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Welcome to Day Four of John Williams Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer, John Williams.

Today, we'll whisk off with the messenger owls to the wizarding world of HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (Ep. 48)
HARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER'S STONE: Hedwig's Theme
John Williams 

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Lance W. Ozier

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert performance of Rossini's Tancredi' from Opera Southwest.

The performance features Heather Johnson, Lindsay Ohse, Heath Hurberg and Anthony Barrese conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

KIDS COMMUTE EP. 47 - "March," from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, by John Williams. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original movie poster, 1981

Welcome to Day Three of John Williams Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll go on an adventure with heroic archaeologist Indiana Jones from the 1981 movie, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (Episode 47)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: March
John Williams

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has released an album featuring solo piano music of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Sibelius composed fewer than 20 works for the piano, and his orchestral music is far better known.

 

Kids Commute Episode 46: John Williams Week! E.T.: "The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1982

Welcome to Day Two of John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're celebrating the work of legendary film composer John Williams.

Today, we'll hear music that's unforgettable to anyone who saw the 1982 science fiction fantasy, E.T. in a movie theater.

A note from Kids Commute Kate: I waited in line for about six hours - after being turned away when it was sold out! - to see this movie when I was a kid. I can't tell you how excited we were! The entire theater full of kids gasped out loud during the scene we're hearing about today. I'll never forget it, and the music was a big part of it.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Ep. 46)
E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: The Bicycle Chase/Flying Theme
John Williams

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Kids Commute Episode 45: John Williams Week! STAR WARS. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Movie Poster, 1977

Welcome to John Williams Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week's Kids Commute was requested by Kids Commuter Maya. She's a big fan of film composer John Williams, and we at Kids Commute are, too!  Maya's a particular fan of STAR WARS, so we'll start there.

Monday, November 6, 2017 (Episode 45)
STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE - Main Theme
John Williams

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Imagine a dinner party that never ends. The guests can't leave. That's the premise for Luis Buñuel's classic 1962 surrealist film The Exterminating Angel. It might seem an unlikely subject for an opera, but that's just what London-born composer Thomas Adès has brought to New York's Metropolitan Opera.

The Hebrew Psalms have inspired composers for thousands of years.

Now, New York's Lincoln Center is presenting The Psalms Experience, a festival of choral settings of all 150 Psalms by 150 different composers. It includes nine U.S. premieres.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Shelby, Petoskey, Cheboygan, Traverse City, Northport and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Robert Cray, arr. Armed Forces Medley; Cpt. Douglas Monroe/United States Air Force Band of the Golden West

2. Mikis Theodorakis, Ode to Zeus; John Williams/Boston Pops & Tanglewood Festival Chorus

3. Stanley Myers, Cavatina from The Deer Hunter; Jason Vieaux

4. Stephen Paulus, Symphony for Strings (third and fourth movements); Yoel Levi/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Kids Commute Ep. 44 - Greek & Roman Mythology Week! "The Birth of Venus," by Ottorino Respighi. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, THE BIRTH OF VENUS, by Botticelli

Happy Friday! Welcome to Day Five of Greek & Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear music by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. He wrote a piece of music based on the famous painting by Botticelli - "Birth of Venus." Venus, the Goddess of Love, is born full formed from seafoam, and she floats onto shore on a shell. She's blown by Zephyrs - the gods of gentle breezes, and the Goddess of Spring waits with a beautiful gown to dress her when she arrives.

Friday, November 3, 2017 (Episode 44)
THREE BOTTICELLI PICTURES: The Birth of Venus
Ottorino Respighi

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Welcome to Day Four of Greek and Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear music by English composer Gustav Holst about the fairly good-natured Messenger of the Gods - Mercury (or as he was known in the Greek pantheon - Hermes).

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (Episode 43)
THE PLANETS: Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Gustav Holst

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Kids Commute Ep. 42 - Greek & Roman Mythology Week! The, "Fly Duet," from ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original opera poster, 1858

Welcome to Day Three of Greek & Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today - Jupiter (Zeus) and Pluto both have crushes on Eurydice. In French composer Jacques Offenbach's comic opera, ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, Pluto tricks Eurydice into dying so she will hang out with him in the Underworld...but Jupiter tries to steal her by turning himself into a fly!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (Episode 42)
ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD: The Fly Duet
Jacques Offenbach

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Kids Commute Episode 41 - Greek and Roman Mythology Week! Medusa. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting, by Caravaggio

Happy Halloween! Welcome to Day Two of Greek and Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, our spookiest bit of mythology - the monster Medusa. Some said she was horribly ugly, some said she was beautiful, but either way - one look into Medusa's eyes and you turn to stone!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (Episode 41)
PERCY JACKSON & THE LIGHTNING THIEF: Medusa
Christophe Beck

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Gabe Palacio

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert performance of Bellini's "Il Pirata" from the Caramoor Music Festival.

The performance features Angela Meade, Santiago Ballerini, Harold Wilson and Will Crutchfield conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

Welcome to the first day of Greek & Roman Mythology Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll meet the King of the Greek Gods - Zeus!

Monday, October 30, 2017 (Episode 40)
Canto Olympico: Ode to Zeus
Mikis Theodorakis

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Keith Aleo is Director of Percussion at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He visited Classical IPR with instruments to demonstrate during the Drive for Listener Support.

Kids Commute Episode 39 - Spooky Week! Music from Bernard Herrmann's score to THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Welcome to the last day of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear the wonderfully eerie sound of the theremin - one the first-ever electronic instruments! - as it adds an, "outer space," feel to the music from the 1951 Sci-Fi classic, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (Episode 39)
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Suite
Bernard Herrmann

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Kids Commute Episode 38 - Spooky Week! Incantation from "The Sorcerer," by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Alexis and Aline aren't sure hiring a sorcerer was such a good idea.

Welcome to Day Four of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for Kids!  

Today, we'll hear all the ingredients for a creepy-sounding love spell!

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (Episode 38)
"The Incantation," from The Sorcerer
Gilbert & Sullivan

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Pianist Glenn Gould rocketed to fame in 1955 with his startling and original take on Bach's Goldberg Variations. Gould's fans were treated to a remake of Goldbergs in 1982, when he released a slower-paced rendition just before his untimely death. But it's that first, rapid fire 1955 recording that continues to captivate audiences.

Kids Commute Episode 37- Spooky Week! J.S. Bach's, "Toccata in D minor." Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
J.S. Bach at the keyboard

Welcome to Day Three of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

Today, we'll hear a piece of music so famous for being spooky that most folks can recognize it in about nine notes!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (Episode 37)
Toccata in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach

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photo courtesy Matt Thomas

Baroque on Beaver is held every summer on Beaver Island. The multi-day festival includes many different types of classical music, from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin to world premieres by living American composers. 

 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. A new album produced by Rachel Currea is a musical celebration of the the many contributions of Martin Luther.

 

The New York Philharmonic - Live on Classical IPR

Oct 24, 2017
Chris Lee

The New York Philharmonic performs live on Classical IPR on November 19th!

 

This University Musical Society concert will be held at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor with a special focus on Leonard Bernstein, born 100 years ago.

 

It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about that appearance and the career that followed.

Welcome to Day Two of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're serving up some eerie Halloween-themed musical treats.

Today we'll hear music from the scary citizens of Halloween Town in the film THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  They may be scary folks, but they want you to know they're not mean - they're just doing their jobs!

By the way, singing lead as Jack Skellington, the Halloween King, is the composer himself - Danny Elfman.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Episode 36)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: This is Halloween
Danny Elfman

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