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
2:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New Opera Project - Live from Studio A

(L-R) Tevan Goldberg, Aliya Ultan, Sage DeAgro-Roupp, Erin Anderson (in the back - Scott Skiba)

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well with Interlochen's upcoming New Opera Project.  Interlochen composing students worked in tandem with faculty and performers to create scenes for new operas.  The Parallel45 Production company came on board to produce, and the operas will make their world premieres at the Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City.

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Classical Music at the Interlochen Festival
12:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Classical Highlights of the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival

Interlochen Arts Festival 2013

There are so many terrific shows coming up for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival; it's hard to keep track!  We like to think there's something for everyone. Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, dropped by Studio B to chat with Classical IPR's Kate Botello to talk about upcoming highlights from the Festival for classical music fans.

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Radio Collage
1:14 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

From Jupiter To Coriolanus (and beyond!)

Sophomore piano major at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Ting Yan Fung, or Jade, performs music based on Paganini during Radio Collage.
Credit Tim Burke

In this edition of Radio Collage: the Interlochen Arts Academy Band brings us Jupiter from The Planets, the Percussion Ensemble tackles a piece by David Gillingham, and the Orchestra takes us to the opera with the Overture and some Ballet Music from Mozart's Idomeneo.  We'll also hear a scene from Shakespeare's Coriolanus, an original work from the Singer-Songwriter program, and a "jazzy" piece based on a Paganini Caprice.


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Arts at Interlochen
4:28 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Radio Collage, February 15, 2014

IAA Theatre students present Shakespeare

  Interlochen Arts Academy students perform Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra, a scene from Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Band are featured.   Hear a student's thoughts on this northern Michigan winter, and a startling performance by a student wind ensemble.

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Live from Studio A
6:20 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Jade Fung - Live from Studio A

Jade Fung performs Liszt and Paganini a la Fazil Say, Live from A

Interlochen Arts Academy Sophomore Jade Fung paid a musical visit to IPR's Studio A.  She performed a pair of delightful contrasts, flowing powerfully through a Liszt Concert Etude before jazzing it up with a Fazil Say arrangement of a Paganini Caprice.


IAA Sophomore Jade Fung performs Liszt's, 'Un Sospiro,' and Fazil Say's arrangement of Paganini's 'Caprice No. 24.'

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Live from Studio A
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wanzhen Li - Live from Studio A

Violinist Wanzhen Li performs in IPR's Studio A

Interlochen Alumna Wanzhen Li returned to the area and paid a visit to Interlochen Public Radio, where she played Eugene Ysaye's " Violin Sonata No. 4."

Violinist Wanzhen Li performs music of Eugene Ysaye in IPR's Studio A.

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Arts at Interlochen
4:42 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Pianist Michel Dalberto: musician and judge

Pianist Michel Dalberto with Thom Paulson at IPR.

Pianist Michel Dalberto visited Interlochen and performed on Classical IPR live in Studio A.  Dalberto tells of his choosing to become a musician in a non-musical family, about the musician's responsibility to act as judge, interpreting the composer's intention, sometimes using significant performances by other artists as a precedent....or not.  He also performs music of Faure and Scriabin in this January 22, 2014 performance at IPR Studio A.

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Radio Collage Episode
11:57 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Radio Collage, January - 2014

IAA Band members

Interlochen arts Academy Students perform original music, creative writing along with works by Bach, Leo Brouwer, John Barnes Chance, Ravel and something sweet from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"!

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The Classical Piano
11:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Jonathan Biss Comes To Interlochen

Jonathan Biss

Acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss will perform in concert Tuesday, January 14th in Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel. Music by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin will be featured. Biss will perform the same program at Carnegie Hall soon.   

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Classical Playlists
1:26 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

PLAY NOW: I'm Trying to Study, Here!

PLAY NOW: I'm Trying to Study, Here!

Having a hard time concentrating when it's time to "knuckle down?" Lots of homework? Or just trying to think or read in peace while listening to some great, non-distracting music?  Whatever your task, we hope this three-hour selection of music will help keep you focused and happy.

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