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Feeling the beat and the changing of seasons with Six Mile Strings

Members of the string quartet, Six Mile Strings in IPR's Studio A (L to R) Yuri Popowcyz, Natalie Frakes, Tom Sullivan, Alycia Wilder
Emily Duncan Wilson
String quartet Six Mile Strings in IPR's Studio A: Yuri Popowcyz, Natalie Frakes, Tom Sullivan, Alycia Wilder (L to R)

Six Mile Strings visited IPR from Detroit for a packed weekend of performing in Studio A, presenting a concert at the Old Art Building in Leland, MI, and guest starring in Kids Commute LIVE! at the Dennos Museum Center.

Visiting from Detroit, the members of Six Mile Strings (Yuri Popowcyz, Natalie Frakes, Tom Sullivan, Alycia Wilder) are glad to be up north for a full weekend of music and beautiful weather.

To start off their busy weekend, on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. they will be performing at the Old Art Building in Leland, playing works from the Danish String Quartet's collection of newly arranged Nordic folk tunes, "Wood Works," as well as Schubert's String Quartet 14.

Violinist Natalie Frakes remarked that the "Wood Works" selections are helping them "fall into the fall vibe," which is timely as the leaves begin to change up in northern MI. The music of these folk tunes ebb and flow with flexibility, showing that there can be positivity in change.

They played three selections from "Wood Works" in Studio A.

The members of the quartet will also be the featured guest of this fall's Kids Commute LIVE! being presented at the Dennos Museum Center on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The theme of this year's live event is rhythm and there are a handful of free rhythm-based activities for kids and families alike to explore in the museum's sculpture garden starting at 10 a.m.

Following the activities, Six Mile Strings will perform an interactive concert, inviting participants to feel the beat, clap along, and listen to the rhythms in the pieces they're playing.

Join Six Mile Strings at the Old Art Building in Leland at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 for a night of both classical and contemporary string music.

And, for a family friendly, interactive and free event, join Six Mile Strings and Kids Commuters at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Kids Commute LIVE!

Kelley DiPasquale engineered this edition of Studio A.

Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager.

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.