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. 

Lucia Celebration Sunday

Dec 17, 2010

Next Head Of Community Health Vows To Find Budget Cuts

Dec 17, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Laura Weber</a></em></p> <p>The next director of the state Department of Community Health says she hopes to make Michigan a healthier state and still cut costs. </p> <p>Governor-elect Rick Snyder named Olga Dazzo to the position today. She says she's not ready to say where she would cut costs with the department, but she says a lot can be done with technological advances and record keeping.

DSO: Slatkin Meets With Strikers

Dec 16, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Noah Ovshinsky, WDET </a></em></p> <p>Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin met with striking musicians this week, for the first time since they walked off the job in October. </p> <p>Slatkin has remained largely silent since the strike began, which is not unusual in the industry.

A Serene Wood Carver's Holiday Tradition

Dec 16, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Usually, artists' work in private. But wood carver John Schirmer creates works in full view of the customers of Traverse City's Candle Factory. He's been doing it every Christmas season for 27 years. </p>

You're invited to join IPR News Radio for the next program in the Traverse City National Writers Series. The program was recorded in the Traverse City Opera House and features New York Times best-selling authors Karl Marlantes and Philip Caputo. The pair published two of the most influential books ever written about Vietman: Marlantes' "Matterhorn" and Caputo's "A Rumor of War."

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Northern Michigan author Michael Erlewine has his work listed among the 2011 list of Michigan Notable Books. The Library of Michigan announced the winners today.</p> <p>Erlewine's book, <em>Blues in Black & White: The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals</em>, features black and white photography of the late Stanley Livingston.

Otsego Library Launches Historical Archive, Online

Dec 8, 2010

Don Julin & His 88 Strings

Dec 8, 2010

Beginning Band: More Adults Take Up Instruments

Dec 3, 2010

Woodruff Takes Third, Big Hometown Support

Dec 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Out of the three final contestants in The Arrangement on LOGO TV, Traverse City's own Derek Woodruff was the first to be eliminated from the reality TV floral contest last night.</p> <p>The State Theatre was nearly filled to capacity with supporters of the 25-year-old floral designer and, although Woodruff didn't win the competition, he was upbeat when he addressed the audience from the stage after the show.</p> <p&g

DSO Strike: The Future Of The Musician

Nov 29, 2010
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Women In Jazz At The Dennos Saturday Night

Nov 24, 2010

<p>Laurie Sears, on saxophone and flute, will head up an all women group of jazz musicians Saturday night at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. Show starts at 8:00.</p> <p>The concert also features Laura Caviani on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, Gayelynn McKinney on drums, and singer Claudia Schmidt. The group will perform jazz standards and original music by Schmidt and Caviani.</p> <p><em>Play the audio above for more from IPR's Brad Aspey.</em></p>

Shockingly Good Up North Television

Nov 19, 2010

Two Shows -- One Day: Neptune Quartet +1

Nov 19, 2010

Toe-Tappin' Funk Comes To Dennos

Nov 17, 2010

<p>There is a toe-stomping show headed to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City Friday night.</p> <p>Rhythmic Circus performs their show, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" starting at 8:00 pm. </p> <p><em>Play the audio above to hear the funky sounds with Arts Reporter Brad Aspey.</em></p>

Lost World String Band Performs In Cadillac

Nov 12, 2010

<p>The Lost World String Band performs Saturday night at 8:00 at the Elks Club of Cadillac. The group performs as part of the Gopherwood Concert Series, just as it did 20 years ago.</p> <p><em>Play audio above to hear a Arts Reporter Brad Aspey's take on the band.</em></p>

The Old Story: Bay View

Nov 10, 2010

<p><em><br /><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p> </p><p>Reality TV has pitted contestants against each other in wilderness survival, golf, and ballroom dancing. Now, a show called <em>The Arrangement</em> is letting floral designers duke it out. And one young contestant, Derek Woodruff, is from Traverse City.</p>

Writing Helps Cope With Loss

Nov 8, 2010

<p><a href=""><em>By Kyle Norris</em></a></p> <p>Michigan has been hit hard by the recession. The state has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. This is the story of one man whose life has changed dramatically. And as he comes to grips with a new reality, the thing helping him the most is his writing. </p> <p>Two big changes recently happened to Russ Hicks. His wife Carol was diagnosed with cancer and passed away.

DSO Strike Continues A Month Later

Nov 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio</a></em></p> <p>It's been about a month since the Detroit Symphony Orchestra went on strike.

Project Trio Comes To Interlochen

Oct 19, 2010

Winston Comes To Traverse City

Oct 12, 2010

<p>George Winston performs at the Traverse City State Theatre Wednesday night. For this performance, he snubs the piano he's so well-known for to pick up the guitar.</p> <p><em>The show is Brad Aspey's pick of the week. Play the audio above to hear more.</em></p>

Profile: Juggler Gerry

Sep 30, 2010