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Interlochen woodwind faculty musicians make Petoskey debut

 Interlochen Winds
Interlochen Winds L-R: Dane Philipsen, Ya-Ju Chuang, Bryan Conger, Nancy Stagnitta

The resident woodwind faculty members of Interlochen Arts Academy will present the first recital of its kind at Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Four Interlochen Arts Academy faculty musicians are traveling to Petoskey Friday night to present a recital.

Flutist Nancy Stagnitta, clarinetist Bryan Conger, oboist and English hornist Dane Philipsen and pianist Ya-Ju Chuang will perform at Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Friday night's recital will be the first time that the Crooked Tree Arts Center Performing Arts Series has ever presented music for woodwind instruments.

Past guest artist recitals have included piano as well as brass and string instruments, but not woodwinds.

"We're thrilled to be able to introduce this family of instruments to our audiences," said Megan DeWindt, President of Crooked Tree Arts Center.

Nancy Stagnitta, Ya-Ju Chuang, Bryan Conger and Dane Philipsen rehearse in the Music Center at Interlochen Center for the Arts

The four musicians will perform eight different pieces in various duo, trio and quartet combinations.

"The process of curating the program for this recital has been a real high point this year," said flutist Nancy Stagnitta.

Composers on the program include Camille Saint-Saens, Lili Boulanger and William Grant Still.

"There's also a charming and unexpected set of waltzes by Dmitri Shostakovich," Stagnitta said.

Hear one of those charming Shostakovich waltzes below, recorded during an open rehearsal the musicians gave this week.

Dmitri Shostakovich, Waltz
Nancy Stagnitta, flute; Bryan Conger, clarinet; Ya-Ju Chuang, piano

These Interlochen musicians are excited to hit the road and perform in Petoskey.

"As a relative newcomer to Interlochen and northern Michigan, I'm excited to be able to perform more in the region," oboist Dane Philipsen said.

Learn more about Friday night's recital at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey and purchase tickets HERE.

Stefan Wiebe engineered the rehearsal recordings.

Kacie Brown is IPR's digital content manager.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.