In Studio A With

IPR hosts Interlochen students and faculty, guest performers and talent from across northern Michigan for performances in our very own Studio A.

Amanda Sewell

During the 2018-19 academic year, Classical IPR welcomed more than 50 student performers in Studio A. This week on Classical IPR in Concert, we feature many of those student performances. Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or stream any time below.
 

For a complete list of archived Studio A performances and interviews, click here
 

Program
Enle Wu, piano
Junior, student of TJ Lymenstull
Mozart, Piano Sonata in F major K. 332

Zikuan "Harvard" Zhao is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist from Shangdong Province, China came to Studio A to perform music of Franz Liszt.

In Studio A with pianist Jonathan Bass

May 8, 2019

Jonathan Bass is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist (both classical and jazz) from Washington Island, Wisconsin visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Jonathan began studying piano at age three and says he doesn't remember not playing the piano.

In Studio A he performed Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 and the jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon."

Addy Sterrett is a soprano based in New York. She grew up in northern Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. She has returned to perform in the region this week.

Sterrett visited IPR’s Studio A to perform "Rosenblumen" by Richard Strauss with pianist Steve Larson. She talked about her eclectic interests in early music and in new music.

Tony Manfredonia is a composer who writes for many different instruments, styles and genres. On May 1, the Northern Symphonic Winds will give the world premiere of “On the Threshold of Spring,” a piece they commissioned from Manfredonia.

Manfredonia stopped by Classical IPR to talk about the upcoming world premiere of "On the Threshold of Spring." He explained what the process is like when writing music for a commission.

Identity Cubed is a percussion trio that focuses on transcending the music of the standard percussion ensemble. They will be performing April 26 at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy

Apr 19, 2019

Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University and Interlochen Center for the Arts alumnus, Otis Murphy will perform with the Interlochen Arts Academy Band tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium.

He will give the Interlochen premiere of the Saxophone Concerto by James Stephenson, also an alumnus of Interlochen. 

Otis Murphy performed music of J.S. Bach and David Maslanka in Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio. He also discussed his time working with the Interlochen students.

In Studio A with Otis Murphy was engineered by Brock Morman.

Visiting vocal faculty member soprano Angela Yoon is giving a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall tonight at 7:30pm. Joining her will be Dr. Jason Terry, a member of the piano faculty at Bradley University.


Classical IPR in conversation with Damon Gupton

Mar 15, 2019

The NPR program From the Top is recording tonight in Corson Auditorium. Damon Gupton will conduct student ensembles during the show.

Actor and conductor Damon Gupton stopped by IPR earlier today for some conversation in Studio A. He's an artist with a successful career embracing two disciplines, each of which is typically all-consuming.

 

Listen to the interview below.

 

Christian Steiner

Wu Han wears many hats. She is a pianist, co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-artistic director of Music@Menlo and co-founder of the record label ArtistLed.

In Studio A With Muying Chen

Mar 6, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Muying Chen, a piano student of Michael Coonrod, visited Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A this week.

Muying shared music from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann and Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.

After graduation Muying plans to pursue a double major in college studying  Piano and Economics.

In Studio A with Muying Chen was engineered by Brock Morman.

Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz musicians of the second half of the 20th century. Bill Sears and Gary Motley recently visited IPR's Studio A to perform some of Blakey's music and discuss his legacy as a performer, mentor and bandleader.


In Studio A With Interlochen Arts Academy Faculty

Feb 27, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy faculty members perform tonight in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall. They stopped by Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio to share some of the music on this evening's concert. 

Pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and flutist Nancy Stagnitta performed  music by Beethoven and Martinu in Studio A. Listen below.

Jeeyoon Kim is a classical pianist and music educator who takes surprising and innovative approaches to classical music. She recently visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Kim performed music of Medtner, Handel and Grieg. She also spoke with Classical IPR about her Over. Above. Beyond. album.

An edited transcript of the interview appears below.


Music at Midday with pianist Michael Coonrod

Feb 15, 2019

Michael Coonrod will be the soloist with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra this Sunday. He will perform the world premiere of the Concerto for Piano, Left Hand by Kenji Bunch.

Michael was a guest co-host during Music at Midday this Thursday. Listen below.

Sunday's concert is conducted by Kevin Rhodes. It also includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and the Symphony No. 3 "Eroica." Classical IPR's live broadcast starts at 2:50 p.m. with the concert downbeat at 3 p.m.

On his life and legacy and Interlochen

Roger Mastroianni

The Factory Seconds brass trio includes trumpeter Jack Sutte, hornist Jesse McCormick, and trombonist Richard Stout. They are all faculty members at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Esther Chae is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studies cello with Patrick Owen. She recently visited IPR's Studio A.

Sandra Shapiro is a classical pianist and a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is also a guest faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy this semester.

In Studio A With Conrad Tao and Stefan Jackiw

Jan 18, 2019

Pianist Conrad Tao and violinist Stefan Jackiw will perform on Saturday night at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

The duo visited Classical IPR and discussed their artistic collaboration. They also talked about working with Interlochen Arts Academy students. 

 

In Studio A, they performed works by Stravinsky and Lutoslawski.

The recording was engineered by Brock Morman.

An edited transcript of their interview is available below.

IPR: How did your collaboration come together?

Amanda Sewell

TianQi Peng is a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy. She studies piano with TJ Lymenstull.

TianQi (Angel) recently visited IPR's Studio A, where she performed music by Beethoven and Chopin.

In Studio A with pianist Enle Wu

Jan 9, 2019

Enle Wu is a junior at Interlochen Arts Academy where he studies piano with T.J. Lymenstull. 

Recently Enle visited IPR's Studio A to perform music of Mozart and chat about his interests and future plans.

In Studio A with Enle Wu was engineered by Brock Morman. Sophia Bondi provided production assistance.

Jakob Schoenfeld is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He studies percussion with Keith Aleo.

Jakob recently visited IPR's Studio A. He performed Robert Oetomo's arrangement of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." View video of the performance below.

Amanda Sewell

Throughout the year, Interlochen Public Radio welcomes a variety of guest artists to our Studio A. They give interviews and exclusive performances. 

In Studio A with clarinetist Daniel Solowey

Dec 19, 2018
Daniel Solowey

Daniel Solowey is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

In Studio A at Classical IPR we found out about Daniel’s take on composers Johannes Brahms and Bela Kovacs. He performed with pianist Susan Snyder and chatted with us about his interests and future plans.

In Studio A with Daniel Solowey was engineered by Brock Morman. Sophia Bondi provided production assistance.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

JunMing Wen is a tubist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He grew up in Guangzhou, China.

JunMing Wen visited IPR's Studio A to perform the Romanza movement from the tuba concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang. 

He told Classical IPR why he chose the tuba as his instrument when he was a child, and why he would now choose a career playing the tuba over a career driving for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. He also explained why he keeps his mouthpiece with him at all times. 

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