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The Interlochen Collection: Faculty recital for two pianos, eight hands

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L to R: Steve Larson, Byron Hanson, Susan Snyder and Laurence Smith during a November 2011 faculty piano recital in Interlochen's Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall

On November 9, 2011 four members of the Interlochen Arts Academy piano faculty came together for a recital in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

The program included solo performances by Laurence Smith and Susan Snyder, as well as Steve Larson performing his own music.

The personnel grew with each subsequent piece. Snyder and Larson came together to perform music for two pianos.

Then for the grand finale, Larson, Smith, Snyder and Byron Hanson joined forces for two different pieces for two pianos, eight hands.

Music heard in this episode (all recordings are from November 9, 2011)

Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C major (BWV 547): Laurence Smith, organ

Gabriel Faure, Barcarolle No. 6 in E-flat major: Susan Snyder, piano

Steve Larson, Three Cowboy Songs: Steve Larson piano

Gabriel Faure, Dolly Suite (selections): Steve Larson and Susan Snyder, pianos

Bedrich Smetana, Sonata for two pianos, eight hands: Byron Hanson, Steve Larson, Laurence Smith and Susan Snyder, pianos

Ingolf Dahl, Quodlibet on American Folk Tunes for Two Pianos, Eight Hands ("The Fancy Blue Devil's Breakdown"): Byron Hanson, Steve Larson, Laurence Smith and Susan Snyder, pianos

The archival recordings heard on The Interlochen Collection are available thanks in part to The Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, generous support from IPR listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Thanks to Susan Snyder and Steve Larson for additional support.

Amanda Sewell is the host and executive producer of the program.

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