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Cellist Chas Helge in Studio A

Molly Rubin

This weekend, Chas Helge will perform as the soloist in Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. Helge, who grew up in Manistee and also attended camp at Interlochen, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. He visited IPR’s Studio A to perform some music and to talk about his Northern Michigan roots.

For his visit to IPR, Helge created a new arrangement of George Gershwin's "Summertime." His arrangement was for cello duet, and Traverse Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Liz Bert joined him in Studio A for the performance.

The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra concert takes place on Sunday, June 24 at 4 PM in the Benzie Central High School Auditorium. For more information, click here. Helge also wrote the program notes for the concert. His program notes are available by clicking here.

Hear the audio from Helge's Studio A interview and performance here. 

Music performed:

Gershwin (arr. Helge), “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess; performed with Liz Bert

J.S. Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite no. 2 in D minor (BWV 1008)


Credit Amanda Sewell
Chas Helge and Liz Bert in Studio A at IPR

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.