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. 

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.

Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Glass equipage

Apr 10, 2015

Welcome back, Kids’ Commuters. Today is the final day of Eighth Blackbird week. Eighth Blackbird is the artist-in residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, teaching workshops and collaborating with the students. All week, they’ve been taking us through the piece of music composed especially for their group, called “Thirteen Ways.” Ready for the final day?

 

The focus of today’s episode is on the eleventh movement.

 

Hey Kids’ Commuters! Welcome back to Eighth Blackbird week. Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall are part of a music group called Eighth Blackbird. Today, we’ll continue delving into the music piece, “Thirteen Ways.”

 

The focus of today’s episode is on the seventh movement.

 

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa is the pianist, and Matthew is the percussionist for “Eighth Blackbird.” The music group is currently the artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. All week we’ve been exploring a piece of music written expressly for Eighth Blackbird, called “Thirteen Ways.”

The focus of today’s episode is on the sixth movement.

 


Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Pantomime

Apr 7, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa is the pianist, and Matthew is the percussionist for “Eighth Blackbird.” The music group is currently the artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. All throughout this week, they’re taking us through the different movements of the very first piece ever written for the group, called “Thirteen Ways.”

 


Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Blinking eye

Apr 6, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa and Matthew are members of a music group called “Eighth Blackbird,” which is the current artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. What is an “artist-in-residence,” you ask? Well, it basically means that they stay on campus for a bit teaching workshops and collaborating with students. 

This week, they are going to be talking about “Thirteen Ways” which is a piece of music composed by their friend Thomas Albert, and written specially for “Eighth Blackbird.” 

 


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!


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top
He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


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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.

This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top. He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


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".


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