Arts at Interlochen

Interlochen Center for the Arts has arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events in northern Michigan and is the parent organization of our two public radio stations.

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

Each year, Interlochen Arts Camp becomes home to the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, high-school age musicians working with renowned conductors from all over the world.

 

In the second of our 2016 episodes, Maestro JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct the musicians in George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, Paul Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber, and selections from Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger.

Morgan Springer

Virtuosos Bela Fleck and Chris Thile have joined forces for a week-long U.S. tour.

Fleck is widely considered the best banjo player in the world. He’s known for taking the instrument in new and unexpected musical directions.

Thile is a virtuoso on the mandolin, who made a name for himself with his bands Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers. And later this fall, Thile will take over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion.

The duo played Thursday night at Kresge Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

40 Years of the String Orchestra at Interlochen

Jul 1, 2016
Interlochen Center for the Arts

After dedicating 40 years to Interlochen, David Holland decided to compile a treasury of performances by the String Orchestra, an ensemble he founded and directed from 1973-2013.  

Listen to the interview, including a performance of Vaughan William's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, here: 

For more information click here

Ana Cuba

On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Dance Company will perform at David Geffen Hall in NYC as part of the NY Phil Biennial. Described as “one of the most celebrated and sought-after classical composers of the last decade,” (The Guardian)  composer Nico Muhly was on campus to work with students in the Orchestra on his piece "So Far, So Good" which will also feature choreography by Christopher Williams performed by the students of the Dance Company.

Interlochen Arts Academy

On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra and Dance Company will perform at David Geffen Hall in NYC as part of the NY Phil Biennial. Christopher Rountree is a young American conductor and composer committed to bringing contemporary music to a broader audience.  He will be conducting the Orchestra for the Biennial in June and has visited campus a number of times to work with the students in preparation for the performance.


Interlochen Arts Academy

  On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform at Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic biennial. Between now and then, the composers, choreographer and guest conductor will be working with students here at Interlochen, preparing the program for their trip to New York. 

This week we talked to composer Hannah Lash, who was on campus to work with students on her newly commissioned piece Chaconnes​.

Jonatan Myhre Jørgensen in rehearsal for the upcoming NY Phil Bienn
Interlochen Arts Academy

On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform at Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic biennial. Between now and then, the composers, choreographer and guest conductor will be working with students here at Interlochen, preparing the program for their trip to New York. 

This week we feature Jonatan Myhre Jørgensen, one of six students from the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company chosen to premiere Christopher Williams' The Good So Far for the Biennal.

Interlochen Center for the Arts was founded through the vision of Joseph Maddy. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his passing.
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Today, April 18, 2016, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of Joe Maddy— the founder of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Maddy passed away on this day in 1966 at the age of 74.

Joe Maddy was born in Wellington, Kansas in 1891. He grew up playing in string quartets, but wanted to learn more about playing the violin and viola. He quit school after eighth grade to pursue his musical passion.

Then, in the late 1920’s, Joe Maddy was asked to form a national high school orchestra, for the Music Supervisors National Conference in Dallas. 

  

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will be part of the Young Americans focus during the 2016 Interlochen Arts Festival.
Jake Shimabukuro

Huey Lewis and the News, Martina McBride, and Jay Leno are some of the bigger names coming to Interlochen this summer.

The 2016 Interlochen Arts Festival lineup was announced today.

In addition to some of the more widely recognized names, this year's festival also showcases some of America's next generation of artists. Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who's from Hawaii, will be making an appearance as will Detroit poet Danez Smith.

On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform at Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic biennial.  The biennial is a festival dedicated to new music and the students will not be playing standard repertoire. There are two world premieres commissioned for the performance and two NY premieres all by young American composers.

Traverse City jumped 10 spots in the second annual Arts Vibrancy Index, released by Southern Methodist University.
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Traverse City is once again ranked among the country’s most vibrant arts communities.

The second annual Arts Vibrancy Index released by Southern Methodist University, puts the northern Michigan city at number 10 on the list among small to mid-sized communities.

That’s a 10 spot jump in ranking. The same study ranked Traverse City 20th on the last year’s list.

Mucca Pazza brings its show to Interlochen on Saturday.
Mucca Pazza

It’s kind of difficult to explain exactly what Mucca Pazza is. Even it’s own members have trouble describing the group at times.

To some, Mucca Pazza is a marching band that doesn’t march. Others say it’s a marching band that thinks it’s a rock n’ roll band. 

Whatever description fits best, Mucca Pazza is a group of about 30 self-described misfits who missed the days of high school band, theater and cheer. And so, they came up with their own group.

On Saturday, Interlochen Center for the Arts will be hosting a free Mucca Pazza performance, as part of the annual Winterlochen festivities.

