Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Great American Marches with your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya!

Today, we're reviewing our knowledge of march form with Maya, and hearing a rollicking march for the circus.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (Ep. 121)
The Circus Bee
James Henry Fillmore

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Late Monday afternoon, New York's hallowed Metropolitan Opera announced that it had fired conductor James Levine — an artist who had a close affiliation with the opera house for more than four decades — after a months-long investigation into claims of "sexually abusive and harassing conduct."

Karen Almond/Metropolitan Opera

Christine Goerke sings the title role of Richard Strauss’s tragedy Elektra under the baton of future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The acclaimed American soprano stars as the revenge-obsessed princess of Greek myth, with soprano Elza van den Heever as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis, and mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster making her network broadcast debut as the guilt-stricken matriarch, Klytämnestra. They are joined by bass Mikhail Petrenko as Orest and tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Aegisth, in Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated staging.

Happy Monday Kids Commuters! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're going to learn all about great American March music with the help of your fellow Kids Commuter, Maya!

Today, we'll learn about the structure of marches, and hear John Philip Sousa's, THE THUNDERER.

Monday, March 12, 2018
The Thunderer
John Philip Sousa

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Maple City, Petoskey, Cadillac, Ludington and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Placido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Juan Pons et al.

2. Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish Dances nos. 7 & 8; Rachel Barton Pine & Samuel Sanders

3. Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Andre Previn/Los Angeles Philharmonic

4. The Beatles, A Day in the Life; Nick Davies/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

5. Greg McCallum, Hymn Quilt; performed by the composer