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Kids Commute LIVE: Food, glorious food!

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Join the Kids Commute team and Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony on Saturday, Oct. 16 for an afternoon of music and activities about FOOD!

Kids Commute LIVE is happening Saturday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2021 on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Hosted by IPR’s Kate Botello, the 2 p.m. concert will feature the Interlochen Arts Academy Wind Symphony.

Special guests include actors from the Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Division and student musicians from Traverse City East and Traverse City West Middle Schools.

The theme for this year’s concert is “Food, Glorious Food!” Hear music about food, farms and flavors. There may even be a kitchen utensil or two (or fifteen!).

Interlochen’s Matthew Schlomer will be the primary conductor, and TCAPS teachers Peter Deneen and Douglas Downer will also conduct pieces. The theatre students will be directed by Andy McGinn.

The concert starts at 2 p.m. in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Get tickets for the event HERE.

To encourage families to attend, IPR and Interlochen Presents are offering up to four free tickets per household for this event. Visit Interlochen's Box Office page and enter code KCLIVE at checkout.

Please note: masks are required in all indoor areas at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Before the concert, Interlochen Public Radio is offering a number of free activities for families on the Interlochen campus.


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1-1:45 p.m.: The R.B. Annis Botanical Lab and Community Garden open for self-guided tours. Staff will be available to answer questions about gardening, sustainability and ecology.

1-1:45: Kids Commuters can come to the IPR building and record their greeting for the show in IPR’s Studio A!

1-1:45 p.m.: Musical instrument smorgasbord with Interlochen Arts Academy students outside of Corson Auditorium (inside Corson Lobby in case of rain). Attendees can see all kinds of musical instruments up close and personal. (But not too close, and no touching, please!)

1:30 p.m.: Corson Auditorium open for concert seating; Kids Commute and IPR merchandise available for purchase in the Corson Lobby.

1:30 p.m. Representatives from the Interlochen Office of Admission will be on hand to answer any questions about attending Interlochen Arts Camp, Arts Academy, and Interlochen Online

2 p.m.: Concert starts!

After the concert

Following the concert, Kids Commute and IPR merchandise will be available for purchase in the Corson lobby.

All attendees will receive a take-home gift from our friends at Bear Earth Herbals.

Kids Commute's Kate Botello and the student musicians and actors will be available to meet fans in the lobby.

Additional helpful details

Parking: We recommend parking on the west side of M-137/J Maddy Pkway in lots J through O. Please use the designated crosswalk when coming to the east side of the campus for pre-concert activities.

Restrooms: Public restrooms (including all-gender facilities) are available in Corson Auditorium and at IPR. Portable restrooms are located outside the Annis Lab.

Masks: Masks are required in all indoor areas at Interlochen Center for the Arts, including Corson Auditorium and the IPR building.

Questions about the concert? Email the Interlochen Box Office at boxoffice@interlochen.org

Questions about the pre-concert activities? Email IPR's music director Amanda Sewell at amanda.sewell@interlochen.org

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Kate Botello performs with Interlochen Arts Academy students at the 2019 Kids Commute Live concert