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 .

Here are some examples to get you started!


In the Doghouse, inspired by IPR's Tim Burke

Frank Zappa, "The Dog Breath Variations"

George Gershwin, "Promenade (Walking the Dog)"


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:  We'll see/hear you Tuesday!


Live from Studio A
2:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cool Strings: Brooklyn Rider

String Quartet Brooklyn Rider performs Live in IPR's Studio A

Brooklyn Rider takes the idea of the string quartet to a new level.  Already champions of new music and fresh approaches, the Brooklyn, NY-based group stretch the boundaries of the classic quartet, adding unusual instruments and other forms of art to the mix.  In their Studio A session, they treated us to terrific, high-energy performances of, "Doina Oltului," a Roma-inspired piece, and, "Ascending Bird," originally arranged for quartet and Persian Fiddle (kamancheh).

String Quartet Brooklyn Rider performs, "Doina Oltului," and, "Ascending Bird," Live in IPR's Studio A

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Festival Preview
10:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Upcoming Interlochen Festival Highlights: Chris Gruits

The World Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform in Kresge Auditorium this Sunday, July 6 at 8pm.

Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, is dropping by Classical IPR twice a week to give updates on upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival.

In today's chat, he fills us in about the upcoming WYSO concert featuring Guest Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Pianist Alessio Bax, and a visit from The Capitol Steps.

For information about all Interlochen Festival Events, visit: tickets.

Interlochen Presents Executive Director Chris Gruits talks with Kate Botello about upcoming events at the Interlochen Festival for the week ending July 6, 2014.

Live from Studio A
1:35 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Top Brass: US Airmen of Note

US Airmen of Note perform Live in IPR's Studio A

Well, this was a new one for Studio A:  a room full of musicians who can assemble and disassemble a saxophone and an M-16 rifle.  The US Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force Band came by to play us some cool arrangements and chat about life as full-time military musicians.

The US Airmen of note play Charlie Parker's, "Segments" and a nifty arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" live in Studio A. (Personnel: MSgt Tyler Kuebler- Lead Alto and Music Director; MSgt Andy Axelrad - 2nd Alto; TSgt Tedd Baker 1st Tenor; TSgt Grant Langford -2nd Tenor; MSgt Doug Morgan Baritone Sax.

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Radio Collage
10:32 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Class of 2014: Walk of "Fame"

The 2013-2014 Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra

  This month, the focus is on Interlochen Arts Academy's class of 2014.  Among the works we'll hear: Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" performed by the Academy Orchestra, an excerpt from Ned Rorem's opera "Our Town" sung by soprano Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, and poet Sojourner Ahebee reads one of her own works.  We'll aslo hear some Durufle courtesy of organist Bryan Dunnewald, and cellist Daniel Blumhard performs a work written for him by classmate Tevan Goldberg.

Radio Collage "Graduation Edition" - June, 2014

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Live from Studio A
2:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Elegant Tuba: Carol Jantsch

Ellen Sommer-Bottorf, accompanist (left) and Carol Jantsch (right), performed "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" Live in Studio A.

Carol Jantsch is known for elevating tuba playing to performance art (she's performed Flight of the Bumblebee in full bee suit and advertised her first tuba CD with a rap video). She is also the first woman to hold a Principal Tuba Chair among major orchestras in the United States (in this case, the Philadelphia Orchestra). Jantsch is at Interlochen this week, teaching the Tuba and Trombone Institute.

Jantsch says she thinks of herself as a musician first, and a tuba player second, and she's interested in playing pieces not originally intended for the tuba.  She visited Studio A with accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorf and performed a wonderful rendition of Debussy's, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.  If you think the tuba is nothing more than a background instrument that goes oom-pa-pa - you're in for an elegant surprise.

Carol Jantsch, Principal Tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," Live from IPR's Studio A. Joining her: accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorff.