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. 

Ken Howard

 This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffman" from LA Opera.

The production stars Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau, Kate Lindsey and Kate Aldrich, and Placido Domingo conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week celebrates two milestones: the 90th anniversary of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the 80th birthday of Neeme Jӓrvi, its principal conductor.

 

Pianist Alon Goldstein in Studio A

Jul 29, 2017

Alon Golstein is the piano soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen this Sunday, July 30th. On Friday he stopped by Studio A and shared music by Domenico Scarlatti, Alberto Ginastera, and Claude Debussy. 

Conductor Carlos Izcaray conducts the World Youth Symphony Orchestra this Sunday, July 30th. The program includes The Chairman Dances by John Adams and La Mer by Claude Debussy. Alon Goldstein is the guest soloist performing Saint-Saëns' Second Piano Concerto. The concert will be broadcast live on Classical IPR Sunday at 8 p.m.

Leo Quirk

  

The sixteenth annual Baroque on Beaver Music Festival gets under way this week. Between July 28 and August 6, you can travel to Beaver Island and hear concerts featuring many different kinds of music. One ensemble that will be performing several times during Baroque on Beaver is the Metallurgy Brass Quintet.

Karen Almond

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" from LA Opera.

The production stars Placido Domingo as Macbeth and Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth, and James Conlon conducts. Read more about the production here. An English translation of the libretto is available here.

Don't bother trying to pigeonhole the music of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist, who record under the name From the Mouth of the Sun. If their mission in this instrumental miniature is nothing more than beauty itself, they have succeeded on a disproportionate scale.

The music in "Light Blooms In Hollow Space" summons exactly what its title suggests. A simple, two-note piano figure ticks like a clock while wheezy organ chords slowly emerge and a sprinkle of ukuleles falls from above. The space may be hollow, but it's painted with impressionistic detail.

John Williams has scored over 100 films and has received more than 50 Academy Award nominations. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra feature an eclectic mix of Williams’s film music scores on their latest album “Lights, Camera...Music! Six Decades of John Williams.”

 

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently closed its 2016-2017 season with a concert called "Americana Plus." The “Americana” part of the title refers to the fact that almost every piece on the program is by an American composer. The “plus” refers to Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. On Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m., hear the entire concert broadcast on Classical IPR.

The entire concert program is available below. The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra was joined by the Great Lakes Chamber Chorus for the final portion of the concert.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thank you to listeners in Interlochen Frankfort, Northport, Kingsley, Onekama, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (fourth movement); Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

2. Howard Hanson, Symphony no. 2 (first movement); composer conducting the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra

3. Edvard Grieg, Violin sonata no. 1 in C minor (second movement); Augustin Dumay/Maria João Pires

4. Johann Sebastian Bach, Bourree from the E minor Lute suite; version 1: Abeba/version 2: Cary Savage

Mark Campbell is one of the most prolific and celebrated librettists in contemporary American opera. But, as he recently told an audience at the Guggenheim Museum, not everyone thought his latest project was a good idea.

Cristian Macelaru
Sorin Popa

Week Four of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen features guest conductor Cristian Macelaru, Music Director of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

This week's concert features Dvorak's Carnival Overture and Brahms Symphony No. 2. Macelaru - a former member of the WYSO himself - had some fascinating things to say about Brahms, Dvorak, and their musical ideas of happiness.

Listen below to hear more, and to find out why Macelaru wants to make t-shirts that say, "Keep Dvorak Weird!"

Join us for the concert live on Classical IPR, Sunday night at 8pm.


Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 

 The production stars Johan Botha in the title role, Michaela Schuster as Venus, Amber Wagner as Elisabeth, and Gerald Finley as Wofram, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

So what do you do if you're a recently crowned head of state and you're already facing opposition — even from within your own family? One answer is optics. Make a big, public splash; throw a lavish party with A-list musical entertainment. That's just what happened in London — 300 years ago Monday.

The Notos Piano Quartet performs chamber music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week. The album, called Hungarian Treasures, includes piano quartets by Hungarian composers Ernst von Dohnanyi and Bela Bartok and a string trio by Zoltan Kodaly.

Jeff Fasano Photography

Join us for the World Youth Symphony Orchestra Live Concert Broadcast tonight at 8:00 p.m. Carlos Kalmar conducts. Violinist Simone Porter performs the Third Violin Concerto of Mozart. Also featured are works by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen and Tchaikovsky. Listen at 8:00 on Classical IPR!

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Traverse City, Branch, Kaleva, Lake Leelanau, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter (third movement); Nashville Chamber Orchestra/Stephen Seifert

2. Carlos Gardel, Por una cabeza; Trio Pittsburgh

3. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony no. 6 (second movement; Béla Drahos/Nikolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia

4. Modest Mussorgsky, The Ancient Castle from Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel orchestration); Giuseppe Sinopoli/New York Philharmonic

To the uninitiated, it's the French horn — though that's a bit of a misnomer. To its players and students, it's simply a horn, an instrument that has featured in orchestras for centuries.

The horn's sound is easily recognizable thanks to the prominent role it's played in some of the most epic classical songs and movie themes. But it's still an uncommon instrument, and not the easiest one to build community around. To that end, dozens of horn players head into the woods in the White Mountains every summer to celebrate and learn more about their instrument.

Jeff Fasano Photography

Violinist Simone Porter will be the soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra this Sunday evening. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, Porter and WYSO will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 3.

Simone Porter stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and to perform music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Manuel de Falla. She was joined by collaborative pianist Tim Plambeck.

On July 9, 2017, guest conductor JoAnn Falletta led the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen in the second week of their 2017 season.

On the program: the United States premiere of Zhou Long's Tsingtao Overture, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Hear the archived live broadcast in full, below.


Carlos Kalmar - WYSO 2017, Week Three

Jul 13, 2017

This week’s performance by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra features "Phenomenon" by Narong Prangcharoen, Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto with soloist Simone Porter, and "Capriccio Italien" by Tchaikovsky. Carlos Kalmar is the guest conductor for this concert which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR. Maestro Kalmar stopped by the studio at Interlochen Public Radio to chat about this week's repertoire.

 

requiemformymother.com

Stephen Edwards is best known for his work as a film composer. When his mother passed away in 2006, he composed a Requiem mass in her memory. “Requiem for My Mother” is now commercially available for the first time.

The Gryphon Trio
John Beebe

The Gryphon Trio is performing a concert tonight in the Concert Hall of the former Holy Rosary School/Sala Koncertowa in Cedar as part of the Leelanau Summer Music Festival. Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker talked with Kate Botello and performed works of Beethoven and Astor Piazzolla.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Don Giovanni" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

The production stars Mariusz Kwiecien as Don Giovanni, Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elvira, Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna and Kyle Ketelsen as Leporello, and Sir Andrew Davis conducts. Click here for an English translation of the libretto.

When his mother Rosalie Savarino Edwards passed away in 2006, composer Stephen Edwards composed a Requiem mass in her honor. The premiere recording of Edwards’s Requiem for My Mother is Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

 

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