Interlochen alumni among Interlochen Public Radio’s spring guests

Since the beginning of 2018, numerous Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy alumni have spoken and performed on Interlochen Public Radio segments.

Several of the alumni appeared on the popular program In Studio A, which features performances by and interviews with leading musical artists from northern Michigan and around the world. Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy alumni regularly appear on Interlochen Public Radio programming, and this selection of recent alumni guests continues Interlochen Public Radio’s tradition of high-quality programming while showcasing the very best of Interlochen. Stay tuned for future features of Interlochen alumni on Interlochen Public Radio.

First to appear in Studio A was clarinetist Alex Fiterstein (IAC 94-95, IAA 95-96, IAA Fac 13-14, IAC Fac 13-14), who performs as one-third of the Goldstein Peled Fiterstein Trio. The ensemble, who traveled to Interlochen as part of the Performing Arts Series, performed Joachim Stutschewsky’s Hasidic Fantasy and spoke to Nancy Deneen about juggling their roles as performers, teachers and artistic directors.

During the first week of April, percussionist Matthew Duvall (IAC 84-85, IAA 85-89, IAC St 95) and Eighth Blackbird came to Interlochen Arts Academy to perform alongside Arts Academy students and Third Coast Percussion in the Steve Reich Festival. Duvall stopped by Interlochen Public Radio’s Studio A to speak with Kate Botello about the music of Steve Reich, rhythmic perception and minimalist music. Duvall also performed excerpts from Reich’s Clapping and John Cage’s In a Landscape.

Less than a week later, double bassist Gary Gatzke (AS 92, 94, IAC 95, IAA 96-98, ICA St 06-13) joined Amanda Sewell in Studio A. Gatzke is currently the principal bassist of the Traverse Symphony and Great Lakes Chamber Orchestras, as well as Director of Development for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Gatzke performed works by Dittersdorf, Handel and Saint-Saens on air, and spoke with Sewell about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Bach Family Festival and his time at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Sewell also interviewed hornist and composer Brad Warnaar (IAC 65, IAA 65-68) for two of her segments. On April 13, Sewell featured Warnaar’s 1967 performance of Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, given as one of the winners of Interlochen Arts Academy’s annual concerto competition. Later, Sewell selected an album by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, featuring Warnaar’s own original horn concerto, as Classical IPR’s New Release of the Week.

On May 5, Kate Botello welcomed the Cummings String Quartet to Studio A. The quartet features alumna Elizabeth Bert (IAC 56-60, IAC St 76-78, IAA St 81-01) on cello, former faculty member Kim Teachout (IAC Fac 2014) on viola and alumna Cheryl Zetterholm (AS 76, UNIV 80) on violin. The ensemble spoke about their work with the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program, the nuances of playing in a quartet setting and selecting repertoire for a string quartet.

Studio A also welcomed Sarah Huebsch (IAC 00-01, IAA 03-04), who returned to campus to teach at the Interlochen College of Creative Arts' Early Music Workshop. Huebsch, a period oboist and performance practice specialist, spoke about the program and performed several songs with her colleague, Mark Cudek.

Tune in to Interlochen Public Radio for future In Studio A segments featuring Interlochen alumni.