Arts at Interlochen

Located in northwest Michigan, Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events and is the parent organization of our two award-winning public radio stations.

Find the stories and sounds of Interlochen below, or click here for recordings of Interlochen student performances.

You can also see more student work through the Interlochen Olio project. 


InsideOut Gallery
3:25 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Interlochen screenwriter mashes up Grimm

Lesley Tye from last year's production of "How Grinchy Met the Who." Tye's musical director, and husband, Tony Bero is at the keyboard.

Last December, the Mash-Up Rock and Roll Musical Parody group staged an unusual performance. The Grinch (who stole Christmas) was cast into the lead role of the 1969 rock opera “Tommy.”

The parody team is back this year weaving together fairy tales with 1980s rock.

The idea came to Lesley Tye more than a year ago when she was in her car listening to the song “Girlfriend in a Coma.” That was a hit from 1987 by The Smiths. The song got Tye thinking about Snow White and the prince who saves her.

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Radio Collage
11:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Radio Collage: Variety is the Spice...

L - R: ZiKang Wang, Sara Han, Sydney Lusby and Martin Kocev

  Interlochen students have a little something for just about everyone in this edition of Radio Collage... a student clarinet quartet gives us its take on a Hungarian Dance, the Academy Percussion Ensemble performs a work by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, and a pianist from the Summer Piano Institute tells us the "back story" on a Rachmaninoff Etude.  We'll also hear some Spirituals, a Brass Sextet, and original works by students from the Creative Writing and Singer-Songwriter programs at Interlochen. 

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Classical Music
3:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

DSO performs original work by Music Director Leonard Slatkin

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
Credit Donald Dietz / Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates a first this weekend: It will perform an original piece by its very own music director, Grammy-winner Leonard Slatkin.  

"The subtitle is concertino grosso, so already one can sense that there's humor in this: a concertino usually being thought of as being a small concerto, and grosso meaning large," he says.

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Radio Collage
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Familiar music with a twist

The S.M.T.S. Quartet performs music of Brahms in IPR's Studio A

Radio Collage airs this weekend (Saturday at 8:06am, and Sunday at 7pm). Among the works on the program, this familiar Hungarian Dance by Brahms performed by the S.M.T.S clarinet quartet.

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Arts at Interlochen
1:23 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

How does a Mozart serenade taste? Conductor and chef team up to find out

IAA Band conductor Matthew Schlomer.
Credit U-W Madison School of Music

A good meal can become a great meal if the restaurant has the right ambiance. That’s what chefs say at least. Good music, for example, can improve the experience of eating.

But what about the other way around? Can good food improve the experience of listening to good music?

An Interlochen conductor and a chef are teaming up in Traverse City to find out.

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