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Detroit Symphony Orchestra to return to Interlochen for 2023 summer residency

Music director Jader Bignamini conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Music director Jader Bignamini conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

This July, Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will team up once again for an annual residency.

The residency will include two public performances in Interlochen's Kresge Auditorium.

On Saturday, July 22, DSO music director Jader Bignamini will conduct the orchestra in a program of music by Giuseppe Verdi, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Igor Stravinsky.

On Sunday, July 23, Bignamini will conduct Interlochen Arts Camp's World Youth Symphony Orchestra in a side-by-side performance with members of the DSO. That program will include Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 1.

Both concerts will be broadcast live on Classical IPR.

During the DSO's time at Interlochen, musicians from the orchestra will lead master classes for different instruments and participate in rehearsals with student musicians.

"For young artists at Interlochen, this is an extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by some of the best musicians in the world," said Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey. "We couldn’t be more proud to partner with the DSO in sharing the joy of music with our community on campus and beyond."

The DSO’s association with Interlochen dates back to 1926, two years before the founding of the National Music Camp.

Detroit’s Orchestra Hall hosted the National High School Honors Orchestra, the ensemble that would become the founding orchestra of Interlochen Arts Camp.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra first visited Interlochen's campus in the summer of 1966.

"We are thrilled to partner with Interlochen Center for the Arts for this residency," said DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark. "This historic partnership means so much to our DSO musicians and staff who have experienced the impact that Interlochen has on young people’s lives."

Today, 18 members of the DSO are alumni of Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy.

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.