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. 

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Thanks to listeners in Traverse City, Honor, Petoskey, Ann Arbor, Afton and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Scott Joplin, Magnetic Rag & Maple Leaf Rag; Joshua Rifkin

2. Henri Vieuxtemps, Violin Concerto no. 5 (first movement); Sir Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra/Isabelle van Keulen

3. Samuel Barber, Hesitation Tango; Gloria Cheng

4. Bernard Herrmann, North by Northwest Overture; Esa-Pekka Salonen/Los Angeles Philharmonic

5. Alberich Zwyssig, Swiss Psalm (national anthem); Peter Breiner/Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Swedish composer and pianist Benny Andersson is best known as a co-founder of the band ABBA. He also wrote music for the musicals "Chess," "Kristina från Duvemåla" and "Mamma Mia!" 

Andersson has a new album out on Deutsche Grammophon featuring 21 of his songs. He arranged and performed the music on solo piano. The music includes ABBA hits, songs from his musicals and several original compositions. 

KC Ep. 79 - "Tom Thumb," from Maurice Ravel's MOTHER GOOSE SUITE. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of MOTHER GOOSE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

All week we've been hearing four-handed fairy tale piano music written for Mimi and Jean, two young friends of French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll wind up with music for poor little Tom Thumb, lost in the woods after the birds have eaten his breadcrumb trail.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018 (Ep. 79)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: Tom Thumb

Maurice Ravel

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When we invited Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to play a Tiny Desk concert, we rolled out the big guns. In place of the trusty upright, we wedged a 7-foot grand piano behind Bob Boilen's desk in preparation for the artist who The Times of London called "without question the most astounding pianist of our age."

Friday night at 6 p.m., tune in for the premiere broadcast of MSU in Concert on Classical IPR.

Hosted by Peter Whorf of WKAR in East Lansing, MSU in Concert is a weekly program featuring faculty artists, student ensembles and guests. The performances were recorded in locations including Cook Recital Hall, Fairchild Theatre and Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall on the Michigan State University campus.

Updated, Jan. 11, 4:00 p.m. ET: This article was updated to include new allegations of sexual assault made against Dutoit.

KC 78 - Mother Goose Week! Thursday: "The Fairy Garden," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to Day Four of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing fairy tale-inspired music written for kids by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Part Two of Sleeping Beauty - The Fairy Garden, featuring a Prince, a kiss, and happily ever after.

Thursday, January 11. 2018 (Ep. 78)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE: The Fairy Garden
Maurice Ravel

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Traverse Symphony Orchestra on Classical IPR

Jan 10, 2018

Interlochen Public Radio presents the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this Friday. The program includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Rhosymedre", his Symphony No. 4, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with guest soloist Claire Huangci. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen on Classical IPR this Friday January 12th at 8:00pm.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has just released her 36th album. She pairs violin concertos by Max Bruch and Sir Edward Elgar. These two pieces are the shortest (the Bruch is about 20 minutes) and longest (the Elgar is about 50 minutes) of violin concertos in the standard repertoire. 

What the world needs now is another cat video. Seriously.

KC 77 - MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Wednesday: Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty, by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to Day Three of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to fairy tale music by French composer Maurice Ravel created for kids to play and enjoy!

Today, we'll creep silently through the castle where Sleeping Beauty and all her friends and family lie fast asleep.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Ep. 77)
Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Maurice Ravel

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American pianist Byron Janis has been a powerhouse since 1942, when he played Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Orchestra. Janis was just fifteen years old.

The following year, Vladimir Horowitz accepted Janis as his very first piano student. Janis would go on to play with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of the twentieth century, including Fritz Reiner, Antal Dorati, Kirill Kondrashin and Charles Munch.

 American pianist Byron Janis has performed with some of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century, including Arturo Toscanini, Eugene Ormandy and Fritz Reiner. He was also the first piano student (and one of only three total) that Vladimir Horowitz ever accepted. At the age of 89, Janis is releasing not one but three new albums.

 

Welcome to Day Two of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing fairy-tale based piano music written for children by French composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we meet Laideronnette, "Little Ugly Girl," the Empress of the Pagodas.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Ep. 76)
MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Maurice Ravel

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The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the verismo double bill of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Roberto Alagna stars in both leading roles: the faithless Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, and Canio, the head of a traveling performance troupe in Pagliacci. The French tenor previously sang both operas in one evening at the Met in 2009, and is one of ten singers to have accomplished this feat with the company since 1901.

KC 75: MOTHER GOOSE WEEK! Monday: "Conversations of Beauty and the Beast," by Maurice Ravel. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Happy Monday, and welcome to the first day of Mother Goose Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing the MOTHER GOOSE SUITE, fairy-tale based piano music written for Mimi and Jean, a couple of French kids who were family friends of composer Maurice Ravel.

Today, we'll hear Conversations of Beauty and the Beast.

MOTHER GOOSE SUITE
Conversations of Beauty and the Beast
Maurice Ravel

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Today our colleague Robert Siegel is retiring after four decades at NPR. He's covered everything from peace movements in East and West Germany to the Republican revolution of the 104th Congress, the mentally ill homeless and the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.

Over his 30-year tenure as host of All Things Considered, Robert has also chased one of his lifelong passions — classical music. He's interviewed dozens of today's most compelling musicians.

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

When he was a youngster in Portland, Oregon, Mann dreamed of being a forest ranger. But destiny apparently had other plans for him: instead, he became a legendary musician.

This week, Performance Today will feature two different performances given at Interlochen.

On Thursday, hour 2 of the program (during the 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. hours) will include music performed by pianist Conrad Tao.

On Friday, hour 1 of the program (during the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. hours) will include music performed by the string quintet Sybarite5.

 Soprano Pretty Yende grew up in a small town 200 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa. After hearing the famous “Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes in a television commercial, Yende decided to become an opera singer.

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Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Donald Runnicles conducts, and the cast features soprano Lisette Oropesa as Gretel, mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Hansel, tenor Gerhard Siegel as the evil Witch, veteran mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Gertrude, the children’s mother, and baritone Quinn Kelsey as Peter, their father. The opera, based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, is performed in the acclaimed production by Richard Jones.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, January 6 at 1pm ET.

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Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello, Nancy Deneen and Amanda Sewell on New Year's Eve starting at 10 p.m. They'll have plenty of classical music and conversation, a countdown to midnight and then a reflective start to 2018. This program airs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Susan Graham stars in her acclaimed interpretation of the title role as the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari, opposite Paul Groves as her commitment-phobic former lover, Danilo. Sir Thomas Allen sings the role of Baron Zeta, determined to play matchmaker while unaware that he is in danger of losing his own wife, Valencienne, to the dashing Camille de Rosillon, sung respectively by Andriana Chuchman and Taylor Stayton. Ward Stare conducts in his network broadcast debut.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 30 at 1pm ET.

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2017 was an exciting year for new albums in classical music. There were world premieres of pieces by Bartok, Puccini and Vaughan Williams. There were also lots of anniversaries celebrated in music, from the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation to the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Emerson String Quartet.  

Join Classical IPR's Amanda Sewell for a look at some notable classical music releases from 2017. This program airs Wednesday December 27 at 5 p.m. with an encore presentation on Monday January 1 at 1 p.m.

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