The Interlochen Collection: Jerry Bilik's 'musicological oddities'
On this episode, we revisit a 1987 recital by pianist, composer, humorist and Interlochen Arts Camp/National Music Camp alumnus Jerry Bilik featuring what he calls "musicological oddities of the early years of Interlochen."
According to Bilik, many popular songs like "Stardust" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" were actually created by Interlochen campers.
Many of these campers were distant relatives of famous composers, Bilik explained.
These young prodigies include Billy Brahms, Manny Mozart and Betty Bach.
Through extensive research, Bilik unearthed these tunes and then presented them in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.
This episode includes this lighthearted 1987 recital as well as other popular compositions by Bilik.
Jerry Bilik, "Variations on a College Song"; University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Bilik piano and humor recital (Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, July 25, 1987)
Jerry Bilik, American Variations; Col. Arnold Gabriel/Interlochen Arts Academy Band (December 1972 WIAA radio broadcast)
The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, support from listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.
Michael Culler provided audio engineering assistance.
Eileen Ganter provided research support.