Interlochen students have a little something for just about everyone in this edition of Radio Collage... a student clarinet quartet gives us its take on a Hungarian Dance, the Academy Percussion Ensemble performs a work by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, and a pianist from the Summer Piano Institute tells us the "back story" on a Rachmaninoff Etude. We'll also hear some Spirituals, a Brass Sextet, and original works by students from the Creative Writing and Singer-Songwriter programs at Interlochen.
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.
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.)
Bret Hoag (guitar) and Jeff Zook (flute) perform a piece by Astor Piazzolla
Bret Hoag (guitar) and Jeff Zook (flute) perform a piece by Libby Larsen
Bret Hoag (guitar) and Jeff Zook (flute) perform a piece by Enrique Granados