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. 

Kids Commute Episode 37- Spooky Week! J.S. Bach's, "Toccata in D minor." Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
J.S. Bach at the keyboard

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

Today, we'll hear a piece of music so famous for being spooky that most folks can recognize it in about nine notes!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (Episode 37)
Toccata in D minor
Johann Sebastian Bach

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photo courtesy Matt Thomas

Baroque on Beaver is held every summer on Beaver Island. The multi-day festival includes many different types of classical music, from Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin to world premieres by living American composers. 

 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which began when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. A new album produced by Rachel Currea is a musical celebration of the the many contributions of Martin Luther.

 

The New York Philharmonic - Live on Classical IPR

Oct 24, 2017
Chris Lee

The New York Philharmonic performs live on Classical IPR on November 19th!

 

This University Musical Society concert will be held at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor with a special focus on Leonard Bernstein, born 100 years ago.

 

It was 100 years ago this week that Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz made his American debut at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1917. Considered by many to be one of the greatest violinists in history, he was just 16 years old at the time. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with commentator Miles Hoffman about that appearance and the career that followed.

Welcome to Day Two of Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're serving up some eerie Halloween-themed musical treats.

Today we'll hear music from the scary citizens of Halloween Town in the film THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS.  They may be scary folks, but they want you to know they're not mean - they're just doing their jobs!

By the way, singing lead as Jack Skellington, the Halloween King, is the composer himself - Danny Elfman.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Episode 36)
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: This is Halloween
Danny Elfman

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Gabe Palacio

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert performance of Donizetti's "Lucrezia Borgia" from the Caramoor Music Festival.

The performance features Angela Meade, Tamara Mumford, Michele Angelini and Will Crutchfield 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.

Welcome to Spooky Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids! It's the week before Halloween, so, we'll be serving up some eerie tunes every day!

Today, music for dancing skeletons. According to an old French superstition, Death plays the fiddle on Halloween night, and all the skeletons rise from their graves to dance! Then, the rooster crows, and with the dawn, they all go back underground.

Monday, October 23, 2017 (Episode 35)
Danse Macabre
Camille Saint-Saens

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photo: Maud Cuney Hare (Wikimedia Commons)

Thanks to listeners in Millersburg, Indian River, Pellston, Custer, Lake Leelanau and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Arvo Pärt, Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten; Angele Dubeau/La Pieta

2. Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano concerto no. 2 (first movement); Paul Freeman/ RTV Symphony Orchestra/Joshua Pierce

3. Camille Saint-Saens, Danse macabre; James DePreist/Oregon Symphony

4. Felix Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture; Bernard Haitink/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

5. Traditional, the Star-Spangled Banner; Van Cliburn

Todd Rosenberg

 

This Saturday at 1 p.m., Classical IPR presents a recent concert performance of Verdi's "Falstaff" featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The performance features Ambrogio Maestri, Eleonora Buratto, Luca Salsi, Rosa Feola and Riccardo Muti 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.

In the art world, William Eggleston is a revered photographer. In the music world, he's virtually unknown. But now the 78-year-old Memphis native, celebrated for legitimizing color photography in the 1970s, has just released his very first album, simply titled Musik.

Kids Commute Episode 34: "Street in a Frontier Town," from Aaron Copland's Ballet, BILLY THE KID. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
One of the two only known photos of Billy the Kid!

Happy Friday! Welcome to the Day Five of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Today, we'll answer our Quizlet and wind up Old West Week with more ballet music from American composer Aaron Copland.

Friday, October 20, 2017 (Episode 34)
Billy the Kid: Street in a Frontier Town
Aaron Copland

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Simon Powis

The Juilliard String Quartet was founded in 1946 and remains one of the leading string quartets in the world. They recently visited IPR's Studio A and talked about the legacy of the quartet and what it's like to carry that legacy into the 21st century. They played movements from string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven.  Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Kids Commute Episode 33 - Old West Week: "On the Trail," by Ferde Grofe. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
The Grand Canyon Mule Trail

Welcome to Day Four of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll mosey (and sometimes rush!) down the Grand Canyon with American composer Ferde Grofé.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (Episode 33)
The Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail
Ferde Grofé

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The best film scores walk a delicate line: They help propel the story, guide an audience's emotions and are also often a distinct character, with a role and voice as important as any actor's — but they also have to do all that without getting in the way, or drawing too much attention.

Kids Commute Episode 32 - Old West Week! THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, by Ennio Morricone. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Original Italian movie poster

Welcome to Day Three of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear some, "Spaghetti Western," music by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, from the 1966 movie, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY. Keep your ears open for some of the cool and kooky things he does with the human voice as an instrument!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Ep. 32)
Theme: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Ennio Morricone

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Each year, Interlochen Arts Academy presents an evening called, “Collage.” The event is exactly what it sounds like - a collection of performances from students demonstrating work from all the different disciplines of the Arts Academy.  To give you a little taste of what the show is like, we invited a couple of students who are represented the piano to come in and play for us.

First, we met Duoduo Xue, and heard her play Sergei Prokofiev's Etude in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1.

Then, Yungyi Chen performed the Etude-tableau in D minor, Op.39 No.8 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Kids Commute Episode 31 - Old West Week! "Hoedown," from RODEO, by Aaron Copland. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Cowgirl, circa 1900

Welcome to Day Two of Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - Classical Music for Kids!

Today, we'll hear a selection from an Old West ballet, by composer Aaron Copland.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Ep. 31)
"Hoedown," from Rodeo
Aaron Copland

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Welcome to Old West Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West!

Today, we'll hear music from a 1960 movie about seven cowboys based on a movie about seven Japanese warriors!

Monday, October 16, 2017 (Ep. 30)
Theme: The Magnificent Seven
Elmer Bernstein

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National Gallery of Art

Thanks to listeners in Wolverine, Clare, Sault Ste. Marie, Boyne City, Maple City, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alan Hovhaness, Symphony no. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (second movement); Gerard Schwarz/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

2. Conni Ellisor, Blackberry Winter (third movement); Nashville Chamber Orchestra

3. Aaron Copland, Variations on Simple Gifts (from Appalachian Spring); John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra

4. George Frederic Handel, Music for the Royal Fireworks (overture); Jean Lamon/Tafelmusik

A new album from Sony Classical presents all three piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have already won multiple Grammy Awards for their previous Brahms recordings. Here they join violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recorded collaboration as a trio.

 

Kids Commute Episode 29, Young Voices Week -  Bruce, from Matilda: The Musical. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Roderick Eime

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

The music throughout the week featured children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, we'll take a trip to England, and a school with the worst headmistress ever. The Broadway cast of Matilda: The Musical performs.

Friday, October 13, 2017, Ep. 29
Matilda the Musical
Bruce
Original Broadway Cast

 

 


 

photo by Corey Hayes

Classical IPR brings you a featured concert broadcast this Friday evening.

Kevin Rhodes conducts the Traverse Symphony Orchestra performance from September 17, 2017. The concert includes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide, and the Violin Concerto by Sibelius with guest soloist Yevgeny Kutik. This program airs at 8 p.m. this Friday on Classical IPR.

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