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Peanut butter and music production with mezzo-sopranos Gabrielle Liberman and Gia Parker

Mezzo-sopranos Gia Parker and Gabrielle Liberman (L to R)

These two mezzo-sopranos from Interlochen Arts Camp visited Studio A to perform music of Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

It's almost the end of the 96th season of Interlochen Arts Camp.

Before it wraps up, though, we had the chance to welcome two mezzo-sopranos from the High School Voice program in Studio A.

Mezzo-soprano Gia Parker is from Winter Garden, FL.

She performed the art song "None but the lonely heart," a setting by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with collaborative pianist Katiann Nelson.

Parker said she especially likes the parts of the song where the piano and her voice are doing completely different things.

Mezzo-soprano Gabrielle Liberman is from Summit, NJ.

She performed the aria "Non so più, cosa son" from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" with collaborative pianist Meredith Stemen.

Liberman explained that the character of Cherubino, who sings this aria in the opera, really appeals to her. "He's just this awkward teenage boy who's in love with all of these girls," she said. "I love the physicality of the role - I get to move around basically like a newborn horse would. It's very awkward."

Both Liberman and Parker have learned completely new perspectives at camp this summer.

For Parker, meeting students in music production and engineering has opened her eyes to new ways of approaching music.

"Before camp, I'd only ever thought about the vocals that go into music," she said. "Now that I've learned more about the production side of it, I know that they have to mix the vocals with the tracks."

Liberman's been enjoying the peanut butter in the cafeteria at camp, because her family doesn't keep salted peanut butter in the house.

"It's so good," she said. "I'm enjoying it until the very last day of camp."

Kelley DiPasquale engineered this edition of Studio A.

Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.