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. 

A new two-disc album from the American violinist Hilary Hahn features recordings from every album she has made for Deutsche Grammophon over the last 15 years. This new album, "Retrospectives," also includes previously unreleased live recordings of music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tina Davidson and Max Richter.

Mario Lanza as Pinkerton in the 1949 film, MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
MGM Studios

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

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, we take a ride in a cable car - a "funicular." "Funiculi, Funicula," is a piece of music you may have heard in commercials, and it's often associated with food, but it's not about food at all! Being a Neapolitan song, it's about love - or thinking about love - while riding a cable car. "Jamme!" - "Let's go!"

Friday, February 16, 2018 (Ep. 104)
Funiculi, Funicula! sung by Mario Lanza
Music by Luigi Denza, lyrics by Peppino Turco

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Luciano Pavarotti in 1999. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Dan Perry

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

It's Valentine's Week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

Today, famed Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti asks the wind to take his song with it - to the ears of his beloved.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (Ep. 103)
La Mia Canzone al Vento, sung by Luciano Pavarotti
Cesare Andrea Bixio

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

It's Valentine's Day, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! - Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers.

It's unusual for Neapolitan songs to be sung by women, but we have a very special singer today! Joan Sutherland was so beloved that her fans gave her a nickname - "La Stupenda!" (That means - "The Stupendous!" Which means so terrific you can't even believe it.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ep. 102)
La Serenata, by Paolo Tosti
Joan Sutherland

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André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have a new album called "Amore." The music includes Rieu's interpretations and arrangements of love songs and other uplifting favorites.

"Amore" features love songs like "Love Me Tender" and "What a Wonderful World," film music, waltzes by members of the Strauss family and pieces from musicals, like "The Impossible Dream" (from Man of La Mancha) and "Think of Me" (from Phantom of the Opera).

Click here for video of Rieu introducing the new album.

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

It's Valentine's Day this week, so we're hearing a round of famous - and fun! -  Italian love songs, performed by legendary singers. 

Today, Jose Carreras sings, "Mattinata," ("Morning,") in which he hopes you will hurry and wake up because he wants to sing to you!

Tuesday,  February 13, 2018 (Ep. 101)
Mattinata, sung by Jose Carreras
Ruggero Leoncavallo

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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Wagner’s final opera, Parsifal. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first network broadcast as Met Music Director Designate. An acclaimed cast of Wagnerian singers stars in this production by François Girard. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt sings the title role of a naïve youth who saves the brotherhood of the Holy Grail. Soprano Evelyn Herlitzius makes her network broadcast debut as the mysterious Kundry. Baritone Peter Mattei is the wounded King Amfortas; bass René Pape is the wise knight, Gurnemanz; and bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is the evil sorcerer Klingsor.

Jussi Bjorling. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Jan Granath

Happy Monday, Kids Commuters and welcome to the first day of NEAPOLITAN on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're celebrating Valentine's Day with some fun Italian love songs, most of which were intended to be sung as a serenade outside the window of your beloved.

Today, we'll hear a famous Swedish tenor perform one of the most famous of all - "O Sole Mio!"

Monday, February 12, 2018 (Ep. 100)
O Sole Mio
Giovanni Capurro, Eduardo di Capua and Alfredo Mazzuchi
Sung by: Jussi Bjorling

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Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, one of the avant-garde's most beloved film scorers, died Friday in Berlin, Germany. His death was confirmed by his manager, Tim Husom, but according to an official statement, the cause is unknown at this time. He was 48 years old.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thanks to listeners in Petoskey, Moorestown, Kaleva, Northport and many other places (and states!) for your requests today.  

1. Rodgers & Hammerstein, selections from Oklahoma! Sung by Jose Carreras

2. Karl Jenkins, Song of the Plains; composer conducting the Adiemus Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Chorus

3. George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue; Andre Previn/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

4. Gaetano Donzetti, “Una furtiva lagrima” from The Elixir of Love; Lawrence Brownlee

5. Claude Debussy, Footprints in the Snow; Krystian Zimmerman

Jensen, Ondras, and Lockington on Classical IPR

Feb 9, 2018

This Friday evening Classical IPR presents a performance featuring violinist Dylana Jensen, violist Libor Ondras, and cellist David Lockington. The concert from the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Series was last month in Harbor Springs. Listen at 8 p.m.

photo courtesy Ed Bahr

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform this weekend as part of the GLCO's Sunday Recital Series. The members of the quintet visited IPR's Studio A to give a preview of some of the music they'll play Sunday and to chat about how they got together as a group.

Listen to the entire performance and conversation below.

For more information about their performance Sunday afternoon, click here.

By her own admission, composer Florence Price had two strikes against her.

"To begin with I have two handicaps – those of sex and race. I am a woman; and I have some Negro blood in my veins," is how she began a 1943 letter to Serge Koussevitzky, the revered conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She added later, "I would like to be judged on merit alone."

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

This week, we've been hearing cool music inspired by this chilly season!

Today, we hear the final movement of Vivaldi's, "Winter," from THE FOUR SEASONS. Watch out on that ice...walk like a duck!

Friday, February 9, 2018 (Ep. 99)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter, Movement III Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi

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The string quintet Sybarite5 is known for its untraditional choices of repertoire. They've performed their own arrangements of many songs by the band Radiohead, and they're champions of living American composers. Their music is frequently featured on Performance Today

Be a Kid Conductor!! Join your Kids Commute Team at Winterlochen on February 17th!
PikiWiki

Hey Kids Commuters!

On Saturday, February 17th, come and join your Kids Commute team for some special events at WINTERLOCHEN, a free festival of fun at Interlochen Center for the Arts!

Here are our special Kids Commute activities:

10:00-10:20 a.m. KID CONDUCTORS, Corson Auditorium

Take your chance to be the boss of the orchestra with our KID CONDUCTOR workshop! IAA Orchestra conductor Ara Sarkissian will give YOU the opportunity to stand up front have the orchestra follow you anywhere you go! We'll have a quick conducting lesson and then set you loose in front of the orchestra, conducting music from HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE by John Williams!

Click on this post to see the rest of our activities....

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

This week, we're hearing music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, we'll hear the second, "comfy-cozy" movement of Vivaldi's, "Winter," from THE FOUR SEASONS.

Thursday, Feb. 8 2018 (Ep. 98)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter - Largo
Antonio Vivaldi

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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.

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Long View

Feb 7, 2018

If you've been listening to Thistle for some years, perhaps you'll remember two unforgettable extended medleys of tunes: one from Breton harper and multi-instrumentalist Alan Stivell and the other from Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. Make their re-acquaintance this week!

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

This week, we're listening to music inspired by this chilly season.

Today, we'll hear music to go with the first of Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's three sonnets about Winter.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (Ep. 97)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Winter (1st movement Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion has a new album of water-inspired music called "Paddle to the Sea."

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