Short Suites

Every Tuesday morning at about 9:00, we air a little feature we like to call, "Short Suites" - two pieces of music that go together, one way or the other.  The connection may be concrete or abstract.  The link between pieces may be in their themes, their titles, or one piece may quote another. 

We invite you to become the Muse of the Short Suite - come up with one of your own!  Send your Short Suite idea in an e-mail to ipr@interlochen.org .

Here are some examples to get you started!

CONNECTIONS BY TITLE AND/OR THEME:

In the Doghouse, inspired by IPR's Tim Burke

Frank Zappa, "The Dog Breath Variations"

George Gershwin, "Promenade (Walking the Dog)"

THE PARODY CONNECTION:

The Tears of a Clown When There's No One Around, inspired by IPR's Brad Aspey:

Rugiero Leoncavallo, Pagliacci, "Vesti la Giubba" (Pavarotti)

Spike Jonez with Betsy Gay, "Pal-Yat-Chee"

THE CLASSICAL COP (popular music lifted directly from classical music):

The Lovers' Notebook, inspired by listener Liz Bannister

JS Bach, "Minuet in G," from Anna Magdalena's Notebook

"A Lovers' Concerto," by The Toys

...and all these are just to get you started! Please consider giving it a try - the more Muses, the better!

To submit your idea for a Short Suite, drop an e-mail to: ipr@interlochen.org.  We'll see/hear you Tuesday!

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Classical Playlists
1:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

PLAY NOW: Road Trip!

Take this playlist with you on your next Road Trip! IPR's Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music for you to take over the river and through the woods.

Taking a road trip? Change your playlist! We're thinking about you out on those snowy roads for your holiday travels. It's exciting and stressful, we know. What soundtrack can be both calming and stimulating? What could add new color to the landscapes outside your car window?  Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music designed to surprise and invigorate your road trip. Great for the Classical music fan, or if you're just willing to give Classical a try. Best of all, there's no interruption when you leave our coverage area. You just need your smart phone and the free music sharing app Spotify.

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Classical Music
3:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

DSO performs original work by Music Director Leonard Slatkin

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
Credit Donald Dietz / Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates a first this weekend: It will perform an original piece by its very own music director, Grammy-winner Leonard Slatkin.  

"The subtitle is concertino grosso, so already one can sense that there's humor in this: a concertino usually being thought of as being a small concerto, and grosso meaning large," he says.

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Radio Collage
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Familiar music with a twist

The S.M.T.S. Quartet performs music of Brahms in IPR's Studio A

Radio Collage airs this weekend (Saturday at 8:06am, and Sunday at 7pm). Among the works on the program, this familiar Hungarian Dance by Brahms performed by the S.M.T.S clarinet quartet.

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Live from Studio A
7:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Flute and guitar around the world: Jeff Zook and Bret Hoag

Guitarist Bret Hoag (left) and flutist Jeff Zook (right) performed music from their around-the-world themed concert in Studio A

Guitarist Bret Hoag (pictured, left) and flutist Jeff Zook (pictured, right) are colleagues and studio neighbors at Oakland University in Detroit. The two started out as mutual admirers, and ended up touring together.

Jeff enjoys finding challenging new arrangements for them to play. Bret enjoys telling Jeff to quit finding pieces written for the piano ("I keep throwing him piano parts," says Jeff, "and he keeps throwing them back."). Somehow, no matter the original instruments, they always come up with something compelling that works for both of them.

Bret and Jeff were in town for an "Around the World," themed concert at the Oliver Art Center, in conjunction with Chamber Music North. They treated us to three pieces Live in Studio A, including a Libby Larsen piece that Jeff performed on a flute d'amore. We discussed its eerie sound, and how the instrument had recently enraptured a group during a performance. "I felt like I just had everyone in the palm of my hand," said Jeff. I told him, "That's why it's called the Flute of Love." He replied, "Exactly, baby!"

Listen to the three pieces, below: the first movement of Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango, the Libby Larsen, and a piece from Enrique Granados originally written for piano, but transcribed for guitar (it seems Bret has a point about that whole piano-pieces-for-guitar thing, there.) 


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Veterans
3:45 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Interlochen students honor veterans

Credit Terri McCarthy

The Interlochen Center for the Arts marked Veterans Day with a special tribute.

Student trumpeters began playing taps across Interlochen’s campus at 11 a.m. exactly. It’s a tribute to veterans that began more than 10 years ago.

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