Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to the Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories. 


Classical Playlists
1:10 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

PLAY NOW: Road Trip!

Take this playlist with you on your next Road Trip! IPR's Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music for you to take over the river and through the woods.

Taking a road trip? Change your playlist! We're thinking about you out on those snowy roads for your holiday travels. It's exciting and stressful, we know. What soundtrack can be both calming and stimulating? What could add new color to the landscapes outside your car window?  Kate Botello has put together nearly 4 hours of music designed to surprise and invigorate your road trip. Great for the Classical music fan, or if you're just willing to give Classical a try. Best of all, there's no interruption when you leave our coverage area. You just need your smart phone and the free music sharing app Spotify.

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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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8:58 am
Thu November 20, 2014

How we talk about food

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:56 am

As Stateside goes tableside, let’s talk about how we talk about food! Why do the words "foodie," "delish," and "yummo" drive some people crazy? Margot Finn is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, specializing in food and popular culture.

Finn says she finds it interesting that people would take offense to certain food words such as "nom" or "yummo." Finn thinks it could be a result of trendy or edgy people rejecting a word when it becomes more widely used in pop culture.

Finn says there's a long history of food as status symbol. The snobbery and elitism foodies are accused of may have roots in the use of food to confer status.  Listen to our interview with Finn below.

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Carnegie Library
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

History Center, Crooked Tree would share Carnegie building under new plan

Except for next month's Festival of Trains, the Carnegie Library building will be closed to the public until March.
Credit Aaron Selbig

UPDATED at 4:40 p.m. Nov. 19th

The History Center of Traverse City should share the city-owned Carnegie Library building with a local arts organization. That’s the recommendation of three Traverse City commissioners plotting the building’s future.

Traverse City Manager Jered Ottenwess suggests a three-way deal, with the History Center and Crooked Tree Arts Center as the two main tenants.

He says the city would pay utilities and maintenance costs for the Carnegie building, while collecting about $50,000 in annual lease payments from the two tenants.

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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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