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Hear the Sound Garden Quintet in Glen Arbor this June

The Glen Arbor Arts Center welcomes its first-ever musicians-in-residence for a month of interactive performances in playgrounds, parking lots and parks in Glen Arbor.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center's first-ever musicians-in-residence, IPR’s Sound Garden Quintet, breaks down barriers to classical music by bringing conversation and a community spirit to music-making.

Formed in residence at Interlochen Public Radio in 2021, this wind quintet redefines chamber music through interactive events that sprout in unexpected places.

A concert becomes an event in their ambitious hands, and the audience becomes a community of inspiration, understanding, and hope.

Sound Garden Quintet will be hosted by GAAC's community partner Pine Street Studios and will kick off the 2022 Manitou Music Series.

Sound Garden Musicians-in-Residence schedule of free performances (view schedule)

The Sound Garden Quintet is excited to get to know our community, meeting you in stores, cafes, and maybe even at your next cookout. And they would like to invite you into their space for these fun, inspiring, thought-provoking, and interactive concert events.

The Sound Garden Quintet’s mission is to “plant music in unexpected places” so don’t be surprised if they bring music into your life as you go about your day – shopping, getting groceries, or even grilling dinner. In addition, they hope to meet every person in Glen Arbor and give them a live music experience.

Classical music at Leland's Historic Fishtown
Classical music at Leland's Historic Fishtown

Sunrise and Sunset Sounds

In some communities, bells toll across the rooftops to signal celebrations, give a warning, or mark time. This June, the Sound Garden Quintet will send the sounds of music each morning and evening to celebrate the pristine beauty of summer life in Glen Arbor, Michigan. You will be serenaded by a different live performance each day at 9 am and 9:30 pm from the deck at Pine Street Studio, 5710 N. Pine St., next to the Glen Arbor Arts Center. When you meet one of the musicians around town, feel free to make a request!

Open Rehearsals

The Sound Garden Quintet invites the community to peek under the hood of a professional chamber ensemble at Pine Street Studios. Join them as they continue to mine the music for expressive possibilities, learn new repertoire, and attempt to unify their instrumental voices. Please bring a lawn chair, a book, and your favorite beverage to the Glen Arbor Arts Center parking lot and hang out with our artists in residence as they work through the creative musical process before a performance. In the case of weather, the rehearsal will be moved indoors (don’t worry, there is still room for you to watch!). All indoor rehearsals are located at Pine Street Studios.

Tuesday, May 31, 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, June 2, 6-7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 7, 6-7:30 pm

Thursday, June 9, 6-7:30 pm

Monday, June 13, 5-6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 21, 6-7:30 pm

The Sound Garden’s Musical Playground (for KIDS!)

With a busy schedule and squirmy kids, a classical concert may be the last thing on a parent’s priority list. The Sound Garden Quintet would like to book a playdate with Glen Arbor kids and parents. The Sound Garden Quintet will be interacting and performing WHILE kids play at the Glen Arbor Township Park Playground, and they would like to bring some music into their parents’ lives. So hang on the monkey bars with professional musicians on these Wednesdays in June.

Wednesday, June 1, 3-4:30 pm

Wednesday, June 8, 3-4:30 pm

Wednesday, June 15, 3-4:30 pm

Wednesday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm

The Sound Garden in Concert

All concerts are free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Interlochen Public Radio and the Glen Arbor Arts Center.

Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-6:45 pm
Glen Arbor Arts Center Front Porch

Wednesday, June 15, 5:30-6:45 pm
Glen Arbor Arts Center Front Porch

Wednesday, June 22, 5:30-6:45 pm
Leelanau School Auditorium (get tickets here)

Thursday, June 23, 5:30-6:45 pm
Leelanau School Auditorium (sold out)

6ft Apart Art Artists PopUP + Demo

The Sound Garden Quintet will perform at the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 6ft Apart Art Artists PopUP + Demo on June 4. The GAAC will collaborate with Up North Pride to create the Unconditional PRIDE Artists PopUP + Demo, a celebration of the visual, performing and literary arts by LGBQT creatives and allies, in the GAAC parking lot. Read more here.

About the Sound Garden Quintet
These five Interlochen Arts Academy alumni hold degrees from some of the top musical institutions in North America.

They're coming back together in northern Michigan to plant music in unexpected places and bridge the gaps between classical musicians and audiences.

Composed of Mei Stone (flute), David A. Norville (oboe), Shihao Hugh Zhu (clarinet), Khalil Gray (bassoon) and Jaimee Reynolds (horn),the Sound Garden Quintet will draw you in and keep you guessing as they share their unique sounds and stylings with northern Michigan audiences.

About Manitou Music

The Manitou Music Series was started by the Glen Arbor Arts Center (then the Glen Arbor Art Association) in 1991 and has brought top-tier musicians to Leelanau County for 30 years. It has evolved from mostly classical selections performed in Glen Arbor to diverse concerts and performances featuring national and regional musicians, dancers, artists, and more in idyllic outdoor and family friendly locations. The beloved Dune Climb concert, held annually in July from 1998 - 2019, was the idea of Crispin Campbell, cellist and Interlochen Arts Academy instructor. “The Dune Climb concerts were started mainly because I always thought it would be a great venue for a concert,” Campbell said. “I thought it would be great to offer that concert as a gift to the community.” In 2020 COVID-19 put the Dune Climb concert on hold. In 2021, the GAAC found other ways to engage the community through its 6ft Apart Art pop-ups. 2022 builds on the original format -- plus more.