In Studio A With

IPR hosts Interlochen students and faculty, guest performers and talent from across northern Michigan for performances in our very own Studio A.

Lauren Whitaker

Flutist Lauren Whitaker is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, and she is a student of Nancy Stagnitta. Lauren is also the winner of the Encore Winds Youth Artist Competition, and she will perform with Encore Winds on their spring concert this Sunday. 

Photo by Karin Willman

Gary Gatzke is the principal double bassist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He is also the interim Executive Director of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Gatzke will be one of several soloists featured this weekend in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Bach Family Festival.

Gary Gatzke recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to play music by Dittersdorf, Handel and Saint-Saens. Hear the entire performance and interview below. 

Manitou Winds

The members of the chamber group Manitou Winds each play multiple instruments, which means that their concerts offer an infinite number of different combinations of sounds. Members Anne Bara, Sam Clark, Christina Duperron, Laura Hood and Jason McKinney recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to perform some music and talk about their upcoming concert this weekend. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

The Cummings Quartet (L-R): Liz Bert, Kim Teachout, Cheryl Zetterholm and David Reimer
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The Cummings String Quartet performed in IPR's Studio A. 

Violinists David Reimer and Cheryl Zetterholm, along with violist Kim Teachout and cellist Liz Bert played two movements of a Beethoven work and chatted with IPR's Kate Botello about their quartet and their work with the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program in conjunction with Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

On Sunday, May 6 at 4pm, the Cummings Quartet will perform at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Petoskey as part of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Recital Series.


In Studio A With David Schonberger

Apr 24, 2018

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performs this Friday night in Corson Auditorium. The program will feature students who won the annual concerto competition. Among the soloists is David Schonberger, a bass trombonist from El Paso, Texas. David will perform the Bass Trombone Concerto by Thom Ritter George. He stopped by Studio A to play an excerpt of the piece and talk with Classical IPR's Nancy Deneen. More about the upcoming concert is at tickets.interlochen.org

Eighth Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall performed excerpts from John Cage's In a Landscape and Steve Reich's Clapping in Studio A at Classical IPR.

Duvall talked with IPR's Kate Botello about the significance of Reich's work, his influences, and how Reich affects what Duvall calls, "rhythmic perception."

Eighth Blackbird will perform the works of Steve Reich (Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians) with Third Coast Percussion in Corson auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit tickets.interlochen.org


In Studio A With The Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio

Feb 23, 2018

The Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio performed Hasidic Fantasy by Joachim Stutschewsky in Studio A at Classical IPR. The group sat down with Nancy Deneen and discussed their chamber music and other facets of their musical lives. They perform tonight in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall at Interlochen. Visit http://tickets.interlochen.org/for more information.

photo courtesy Ed Bahr

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform this weekend as part of the GLCO's Sunday Recital Series. The members of the quintet visited IPR's Studio A to give a preview of some of the music they'll play Sunday and to chat about how they got together as a group.

Listen to the entire performance and conversation below.

For more information about their performance Sunday afternoon, click here.

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The Calidore String Quartet is one of the most remarkable young string quartets on the classical music scene today. In 2016, they won the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, which came with a $100,000 grand prize. They’ve been recognized as a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, and BBC Radio 3 has named them a New Generation Artist. 

The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet played some holiday tunes in Studio A in advance of the upcoming TubaChristmas/Encore Winds Event coming up Saturday, December 2 at 3pm at the First Congregational Church in Traverse City.

The Northern LOWER Brass Quartet are:

Jerry Young (tuba)
Tim Wilson (tuba)
Karen Hall (euphonium)
Rick Sunier (euphonium)


Simon Powis

The Juilliard String Quartet was founded in 1946 and remains one of the leading string quartets in the world. They recently visited IPR's Studio A and talked about the legacy of the quartet and what it's like to carry that legacy into the 21st century. They played movements from string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven.  Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Academy presents an evening called, “Collage.” The event is exactly what it sounds like - a collection of performances from students demonstrating work from all the different disciplines of the Arts Academy.  To give you a little taste of what the show is like, we invited a couple of students who are represented the piano to come in and play for us.

First, we met Duoduo Xue, and heard her play Sergei Prokofiev's Etude in D minor, Op. 2 No. 1.

Then, Yungyi Chen performed the Etude-tableau in D minor, Op.39 No.8 by Sergei Rachmaninoff.


Anne Bara

This Sunday afternoon, Encore Winds is presenting a concert called The Spirit of the Land. The concert will feature clarinetist Anne Bara in the Concertino by Carl Maria von Weber. Anne Bara visited Studio A to play some music and discuss the upcoming concert. She was joined by her colleagues from the NEO Trio, pianist and harpist Jason McKinney and flutist Sam Clark.

Angela Lickiss Aleo

Oboist Angela Lickiss Aleo has written a book of oboe etudes that will be published later this year. The book focuses on techniques for music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

Cellist Naseem Alatrash brings his performances of traditional Arabic music to audiences around the world. His playing incorporates traditional melodies and improvisation. He stresses the importance of improvisation for all musicians saying, "Being unable to improvise is like being unable to hold a casual conversation." Naseem Alatrash and Crispin Campbell collaborated on two selections and discussed communication and connecting through music. Listen to In Studio A with Naseem Alatrash and Crispin Campbell.

Bellini Opera Company

The Bellini Opera Company will perform at City Opera House in Traverse City tomorrow night at 7 p.m. They are presenting a tribute to the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso as part of the Sixth Annual Traverse City Wine and Opera Festival.

Jim Bekkering

The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra is performing a concert this weekend called "Burnished Brass." The centerpiece of their concert is the trumpet concerto by Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Jim Bekkering will be the soloist in the Hummel concerto. He stopped by IPR's Studio A to give a preview of the concerto. He spoke with IPR's Amanda Sewell about how his love for orchestral music began at Interlochen in the 1950s and why it's never too late for anyone to pick up a musical instrument. Hear the entire performance and conversation below.

Pianist Alon Goldstein in Studio A

Jul 29, 2017

Alon Golstein is the piano soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen this Sunday, July 30th. On Friday he stopped by Studio A and shared music by Domenico Scarlatti, Alberto Ginastera, and Claude Debussy. 

Leo Quirk

  

The sixteenth annual Baroque on Beaver Music Festival gets under way this week. Between July 28 and August 6, you can travel to Beaver Island and hear concerts featuring many different kinds of music. One ensemble that will be performing several times during Baroque on Beaver is the Metallurgy Brass Quintet.

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