Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to 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. 

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 third of our 2016 episodes, Maestro Christopher Rountree conducts the musicians in Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Nico Muhly's So Far, So Good and Igor Stravinsky's 1919 Firebird Suite

Community members gather to hear free music from the new street piano in Traverse City.
Cheyenne Herron

A brightly colored piano was unveiled in Traverse City on Thursday evening. 

It sits in the middle of a new gathering space near the intersection of Front and Park Streets downtown. About 50 people of all ages stopped by to enjoy the warm evening and some free music.  

The 2016 Traverse City Film Festival will celebrate the State Theatre's Centennial among other things.
Daniel Wanschura

The 12th Annual Traverse City Film Festival gets underway next Tuesday.

This year, the 32 officially selected films are all directed by women. Meg Weichman is the Creative Director for the film festival. She says it was founder Michael Moore who had the idea making all the official selections, films that were directed by women. 

"We did try to look for more films by female filmmakers this year, and we were shooting for maybe just having fifty percent," explains Weichman. She says what they found was staggering. "Michael loved so many great movies by women, he wanted to make all of our official selections in competition just directed by women."


Claire Lynch performs with her band, 'The Claire Lynch Band' in IPR's Studio A
Lisa Fierstein

Claire Lynch is considered by many to be one of the finest female voices in bluegrass. And also one of the first. When she started, there were few other female bluegrass artists.

"Some historians have said that if a woman performed on stage without a chaperon ... she was considered sort of a hussy," explains Lynch. She says the 'good ol' boy, protect your woman attitude' lasted longer in bluegrass than it did in a lot of other genres. 

After this year, Claire Lynch plans to step away from full-time touring with her band, The Claire Lynch Band. Her final tour includes a couple of stops in Northern Michigan. The group performed their concert A Midsummer Night’s Dream last night at The Garden Theater in Frankfort, and will play tonight at the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City. 

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.

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