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. 

Aaron Selbig

 This week on the Green Room: Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ gets a folk music makeover. Courtney Kaiser-Sandler, instructor of the singer-songwriter program here at Interlochen Arts Academy, talks about creating the play’s original score.

Plus, street art becomes fine art. A skateboard art exhibit opens at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Selbig

Musician Rachel Brooke has been compared to Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris and Neko Case. She spends most of her time on the road these days traveling the country, but she loves to be writing songs at her home is near Grayling. We catch up with her during one of her recent hometown gigs.

Plus, artist Rufus Snoddy has collaborated with his daughter, Maya James, on an exhibition at Twisted Fish Art Gallery. James is a spoken-word artist. The exhibit, called Hybrid runs through June 28.

Radio Collage: The Familiar & the New

May 28, 2015
Interlochen Center for the Arts

  This month on Radio Collage, we feature a few works you probably already know, along with several that you likely have never heard. We've got traditional Irish songs,  music of  Villa-Lobos, Interlochen alumnus Peter Erskine and works by two current Academy students.  In addition,  we've got   a trombone quartet by Eric Ewazen and a harpist playing a piece by Salzedo.  And, just for the fun of it, there's a cello ensemble performing some Lennon & McCartney!


Imperial Stormtroopers are invading the Cherry Capital Comic Con this weekend - but don't worry; it's just for fun! 

And - photographer Eric Hatch uses long exposures to capture big details in his images, partly because he can't really see the small things.

Plus: a graduating Interlochen student shares her favorite bassoon trick! 

 


Traverse City's Joshua Davis has advanced to the final round of NBC's singing contest 'The Voice.' Now it's up to his supporters to get out the vote to try to bring him a victory.

Plus, 'The King and I' is once again selling out on Broadway, nearly 65 years after its debut. But you don't have to go all the way to New York City to see the musical – it's on stage in northern Michigan at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Today in 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered

May 8, 2015
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It’s VE Day today, Victory in Europe.  Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies on this day 70 years ago. Europe is far from northern Michigan but for many families, the Traverse City train depot was where the action took place.

The old Pere Marquette train station in Traverse City sits near the corner of Eight and Woodmere. It’s a part of town that has seen a recent revival of activity and bustle since the library opened in 1998. 

The last passenger train pulled out of the station in 1966.

Tom Carr

Pete Farmer isn’t opposed to playing with other musicians, but it can be a pain to coordinate. Sometimes he just wants to play by himself – and that’s why he created a drum contraption that turns anyone into a one-man or one-woman-band.

Plus, author Stuart Dybek is a genius – at least according to the MacArthur Foundation which gave him one of its so-called 'genius grants' a few years back. We hear from him in advance of an appearance in northern Michigan next week.


Interlochen Center for the Arts has released the schedule for the upcoming 2015 Festival season!

Chris Gruits, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, joined IPR's Tim Burke to give us a preview.

For a full listing of acts coming to Interlochen for the 2015 Arts Festival, click here.

Poet Jamaal May captures 'Hum' of Detroit

Apr 1, 2015
Jamaal May

Jamaal May's first collection of poetry, Hum, won him a Notable Book Award and a Beatrice Hawley Award, among other accolades. The Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts calls the Detroit-raised poet a "rising star."

May is working with writing students this week at Interlochen Arts Academy. He also agreed to a free public reading Thursday night at The Writing House.

Radio Collage: While the young folk are away....

Mar 29, 2015
Sunny Zhou and Jade Fung
Tim Burke

  Students at Interlochen Arts Academy have been enjoying a spring break, but left us plenty of things to listen to while they're gone.  We've got a poem by  Creative Writer Mickayla Noel,  a piano four- hands version of a Dvorak Slavonic Dance by Jade Fung and Sunny Zhou and Singer-Songwriter Allison Sidell performs her song "Bones.  We'll also hear from the Academy Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Band.  While we're at it,  a quick trip to the audio vault for some Debussy...just for good measure!


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Michael Thurber – composer, musician and Interlochen alum – experiments with music. He bends genre, pushing beyond conventional notions of classical music. Oh, and he's a YouTube star.

This week, Thurber will do something he's never done before– debut a piece he's written for a full orchestra. And he'll do it at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, using Interlochen students, and recorded live by NPR's From The Top.


This year, NPR’s From the Top commissioned a new musical work from Interlochen Arts Academy Alum Michael Thurber. It's designed to feature the next generation of classical musicians. 

It's an all-Interlochen line up on the show this week, featuring excerpts from the concerto performed in Corson Auditorium with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. This show also includes solos from several current students.

Acclaimed jazz singer discovered later in life

Mar 6, 2015

Critically acclaimed jazz singer René Marie is performing at Interlochen Center for the Arts!

