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. 

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The New Jazz Archive
2:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Jazz and Comedy

A lot of people probably don't think of jazz as all that funny. But there's more than one way to get a laugh out of all things jazz. In this hour, we’ll talk with stand-up comic Jeff Cesario about how his former life as a jazz musician helps make him a better comedian. And we’ll bring in our jazz historian Lewis Porter to talk about jazz’s vaudeville roots and how jazz lost its sense of humor in the 1950s. That plus a look at jazz prankster Dizzy Gillespie and plenty of  jazz guaranteed to make you smile, are all coming up in this episode of The New Jazz Archive.

Writers & Writing
1:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Michigan Writers on the Air - April 2014

Ann Marie Oomen

Anne-Marie Oomen reflects on coming to literacy in the third grade and her duel careers as a writer and educator. Then she reads from her forthcoming memoir, Love, Sex, and 4-H.

Peter Payette provides a primer on the art of audio storytelling. After a quick survey of the hardware and software requirements, he gets to the bones of writing, recording, and producing memorable stories.  Featured in this segment are audio essays by Emily K. Bright and Nancy Bazilchuk. 

Fleda Brown reads from and comments on the work of contemporary American poet, Maxine Kuman.

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Mary Stewart Adams
7:40 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Dark Sky Park: Lyrid Meteor Shower

On Tuesday next week the Lyrid Meteor Shower will happen overhead. Like all such events, the meteor shower takes its name from the constellation in front of which the stars appear to ‘shoot’, which in this case is the constellation Lyra, the lyre or stringed instrument of Orpheus.

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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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The New Jazz Archive
11:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

This week on The New Jazz Archive, it’s a new look at the life and music of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We’ll talk with biographer John Kruth about Kirk’s life and art from his unequaled ability to make music on many instruments at once, to his eccentric, and often politically-charged stage persona. And we’ll talk with Rahsaan’s widow Dorthaan Kirk about his heroic return to the stage after suffering a stroke in 1975, and explore whether the jazz world has finally given this unsung hero his due now more than 30 years after his death.

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Live from Studio A
1:15 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tibetan Buddhist Monks Create Sand Painting In Traverse City

Tibetan Buddhist monks create a mandala, an intricate sand painting at The Dennos Museum Center.
Sara Hoover

NOTE: Monks from the Mystical Arts of Tibet who are in Traverse City this week will also perform at Milliken Auditorium this Saturday, and live on Classical IPR Thursday April 17, in the 10 a.m. hour.

The Dennos Museum Center of Northwestern Michigan College is hosting Tibetan Buddhist monks this week.

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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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Stateside
5:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists

A flyer for the Share Arts exhibit at the Buckham Gallery.

How do we really get through to kids who are headed down the path to trouble?

There is a group of artists in the Flint area that believes the answer is spoken word and visual art.

The Share Art Project has been bringing artists together with young offenders. It's a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center.

Shellie Spivack is a Buckham board member who chairs the program, and she joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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