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We had a delightful visit from some of the cast and crew of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, brightening up a gray and rainy day in Studio A.  The show opened in early October at the Old Town Playhouse, and runs through October 25th. According to the New York Times, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a high-spirited comedy that, "aims to vault over the lines of good taste." 

The cast, and director Perez, were quite pleased with that description, and recommend the show for audiences over 18, but they were kind enough to bring us material that was left us utterly tickled - and reasonably un-scandalized.
 


Enso circles back!

Aug 16, 2014
Maureen Nelson, Richard Belcher, Melissa Reardon and John Marcus
Tim Burke

  The Enso String Quartet has returned to the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp as guest artists-in-residence.  The ensemble’s name is derived from the Japanese Zen painting of the circle, which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit. In addition to teaching during the  camp, Enso gives three recitals over the course of six days.  Still, they found time to drop by IPR's Studio A to perform excerpts from Five Pieces for String Quartet by Erwin Schulhoff.


Four guitars, one great sound!

Aug 14, 2014

  This summer, the Interlochen Arts Camp was once again filled with young artists, actors, writers, dancers, and, oh yes, musicians! Among them, a guitar quartet who paid a visit to IPR's Studio A.  Leonela Alejandro, Ria Modak, Grace Elmer and Luke Sunderland performed Kalimba by Jurg Kindle. For this performance, some of them put cloth under the strings near the guitar bridge to imitate the sound of the kalimba, also known as the "thumb piano".

  

The Cavani String Quartet came to the Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to work with the advanced string quartet program.  While they were on campus, they stopped by IPR's Studio A for a live performance. Here's an excerpt from Midnight Child by Charles G. Washington.  It's based on the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , and mixes some of the music that Washington heard as he grew up: Gospel, Blues and Swing.


The cast of Broadway's Next Hit Musical was on Interlochen's campus for a show, and brought us a real treat - our first ever entirely improvised Live from Studio A session! Cast members Rebecca Vigil, Rob Schiffman, Rob Grant and Eric March gave us a performance to remember.

Eric, Rebecca, Rob and Rob were great sports, and performed for us at what had to be an ungodly  hour of the morning for them. Since I was the only live person in the audience (a perk of hosting in Studio A!), I got to choose the song title (yay!).   At the end of the interview, please enjoy, "It's Early, and I'm In Love."

After the jump, learn more about BNHM and  hear a BONUS TRACK! - the cast dedicates an ode to IPR Studio A engineer, Brock Morman.
 


Violin Virtuosity: Stanislav Pronin

Jul 8, 2014

Violinist Stanislav Pronin paid a return visit to IPR's Studio A and gave a live performance of Nathan Milstein's challenging, "Paganiniana."  We asked Pronin what attracted him to Nathan Milstein's arrangement of works by Paganini. His answer? "It's just fun to play."

It's also a lot of fun to hear!

Brooklyn Rider takes the idea of the string quartet to a new level.  Already champions of new music and fresh approaches, the Brooklyn, NY-based group stretch the boundaries of the classic quartet, adding unusual instruments and other forms of art to the mix.  In their Studio A session, they treated us to terrific, high-energy performances of, "Doina Oltului," a Roma-inspired piece, and, "Ascending Bird," originally arranged for quartet and Persian Fiddle (kamancheh).
 


Carol Jantsch is known for elevating tuba playing to performance art (she's performed Flight of the Bumblebee in full bee suit and advertised her first tuba CD with a rap video). She is also the first woman to hold a Principal Tuba Chair among major orchestras in the United States (in this case, the Philadelphia Orchestra). Jantsch is at Interlochen this week, teaching the Tuba and Trombone Institute.

Jantsch says she thinks of herself as a musician first, and a tuba player second, and she's interested in playing pieces not originally intended for the tuba.  She visited Studio A with accompanist Ellen Sommer-Bottorf and performed a wonderful rendition of Debussy's, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.  If you think the tuba is nothing more than a background instrument that goes oom-pa-pa - you're in for an elegant surprise.


William VerMeulen has had a life full of connections to Interlochen.  His mother came here to attend Music Camp and play the cello in the 1940's, and later, was a participant in our Adult Chamber Music Camp.  He attended Interlochen as a Camper, and then later, as an Academy Student.  He even worked in food service in the cafeteria, and eventually spent three years as an Academy Horn Instructor.  "I've done," he says, " everything you could do at Interlochen, and now to be back is a thrill."


NMC Choir Director Jeffrey Cobb brought the Canticum Novum ensemble by Studio A for a sneak preview of the group's upcoming concert series.  The twenty-four singers, with pianist Peggy Johnson, performed a warm, spicy and modern tango, "Noche de Lluvia," by Sid Robinovitch.  They then followed up with a jazzified slice of Americana in an arrangement of, "Country Dances," by Ward Swingle.


