Classical Music

Interlochen Public Radio has the latest in classical music. You'll find recent local concerts, live performances from our very own Studio A, classical music for kids and so much more. 

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.

Welcome to the Day Three 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, we'll meet, "The Song Fairy," (La Fée aux Chansons) a little sprite who teaches the birds their songs each spring.

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 (Ep. 87)
The Song Fairy (La Fée aux Chansons)
Gabriel Fauré

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Sony Classical has just released the Vienna Philharmonic's 2018 New Year's Concert. Riccardo Muti conducted this year's concert, his fifth time leading the New Year's Concert since 1993. 

Steve Riskind

Pianist Richard Goode is one of the leading interpreters of Beethoven's music alive today. He has recorded all of Beethoven's piano sonatas and piano concertos.

KC Ep. 86, FAIRY WEEK! Tuesday: Puck, by Edvard Grieg. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Puck gives a love potion...

Good morning, and welcome to Day Two of FAIRY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by our winged and mischievous little friends.

Today, we'll make some trouble and sneak around with one of William Shakespeare's famous fairies, the character Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream! Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote a fun piano piece representing Puck's antics.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Ep. 86)
Puck
Edvard Grieg

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s thrilling drama Tosca.  Soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars as the jealous but devout diva Floria Tosca, opposite tenor Vittorio Grigolo as her lover, the artist Mario Cavaradossi. Baritone Željko Lučić is the villainous Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the opera in a new production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 27 at 1pm ET.

Good morning, Happy Monday, and welcome to a whole new week in IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's FAIRY WEEK on Kids Commute, so this week we'll hear music inspired by our winged and mischievious little friends.

Today, we searched around for the cutest Tinkerbell music we could find!

Monday, January 22, 2018 (Ep. 85)
Tinkerbell
Unknown composer; 1940's Production Music

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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.

Musician and composer Nils Frahm must feel like a chef who has finally assembled his dream kitchen. Frahm's new album, All Melody (due out Jan. 26), was crafted at Saal 3, a vintage studio space he was offered in an old East Berlin broadcast facility built in the 1950s.

In 1983, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto tried a grand experiment. While the singers performed Elektra in German onstage, simultaneous translations in English were projected above the stage. These "supertitles," as they've come to be known, were quickly adopted at opera houses and are now an expected part of the opera-going experience.

Bavarian State Painting Collection, Munich

Thank you to listeners in Indian River, Glen Arbor, Harbor Springs, Onekama and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 5 (fourth movement); Kent Nagano/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

2. Victor Herbert, Thine Alone; Andre Kostelanetz/London Symphony Orchestra/Beverly Sills

3. Gabriel Faure, Pavane; Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra

4. Johann Sebastian Bach, Come Sweet Death; Virgil Fox (1971 San Francisco live performance)

KC Ep. 84 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Friday! The Great Gate at Kiev. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Design by Viktor Hartmann

Good morning, Happy Friday!! and welcome to the last day of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We'll wind up our, "listening to paintings," tour of Modest Mussorgsky's musical exhibition of the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today's music is some of the most famous from PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - based on Hartmann's design for The Great Gate of Kiev.

Friday, January 19, 2018 (Ep. 84)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - The Great Gate at Kiev
Modest Mussorgsky

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Scottish classical guitarist Matthew McAllister has a new album out that features all American music. The album is called "American Collection," but there’s not a note of Copland or Bernstein on it. Instead, McAllister features pieces by American composers such as Chick Corea, Philip Glass and even Frank Zappa.

KC 83 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK! Thursday: Baba Yaga's Hut. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Clock design by Viktor Hartmann

Welcome to Day Four of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music by Modest Mussorgsky that goes with the artwork of his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, we'll hear some fantastic chase music based on stories of the Slavic Witch, Baba Yaga.

Thursday, January 18 (Ep. 83)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Baba Yaga's Hut
Modest Mussorgsky

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After major upgrades to classical music stations WIAB 88.5 FM and WIAA 88.7 FM, music from Classical IPR is now blanketing northwest lower Michigan, from Manistee to the U.P. and all places in-between.

Thanks to this expanded broadcasting range, Interlochen Public Radio will no longer broadcast from WICV, 100.9 FM, as the signal being transmitted from this East Jordan location is now covered by the new expanded broadcast range of 88.5 and 88.7.

To create her wide-ranging music, New York-based artist Lea Bertucci has used a wealth of instruments and compositional techniques. But her primary creative tool is the saxophone, and on her new album, Metal Aether, she delves into it perhaps further than she ever has.

KC Ep. 82 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK: Wednesday! "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks," by Modest Mussorgsky. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Viktor Hartmann, "Unhatched Chicks."

Welcome to Day Three of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," - music of Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky based on artwork by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, some really cute music written around an equally cute costume design! (See the picture for this post.)

Wednesday, January 17. 2018 (Ep. 82)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Ballet of Unhatched Chicks
Modest Mussorgsky

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Dmitri Shostakovich composed the score to the Soviet film “The Gadfly” in 1955. The complete score to the film has just been released for the first time.

 

Welcome to Day Two of PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," in music by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky based on artwork by his friend Viktor Hartmann.

Today, we'll hear, "Children's Quarrel After Games."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (Ep. 81)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Children's Quarrel After Games/The Garden of Tuileries

Modest Mussorgsky

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Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera.

Massenet’s Thaïs in a broadcast from November 11, 2017, starring American soprano Ailyn Pérez in her role debut as the glamorous courtesan and title character. Canadian baritone Gerald Finley gave his first staged performance as the monk Athanaël, in Massenet’s intriguing exploration of the conflict between religious faith and sensual desire. French maestro Emmanuel Villaume conducted a cast that also featured tenor Jean-François Borras as Nicias and bass-baritone David Pittsinger as Palémon, in the Met’s first presentation of this opera in nearly a decade.

KC Ep. 80 - PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Monday! "Gnomus." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Artist Viktor Hartmann

Good morning and Happy Monday! Welcome to a brand-new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're, "listening to paintings," as we walk through an exhibition of the art of Viktor Hartmann (pictured, left). Much of the artwork no longer exists, but this week's composer Modest Mussorgsky wrote music that keeps the artwork alive in our imaginations.

Today, we'll meet a creepy little gnome as he sneaks around making mischief!

January 15, 2018 (Ep. 80)
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION: Gnomus
Modest Mussorgsky

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