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Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier accused of sex crimes against many young women, visited and donated to Interlochen Center for the Arts. He was a student camper at Interlochen in the late ‘60s.  


A spokesperson for ICA says Epstein made contributions to the school and sponsored the building of a visitors cabin on campus.


Epstein stayed at that lodge for a week in August, 2000. But the school says there are no accusations against Epstein from current or former students. 

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On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s variations based on original melodies, variations based on medieval music and variations a composer wrote in tribute to a friend. Listen to the entire episode below.

This week on Classical IPR in Concert - we'll go to Studio A with Interlochen Arts Academy composers, poets and singers. Inspired by a collaboration between their instructors, students teamed up to create works that gave full voice to all three disciplines.

Performances in Studio A were engineered by Brock Morman, Michael Culler engineered the performances in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall.

In Studio A with the Interlochen Arts Academy Oboes

May 21, 2019
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Recently, the oboe students from Interlochen Arts Academy and their instructor Dane Philipsen visited Studio A at IPR. They prepared a piece to mark the occasion of the oboe studio in Interlochen's new Music Center being named for Dan Stolper, long-time instructor of oboe at Interlochen.

The oboe students and their teacher (nine in all)  played the Concerto in D by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Philipsen discussed the intricacies and nuances involved in the piece and its value to developing musicians.

At the end of every academic year, Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates during Festival. This multi-day event includes performances and exhibits by Academy students. This year's Festival is particularly special because it will include the dedication of the new Music Center.

Classical IPR will be live at the Interlochen Arts Academy Festival on Thursday, May 23.  The broadcasts will take place in a tent on the mall as well as from locations on campus including the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall and the new Music Center.

From The Top - From Interlochen!

May 8, 2019

This spring NPR's From the Top taped an episode at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The episode will be on Classical IPR this Saturday.

Actor and musician Damon Gupton hosts the program with co-host and collaborative pianist Michelle Cann.

In Studio A with pianist Jonathan Bass

May 8, 2019

Jonathan Bass is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. The pianist (both classical and jazz) from Washington Island, Wisconsin visited Studio A at Interlochen Public Radio.

Jonathan began studying piano at age three and says he doesn't remember not playing the piano.

In Studio A he performed Chopin's Scherzo No. 3 and the jazz standard "Fly Me to the Moon."

On Monday, May 6, the nationally syndicated classical music program Performance Today will include two different Interlochen performances.

At about 10:10 a.m., Performance Today will feature a 2017 performance given by the Danish String Quartet in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium. Michael Culler engineered the recording.

Classical IPR in Concert: IAA Faculty Chamber Music

Apr 24, 2019

This week, Classical IPR in Concert features members of the faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy.

Pianist Ya-Ju Chuang, violinist Ara Sarkissian, violist Renee Skerik and flutist Nancy Stagnitta perform a concert of works by Valerie Coleman and Bohuslav Martinů, along with pieces by Beethoven and Mozart.

Tune in this Friday at 8:00 p.m. or listen below at any time.

Classical IPR in Concert presents Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A
Kyle Novy

Classical IPR in Concert presents the Interlochen Arts Academy Singer-Songwriters in Studio A.  We caught up with a group of five students as they were about to embark on a tour of the Midwest with instructor Kyle Novy. Fellow instructor Courtney Kaiser-Sandler took a different student group to South by Southwest.

Listen Friday at 8pm, stream any time below!

Join Classical IPR on Sunday April 14th for a live broadcast of Orff’s Carmina Burana. Kevin Rhodes conducts the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the combined voices of the Northwestern Michigan College and Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs.

Soloists are soprano Kimberley Dolanski, tenor John Bragle, and baritone Gustav Andreassen.

Classical IPR in conversation with Damon Gupton

Mar 15, 2019

The NPR program From the Top is recording tonight in Corson Auditorium. Damon Gupton will conduct student ensembles during the show.

Actor and conductor Damon Gupton stopped by IPR earlier today for some conversation in Studio A. He's an artist with a successful career embracing two disciplines, each of which is typically all-consuming.


Listen to the interview below.