Marie started out singing occasionally. She was 40 years old before she decided to go "all in" and pursue a music career.

Now she's actively touring, and a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. 

Kate Botello recently spoke with René Marie about how she got started, her Grammy nomination, and her upcoming performance at Interlochen.

 

David Cassleman

Children with autism often have trouble speaking – and some never learn to talk. So that means other ways of communication are key for many with an autism spectrum disorder.

“Body language, gestures, pictures” – they are all options according to Christian Denice. He’s a dance choreographer from California debuting a completely original piece at the Interlochen Center for the Arts this weekend.

It’s a piece inspired by the work his mother does with autistic children in California, and he's dedicating the performances to one young woman in particular.


From The Top returns to Interlochen

Mar 2, 2015

The most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio is coming back to the Interlochen Center for the Arts!

From the Top will be recorded before a live audience in Corson Auditorium on Friday, March 13, at 7:30pm.

Radio Collage: Searching the Archive

Feb 26, 2015
Tim Burke

 

   We're digging through the archive for more student performances from the past.  This month's show features an excerpt form a Borodin String Quartet, a harpist performing and Impromptu by Faure', a trio that came to Interlochen from Shanghai, and a pianist who'll take us to the "Sunny Side of the Street".


Jeremy Kittel is a seriously well rounded violinist and musician; he’s a master of classical, jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, Bluegrass… you name it, he does it!

Jeremy recently came to Interlochen Arts Academy to work with some students before a Valentine’s concert in Suttons Bay, and brought his bandmates Joshua Pinkham (mandolin) and Quinn Bachand (guitar) with him to Studio A.
(Learn more about the band, and our Studio A visit, by clicking "Read More.")

Interlochen Center for the Arts

When artists listen to the heart, they’re usually looking for emotion or inspiration. No stethoscope necessary – certainly not an echo machine. Until now.

Students at the Interlochen Arts Academy have been jammin’ along to the beats of their own hearts, thanks to some pretty sophisticated medical equipment. Next week they’re putting on a show that blends the traditional artist’s notion of heartache with a very physical representation of their healthy, and normal, teenage hearts.

  Find the webcast link and other show information here.

Hitting the stage

    

    

Chris Hintz

The Chinese economy and its rapid expansion is a wonder of the modern world. But its ugly side drives the story in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s new play.

"The World of Extreme Happiness" opens in New York next month. It’s a dark comedy about the hopes of rural migrants in China whose dreams look rather American.

The hero of the drama, 19-year old Sunny, works as a janitor and wants a promotion. She meets an older worker who explains the power of positive thinking.

Interlochen Arts Academy Alumnus Keith Buncke has just been named Principal Bassoon of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

When Buncke graduated from Interlochen, he probably assumed he’d take a few years to finish college and begin a career. That was not to be: not long into his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Buncke, then 20 years old, was selected as First Bassoonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Now, at 21, Buncke embarks on his new adventure under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Chicago.

Toi toi toi, Keith!

Radio Collage: Our own "Studio A-list"

Jan 17, 2015
The view from behind the microphone
Tim Burke

  This month, Radio Collage dips into our vault for several of what you could call our very own "A-list"...student performances from IPR's "Live from Studio A" series.  We'll be revisiting sessions from the past five years for music of Debussy, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Chopin, along with works from some not-so-familiar composers!

Luke Ratray

Contemporary classical music sometimes gets a bad rap – from both classical music purists and a broader audience not used to music that doesn’t always follow a melody. But among the genre’s fans, eighth blackbird is considered a fearless and innovative ensemble. They’ve been rewarded with three Grammy awards.

The six members of eighth blackbird came together at Oberlin Conservatory in 1996. A couple of its members have changed over the years but the group’s focus on exploring musical boundaries has not.

Sounds of the Season

Dec 23, 2014

  Interlochen Arts Academy Symphonic Band and Choir join forces for a concert full of thrilling music for the holidays.  There's plenty here that will move and inspire you, and room for some fun, too! Hosted by IPR's Kate Botello.

Listen online, or at 4:00PM on Christmas Day on Classical IPR. Find our complete lineup of holiday favorites here.


francine j. harris

Award-winning poet francine j. harris says her writing life began in high school, when she started a kind of conversation with her best friend.

Harris says one day her friend asked if she could read a poem she'd written – something she had never done before.

"And it was so weird because I didn't recognize her in it," Harris says.

But it made Harris want to write. She says she called her friend the next day and read her something that she wrote.

"We started doing this back and forth."

Listen to Harris read  "The Fat of the Fog Hovers Over," which she says she wrote about Traverse City.


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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