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. 

Set design for a 1923 production of, THE FIREBIRD, by Vladimir Pleshakov. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Vladimir Pleshakov

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical and benevolent Firebird.

Today, we'll hear the Finale of Stravinsky's ballet - which is, in your host Kate's opinion, some of the most joyous music ever written. Koschei the Deathless is destroyed, all the captives are freed, Prince Ivan marries a princess, and it's happily ever after!

By the way - please do click on the picture at left to expand it - it's a gorgeous set design for a 1923 production of THE FIREBIRD by Vladimir Pleshakov.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (Ep. 109)
THE FIREBIRD: Death of Koschei/End of Enchantments/General Rejoicing
Igor Stravinsky

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The American pianist Lara Downes is well known for her interesting portraits of composers. Her latest album “For Lenny” celebrates Leonard Bernstein in his centennial year. Like most of Downes’s other albums, “For Lenny” features a number of piano miniatures that revolve around a central theme. The theme of this album is, of course, Leonard Bernstein.

A costume design for one of Koschei's Guardian Monsters by Marc Chagall, 1945. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Sharon Mollerus, FLICKR

Welcome to Day Four of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, it's The Firebird to the rescue! Prince Ivan, captured by Koschei and his terrible Guardian Monsters, calls on the Firebird for help.

Thursday, February 22, 1028 (Ep. 108)
THE FIREBIRD: Entrance of the Firebird/Infernal Dance
Igor Stravinsky

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Costume design for Prince Ivan, 1931. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ivan Bilibin

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, in Part Three - Prince Ivan is in trouble! Koschei and his Guardian Monsters discover him in the garden and are on their way to capture him!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Ep. 107)
FIREBIRD: Guardian Monsters and Capture of Prince Ivan
Igor Stravinsky

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George Li is a young pianist on the rise. At age 10, he gave his first public concert and at 15, he won a silver medal at the revered Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li recently released his debut album on a major label and has been fielding offers, performing with some of the world's great orchestras.

Matthew Holler

Sybarite5 is one of the most innovative chamber ensembles active today. They are champions of new music by young American composers, and their programming choices are as eclectic as they are surprising.

 

Valentina Blinova as The Firebird, 1936, Sydney, Australia. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
State Library New South Wales

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths: Koschei the Deathless and the mythical Firebird.

Today, in Part Two, we meet thirteen princesses who are also Koschei's captives. Prince Ivan watches them play a game with golden apples (check out the video after the jump!).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Ep. 106)
THE FIREBIRD: Game of the Golden Apples
Igor Stravinsky

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. The acclaimed stars are soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who plays the fragile Mimì, and tenor Michael Fabiano, who sings the role of the poet Rodolfo. They are joined by soprano Susanna Phillips as the coquettish Musetta, with baritone Lucas Meachem as her lover Marcello. Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, February 24 at 1:00pm ET.

Tamara Karsavina as The Firebird, 1910. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ballet Russe

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's fairy tale ballet that combines two myths. The first is of the terrible Koschei the Deathless, an (almost) indestructible sorcerer. The second myth is of the magical Firebird - a bird with flames for feathers!

Today, Part One, in which we join Prince Ivan and discover Koschei's Enchanted Garden and meet the Firebird herself.

Monday, February 19, 2018 (Ep. 105)
THE FIREBIRD: Introduction/Entrance to Koschei's Garden/Dance of the Firebird
Igor Stravinsky

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John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in McMillan, Petoskey, Higgins Lake, Alden, Traverse City and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Ennio Morricone, selections from The Mission; composer conducting the Rome Sinfonietta/Yo Yo Ma

2. Leroy Anderson, Blue Tango; Ensemble Vivant

3. Franz Liszt, Liebesträume no. 3; Lang Lang

4. Paul Cantelon, selections from The Other Boleyn Girl; original motion picture soundtrack

5. Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Canadian Brass

A new two-disc album from the American violinist Hilary Hahn features recordings from every album she has made for Deutsche Grammophon over the last 15 years. This new album, "Retrospectives," also includes previously unreleased live recordings of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tina Davidson and Max Richter.