Christopher Williams is a choreographer, dancer, puppeteer and performance artist. Moving beyond simple dance steps, he calls himself an, "alchemist." He's just completed a residency at Interlochen Arts Academy preparing students for a challenging, innovative performance. IPR's Kate Botello sat down to talk with Christopher about his philosophy of movement and his project with the students.

Hear the project's accompanying music, "So Far, So Good," by composer Nico Muhly  - after the jump.


Aaron Selbig

A group of Interlochen students is reviving the radio drama. Their production is called “Until We Can All Sit Down.” It recalls the lunch counter sit-in movement of the early 1960s.

But their radio drama also ties history into the present, relating the Civil Rights Movement with what’s happening today in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

The radio play has a little bit of everything. There’s singing. There’s a viola and a flute. And of course, lots of sound effects.

When Joseph Morrissey took the position of Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy earlier this year, one of the shows he was most excited about producing was The Nutcracker.

“One of the first things I asked about is, ‘Do you have a Nutcracker?’ And they said, ‘Not only do we have a Nutcracker, but we’re building a brand new set.’”

Morrissey has high ambitions for this classic, and wants to make sure it appeals to a variety of audiences. He says there are a lot of different elements—  romance, comedy, and some suspense. 

“Especially with the mice,” says Morrissey. “They are supposed to be scary— they are the conflict of the story. But we also have to keep in mind this is a holiday production. So, there is a lot of comedy as well,” he says. 

 


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's acting principal clarinetist takes the stage at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

John Bruce Yeh is a 39-year veteran of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the New York New Music Ensemble, a Grammy winner and more. A native of Los Angeles, he began studying the clarinet at age 6 and spent two years at Juilliard, from 1975 to 1977, before leaving to assume the role of solo bass clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra., and, two years later, assistant principal and solo E-flat clarinet. 

 

The subject of the Oscar‐nominated documentary Jules at eight, Julian Lage, now 27, has been performing and recording with vibraphone legend Gary Burton since the age of 12, holding a seat once occupied by the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pat Metheny. He stopped by IPR's Studio A, to chat and play a few songs with his trio.

The Eero Saxophone Quartet will perform tonight at the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall at 7:30pm.
The Ann Arbor based group will also be taking part in a student workshop with the Interlochen Arts Academy sax ensemble this afternoon.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information call 231-276-7800

Interlochen Arts Academy Band Director Matt Schlomer leads his band in rehearsal.
Daniel Wanschura

Do we have a music that describes our time and place today? 

That question was recently explored during a concert at Interlochen Arts Academy.

In the early 1900’s, pianist and composer Percy Grainger began thinking about the type of music that might describe both England’s time and place - a sort of national sound, if you will. 

 

You may know Ana Gasteyer from her six years on Saturday Night Live, or from the movies, Broadway, or the TV show Suburbia. She's performing tonight at 7:30 at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in a show based around her album, I'm Hip.  We asked Ana to pick out a couple of her favorite tracks for the album and tell us more about the music.

To see Ana Gasteyer tonight, visit: tickets.interlochen.org.


Enjoy our IPR programming changes

Oct 2, 2015

IPR asked listeners like you for program input, and as a result we've added new shows and rescheduled old favorites. IPR News Radio now includes more airings of TED Radio HourStudio 360 and Splendid Table on the weekends, and IPR Classical has added Show Tunes with Kate Botello, Global VillageRiverwalk Jazz and The New Jazz Archive

Today in 1964, Van Cliburn conducted at Interlochen

Aug 26, 2015

Van Cliburn's visit that year produced a recording of Serenade to Music that wound up on a record produced by RCA Victor. It was called Van Cliburn Conducts.

Cliburn visited Interlochen throughout the 1960s. But his show with the Interlochen Youth Orchestra had a last minute problem. There was no choir.

Interlochen’s archivist, Byron Hanson, says the concert was scheduled for the week after camp let out and by that time most of the choir had gone home. So they had to assemble a choir from the community.
 

This week the Green Room celebrates the ukulele, a sweet sounding little instrument with a growing fan base all over the world. Plus, Kate Botello plays something unexpected.

Garrison Keillor will visit Interlochen during his farewell, "America the Beautiful" tour on July 28.
A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor, the creator and host of "A Prairie Home Companion,” announced his forthcoming retirement yesterday.

He’ll call it quits after the conclusion of next year’s season in the fall of 2016. Keillor will continue to be involved with the show, serving as executive producer. 

Garrison Keillor has hosted A Prairie Home Companion since 1974.

Linda Stephan

 

Yana Dee is not your typical seamstress.

She doesn’t use pins. She doesn’t use an iron very often, and she doesn’t use patterns in the traditional sense. She now has a store located in Traverse City’s high-rent downtown. Hear how she makes women’s clothing by combining retro ways with modern trends. 

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