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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  Ola Gjeilo is one of the most in-demand composers alive today. He’s not even 40 and has already had his music performed by major ensembles including the Choir of King’s College Cambridge and the Phoenix Chorale. His newest album is called Winter Songs, and it features original compositions and his new arrangements of some Christmas favorites.

KC Ep. 74 - Winter Holiday Week! Friday: "Riu Riu Chiu." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Tapestry from the Galla Placidia Museum

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

We hope you've enjoyed this week of Winter Holiday fun from around the world. Speaking of holidays, Kids Commuters - we're taking a Winter Holiday, too! We'll be playing some kid-friendly music the week of January 2. Kids Commute will be back with all-new episodes - and Quizlets! -  on January 8.

Today, we take a trip to Spain for a, "villancico," - an ancient Spanish Christmas Carol. "Riu Riu Chiu," is a song about protecting the Lamb (in this case, both Mary and Jesus!) from the Wolf (the forces of evil).

Friday, December 22, 2017 (Ep. 74)
Riu Riu Chiu (Traditional medieval Spanish)

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  Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 8 a.m. for Messiah + Bach & Rutter, the 2017 holiday concert from the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. View the complete concert program below.

 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

 

Updated, Dec. 21, 10:45 p.m. ET and Dec. 22, 12:09 p.m.: The responses of various orchestras to the allegations were added to this article.

The Associated Press has reported allegations of sexual assault against the famed conductor Charles Dutoit made by four women, in incidents that span from 1985 to 2010 and that took place in five different U.S. cities.

  

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 12 p.m. for Home for the Holidays, the 2017 holiday concert from the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. View the complete Home for the Holidays concert program below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

KC Ep. 73 Winter Holiday Week! Thursday: "Betelehemu," by Babatunde Olantunji. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Welcome to Day Four of Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're enjoying music from winter celebrations around the world. 

Today, we'll hear Christmas music that comes to America from Nigeria! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017 (Ep. 73)
Betelehemu (Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs)
Babatunde Olatunji

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Goran Bregović is one of the Balkans' most beloved musicians and composers. He grew up in the Bosnian town of Sarajevo and witnessed the atrocities of war in the 1990s. But he channeled his home region's pain, as well as its endless humor, into his music, and got his big break composing for films like Emir Kusturica's Time of the Gypsies.

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Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," a 2017 performance featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students. 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

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

This week, we're celebrating Winter Holidays around the world.

Today, we'll take a trip to Scandinavia for St. Lucia's (St. Lucy's) Day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (Ep. 72)
Santa Lucia (traditional)

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 Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. for "Sounds of the Season," the 2017 holiday concert from Interlochen Arts Academy.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

  A new album from Decca features winter-themed music by the Norwegian-born American composer Ola Gjeilo. Gjeilo himself is at the piano for every piece, and her performs with 12 Ensemble and the Choir of Royal Holloway, conducted by Rupert Gough.

 

Collaboration. It's at the heart of many of NPR Music's finest moments. And it's in the DNA of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, which some 40 years ago began working with composers around the globe to spotlight new music.

Opening our 10th anniversary concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Kronos, true to form, gave an appreciative audience both a world premiere and an extraordinary surprise collaboration.

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 4 p.m. for Winter Songs and Carols, the 2017 holiday concert from Manitou Winds. View the complete Songs and Carols concert program below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

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

This week, we're enjoying holiday music from around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today, we'll hear a classic Hanukkah tune that helps explain some of the traditions of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (Ep. 71)
Chanukah, O Chanukah (traditional)

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Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro).  Harry Bicket conducts the performance, which features bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as the wily valet Figaro, opposite soprano Christiane Karg, who makes her network broadcast debut as his fiancée, the maid Susanna.  Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen stars as the Countess, a role she sang for her Met debut in 2014, opposite bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, reprising his interpretation of the lascivious Count Almaviva, and mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi is the page, Cherubino.

KC Ep. 70 - Winter Holiday Week! Monday: "Happy Joyous Hanukkah," by the Klezmatics. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Traditional Klezmer musicians

Happy Monday! Welcome to Winter Holiday Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music from Winter holidays around the world.

Happy Hanukkah! Today we're hearing music based in the Jewish klezmer tradition. "Klezmer," means, "musical instrument." Klezmer musicians usually use instruments they can carry around so they can use them for parties and festivals!

Monday, December 18, 2017 (Ep. 70)
Happy Joyous Hanukkah
The Klezmatics (by Woody Guthrie)

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Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Petoskey, Lake Ann, Traverse City, Cheboygan and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Mykola Leontovich, Carol of the Bells; James Meredith/Sonos Handbell Ensemble

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marriage of Figaro overture; New York Philharmonic Winds

3. Traditional, The Little Drummer Boy; The Klezmonauts

4. Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody no. 3; George Li

5. Traditional, Ya Maryam El Bekr; Fairuz

6. William Bolcom, Three Rags; Altius String Quartet

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist established their community more than 20 years ago in Ann Arbor, Mich. where music is a daily part of the Catholic nuns' lives in the Motherhouse. With the holiday season looming, the sisters joined NPR's Scott Simon for an in-studio performance and discussion of their latest album, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Christmas with The Dominican Sisters of Mary.

What are the holidays without Charlie Brown?

Nowadays, the quietly elegant and celebratory recordings by pianist Vince Guaraldi have become as much a part of the holidays as the sound of unwrapping presents. And every year we are treated to at least one interpretation of that classic Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack by one of the pianists on NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas. This year is no exception.

Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! 

All week, we've been enjoying music dedicated to the scallywags of the high seas - pirates!

Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera, JOLLY ROGER, by English composer Walter Leigh.

Friday, December 15, 2017 (Ep. 69)
JOLLY ROGER: Overture
Walter Leigh

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Sounds of the Season - Live on Classical IPR

Dec 14, 2017

Join in the joy! Surround yourself with the holiday spirit as Corson Auditorium sets the stage for Interlochen’s annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season. Enjoy the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir as they present a magical evening of family-friendly festivities. Listen live this Friday at 7 p.m. on Classical IPR.

 

KC Ep. 68 - "Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho!" from PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Ahoy, mateys, and welcome to Day Four of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates!

Today, music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Ep. 68)
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN - AT WORLD'S END: Drink Up Me Hearties, Yo Ho
Hans Zimmer

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Cellist Amit Peled actually encourages his students to join a gang - the Peabody Cello Gang.

Peled spoke with Classical IPR about how the Cello Gang got started, which piece on their new album is the “Everest” for cellists and the story behind the album’s cover photo. He also talked about the once-in-a-lifetime live performance of David Popper’s Requiem featuring nineteen cellos that appears on the new album.

 

If you’re a top cellist at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, you’re probably in a gang. A cello gang, that is. Amit Peled calls the students in his studio the Peabody Cello Gang, and they have a new album.

 

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