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. 

When John Luther Adams won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2014 for his undulating orchestral piece Become Ocean, you'd be forgiven for thinking of him as something like the Jacques Cousteau of contemporary classical music.

When Josh Groban takes his final bow in Broadway's Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, he'll leave some very big shoes to fill. Fans of the multiplatinum-selling recording artist have flocked to see him in this exuberantly offbeat musical, which is based on a section of the Russian novel War and Peace.

Todd Rosenberg

This Saturday at 1 PM, Classical IPR presents the first opera of the season from the American Opera Series. This week's broadcast is a recent production of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" from the Lyric Opera of Chicago

A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a turn at the ivories in Beijing is currently making the Internet rounds.

  Sony Classical brings a new collection nearly 90 years in the making. “Arturo Toscanini: The Essential Recordings” is a 20-disc collection over a thousand minutes in length that celebrates the work of conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957). The recordings in this collection were made for the RCA Victor label between 1929 and 1952. This compilation celebrates Toscanini’s 150th birthday and his over seven decades on the podium.

 

  Interlochen Arts Academy senior Nathaniel Heyder was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 NextNotes Competition. NextNotes is a national competition hosted by the American Composers Forum. Heyder was one of six winners chosen from over 130 submissions. Heyder studies composition with Cynthia Van Maanen at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Yale University Art Gallery

Thanks to listeners in Grayling, Buckley, Cedar, Manistee, Crystal Lake, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, waltzes from Acts Iⅈ Zubin Mehta/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, fourth movement; Christoph von Dohnanyi/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, Act III trio; Renee Fleming/Anne Sofie von Otter/Heidi Grant Murphy

4. Stuart Stott, Music in my Mother’s House; Alan Gumm/CMU Women’s Chorus

Crescendo

This afternoon, Interlochen broke ground for its new music building. Kedrick Merwin, Director of Music at Interlochen Center for the Arts, stopped by Interlochen Public Radio to discuss the new building. The new building has features such as state-of-the-art recording capabilities, extra-wide doors, and multimedia zero-latency streaming. Merwin explained that the new music building will connect Interlochen musicians with each other and with other musicians around the world.

Friday Concert: Schwanengesang Translation

May 12, 2017

There's a musical asterisk on French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's bio: He is an avid amateur pianist. It's a facet of his life occasionally noted in passing, as in this piece from the French radio network Europe 1 titled "The Things You Don't Yet Know About Emmanuel Macron." Along with mentioning his abiding fondness for karaoke, Europe 1 reported that he studied piano for 10 years at the music conservatory in Amiens, where he won third prize.

Another day, another study undercutting the myth surrounding the 18th-century Italian violin maker Antonio Stradivari.

Since the early 20th century, musicians and instrument experts have been trying to figure out what, if anything, makes the violins he made sound better.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Renée Fleming sings her final performance of one of her signature roles, the Marschallin, in the Met’s new production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Sebastian Weigle conducts a starry cast that includes mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in her final performance as the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, opposite soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the innocent young woman with whom he falls in love, and bass Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, the Marschallin’s oafish cousin.

  Pentatone offers a new recording of three of Franz Joseph Haydn’s symphonies, numbers 53, 64 and 96.

 

For professional musicians, the instrument on which they play is more than just a tool of the trade. It can also be a muse, a partner and a voice.

Min Kym started playing the violin at age 6 and won her first competition at 11. Now, the former child prodigy is the author of a new book: Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung, in which she shares her story of finding her perfect partner — only to have it stolen away.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Harbor Springs, Scottville, Cedar Creek Township, Bellaire, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, Symphony no. 8, fourth movement; Seiji Ozawa/Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Larghetto and Allegro for two pianos; Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas

3. Carl Scheindienst, Variations on “Gestern Abend war Vetter Michel da”; Lars Hannibal/Michala Petri

4. Aaron Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man; Gerard Schwarz/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Although more women have been winning Pulitzer Prizes for music lately, it's still next to impossible to hear works by female composers performed by America's symphony orchestras.

This year's Pulitzer winner, Du Yun, has a lot to say about the situation.

  On Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble will present “A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” Ella Fitzgerald, also known as “The First Lady of Song,” would have turned 100 last month.

 

The concert features two guest artists, jazz pianist and composer Gary Motley and singer Carmen Bradford. Motley and Bradford visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel — one of the most famous Venezuelans in the world today and one of the world's most prominent classical musicians — issued an open letter today to the president and government in his native country.

Long reticent to address politics directly, he has published his comments in a letter titled "Levanto Mi Voz / I Raise My Voice," in both Spanish and English. (The full text is below, in both languages.)

http://www.matthewmcallister.com/

 Classical guitarist Matthew McAllister will present a recital tonight at 7 PM in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall. McAllister is Classical Guitar Tutor and Lecturer in Music at the University of St. Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Franco Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, starring tenor Roberto Alagna, who adds the opera’s gallant title character to his extensive Met repertory. Marco Armiliato conducts the revival of this rarely performed work. American soprano Jennifer Rowley makes her role debut as Roxane, Cyrano’s secret love, and the cast also features tenor Atalla Ayan as Christian and baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, May 6 at 1pm ET.

As a composer, I entered a profession in which I knew I could actively alter our fractious present using the incomparable tools of art. After all, the intellectually curious and essentially progressive landscapes of our concert halls and opera houses seem like the perfect arenas in which to harness momentum for change and, through the aspirational craft of music, feel the resurrection of hope in the midst of despair and apathy.

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