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. 

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

This week we're celebrating the work of women composers - many of whom worked at a time when, "composer," was a job title only available to men.

Today, we'll hear a work by Clara Schumann!

Thursday, April 19, 2018 (Ep. 138)
Piano Trio in G minor: Scherzo (Movement II)
Clara Schumann

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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Road Of Tears

Apr 18, 2018

Although the scenes of immigration may change, the tragedies of displaced people are replayed with each passing year. Fiona Ritchie's selections this week include traditional broadsheet ballads and music hall choruses from artists like Dolores Keane, Mick Moloney, and Battlefield Band.

The ASCAP Foundation has announced the 2018 recipients of the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. This award is given to composers of concert music who are under the age of 30. 

Baroque Choral Festival - Live this Sunday!

Apr 18, 2018

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy perform Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria. Soloists are Laura Osgood Brown, Jayne Sleder and Keith Brown. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen live at 3 p.m. this Sunday on Classical IPR.


Tony Banks is best known to many people as the keyboardist and one of founding members of the English rock band Genesis. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he is widely considered one of the greatest rock keyboardist of all time. But Banks's musicianship isn't confined to rock: he has released several solo albums of both rock and classical music. 

Welcome to Day Three of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, the ladies take the lead as we celebrate the work of women composers.

Today, we'll meet Fanny Mendelssohn - a German composer with a famous brother (Felix), who sometimes put his name on her work because she couldn't publish it under her own!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Ep. 137)
Bergeslust (Joy in the Mountains)
Fanny Mendelssohn

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Welcome to Day Two of WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the work of women composers, many of whom lived in a time when composing music was considered a job for men.

Today, we'll hear the third movement from the Symphony in E minor by Florence Price. Keep your ears open for the slide whistle - not something you'd necessarily imagine hearing in a symphony!

Tuesday, April 17 2018 (Ep. 136)
Symphony in E minor: Movement III
Florence Price

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Classical music columnist Fran Hoepfner (@franhoepfner) joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins to discuss Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony, “The Age of Anxiety,” which he wrote in the years following World War II when he was 30 years old.

Violist David Aaron Carpenter has just released a two-disc set of music for viola and orchestra. The pieces include two 20th-century viola concertos, an arrangement of Antonin Dvorak's cello concerto for viola and orchestra and three world premieres by the Kiev-born and New York-based composer Alexey Shor.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with the network broadcast premiere of The Exterminating Angel, the acclaimed opera by Thomas Adès. The story is based on the classic surrealist film by Luis Buñuel, about guests at an elegant dinner party who mysteriously find themselves unable to leave. Tom Cairns wrote the libretto in collaboration with the composer and directed the production, which marked the opera’s U.S. premiere.

Happy Monday! Welcome to WOMEN COMPOSERS WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're letting the ladies take the helm as we listen to work by women composers.

Today, we'll hear a piano work by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.

Monday, April 16 2017 (Ep. 135)
Amy Beach

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Brad Warnaar

Brad Warnaar is a hornist, composer, arranger and alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy. He stopped by Interlochen Public Radio during the drive for listener support. Hear the complete conversation and excerpts of the music below.

Classical IPR brings you the most recent performance from TSO’s 65th anniversary season. It includes Sunset Strip: 7am by Michael Daugherty, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich. The soloist is Suren Bagratuni. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Nymphs and shepherds dance in today's music by Antonio Vivaldi.
Painting, by Camille Corot (Dance of the Nymphs)

Happy Friday! And welcome to the last day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music about Springtime from composers across the world.

Today, we'll finish up with the final movement Antonio Vivaldi's, "Spring," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Friday, April 13, 2018 (Ep. 134)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement III Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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In today's music by Vivaldi, a goatherd takes a name under a leafy bower with his faithful dog.
Painting, by Philipp Peter Roos, from the Slovak National Gallery

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

This week, we're celebrating Spring with music written about the season by composers around the world.

Today, we continue our visit to Italy with composer Antonio Vivaldi!

Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Ep. 133)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Spring (Movement II - Largo)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Stephanie Richards' trumpet sounds like deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.

Welcome to Day Three of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the season with music by composers across the world.

Today (and for the rest of the week), we travel to Italy in the year 1725. Composer Antonio Vivaldi wrote a set of sonnets about the seasons, and music to go with them!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (Ep. 132)
The Four Seasons: Spring (1st movement)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Pianist Martha Argerich and conductor Seiji Ozawa both have long, distinguished careers and have each won multiple Grammy Awards. But Ozawa, 82, and Argerich, 76, have never recorded an album together until now.

They have just released a new recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 1 on the Decca label. The Mito Chamber Orchestra performs under Ozawa's baton and with Argerich at the piano. The album also includes a performance of Beethoven's Symphony no. 1. 

The Primavera Porte&ntildeo Tango, by Astor Piazzolla
Prayitno Hadinata, FLICKR

Welcome to Day Two of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're celebrating the season with composers across the world.

Today, we travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Springtime tango by composer Astor Piazzolla.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Ep. 131)
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Primavera Porteño 
Astor Piazzolla

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Photo by Chris Lee/Metropolitan Opera.

Verdi’s Luisa Miller returns to the network for the first time since 2006. It stars Sonya Yoncheva as Luisa, and Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, the lover she is forced to betray. Both artists make role debuts in this production. Singing Luisa’s father, Miller, Plácido Domingo also adds a new role to his repertoire – the 149th of his legendary career. The cast also features Olesya Petrova as Duchess Federica, Alexander Vinogradov as Count Walter, Rodolfo’s father, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the scheming Wurm. Bertrand de Billy conducts this thrilling, but lesser-known Verdi score.

Ballet: An Illustrated History by Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp

Happy Monday! Welcome to the first day of SPRING WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're welcoming Spring with music inspired by the season from composers all over the world!

Today, we head to Russia for Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Monday, April 9, 2018 (Ep. 130)
Alexander Glazunov

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Carp Lake, Torch Lake, Lake Leelanau, Bear Lake, Mullet Lake and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Kow Otani, music from the original motion picture soundtrack of Blade of the Immortal

2. Domenico Gabrieli, Cello sonata in G minor; Richte van der Meer, Roel Dieltiens, Konrad Junghänel

3. Maurice Ravel, Bolero; Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra

4. Charles Tournemire, Symphony no. 1 (first movement); Antonio de Almeida/Moscow Symphony Orchestra

5. Frederic Chopin, Heroic Polonaise in A-flat major; Vladimir Horowitz

Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall performed excerpts from John Cage's In a Landscape and Steve Reich's Clapping in Studio A at Classical IPR.

Duvall talked with IPR's Kate Botello about the significance of Reich's work, his influences, and how Reich affects what Duvall calls, "rhythmic perception."

Eighth Blackbird will perform the works of Steve Reich (Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians) with Third Coast Percussion in Corson auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit

Happy Friday, and welcome to the last day of 21ST CENTURY WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

All week, we've been asking, "what's new?" as we explore the work of living composers.

Today, we'll hear Stephen Hartke's, "Celebrations," from, "Meanwhile," a set of music written for puppet shows...that don't exist!

Special thanks to Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall for providing us with today's introduction!

Friday, April 6, 2018 (Ep. 129)
Meanwhile: Celebrations
Eighth Blackbird

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