Jeremy Laureta, Interlochen Senior and Viola major, dropped by Studio A to perform a selection from his recent Senior Recital.  Jeremy performed the balcony scene from Prokofiev's, "Romeo and Juliet." Susan Snyder provided piano accompaniment as Viola professor Renee Skerik listened proudly in the wings. We wish Jeremy all the best as he moves on to his next phase at the Manhattan School of Music!  

 

Chopin's Music Fills Studio A

May 5, 2014
Interlochen Arts Academy senior Grace (Jiyuan) Zhang
Tim Burke

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Grace (Jiyuan) Zhang recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform the third and fourth movements of Frederick Chopin's Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, Opus 35.   The third movement (known as the Funeral March) was written as Chopin's native Poland was being invaded.  Grace says "it was written for generations - for a country." Grace will continue her studies at the University of Michigan beginning this fall.

A Song Of Blessing: Tibetan Monks Perform Live

Apr 17, 2014

Several members of the Mystical Arts of Tibet stopped by Interlochen Public Radio for a conversation and performance live in Studio A today.  These Tibetan Buddhist monks are in Traverse City this week, constructing an elaborate sand painting at the Dennos Museum.

Sara Hoover

NOTE: Monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet who are in Traverse City this week will also perform at Milliken Auditorium this Saturday, and live on Classical IPR Thursday April 17, in the 10 a.m. hour.

The Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks this week.

The spirit of collaboration is alive and well with Interlochen's upcoming New Opera Project.  Interlochen composing students worked in tandem with faculty and performers to create scenes for new operas.  The Parallel45 Production company came on board to produce, and the operas will make their world premieres at the Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City.

Jade Fung - Live from Studio A

Feb 7, 2014

Interlochen Arts Academy Sophomore Jade Fung paid a musical visit to IPR's Studio A.  She performed a pair of delightful contrasts, flowing powerfully through a Liszt Concert Etude before jazzing it up with a Fazil Say arrangement of a Paganini Caprice.

 


Wanzhen Li - Live from Studio A

Jan 29, 2014

Interlochen Alumna Wanzhen Li returned to the area and paid a visit to Interlochen Public Radio, where she played Eugene Ysaye's " Violin Sonata No. 4."


Pianist Michel Dalberto: musician and judge

Jan 22, 2014

Pianist Michel Dalberto visited Interlochen and performed on Classical IPR live in Studio A.  Dalberto tells of his choosing to become a musician in a non-musical family, about the musician's responsibility to act as judge, interpreting the composer's intention, sometimes using significant performances by other artists as a precedent....or not.  He also performs music of Faure and Scriabin in this January 22, 2014 performance at IPR Studio A.

Baritone Carlton Ford - Live in IPR's Studio A

Dec 6, 2013

Alumnus Carlton Ford returned to Interlochen Arts Academy to work with voice students, and he also paid a visit to IPR to sing works by Grieg, Ravel and Tosti.


We had quite a crowd in Studio A this morning! Northwestern Michigan College Choir Director Jeffrey Cobb brought 32 stalwart members of the new vocal ensemble, Canticum Novum, to IPR's Studio A. Canticum Novum, along with the NMC Chamber Choir, will appear in, "Sounds of the Seasons - Holiday Songs for Brass and Voices," in Miliken Auditorium Friday, December 6th.  Listen for a sneak preview of the concert - Mendelssohn and a calypso carol.


Mezzo-soprano/author/jewelry designer Laurie Rubin dropped by IPR's Studio A before leading a master class with Interlochen's Opera students.  Laurie, an acclaimed performer, recently released her memoir, Do You Dream In Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight.  She spoke with IPR's Kate Botello about how she approaches the challenges of singing without sight, and sang an inspiring song she co-wrote with partner Jennifer Taira for her new album. 

Suren Bagratuni

Oct 17, 2013

Cellist Suren Bagratuni dropped by Studio A with Maestro Kevin Rhodes of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The pair were preparing for a huge concert - Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"), held at the end of September.  Suren delighted us with performances of Tsintsadze's, "Chonguri" (played without a bow!) and Marin Marais's, "La Reveuse," - exclusive treats in this command performance for IPR listeners!  Suren had a lot of fascinating things to say, and even Kevin got in on the interview act.  

Click above to listen. 

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Blake Elliott

Aug 15, 2013

Call her music edgy, urban folk. She's Blake Elliott and she's our guest on "In Studio with Brad Aspey." It's our summer series of performances and chats with musicians from around Northern Michigan. 

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Awesome Distraction

Aug 9, 2013

On this edition of "In Studio with Brad Aspey" the teenage pop duo Awesome Distraction from Manistee. One of their major influences is Simon and Garfunkel.

In Studio with Brad Aspey: The True Falsettos

Jul 12, 2013

This week's "In Studio with Brad Aspey" features a little Texas swing and Honky Tonk with the True Falsettos. 

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