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. 

Funk, Faust And Stone: Three Stunning Albums From 2013

Dec 11, 2013

Throughout this week, we at NPR Music are taking a look at the year in music with our friend Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered. I joined her to bring a closer ear to two very impressive classical albums and an international rarity that's been brought back to life. (I also provided Audie with a primer on pronouncing my last name. I hope you all pay close attention.)

Baritone Carlton Ford - Live in IPR's Studio A

Dec 6, 2013

Alumnus Carlton Ford returned to Interlochen Arts Academy to work with voice students, and he also paid a visit to IPR to sing works by Grieg, Ravel and Tosti.


This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues. Given all the fabulous classical box sets that appeared this year, you'd think we were in some kind of boom era for music served up on compact discs. (2013? More like 1993.)

Celebrate the Season with Classical IPR!

Printer friendly: Complete Holiday Programming Schedule

Saturday, January 4 3pm

  • New Year’s Day from Vienna * A Saturday rebroadcast of the annual New Year’s concert with the Vienna Philharmonic led by Daniel Barenboim.

Whether you're sitting in the bath (or you wish you were), entertaining friends, or perhaps looking to relax after the baby has finally stopped crying -- Interlochen Public Radio's Kate Botello has the perfect Classical playlist for you. Play the music from your computer anytime. All you need is a free Spotify account.

We asked a listener with a new baby what she most wanted from classical music. Her response? "I want something that's the opposite of the baby crying." We hope this fits the bill.

We had quite a crowd in Studio A this morning! Northwestern Michigan College Choir Director Jeffrey Cobb brought 32 stalwart members of the new vocal ensemble, Canticum Novum, to IPR's Studio A. Canticum Novum, along with the NMC Chamber Choir, will appear in, "Sounds of the Seasons - Holiday Songs for Brass and Voices," in Miliken Auditorium Friday, December 6th.  Listen for a sneak preview of the concert - Mendelssohn and a calypso carol.


Lynne Tobin,  Director of the Traverse City Civic Ensembles, spent an early morning hour in Studio B co-hosting an early hour with Kate Botello. Lynne brought great music with her, including highlights from the upcoming holiday concert season. She even brought us a double-header Kids' Commute!


Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 — "Rach 3," as fans fondly call it — is one of the most famously difficult pieces of music there is. The sheet music goes on and on, with notes so dense the pages start to look like modern art. The piece is so challenging that some noted pianists have declined to perform it — but Yuja Wang has recorded it for her newest album.

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.

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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.

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