Interlochen Arts Academy is featuring a series of concert performances built around music of American composer, Ned Rorem, who is celebrating his 90th year. The IAA Band, Choir, and Orchestra perform a trio of concerts offering context for Mr. Rorem's music. Band director Matthew Schlomer, Choral director John Bragle, and Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to the Composer in Context series of concerts at Interlochen, April 23-25.
This month on Radio Collage, an excerpt from the short story What I'm Talking About by creative writer Ashanti Davis, the Interlochen Arts Academy band performs Uppin' Adam and the Theatre Department takes a fresh look at Cinderella. The Academy Orchestra performs Elgar's Nimrod, pianist Grace Zhang plays Ondine by Ravel and we'll hear the opening of a Radio Drama based loosely, very loosely, on Shakespeare's Two Gentleman of Verona. ( listen to the full drama here )
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.