Interlochen Arts Academy

The Philadelphia Orchestra received a warm welcome from an enthusiastic audience at Hill Auditorium last week. For much of the twentieth century the Philadelphia Orchestra gave annual performances in Ann Arbor but had not been back since 1994.

The University Musical Society and Interlochen Public Radio shared the concert with radio listeners in a live broadcast.

Matthew Cochran is Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy. He’ll be performing a recital this week at Kirkbride Hall in Traverse City.

Cochran visited Studio A to perform music of David Kellner and Anton Diabelli. He talked about how a guitarist plays music that was written for the lute and what makes a great performance space for guitar. Hear the entire conversation and performance below.

Angela Scates

Angela Scates is an oboist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has studied with Daniel Stolper and Dane Philipsen at Interlochen. 

Scates visited IPR's Studio A to play the first etude of Gilles Silvestrini. This piece is named "L'Hôtel des roches noires. Trouville" after a painting by Claude Monet.

In 2017, the Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble celebrated The First Lady of Song in a concert called “A Centennial Birthday Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.” The Jazz Ensemble was joined for this concert by two special guests, Gary Motley and Carmen Bradford.

Join Classical IPR this Friday night at 8 p.m. for a presentation of this recent concert.

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

This year, 43 students entered the concerto competition at Interlochen Arts Academy. A team of Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members narrowed the 43 initial entries to ten finalists, and the four winners were then selected by a judging panel made up of professional musicians. 

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. 

Judy Rumelhart, Associate Producer of the original Broadway run of Sondheim's, SWEENEY TODD.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy's production of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opens this weekend.

Judy Rumelhart, an Associate Producer of the Sondheim classic's original Broadway run, will be watching the production with great love. Judy joined IPR's Kate Botello in the studio to discuss her memories of the first SWEENEY TODD - and selected a few of her favorites to share with us!

Judy selected the following pieces: 

  • Prologue/The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
  • The Worst Pies in London
  • Pretty Women
  • Not While I'm Around


Baroque Choral Festival Encore Broadcast - Tonight!

May 11, 2018
Karin Willman

Classical IPR brought you the Baroque Choral Festival live from Corson Auditorium last month. The concert included the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and soloists, choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir. Together the groups performed Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, and Vivaldi's Gloria. Listen to our encore broadcast of this concert tonight at 8 p.m.

Baroque Choral Festival - In Case You Missed It

Apr 27, 2018
Karin Willman

Classical IPR brought you the Baroque Choral Festival live from Corson Auditorium this past Sunday.

The concert included the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and soloists, Choral Ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College, and the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir.

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

Baroque Choral Festival - Live this Sunday!

Apr 18, 2018

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra and choral ensembles from Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy perform Dettingen Te Deum and Zadok the Priest by Handel, along with Vivaldi’s Gloria. Soloists are Laura Osgood Brown, Jayne Sleder and Keith Brown. Kevin Rhodes conducts. Listen live at 3 p.m. this Sunday on Classical IPR.

 

Interlochen Arts Academy Band Director Matthew Schlomer leads students in a recent dress rehearsal.
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When "The Soldier's Tale" premiered in 1918, an influenza epidemic cut short it's European performance tour.

Ironically, the flu caused some problems for Interlochen Arts Academy students as they practiced for the show earlier this year.


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Celebrate Christmas Day on Classical IPR with recent holiday concerts from around Northern Michigan. Local concerts are listed below.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday season program schedule by clicking here.

Christmas Day 2017

8 a.m.: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Messiah plus Bach & Rutter

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 10 a.m. for Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," a 2017 performance featuring Interlochen Arts Academy students. 

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

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 Join Classical IPR on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. for "Sounds of the Season," the 2017 holiday concert from Interlochen Arts Academy.

View Classical IPR's complete holiday program schedule by clicking here.

Sounds of the Season - Live on Classical IPR

Dec 14, 2017

Join in the joy! Surround yourself with the holiday spirit as Corson Auditorium sets the stage for Interlochen’s annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season. Enjoy the Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir as they present a magical evening of family-friendly festivities. Listen live this Friday at 7 p.m. on Classical IPR.

 

Music at Midday - Guest Host Leelanee Sterrett

Nov 15, 2017
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Leelanee Sterrett was raised here in Northern Michigan and is now a member of the New York Philharmonic. She joined Nancy Deneen for Music at Midday, bringing along several of her favorite recordings and plenty of enthusiasm. 

Leelanee Sterrett  was on Kids Commute with Kate Botello this morning.  http://interlochenpublicradio.org/post/kids-commute-don-quixote-week-wednesday#stream/0

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.


David Finlayson / Teresa Berg

Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill both have successful careers as orchestral musicians. Anthony McGill is the principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre McGill is the principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony.

 

The McGill brothers, along with pianist Michael McHale, have released a new album on the Chicago-based label Cedille. The album is called "Portraits," and it features several world premieres. It’s also the first album the brothers have recorded together.

 

  Interlochen Arts Academy senior Nathaniel Heyder was recently selected as a winner of the 2017 NextNotes Competition. NextNotes is a national competition hosted by the American Composers Forum. Heyder was one of six winners chosen from over 130 submissions. Heyder studies composition with Cynthia Van Maanen at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Crescendo

This afternoon, Interlochen broke ground for its new music building. Kedrick Merwin, Director of Music at Interlochen Center for the Arts, stopped by Interlochen Public Radio to discuss the new building. The new building has features such as state-of-the-art recording capabilities, extra-wide doors, and multimedia zero-latency streaming. Merwin explained that the new music building will connect Interlochen musicians with each other and with other musicians around the world.

Robin Crocker has spent the last three months as the artist in residence at the Parsons Center in Lake Ann. She made a permanent exhibit celebrating the life of artist and educator Jean Parsons.
Tommy Valdez

Most people who knew Jean Parsons, will tell you— she was tough and expected a lot from her students.

Jean never married, and didn’t have any children. So, she spent her days pouring into her art and investing in her students. 

Now, one of her students has created remembrance of her in the Benzie County village of Lake Ann.


This Friday, March 17, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will feature performances by the concerto competition winners. Chea Young Kang, a senior from South Korea, visited IPR's Studio A recently for a performance and conversation.

Ms. Kang won the concerto competition singing “Una Voce Poco Fa” from Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville. She sang the piece in IPR's Studio A. 

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