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.
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.
We had quite a crowd in Studio A this morning! Northwestern Michigan College Choir Director Jeffrey Cobb brought 32 stalwart members of the new vocal ensemble, Canticum Novum, to IPR's Studio A. Canticum Novum, along with the NMC Chamber Choir, will appear in, "Sounds of the Seasons - Holiday Songs for Brass and Voices," in Miliken Auditorium Friday, December 6th. Listen for a sneak preview of the concert - Mendelssohn and a calypso carol.
Mezzo-soprano/author/jewelry designer Laurie Rubin dropped by IPR's Studio A before leading a master class with Interlochen's Opera students. Laurie, an acclaimed performer, recently released her memoir, Do You Dream In Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight. She spoke with IPR's Kate Botello about how she approaches the challenges of singing without sight, and sang an inspiring song she co-wrote with partner Jennifer Taira for her new album.
Cellist Suren Bagratuni dropped by Studio A with Maestro Kevin Rhodes of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The pair were preparing for a huge concert - Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"), held at the end of September. Suren delighted us with performances of Tsintsadze's, "Chonguri" (played without a bow!) and Marin Marais's, "La Reveuse," - exclusive treats in this command performance for IPR listeners! Suren had a lot of fascinating things to say, and even Kevin got in on the interview act.