Mario Lanza as Pinkerton in the 1949 film, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
MGM Studios

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters! Welcome to the last day of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, we take a ride in a cable car - a "funicular." "Funiculi, Funicula," is a piece of music you may have heard in commercials, and it's often associated with food, but it's not about food at all! Being a Neapolitan song, it's about love - or thinking about love - while riding a cable car. "Jamme!" - "Let's go!"

Friday, February 16, 2018 (Ep. 104)
Funiculi, Funicula! sung by Mario Lanza
Music by Luigi Denza, lyrics by Peppino Turco

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Luciano Pavarotti in 1999. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Dan Perry

Welcome to Day Four of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti asks the wind to take his song with it - to the ears of his beloved.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Ep. 103)
La Mia Canzone al Vento, sung by Luciano Pavarotti
Cesare Andrea Bixio

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

It's Valentine's Day, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

It's unusual for Neapolitan songs to be sung by women, but we have a very special singer today! Joan Sutherland was so beloved that her fans gave her a nickname - "La Stupenda!" (That means - "The Stupendous!" Which means so terrific you can't even believe it.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ep. 102)
La Serenata, by Paolo Tosti
Joan Sutherland

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André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have a new album called "Amore." The music includes Rieu's interpretations and arrangements of love songs and other uplifting favorites.

"Amore" features love songs like "Love Me Tender" and "What a Wonderful World," film music, waltzes by members of the Strauss family and pieces from musicals, like "The Impossible Dream" (from Man of La Mancha) and "Think of Me" (from Phantom of the Opera).

Click here for video of Rieu introducing the new album.

Welcome to Day Two of NEAPOLITAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

It's Valentine's Day this week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! -  Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers. 

Today, Jose Carreras sings, "Mattinata," ("Morning,") in which he hopes you will hurry and wake up because he wants to sing to you!

Tuesday,  February 13, 2018 (Ep. 101)
Mattinata, sung by Jose Carreras
Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first network broadcast as Met Music Director Designate. An acclaimed cast of Wagnerian singers stars in this production by François Girard. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt sings the title role of a naïve youth who saves the brotherhood of the Holy Grail. Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius makes her network broadcast debut as the mysterious Kundry. Baritone Peter Mattei is the wounded King Amfortas; bass René Pape is the wise knight, Gurnemanz; and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is the evil sorcerer Klingsor.

Jussi Bjorling. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Jan Granath

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters and welcome to the first day of NEAPOLITAN on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating Valentine's Day with some fun Italian love songs, most of which were intended to be sung as a serenade outside the window of your beloved.

Today, we'll hear a famous Swedish tenor perform one of the most famous of all - "O Sole Mio!"

Monday, February 12, 2018 (Ep. 100)
O Sole Mio
Giovanni Capurro, Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzuchi
Sung by: Jussi Bjorling

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Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, one of the avant-garde's most beloved film scorers, died Friday in Berlin, Germany. His death was confirmed by his manager, Tim Husom, but according to an official statement, the cause is unknown at this time. He was 48 years old.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Moorestown, Kaleva, Northport and many other places (and states!) for your requests today.  

1. Rodgers & Hammerstein, selections from Oklahoma! Sung by Jose Carreras

2. Karl Jenkins, Song of the Plains; composer conducting the Adiemus Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Chorus

3. George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue; Andre Previn/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

4. Gaetano Donzetti, “Una furtiva lagrima” from The Elixir of Love; Lawrence Brownlee

5. Claude Debussy, Footprints in the Snow; Krystian Zimmerman

Jensen, Ondras, and Lockington on Classical IPR

Feb 9, 2018

This Friday evening Classical IPR presents a performance featuring violinist Dylana Jensen, violist Libor Ondras, and cellist David Lockington. The concert from the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Series was last month in Harbor Springs. Listen at 8 p.m.

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