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. 

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, is widely described as United States' highest honor for jazz. Today, the NEA announced its four newest recipients of the prize: pianist Joanne Brackeen, guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves and producer Todd Barkan.

  Chamber music of the Danish composer Niels W. Gade (1817-1890) is featured on Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week, “Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works, vol.

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Bear Lake, Higgins Lake, Glen Lake, Central Lake, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. John Philip Sousa (arr. Rayburn Wright), march medley; Canadian Brass

2. Frederic Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat major; John Browning

3. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 6, first movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Cleveland Orchestra

4. Traditional, Aura Lee; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

5. Traditional, Scotland the Brave; Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra/Boston Pipers Society

Todd Rosenberg

  This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Jules Massenet's "Don Quichotte" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Fame Is A Boomerang

Jun 7, 2017

As far as flashy, oversize coffee table books go, opera star Maria Callas is a fitting subject. A larger-than-life figure, she had a complicated off-stage story that played out with as much searing drama as the operas she sang. With hard work and sacrifice, Callas vaulted to the top of her art while pushing it to new levels of intensity. In her personal life, she searched for love, found it, then lost it and died young.

 “Lucrezia Borgia’s Daughter,” a new release from the Obsidian label, features motets that would have been composed and performed at the convent of Corpus Domini in Ferrara during the sixteenth century.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Mesick, Cheboygan, Petoskey, Suttons Bay, Holland, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Victor Herbert, “Thine alone”; Andre Kostelanetz/London Symphony Orchestra/Beverly Sills

2. Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; Frederick Fennell/Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra

3. Fain & Kahal, “I’ll Be Seeing You”; Mario Lanza

4. Edvard Grieg, Morning Mood from Peer Gynt; Herbert Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony

5. Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphony no. 2, final movement; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Hector Berlioz's "Les Troyens" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Renée Fleming and Francis Collins have something unexpected in common: music.

Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, plays guitar. Fleming, of course, is a renowned soprano.

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Violinist Rachel Barton Pine just released her 35th album, "Bel canto Paganini." The centerpiece of the album is the 24 caprices for solo violin by Niccolo Paganini. Pine chatted with IPR's Amanda Sewell about the new album, what 19th-century opera composers thought about Paganini's music, and why Pine's young daughter is one of the only people who gets to hear her sing. Hear the entire conversation in the clip below.

Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week is the 35th album by violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The centerpiece of the album, “Bel Canto Paganini,” is Pine’s performance of Niccolò Paganini’s 24 caprices for solo violin.

 

For many people, New Orleans is practically synonymous with jazz; it's the birthplace of both the music and many of its leading lights, from Louis Armstrong to Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. But now, one organization is working to draw attention to the city's history of opera music.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cheboygan, Interlochen, Onekama, Clare, Traverse City, and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Gaetano Donizetti, Act II sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor; Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Sherrill Milnes et al.

2. Edward Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1; Barry Tuckwell/London Symphony Orchestra

3. Felix Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream overture; Peter Maag/London Symphony Orchestra

4. Dan Emmet, Dixie; Richard Condie/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents a recent production of Gaetano Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Krista Cooper

 The Traverse Symphony Orchestra recently closed its season with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. They were joined by the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Chamber Singers and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs. Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 PM for a special presentation of this recent concert.  

The concert program and a translation of Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" text is available by clicking on the images below.

How is this for a first day on the job: Maurice Murphy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO)'s late principal trumpet player, spent his very first day with the orchestra recording Star Wars' iconic opening theme, with its incredible brass fanfare — and Murphy leading the trumpets.

If the word "aura" is defined as a pervasive atmosphere, then it's a perfect title for this piece by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, who has a knack for creating vivid sonic environments.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra LIVE!

May 24, 2017

This Friday morning on Classical IPR, you can hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra live in concert! Virtuosic Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns in the first Detroit performances of a concerto by celebrated orchestral and film composer James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games series), and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Rachmaninoff's romantic Second Symphony. The program airs at 10:40am.

  “Final Thoughts” is the newest release from Cedille Records. It features Jorge Federico Osorio performing the final solo piano works of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). A trailer for “Final Thoughts” can be viewed here.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Omena, Petoskey, Interlochen, Northport, Seattle (WA), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Wagner, instrumental music from Das Rheingold; Lorin Maazel/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Erik Bergman, Burla for orchestra; Jussi Jalas/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

3. Randall Thompson, Frostiana (selections); Richard Auldon Clark/Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/New York Choral Society 

4. Edward Elgar, Nimrod from the Enigma Variations; Giuseppe Sinopoli/Philharmonic Orchestra

Biss & Padmore Concert from Interlochen

May 19, 2017

Pianist Jonathan Biss and tenor Mark Padmore bring late works of Franz Schubert to the stage of Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at Interlochen Center for the Arts. These world renowned artists perform Schubert’s last song cycle Schwanengesang and the Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major.

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