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The Interlochen Collection: Helen Quach

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Helen Quach conducting Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra, summer 1969

Helen Quach conducted many major orchestras during her career, including the Sydney Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

She was also the first woman ever to conduct the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen's National Music Camp.

She visited Interlochen’s National Music Camp in 1966, 1969 and 1978.

This week's episode features music recorded during all three of her visits to Interlochen.

Music heard in this episode

  • Sergei Prokofiev, The Love for Three Oranges; Helen Quach/1966 World Youth Symphony Orchestra (23 August 1966)
  • Richard Wagner, Tannhauser Overture; Helen Quach/1969 World Youth Symphony Orchestra (20 July 1969)
  • Piotr Tchaikovsky, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35; Helen Quach/1978 World Youth Symphony Orchestra (16 July 1978)
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Helen Quach rehearses with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen in 1966

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 IPR listeners, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler and Stefan Wiebe provided audio engineering assistance.

Anastasia Scholze provided research and production support.

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Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.