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. 

Don't have a cow, man! It's the main theme to THE SIMPSONS! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Happy Friday, and welcome to the last day of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we've been enjoying the weird and wonderful world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, we'll hear Elfman's iconic theme to the TV show, THE SIMPSONS. Don't have a cow, man!

Friday, March 9, 2018 (Ep. 119)
THE SIMPSONS: Main Theme
Danny Elfman

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The Traverse Symphony Orchestra on Classical IPR

Mar 8, 2018

This Friday night Interlochen Public Radio brings you the TSO and legendary pianist Ralph Votapek. The program includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”, and Lacrimae Beati by Richard Danielpour. Kevin Rhodes conducts the concert from earlier in this 65th Anniversary Season for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. This program airs at 8 p.m. on Classical IPR.

Welcome to Day Four of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're enjoying the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman!

Today, we'll hear Elfman's delicate side, with a lovely piece of music for an ice dance from the film, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS. (Edward's name makes him sound a lot scarier than he really is - like many fairy tales, Edward is scary on the outside and kind and gentle on the inside!)

Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Ep. 118)
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: Ice Dance
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Day Three of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're exploring the wonderful and weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, Elfman takes us on a dangerous trip through Loompa Land, in his score for the film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Ep. 117)
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Loompa Land
Danny Elfman

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Welcome to Day Two of DANNY ELFMAN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're exploring the wonderful, weird world of American film composer Danny Elfman.

Today, we're going to the ballet instead of the movies, and listening to  music Elfman wrote for a ballet called, RABBIT & ROGUE, choreographed by Twyla Tharp.

Tuesday, March 6, 2019 (Ep. 116)
RABBIT & ROGUE: Intro and Lyric
Danny Elfman

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Pee Wee's Big Adventure
movie poster, 1985

Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating the wonderful, weird world of American film composer, Danny Elfman.

Today, we're making a crazy breakfast with Pee-Wee Herman's Breakfast Machine!

Monday, March 5, 2018 (Ep. 115)
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE: Breakfast Machine
Danny Elfman

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On Friday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that an independent investigation into a sexual assault claim made against conductor Charles Dutoit by one of its former interns has found the woman's claim credible.

The accusation that triggered the BSO investigation came from a woman named Fiona Allan, who at the time of the alleged assault in 1997 was working as an intern at the orchestra's summer home at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., when Dutoit was appearing with the symphony as a guest conductor.

On Friday morning the Boston Globe published details of allegations of sexual abuse by 74-year-old conductor and pianist James Levine, as well as chronicling "cult-like" behavior that the leading musician allegedly cultivated amongst his devotees while he was teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in Ohio between 1965 and 1972.

Nancy Stagnitta, Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, wraps up FLUTE WEEK today. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we've been learning from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta. She's taught us all kinds of things about the flute - its history, members of the flute family, good ways to "greet" your instrument.

Today, Nancy demonstrates some cool noises that the flute makes - and tells us why she thinks it's a great instrument to choose when it's time to think about joining Band or Orchestra.

Friday, March 2, 2018 (Ep. 114)
Sonata for Piccolo, 1st movement
Mike Mower

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Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta, plays Gabriel Faur&eacute's, "Fantasie." Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

Welcome to Day Four of FLUTE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're learning all about the flute from IPR Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy tells us about some good ways to warm up with your flute - how to, "greet your instrument," and performs a gorgeous piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Ep. 113)
Fantasie for Flute
Gabriel Fauré

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Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Genre: Rock

Why We're Excited: Sego's "Whatever Forever" unpacks the inner monologue of a frenetic and frustrated mind: Bored and anxious, singer Spencer Petersen rambles and seethes over a throbbing bassline until it's time for a soaring chorus that feels both chaotic and cathartic.

Welcome to Day Three of FLUTE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's FLUTE WEEK! We're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta.

Today, Nancy introduces us to the Alto Flute and other members of the flute family.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (Ep. 112)
Piece for Flute, Alto Flute and Bongos No. 1
Alec Wilder

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Amazon recently released the fourth season of its original series "Mozart in the Jungle." The show, which has won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, depicts the lives of classical musicians in the fictional New York Symphony. 

