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. 

Happy Monday! Welcome to Doggie Week on Kids Commute. This week we'll hear music written in appreciation of Man's Four-Legged Furry Best Friend.

Today, we'll hear some music by American composer George Gershwin, for the 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, "Shall We Dance?"

Monday, November 27, 2017 (Ep. 55)
SHALL WE DANCE? Promenade/Walking the Dog
George Gershwin

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It is an important moment in the life of a symphony orchestra when a new conductor is selected — not just to lead the orchestra, but to create the programs, hire the artists and more. In short, to be the music director.

In Washington, D.C., the choice was made with astonishing harmony.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Beulah, Petoskey, Bear Lake, Traverse City, Midland and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Johann Melchior Molter, Concerto Pastorale; Angele Dubeau/La Pieta

2. Alexander Borodin, Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor; Andrew Davis/Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

3. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, March from the Nutcracker; Leonard Bernstein/New York Philharmonic

4. Cesar Franck, The Accursed Hunter; Eiji Oue/Minnesota Orchestra

John Adams might be called the "documentarian" among American composers. His works have traced the birth of the atomic bomb, President Nixon's trip to China and the 9-11 attacks. Now, Adams turns to the California Gold Rush.

Like a good mixtape from a friend, performances by David Greilsammer tend to range widely in repertoire and surprise with cunning juxtapositions. On a recent album for example, the Israeli pianist alternated sonatas by avant-garde pioneer John Cage and baroque master Domenico Scarlatti.

Jon Hendricks, Genre-Pushing Jazz Vocalist, Dead At 96

Nov 22, 2017

Celebrate the holiday season with Interlochen Public Radio! View our 2017 holiday program schedule.

A new album by Steven Isserlis surveys the music written for the cello during the period of World War I. The album is called The Cello in Wartime. It includes several popular pieces performed on an instrument called a trench cello.

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This Thanksgiving Day, celebrate with Classical IPR and the following special programs.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Morning Classics with Kate Botello

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Performance Today with Fred Child

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. A Feast for the Ears: Celebrate Thanksgiving with music that sets the atmosphere and reflections that provide deeper meaning to the holiday.

This Saturday at 1pm, Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Craig Bohmler's Riders of the Purple Sage.

The performance features Laura Wilde, Joshua Jeremiah, Amanda Opuszynski and Joseph Mechavich conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

Stile Antico is a 13-member a cappella choir based in London. These young, fresh-faced singers have already racked up some impressive awards for their recordings — mainly of intricately woven music from the Renaissance.

National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Millersburg, Cedar Creek Township, Onekama, Suttons Bay and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Montserrat Caballe, Samuel Ramey et al.

2. Giacomo Puccini, “O mio babbino caro” from Gianni Schicchi; Renata Tebaldi

3. Over the River and Through the Woods; The Smokey Mountain Band

4. Karl Michael Ziehrer, Step Right Up! (waltz); Gustavo Dudamel/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Franco Faccio's Amleto (Hamlet) from Opera Southwest. This opera has not been performed since 1871.

The performance features Alex Richardson, Shannon DeVine and Caroline Worra, and Anthony Barrese conducts.

The full schedule of this season's American Opera Series broadcasts is available by clicking here. Classical IPR broadcasts each opera on Saturday afternoons starting at 1 p.m.

  The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra recently presented a concert called Sol Español. The music included pieces by three Spanish composers as well as American composer Gwyneth Walker’s settings of text by the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. The concert featured guest appearances by the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet and soprano Amy Cross, and the music was conducted by Libor Ondras.

Kids Commute Ep. 54 - Don Quixote Week! Friday: "The Impossible Dream," from MAN OF LA MANCHA. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Original Cast Album, 1964

Happy Friday! Welcome to the final day of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

All week we've been hearing Quixote-inspired music by German composer Richard Struass. Today, we'll hear music from  MAN OF LA MANCHA, the 1964 Broadway musical inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's novel.

Friday, November 17, 2017 (Ep. 54)
MAN OF LA MANCHA: The Impossible Dream
Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh

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Photo courtesy chrisbrubeck.com

 Chris Brubeck and the rest of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will perform this Saturday night in Traverse City. In addition to being a bassist, a bass trombonist and a jazz composer, Brubeck is also a classical composer. Just last week, the Lexington Philharmonic and Canadian Brass gave the premiere performance of Brubeck's "No Borders."

Kids Commute Ep. 53, Don Quixote Week: "Dialogue Between Knight and Squire." (Pictured, Don Quixote with Sancho Panza.) Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Painting, by Jules David

Welcome to Day Four of Don Quixote Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

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

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, we'll hear a musical conversation between our hero, Don Quixote, and his squire, Sancho Panza.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Ep. 53)
Don Quixote: Dialogue Between Knight and Squire
Richard Strauss

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Music at Midday - Guest Host Leelanee Sterrett

Nov 15, 2017
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Leelanee Sterrett was raised here in Northern Michigan and is now a member of the New York Philharmonic. She joined Nancy Deneen for Music at Midday, bringing along several of her favorite recordings and plenty of enthusiasm. 

Leelanee Sterrett  was on Kids Commute with Kate Botello this morning.  http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/kids-commute-don-quixote-week-wednesday#stream/0

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

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss.

Today, Don Quixote thinks he sees the dust of two opposing armies coming at him on the road, but they're not two opposing armies. They're...sheep.  Yep!

We have a very special guest joining us today for Kids Commute - Leelanee Sterrett is Acting Associate Principal Horn for the New York Philharmonic. The NYPhil is performing Don Quixote at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor this weekend (you can listen to the concert and pre-show coverage on Classical IPR!). Leelanee is from Manton, Michigan, and was kind enough to drop by Kids Commute to explain how the orchestra turns the entire Horn section into a flock of sheep!

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More of Kate's interview with Leelanee Sterrett after the jump (click "read more!").

 Military wind bands were very popular in Britain in the early part of the twentieth century. Sir Edward Elgar and his contemporaries wrote quite a bit of music for this type of ensemble. A new release from Somm Recordings called Elgar and His Peers: The Art of the Military Band celebrates this repertoire.

 

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, Don Quixote tries to pick a fight with a bunch of nasty giants...that aren't actually giants at all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (Ep. 51)
Don Quixote: Windmills
Richard Strauss

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Kids Commute Episode 50 - Don Quixote Week! "The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance." - Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Gustave Dore: "A World of Disorderly Notions, Picked Out of His Books."

Welcome to Don Quixote Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, our music will be all about Don Quixote, a crazy, but well-intentioned old gentleman who wishes he were a hero. He's a character from a novel written in Spain in the year 1615 by the author Miguel de Cervantes.

Almost three hundred years after de Cervantes wrote the book, a lot of its stories were set to music in a tone poem by German composer Richard Strauss. 

Today, we'll meet the star of our week, Don Quixote himself.

Monday, November 13, 2017 (Ep. 50)
Don Quixote: The Knight of Sorrowful Countenance
Richard Strauss

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Ruth Laredo On Piano Jazz

Nov 10, 2017

One of the premier classical pianists of her generation, Ruth Laredo (1937–2005) was known as America's First Lady of the Piano. In partnership with Marian McPartland and Dick Hyman, Laredo produced wildly popular Three Piano Crossover Concerts, exploring the boundaries between classical music and jazz.

Benjamin Zander: How Does Music Transform Us?

Nov 10, 2017

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode How Art Changes Us.

About Benjamin Zander's TED Talk

Years of conducting a world-famous orchestra have shown Benjamin Zander the power of classical music. He says music speaks to our emotions — and has the ability to reach everybody.

About Benjamin Zander

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