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The Sound Garden Project

 IPR's summer concert series

The Sound Garden Project’s mission is to plant classical music in unexpected places as we reimagine a 21st-century performance experience. In these ensembles ambitious hands, a concert becomes an event, and an audience becomes a community of inspiration, understanding and hope.

 Fivemind Reeds, a 2024 Sound Garden Project Ensemble pointing at a #5 in a parking lot
Fivemind Reeds, a 2024 Sound Garden Project Ensemble

The Sound Garden Project is presented by Interlochen Public Radio. Support is provided by Golden Fowler of Traverse City, TC Tourism, and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


All concerts are free and open to the public - no tickets required unless otherwise noted.

Friday June 7 at 6 p.m.
Fivemind Reeds at the Glen Arbor Arts Center front porch (bring a lawn chair; will be indoors in case of rain)

Saturday June 8 at 1 p.m.
Fivemind Reeds pontoon concert at the Narrows - canceled due to weather

Saturday June 15 at 6 p.m.
Fivemind Reeds at Leelanau School
Glen Arbor
A part of the Manitou Music Festival

Wednesday June 26 at 7 p.m.
Kodak Quartet at Little Fleet
Traverse City

Thursday July 4 at 7 p.m.
Kodak Quartet at The Odmark Performance Pavillion
Brought to you in part by the Charlevoix DDA

Friday July 12 at 7 p.m.
Kodak Quartet at The Oliver Art Center
Frankfort (free, but registration requested)

Thursday July 18 at 7 p.m.
Kodak Quartet at the Interlochen Public Library - bring chairs for the 2nd half of the concert

The concert will begin in the library's Community Room. Then, at intermission, it will move across the street and Kodak Quartet will perform the second half at the new Green Lake Township EMS and FIRE Building. Fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances will all be there for you to see

Thursday July 25 at  7 p.m.
Kodak Quartet at Black Star Farms
Suttons Bay

Wednesday July 31 at 7 p.m.
PULSE Quartet at Washington Park
This project is funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

Special thanks to our generous sponsors Golden-Fowler Home Furnishings and Traverse City Tourism.

2024 Sound Samples

Sound, samples are interactive exchanges that allow listeners to sample world class music in bite-size performances around northern Michigan. Due to the dynamic nature of Sound Garden's sound samples, times may sometimes shift somewhat from the times listed.

Where we are this week...

Monday, July 22:

3:15- Suttons Bay Library and Beach

4:00- Moomers Ice Cream

Where we'll be in the weeks ahead...

Information will be updated as each week occurs.

CHEBOYGAN: Beginning July 27
These events are funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council.

Where we've already been this summer...

Monday, July 15:
3:00 p.m. Interlochen Golf Course, Bradley's Restaurant
4:00 p.m. Oakey's

Tuesday, July 16:
10:15 a.m. Interlochen Public Library
11:00 a.m. Bud's

Monday, July 8:
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Downtown Frankfort

Thursday, July 11:
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Downtown Frankfort

CHARLEVOIX (Offered in partnership with the Charlevoix DDA)
Wednesday, July 3
1:30 p.m. Circle of Art
2:00 p.m. Beaver Island Boat Co., J. Bird Provisions
2:30 p.m. Bridge raising; in front of VUE Wine Bar
3:00 p.m. Splash Pad (East Park)
5:30 -7:00 p.m. Mini Concerts: pop-up concerts in Charlevoix neighborhoods
8:45 p.m. Sunset at Light House
9:30 p.m. Hotel Earl rooftop

Wednesday, July 4
8:30 a.m. Weathervane restaurant
10:00 a.m Cafe Meria
10:30 a.m The Clothing Company
11:00 a.m The Taffy Barrel
11:30 a.m Kilwin’s
12:00-12:30 p.m. Farmer’s Market

TRAVERSE CITY (Offered in partnership with TC Tourism)
Thursday, June 20
3:00 p.m. Ace Hardware
3:30 p.m. Slabtown Burgers
4:00 p.m. Loco Boys

Friday, June 21
2:30 p.m. TC Tourism
3:00 p.m. The Little Fleet
3:30 p.m. Milk & Honey
4:00 p.m. Horizon Books

Monday, June 24
1:00 p.m. American Spoon
1:30 p.m. 2nd Level Boardshop
2:00 p.m. Fustini's
2:30 p.m. Rocket Fizz

Tuesday, June 25
7:00 p.m. H & L Social at Hotel Indigo

GLEN ARBOR (Offered in partnership with the Glen Arbor Arts Center)
Tuesday, June 16
2:00 p.m. Cottage Book Shop
2:30 p.m. Post Office
3:00 p.m. Anderson's IGA

Monday, June 19
5:00 p.m. The Grocer's Daughter Chocolate
5:30 p.m. Cherry Republic

Friday, June 23
2:00 p.m. Inn and Trail Gourmet
2:30 p.m. Synchronicity Gallery
3:00 p.m. Cotton Seed Apparel
3:30 p.m. Glen Arbor Wines

2024 Ensembles

FIVEMIND REEDS: Fivemind’s interests lie in bridging the gap between classical and contemporary music, and promoting diversity and equity in the arts through community engagement, expansion of the reed quintet’s repertoire, and revitalization of the age-old traditions of chamber music.

KODAK QUARTET: This dynamic, award-winning string quartet is setting the world on fire with their passionate and energetic playing. They are highly regarded for their work with contemporary composers on new compositions and for presenting traditional works with a contemporary flavor.

PULSE: The award-winning saxophone quartet delivering a diverse range of repertoire, and seeks to break down barriers between themselves and their audience.

2023 Ensembles

PULSE: An award-winning saxophone quartet delivering a diverse range of repertoire, seeking to break down barriers between themselves and their audience. (2023)

Fivemind Reed Quintet

Fivemind Reeds: A dynamic, 21st-century reed quintet based in LA and committed to promoting diversity and equity in the arts through community engagement. (2023)

Blue Quartet: A saxophone quartet seeking to distill music of the highest quality into the everyday lives of people - and to inspire those inclined to do the same. (2023)

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