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho makes her network broadcast debut in the title role as the trusting Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Roberto Aronica as the faithless Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak reprises the role of Cio-Cio-San’s maid and confidante Suzuki, and baritone Roberto Frontali is the American consul Sharpless. Maestro Marco Armiliato conducts the performance.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 3 at 1:00pm ET.

It's FLUTE WEEK Tuesday with IAA Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta! Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

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

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

Today, Nancy talks with us about the history of the flute, and plays a fascinating (and incredibly difficult!) piece.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (Ep. 111)
Sonata Appassionata
Sigfrid Karg-Elert

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It's FLUTE WEEK on Kids Commute, starring IAA Flute Instructor Nancy Stagnitta!
Kate Lemmon, Kate L Photography

Happy Monday, and welcome to a new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're learning about the flute from Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Flute, Nancy Stagnitta!

It's FLUTE WEEK!

Today, Nancy will chat with us about her discovery of the flute and play a competition piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Monday, February 26, 2018 (Ep. 110)
Morceau de Concours
Gabriel Fauré

J. Paul Getty Museum

Thanks to listeners in Cedar, Lansing, Gaylord, Traverse City, Cheboygan and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Gioachino Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony Orchestra

2. Claude Debussy, The Sunken Cathedral; Hélène Grimaud

3. Giacomo Puccini, La bohème (opening portion of Act II); Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda et al.

4. Antonin Dvorak, Romance for violin and orchestra; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Itzhak Perlman

5. Herman Hupfeld, As Time Goes By; José Carreras

In Studio A With The Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio

Feb 23, 2018

The Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio performed Hasidic Fantasy by Joachim Stutschewsky in Studio A at Classical IPR. The group sat down with Nancy Deneen and discussed their chamber music and other facets of their musical lives. They perform tonight in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall at Interlochen. Visit http://tickets.interlochen.org/for more information.

Set design for a 1923 production of, THE FIREBIRD, by Vladimir Pleshakov. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Vladimir Pleshakov

Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical and benevolent Firebird.

Today, we'll hear the Finale of Stravinsky's ballet - which is, in your host Kate's opinion, some of the most joyous music ever written. Koschei the Deathless is destroyed, all the captives are freed, Prince Ivan marries a princess, and it's happily ever after!

By the way - please do click on the picture at left to expand it - it's a gorgeous set design for a 1923 production of THE FIREBIRD by Vladimir Pleshakov.

Friday, February 23, 2018 (Ep. 109)
THE FIREBIRD: Death of Koschei/End of Enchantments/General Rejoicing
Igor Stravinsky

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The American pianist Lara Downes is well known for her interesting portraits of composers. Her latest album “For Lenny” celebrates Leonard Bernstein in his centennial year. Like most of Downes’s other albums, “For Lenny” features a number of piano miniatures that revolve around a central theme. The theme of this album is, of course, Leonard Bernstein.

A costume design for one of Koschei's Guardian Monsters by Marc Chagall, 1945. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Sharon Mollerus, FLICKR

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

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, it's The Firebird to the rescue! Prince Ivan, captured by Koschei and his terrible Guardian Monsters, calls on the Firebird for help.

Thursday, February 22, 1028 (Ep. 108)
THE FIREBIRD: Entrance of the Firebird/Infernal Dance
Igor Stravinsky

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Costume design for Prince Ivan, 1931. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ivan Bilibin

Welcome to Day Three of FIREBIRD WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to Igor Stravinsky's ballet combining two Russian fairy tales - the terrible Koschei the Deathless, and the magical Firebird, with wings of flame.

Today, in Part Three - Prince Ivan is in trouble! Koschei and his Guardian Monsters discover him in the garden and are on their way to capture him!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Ep. 107)
FIREBIRD: Guardian Monsters and Capture of Prince Ivan
Igor Stravinsky

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George Li is a young pianist on the rise. At age 10, he gave his first public concert and at 15, he won a silver medal at the revered Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Li recently released his debut album on a major label and has been fielding offers, performing with some of the world's great orchestras.

Matthew Holler

Sybarite5 is one of the most innovative chamber ensembles active today. They are champions of new music by young American composers, and their programming choices are as eclectic as they are surprising.

 

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