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. 

KC EP. 66 - Pirate Week! Tuesday: "With Cat-Like Tread," from THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by Gilbert & Sullivan. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Opera Australia's PIRATES

Avast, me hearties! 'Tis Day Two of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Ep. 66)
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE: With Cat-Like Tread
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

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Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Bellini’s Norma, starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton, who reprise their acclaimed interpretations of the Druid priestess Norma and her rival Adalgisa. The performance also features Joseph Calleja as Norma’s unfaithful lover Pollione and Matthew Rose as her father Oroveso, conducted by Joseph Colaneri, in a production by Sir David McVicar.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 16 at 1pm ET.

KC Ep. 65 - Pirate Week - Monday! ANNE OF THE INDIES, music by Franz Waxman. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical music for kids!
Original 1951 movie poster

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas!

Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie, ANNE OF THE INDIES.

Monday, December 11, 2017 (Ep. 65)
ANNE OF THE INDIES: Main Theme
Franz Waxman

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Wellcome Collection

Thanks to listeners in St. Ignace, Harbor Springs, Cadillac, Williamsburg, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (first movement); Jose Serebrier/London Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (selections); Modern Mandolin Quartet

3. John McCutcheon, Christmas in the Trenches; John McDermott

4. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Magic Flute overture; Bruno Weil/Tafelmusik

5. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; Vienna Boys Choir & Placido Domingo

Here's an idea for a musical: The end is near, and there's just one day for the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom to figure out how to save themselves from a powerful volcano that's about to explode. Who can we count on to come through?

Well, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Absorbent and yellow and porous is he!

This year marked major anniversaries for some of the most beloved works of classical music, from George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music” suite, first performed 300 years ago, to the 125th anniversary of “The Nutcracker” suite.

Kids Commute Episode 64 - Nutcracker Week - Friday! THE NUTCRACKER: "Final Waltz & Apotheosis." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Marie Patinio Sanchez, Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

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

This week, we've been following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, everybody dances one last, big dance together, and Clara goes home.

Friday, December 8, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Final Waltz & Apotheosis
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Peter Smith

Interlochen Public Radio, the University Musical Society and the New York Philharmonic presented a  live program from Hill Auditorium on November 19th. It will be rebroadcast  on Classical IPR this Friday, December 8th at 8pm.

The program features commentary, interviews, and the performance of Don Quixote by Strauss and Bernstein's  Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish" conducted by Leonard Slatkin.

Along with the New York Philharmonic, performers include Speaker Jeremy Irons, Soprano Tamara Wilson, the UMS Choral Union, and the MSU Children's Choir.

Kids Commute Ep.63 - Nutcracker Week - Thursday! "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," Var. 2 from THE NUTCRACKER. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cpl. U. B. Roberts

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

This week, we're telling the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER. 

Today, the citizens of the Kingdom of Sweets dance for Clara, capped off by a performance by the Queen herself - The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Ep. 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Var. 2)
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Kids Commute Ep. 62 - Nutcracker Week: Wednesday! - A Pine Forest (Peter Tchaikovsky). Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Brett Pruitt, Waltz of the Snowflakes

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

This week, we're listening to the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday ballet, THE NUTCRACKER.

Today, the Nutcracker takes Clara on a sleigh ride through a magical forest full of giant trees and dancing snowflakes...and then undergoes a transformation!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Episode 62)
THE NUTCRACKER: A Pine Forest
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Classical music has never lived in a bubble. For centuries, it's always found common ground with folk music.

Enter, the Danish String Quartet.

 Violinist Angèle Dubeau and her orchestra La Pietà have recorded musical portraits of many composers, including Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi and John Adams. Their latest musical portrait album features selected works of Max Richter.

 

Richard Reed Parry plays to arenas full of fans as a member of the Grammy-winning band Arcade Fire, but he impressed listeners in 2014 with a more intimate record. Parry's Music For Heart And Breath featured compositions that asked some of the best musicians in contemporary classical music to use their own heartbeats and breathing to guide their performances.

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

This week, we're following the story of Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet.

Today, the Nutcracker gets into a big battle with the wicked Mouse King - and it's Clara to the rescue!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
THE NUTCRACKER: Battle with the Mouse King
Peter Tchaikovsky

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The Metropolitan Opera has suspended its longtime conductor and former music director, James Levine, following allegations of sexual abuse reported by The New York Post and The New York Times. The three sets of allegations span from the 1960s to the '80s.

Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Mozart’s The Magic Flute stars Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Alfred Walker as the Speaker, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro. Evan Rogister makes his Met debut conducting the opera, which is performed in an abridged, English-language version of the popular production by Julie Taymor.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 9 at 1pm ET.

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

Today, we'll begin our journey into the story of Peter Tchaikovsky's famous holiday ballet. Clara and Fritz's godfather, the magician Drosselmeyer, is a mysterious fellow...but he brings terrific presents!

Monday, December 4, 2017 (Ep. 60)
THE NUTCRACKER: Entrance of Drosselmeyer and Distribution of Presents
Peter Tchaikovsky

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Wellcome Collection

Thank you to listeners in Lake Leelanau, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Levering, Good Harbor Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Harold Arlen, Get Happy; Jenny Lin

2. Hildegard von Bingen, O quam magnum miraculum est; Nonsuch Singers

3. Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story Suite; Orchestra of the Americas

4. Giuseppe Verdi, Libera me from the Requiem; Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Leontyne Price

5. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, third movement; JoAnn Falletta/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Chloe Hanslip

The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet played some holiday tunes in Studio A in advance of the upcoming TubaChristmas/Encore Winds Event coming up Saturday, December 2 at 3pm at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City.

The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet are:

Jerry Young (tuba)
Tim Wilson (tuba)
Karen Hall (euphonium)
Rick Sunier (euphonium)


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

All week, we've been hearing work inspired by our four-legged furry friends.

Today, we'll hear music from a movie about the most famous animal star of all time - Rin Tin Tin!

Friday, December 1, 2017 (Ep. 59)
Finding Rin Tin Tin
Stephen Edwards

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In a cheerful rehearsal room at Temple University, a few dozen professional musicians inspect the instruments that they'll be playing to debut an audacious piece of music by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.

The composition is called "Symphony For a Broken Orchestra" and, fittingly, these instruments are all broken.

Welcome to Day Four of Doggie Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're hearing music inspired by Man's (and Composer's) Four-Legged Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear an odd, funny piece by American composer George Crumb. Crumb wrote a suite of music for guitar called, "Mundus Canis," (Dog's World) about some of the Crumb family dogs.  Yoda, the dog for whom our music was written, was...kind of a troublemaker.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Ep. 58)
Mundus Canis: Yoda
George Crumb

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Kids Commute Ep. 57 - Doggie Week! Frederic Chopin's, "Little Dog Waltz." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids@
Frederic Chopin, 1873

Welcome to Day Three of Doggie Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're hearing music inspired by the four-legged friends of various composers.

Today, we'll hear what's commonly known as the, "Minute Waltz," - which is actually called, the, "Little Dog Waltz!"

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Ep. 57)
The Little Dog Waltz (Minute Waltz)
Frederic Chopin

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

This week we're hearing music written in appreciation of Man's Fuzzy-Faced Best Friend: the dog!

Today, we'll hear, "Minimal Donkey," from the Dog Toy Suite by American composer Laurel Zucker.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (Ep. 56)
Dog Toy Suite: Minimal Donkey
Laurel Zucker

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Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s Requiem, performed on stage at the Met for the first time since 2008, conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine. Levine will lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, December 2 at 1pm ET.

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