Interlochen Arts Academy

Luis Resto

Students from Interlochen Arts Academy will debut a new show tonight. It’s called BOOM! Mics, Music and Modern War. It’s a musical look at the history and development of the microphone throughout the 20th century.

The students had help with the production from Academy-award winning musician and producer Luis Resto. Resto is based in Detroit and is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Eminem.

Luis Resto spoke to IPR about his career and his return to Interlochen, where he was a student in the 1970s.

A shot from John Bresland's video essay entitled, 'Watch My Feet.'
John Bresland

A picture is worth a thousand words.

We’ve all heard that adage, right? Now, many writers are starting to realize the value of images and have begun incorporating them into their work. It's spawned a new form of creative writing, called the video essay. 


Aaron Selbig

A group of Interlochen students is reviving the radio drama. Their production is called “Until We Can All Sit Down.” It recalls the lunch counter sit-in movement of the early 1960s.

But their radio drama also ties history into the present, relating the Civil Rights Movement with what’s happening today in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

The radio play has a little bit of everything. There’s singing. There’s a viola and a flute. And of course, lots of sound effects.

Dick Siegel’s ode to one of Ann Arbor's signature breakfast spots sums up a perfect weekend morning.

“Angelo’s” is just one of the countless songs Siegel has written in his many decades as a singer-songwriter. It’s on the album “Snap!” and he’s marking the 35th anniversary of its release with a show this Saturday night at The Ark.

When Joseph Morrissey took the position of Director of Dance at Interlochen Arts Academy earlier this year, one of the shows he was most excited about producing was The Nutcracker.

“One of the first things I asked about is, ‘Do you have a Nutcracker?’ And they said, ‘Not only do we have a Nutcracker, but we’re building a brand new set.’”

Morrissey has high ambitions for this classic, and wants to make sure it appeals to a variety of audiences. He says there are a lot of different elements—  romance, comedy, and some suspense. 

“Especially with the mice,” says Morrissey. “They are supposed to be scary— they are the conflict of the story. But we also have to keep in mind this is a holiday production. So, there is a lot of comedy as well,” he says. 

 


2015-10-29 Singer-Songwriter Concert

Oct 29, 2015

  

Radio Collage: The Familiar & the New

May 28, 2015
Interlochen Center for the Arts

  This month on Radio Collage, we feature a few works you probably already know, along with several that you likely have never heard. We've got traditional Irish songs,  music of  Villa-Lobos, Interlochen alumnus Peter Erskine and works by two current Academy students.  In addition,  we've got   a trombone quartet by Eric Ewazen and a harpist playing a piece by Salzedo.  And, just for the fun of it, there's a cello ensemble performing some Lennon & McCartney!


Radio Collage: While the young folk are away....

Mar 29, 2015
Sunny Zhou and Jade Fung
Tim Burke

  Students at Interlochen Arts Academy have been enjoying a spring break, but left us plenty of things to listen to while they're gone.  We've got a poem by  Creative Writer Mickayla Noel,  a piano four- hands version of a Dvorak Slavonic Dance by Jade Fung and Sunny Zhou and Singer-Songwriter Allison Sidell performs her song "Bones.  We'll also hear from the Academy Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Band.  While we're at it,  a quick trip to the audio vault for some Debussy...just for good measure!


Radio Collage: Searching the Archive

Feb 26, 2015
Tim Burke

 

   We're digging through the archive for more student performances from the past.  This month's show features an excerpt form a Borodin String Quartet, a harpist performing and Impromptu by Faure', a trio that came to Interlochen from Shanghai, and a pianist who'll take us to the "Sunny Side of the Street".


Interlochen Arts Academy Alumnus Keith Buncke has just been named Principal Bassoon of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

When Buncke graduated from Interlochen, he probably assumed he’d take a few years to finish college and begin a career. That was not to be: not long into his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Buncke, then 20 years old, was selected as First Bassoonist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Now, at 21, Buncke embarks on his new adventure under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Chicago.

Toi toi toi, Keith!

Radio Collage: Our own "Studio A-list"

Jan 17, 2015
The view from behind the microphone
Tim Burke

  This month, Radio Collage dips into our vault for several of what you could call our very own "A-list"...student performances from IPR's "Live from Studio A" series.  We'll be revisiting sessions from the past five years for music of Debussy, Boccherini, Mendelssohn and Chopin, along with works from some not-so-familiar composers!

Luke Ratray

Contemporary classical music sometimes gets a bad rap – from both classical music purists and a broader audience not used to music that doesn’t always follow a melody. But among the genre’s fans, eighth blackbird is considered a fearless and innovative ensemble. They’ve been rewarded with three Grammy awards.

The six members of eighth blackbird came together at Oberlin Conservatory in 1996. A couple of its members have changed over the years but the group’s focus on exploring musical boundaries has not.

You've probably listened to some tunes while making dinner - but how often have you based the menu directly on the music? IAA Band Conductor Dr. Matthew Schlomer and Black Star Farms Chef Jonathan Dayton put their heads together for an innovative project that does just that.

"Tone to Table," a collaboration between Interlochen Arts Academy and Black Star Farms, is an upcoming event exploring the connections between food and music - compositional "ingredients" taking on new depth as they relate to one another.

Chef Dayton, along with Black Star's Stephanie Lee Wiitala, came together with Dr. Schlomer to create an event based on the interplay of music and food. On November 20th, diners can experience that exchange, with music provided by IAA, and food by Black Star Farms. The menu has a, "Landscapes," theme, and follows many layers of that idea - everything from outdoor landscapes to landscapes within - what Dr. Schlomer calls, "ideal urges," and, "primal urges."

