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. 


Earth Day
4:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Cloned Sequoias Will Be Planted At Interlochen Center for the Arts

Hundreds of clones from ancient redwoods grow at Archangel Ancient Tree Archive in Copemish, Michigan. They will be sent to five countries on Earth Day.
Credit Sara Hoover

Near the shores of the Lake Michigan sits a grove of sequoias. They stand on the site of a former Morton Salt Factory, where men once mined salt brine out of the Great Lakes. Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years, ever since Mrs. Morton brought the saplings with her from the West Coast. Since then, the giant trees have grown accustomed to tough Michigan winters.

Those trees are going to take another trip. Or their clones will.

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Arts at Interlochen
3:04 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Composers in Context at Interlochen: Ned Rorem

Composer Ned Rorem

Interlochen Arts Academy is featuring a series of concert performances built around music of American composer, Ned Rorem, who is celebrating his 90th year.    The IAA Band, Choir, and Orchestra perform a trio of concerts offering context for Mr. Rorem's music.  Band director Matthew Schlomer, Choral director John Bragle, and Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to the Composer in Context series of concerts at Interlochen, April 23-25.

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Radio Collage
3:38 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Uppin' Adam, That's What I'm Talking About

Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, 2013-2014

This month on Radio Collage,  an excerpt from the short story  What I'm Talking About by creative writer Ashanti Davis, the Interlochen Arts Academy band performs Uppin' Adam and the Theatre Department  takes a fresh look at Cinderella.  The Academy Orchestra performs Elgar's Nimrod, pianist Grace Zhang plays Ondine by Ravel and we'll hear the opening of a Radio Drama based loosely, very loosely, on Shakespeare's Two Gentleman of Verona.  ( listen to the full drama here )

Radio Collage - April 2014 -Uppin' Adam - That's What I'm Talking About!

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Student Radio Drama
3:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

From Verona Hills to Vegas

Students from the Interlochen Arts Academy English as a Second Language (ESL) class take a Shakespeare classic - Two Gentleman of Verona -  and refashions it as a modern work...with a few twists!

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Live from Studio A
3:39 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Song Of Blessing: Tibetan Monks Perform Live

Tibetan monks in IPR's Studio A

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.

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Live from Studio A
2:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

New Opera Project - Live from Studio A

(L-R) Tevan Goldberg, Aliya Ultan, Sage DeAgro-Roupp, Erin Anderson (in the back - Scott Skiba)

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.

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Classical Music at the Interlochen Festival
12:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Classical Highlights of the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival

Interlochen Arts Festival 2013

There are so many terrific shows coming up for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival; it's hard to keep track!  We like to think there's something for everyone. Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, dropped by Studio B to chat with Classical IPR's Kate Botello to talk about upcoming highlights from the Festival for classical music fans.

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Interlochen Summer Concerts Announced
10:23 am
Fri April 11, 2014

It's The Interlochen Arts Festival's 50th Anniversary

Interlochen Arts Festival

IPR talks with Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, Christopher Gruits, about the coming summer season of performances for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival.   

The full line up was announced today.

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11:09 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Motionhouse Dance Makes A Splash

An image from "Scattered" by Motionhouse Dance

On April 1st at Interlochen, dancers will appear to climb up the stream of a giant water faucet. They’ll also leap up and touch a screen causing big splashes. The ensemble is England’s Motionhouse which integrates dance, film and acrobatics. The co-founder and Artistic Director of Motionhouse is Kevin Finnan. He says the company’s special effects were achieved by trying many different techniques. 

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Arts at Interlochen
4:34 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Where is serious music going?

Where is 'classical' music headed in the future?  Interlochen Arts Academy alumni Theo VanDyke, a trumpeter now at Juilliard, and Kens Lui, a trombonist at New England Conservatory, talk with two leaders at Interlochen Center for the Arts:  President Jeffrey Kimpton and Director of Music Kedrik Merwin, about their thoughts on music innovation, musical assignments to avoid, and the exhilarating life that music offers.  

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