Classical Music

The latest in Classical music from Interlochen Public Radio. You'll find concert recordings, live performances from our very own Studio A, Classical music for kids and so much more. 

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?

With the holidays upon us, our friends at member station WQXR invited me along with Washington Post chief classical critic Anne Midgette and Sony Masterworks producer Steven Epstein, the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, to sit down with host Naomi Lewin for a Conducting Business podcast on the topic.

An extended ovation greeted conductor James Levine last May when he returned to performing after a two-year absence. In 2011, he resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cancelled his performances at the Metropolitan Opera. He'd been plagued by health problems, injuries and operations, and it was painful for him to move. Many of his admirers, even he himself, feared he might never conduct again.

Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Film and Screenwriting drops by Studio B to guest host Morning Classical with Kate Botello! Lesley shared some of her favorite film music with listeners.  Click to listen.


As JFK Died In Dallas, Music Was Born In Boston

Nov 26, 2013

Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, it's still shocking to hear Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Erich Leinsdorf announce the horrific news to a stunned audience.

Celebrate the Season with IPR!

This year, for the first time since 1899, Thanksgiving and Chanukah fall at the same time! Interlochen Public Radio has lots of wonderful holiday programming lined up for both holidays.  Take  a look below for the schedule of special holiday offerings from Classical IPR and IPR News Radio (more coming in December - watch this space!).
 

November 27 6pm (Classical IPR)

Detroit sure has seen its share of challenges in the past

4o years, but all through that time the city has been home to one of the most vibrant regional opera companies in the nation: The Michigan Opera Theatre.

The founder of the MOT is Dr. David DiChiera.

He’s recently been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist. That prize is the Kresge Foundation’s annual lifetime achievement award in the Arts.

It’s been called the most prestigious local prize in the field of culture. David, We welcomed David to the program today.

*Listen to the audio above.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In the second of our 2013 episodes, Maestro Jung Ho Pak, WYSO's Musical Director, conducts the musicians in Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring violinist Jennifer Koh, and Richard Strauss's tone poem, Don Juan.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

In the first of our 2013 episodes, conductor JoAnn Falletta leads the WYSO in performances of Albert Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No. 2 and Eric Ewazen's Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra.

Gerard Schwarz on Island Cabin Discs

Nov 19, 2013

Jeff Kimpton hosts Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, asking guests to share the music they would take with them to an island cabin getaway. 

On this episode of Island Cabin Discs, world-renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz shares his choice of musical essentials.

Learn more about Gerard Schwarz here.

Pianist Paul Lewis came to Boston to make his recital debut on Jan. 12. The evening before, at this performance he gave at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio, he told the audience he suddenly realized there was a certain magic in that date. It had been exactly 20 years earlier — Jan. 12, 1993 — when the great pianist Alfred Brendel came to London's Guildhall School of Music & Drama to do a master class. "I thought he'd tell me to do something else with my life," Lewis remembered with a laugh.

Are you tuned in to Classical IPR weekday mornings around 7:40 for the Kids' Commute?  We start out the Kids' Commute with the voices it's intended for - kids!  We'd love to hear more of your voices.  

Here's how to hear YOUR voice on the Kids' Commute:

Suren Bagratuni

Oct 17, 2013

Cellist Suren Bagratuni dropped by Studio A with Maestro Kevin Rhodes of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The pair were preparing for a huge concert - Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"), held at the end of September.  Suren delighted us with performances of Tsintsadze's, "Chonguri" (played without a bow!) and Marin Marais's, "La Reveuse," - exclusive treats in this command performance for IPR listeners!  Suren had a lot of fascinating things to say, and even Kevin got in on the interview act.  

Click above to listen. 

The Oakland Trio

Jun 26, 2013

The Oakland Trio (Cellist Debra Fayroian, violinist Adrienne Ronmark and pianist Stephen Wogaman) visited IPR's Studio A prior to their Arcturos Concert Series appearance in Suttons Bay.  While in the studio, they performed the second movement of Mendelssohn's  Trio in d minor, Opus 49.

Harpist Danielle Paus

Jun 18, 2013

Harpist Danielle Paus returned to the Interlochen campus for the first time in about ten years, and one of her stops was IPR's studio A. She gave a live performance of  this Swedish polska during her visit.

Linsdey Anderson - Live in IPR's Studio A

Apr 19, 2013

Pulitzer-winning composer Ned Rorem is most noted for his art songs.  Here's mezzo-soprano Lindsey Anderson performing Rorem's "Rain in Spring," Live in IPR's Studio A.


Paula Robison on Island Cabin Discs

Jul 14, 2012

Jeff Kimpton hosts Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, asking guests to share the music they would take with them to an island cabin getaway.

This episode features Paula Robison, the "First Lady of the Flute."

Read all about Paula Robison by clicking here!

Michael Moore on Island Cabin Discs

Jun 16, 2012

Jeff Kimpton hosts Island Cabin Discs on Interlochen Public Radio, asking guests to share the music they would take with them to an island cabin getaway. 

This episode of Island Cabin Discs features filmmaker Michael Moore.

Learn all about Michael Moore by clicking here.  

Nearby Businesses Eager To Have DSO Back

Apr 5, 2011

Musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have agreed to come back to work, under a tentative labor agreement reached this weekend. There are few details, but the deal appears to bring the six-month strike to an end.

ARTFORMS: The Future Of The Symphony Orchestra

Mar 2, 2011

This week, we'll discuss the health and future of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Musicians haven't had a contract since last summer and negotiations with management have often been bitter and personal. Recently, the striking musicians agreed to return to work without a contract hoping for a settlement.

DSO Strike & The Case Of St. Louis

Nov 10, 2010

The musicians strike at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is now well into its second month. Shows have been cancelled through November. The impasse is, in part, over a proposed pay cut that would put salaries in-line with those at lower tier orchestras.

The players say accepting the concessions would threaten the orchestra's world-class status. But what might the DSO look and sound like if management had its way?

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