We were treated to a performance and discussion of those, "primal urges," in Studio A. IAA Flute Instructor Nancy Stagnitta was the soloist, with a group of IAA percussion students (Joshua Pearlmutter, Stephen Karukas, Adriano Macciocchi and Miyu Morita), performing samples of Andre Jolivet's, "Suite en Concert." The piece is based on ancient sounds and ideas - flute and drum are the oldest musical instruments known to man. Chef Dayton discussed how the primal sound and differing textures influenced his dish, from ingredients to  plating.

It was a fun, interesting discussion (we even talked about how Chef Dayton changed a sauce because it was too, "creamy," for its accompanying composition), interspersed with fascinating music, but be warned: it might make you hungry!


Onward and upward!  The Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania has gained a new Assistant Organist. Organ scholar Bryan Dunnewald, IAA Class of 2014, was just chosen to work at the Cathedral with Principal Organist, Terry Schnarr and Musical Director Graham Bier. Bryan will play at services on the Cathedral's new E.M. Skinner/Kegg organ.

Between his new duties as Assistant Organist, Bryan will continue his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  While we certainly miss having his fantastic skills all to ourselves, we're thrilled to know he'll be sharing his talents with others on a regular basis.

Learn more about the historic Bryn Athyn Cathedral here, and join us in keeping up with Bryan's career on his website.

Hear Bryan perform without having to trek all the way to Pennsylvania, below.  The piece: Maurice Durufle's Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain, a tribute to the composer's fallen friend.

Congrats, Bryan!
 


  For this Radio Collage, we revisit performances from the recently completed Interlochen Arts Academy year.  There's lots of diversity, with music by Maurice Ravel, Sir Arthur Sullivan, and Dave Brubeck.  We'll also hear works by students from the Comparative Arts, Creative Writing and Singer-Songwriter programs.

  

Four guitars, one great sound!

Aug 14, 2014

  This summer, the Interlochen Arts Camp was once again filled with young artists, actors, writers, dancers, and, oh yes, musicians! Among them, a guitar quartet who paid a visit to IPR's Studio A.  Leonela Alejandro, Ria Modak, Grace Elmer and Luke Sunderland performed Kalimba by Jurg Kindle. For this performance, some of them put cloth under the strings near the guitar bridge to imitate the sound of the kalimba, also known as the "thumb piano".

  

The Cavani String Quartet came to the Interlochen Arts Camp this summer to work with the advanced string quartet program.  While they were on campus, they stopped by IPR's Studio A for a live performance. Here's an excerpt from Midnight Child by Charles G. Washington.  It's based on the spiritual Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , and mixes some of the music that Washington heard as he grew up: Gospel, Blues and Swing.


Northwest Lower Michigan has been on a lot of lists of late.  National news outlets have been figuring out what we've known all along - this is one of the best places in America.

Class of 2014: Walk of "Fame"

Jun 25, 2014

  This month, the focus is on Interlochen Arts Academy's class of 2014.  Among the works we'll hear: Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" performed by the Academy Orchestra, an excerpt from Ned Rorem's opera "Our Town" sung by soprano Sage DeAgro-Ruopp, and poet Sojourner Ahebee reads one of her own works.  We'll aslo hear some Durufle courtesy of organist Bryan Dunnewald, and cellist Daniel Blumhard performs a work written for him by classmate Tevan Goldberg.


Franco-American: Music From Ravel To Nestico

May 21, 2014

  Radio Collage has a significant French influence this time around.  We'll hear two works by Ravel, a suite by Milhaud, and an ancient tale written down in the 17th century by  Frenchman Charles Perrault - we know it today  as "Little Red Riding Hood".  To balance things a bit, there are two works written by Interlochen Arts Academy students Kendra Prat and Christopher Bell, along with a performance of  Sammy Nestico's "Freckle Face"  by the Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble.


Students in northern Michigan are planting clones of ancient sequoias today.

There's a grove of sequoias along the shores of Lake Michigan on the site of a former Morton Salt factory.

Sequoia trees are not native to Michigan, but this grove has grown in Manistee for more than 65 years when they were brought here from the West Coast. Now, those trees are going to take another trip, or their clones will.

Students who attend Interlochen Arts Academy are planting them on campus along Green Lake. The clones are from Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.

David Milarch is the group's co-founder. He says they’re planting clones of redwoods around the world today.

“Ninety-six percent of all of our redwoods have been cut down, butchered and sold,” Milarch says.

Here's a look at how the group collects genetic material from these old growth trees:

Both the Interlochen Center for the Arts and nearby Interlochen State Park have lost many trees recently due to disease and bug infestation.

Head park ranger Chris Stark has mixed feelings about the planting. He'd prefer to plant native varieties, such as the white pine.

Composers in Context at Interlochen: Ned Rorem

Apr 19, 2014

Interlochen Arts Academy is featuring a series of concert performances built around music of American composer, Ned Rorem, who is celebrating his 90th year.    The IAA Band, Choir, and Orchestra perform a trio of concerts offering context for Mr. Rorem's music.  Band director Matthew Schlomer, Choral director John Bragle, and Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to the Composer in Context series of concerts at Interlochen, April 23-25.

IPR talks with Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, Christopher Gruits, about the coming summer season of performances for the 2014 Interlochen Arts Festival.   

The full line up was announced today.

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