The Interlochen Collection: Celebrating the 50th camp season

Feb 5, 2021

Howard Hanson rehearses with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, 1977
Credit Interlochen Center for the Arts

In 1977, Interlochen Center for the Arts celebrated its 50th camp season.

A World Youth Symphony Orchestra concert on August 7 featured guest conductor Howard Hanson.

Hanson had conducted student orchestras at Interlochen since the camp's first summer in 1928. 

In this 1977 concert, Hanson conducted three of his own works, including the world premiere of the Sea Symphony for Chorus and Orchestra on poems of Walt Whitman.

On this week's program, we revisit this concert and hear Hanson conducting his own music.

Howard Hanson and WYSO members in August 1977
Credit Interlochen Center for the Arts

Program details

All recordings are from a concert on August 7, 1977 that was also broadcast on Interlochen Public Radio/WIAA.

All music was composed and conducted by Howard Hanson and performed by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Pan and the Priest

Rhythmic Variations on Two Ancient Hymns

A Sea Symphony for Chorus and Orchestra on Poems of Walt Whitman (featuring the High School Choir)

The archival recordings heard on this program are supported in part by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, Interlochen Public Radio's generous listeners and the Hamer D. and Phyillis C. Shafer Foundation.

Michael Culler provided audio engineering support.

Eileen Ganter provided research support.