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The Interlochen Collection: Variations

8 high school students are seated outdoors, holding their flutes and wearing the Interlochen camp uniform. Their teacher stands next to them.
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The flute section from Interlochen Arts Camp (1968).

Hear sets of variations composed by Aaron Copland, Johannes Brahms, Arnold Schoenberg and more, performed by decades of Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy students.

This episode features many different sets of variations, performed by orchestra, band, brass ensemble and percussion ensemble.

Hear the entire episode on demand in this post.

Music heard in this episode

Aaron Copland, Variations on a Shaker Melody; Mallory Thompson/High School Symphonic Band (July 1997) 

Alan Hovhaness, Variations and Fugue; George C. Wilson/World Youth Symphony Orchestra (July 1968) 

Daniel Levitan, Variations on a Ghanaian Theme; John Alfieri/Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble (1993-94 Academy year) 

Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn; George C. Wilson/World Youth Symphony Orchestra (July 1969) 

Anthony Plog, Mini Variations on Amazing Grace; Ken Larson/Interlochen Arts Academy Brass Ensemble (2006-07 Academy year) 

Arnold Schoenberg, Theme and Variations; Frederick Fennell/High School Symphonic Band (2000)

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.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.