In Studio A With Muying Chen

Mar 6, 2019

Interlochen Arts Academy senior Muying Chen, a piano student of Michael Coonrod, visited Interlochen Public Radio's Studio A this week.

Muying shared music from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann and Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev.

After graduation Muying plans to pursue a double major in college studying  Piano and Economics.

In Studio A with Muying Chen was engineered by Brock Morman.

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This Friday, Classical IPR presents a recent performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake from Interlochen Arts Academy.

The performance from December 2018 featured students in the Academy Dance and Orchestra programs.

The orchestra was conducted by Leslie Dunner. Joseph Morrissey is the director of dance.

Listen Friday at 8 p.m. or any time below.

On this edition of The Interlochen Collection, it’s music from the very first year at Interlochen Arts Academy. Listen to the entire episode below.

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The Factory Seconds brass trio includes trumpeter Jack Sutte, hornist Jesse McCormick, and trombonist Richard Stout. They are all faculty members at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Conducter Ara Sarkissian leads the newly-formed Interlochen Contemporary Music Ensemble during a recent rehearsal.
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A new contemporary music ensemble has formed at Interlochen Arts Academy. On Friday night, the group will perform a piece called “Workers Union,” written by Louis Andriessen in 1975.


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Celebrate Christmas Day on Classical IPR with recent holiday concerts from around Northern Michigan. Local concerts are listed below.

View Classical IPR's complete 2018 holiday season program schedule by clicking here.

Christmas Day 2018 schedule

8 a.m.: Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's Messiah plus Bach & Rutter (encore from 2017)

10 a.m.: Interlochen Arts Academy presents Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" (encore from 2017)

In Studio A with clarinetist Daniel Solowey

Dec 19, 2018
Daniel Solowey

Daniel Solowey is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He studies clarinet with Bryan Conger.

In Studio A at Classical IPR we found out about Daniel’s take on composers Johannes Brahms and Bela Kovacs. He performed with pianist Susan Snyder and chatted with us about his interests and future plans.

In Studio A with Daniel Solowey was engineered by Brock Morman. Sophia Bondi provided production assistance.

Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Art Academy, performs a section of 'A Christmas Carol' at Interlochen Public Radio.
Dan Wanschura

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra performs its “Home for the Holidays” concert this weekend.

Bill Church, theatre director at Interlochen Arts Academy, will give a dramatic reading of a section from “A Christmas Carol.” 

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JunMing Wen is a tubist and a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. He grew up in Guangzhou, China.

JunMing Wen visited IPR's Studio A to perform the Romanza movement from the tuba concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams. He was joined by collaborative pianist Ya-Ju Chuang. 

He told Classical IPR why he chose the tuba as his instrument when he was a child, and why he would now choose a career playing the tuba over a career driving for the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. He also explained why he keeps his mouthpiece with him at all times. 

Sounds of the Season, Interlochen's highly-anticipated holiday show, is performed by Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty. It is a family-friendly concert centered around this festive time of year.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Band and Choir present holiday songs, with favorites for all ages. This annual celebration has become a tradition for many local residents, with classical holiday music and a sing-along. The show also features Interlochen Public Radio's own Kate Botello!

Listen to the live broadcast on Friday at 7:00 p.m. 

John Bragle

Classical IPR went trick or treating and hit the Halloween motherlode, courtesy of the Interlochen Arts Academy Chamber Singers. They let us haunt a rehearsal as they performed some very spooky repertoire.

Listen to each piece below. 

Vincent Persichetti, "Hist whist" (click here to see the original poem by E. E. Cummings)

In Studio A with Catharsis Wind Quintet

Oct 30, 2018

Catharsis Wind Quintet came to Interlochen Public Radio during their recent visit to Northern Michigan.

The group performed in the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall, played for students in area schools and worked on chamber music with students at Interlochen Arts Academy

Quiana Lynell is a singer, songwriter and composer. She was recently named the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Lynell visited Interlochen Arts Academy to work with students in the jazz and singer-songwriter programs. She also came to IPR's Studio A, where she performed with two different student jazz combos.