Northern Michigan Arts & Culture

Northern Michigan is a place with incredible natural beauty and varied landscapes. It is also home to Interlochen Center for the Arts and several other longstanding cultural institutions. Little wonder the region has been so attractive to artists and musicians of all types. Here we bring you those stories. 

Woodruff Takes Third, Big Hometown Support

Dec 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p>Out of the three final contestants in The Arrangement on LOGO TV, Traverse City's own Derek Woodruff was the first to be eliminated from the reality TV floral contest last night.</p> <p>The State Theatre was nearly filled to capacity with supporters of the 25-year-old floral designer and, although Woodruff didn't win the competition, he was upbeat when he addressed the audience from the stage after the show.</p> <p&g

DSO Strike: The Future Of The Musician

Nov 29, 2010
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Women In Jazz At The Dennos Saturday Night

Nov 24, 2010

<p>Laurie Sears, on saxophone and flute, will head up an all women group of jazz musicians Saturday night at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. Show starts at 8:00.</p> <p>The concert also features Laura Caviani on piano, Marion Hayden on bass, Gayelynn McKinney on drums, and singer Claudia Schmidt. The group will perform jazz standards and original music by Schmidt and Caviani.</p> <p><em>Play the audio above for more from IPR's Brad Aspey.</em></p>

Shockingly Good Up North Television

Nov 19, 2010

Two Shows -- One Day: Neptune Quartet +1

Nov 19, 2010

Toe-Tappin' Funk Comes To Dennos

Nov 17, 2010

<p>There is a toe-stomping show headed to the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City Friday night.</p> <p>Rhythmic Circus performs their show, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" starting at 8:00 pm. </p> <p><em>Play the audio above to hear the funky sounds with Arts Reporter Brad Aspey.</em></p>

Lost World String Band Performs In Cadillac

Nov 12, 2010

<p>The Lost World String Band performs Saturday night at 8:00 at the Elks Club of Cadillac. The group performs as part of the Gopherwood Concert Series, just as it did 20 years ago.</p> <p><em>Play audio above to hear a Arts Reporter Brad Aspey's take on the band.</em></p>

The Old Story: Bay View

Nov 10, 2010

<p><em><br /><a href="">By Brad Aspey</a></em></p> <p> </p><p>Reality TV has pitted contestants against each other in wilderness survival, golf, and ballroom dancing. Now, a show called <em>The Arrangement</em> is letting floral designers duke it out. And one young contestant, Derek Woodruff, is from Traverse City.</p>

Writing Helps Cope With Loss

Nov 8, 2010

<p><a href=""><em>By Kyle Norris</em></a></p> <p>Michigan has been hit hard by the recession. The state has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. This is the story of one man whose life has changed dramatically. And as he comes to grips with a new reality, the thing helping him the most is his writing. </p> <p>Two big changes recently happened to Russ Hicks. His wife Carol was diagnosed with cancer and passed away.

DSO Strike Continues A Month Later

Nov 2, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio</a></em></p> <p>It's been about a month since the Detroit Symphony Orchestra went on strike.

Project Trio Comes To Interlochen

Oct 19, 2010

Winston Comes To Traverse City

Oct 12, 2010

<p>George Winston performs at the Traverse City State Theatre Wednesday night. For this performance, he snubs the piano he's so well-known for to pick up the guitar.</p> <p><em>The show is Brad Aspey's pick of the week. Play the audio above to hear more.</em></p>

Profile: Juggler Gerry

Sep 30, 2010

Weaving A Career In Cross Village

Sep 28, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio</a></em></p> <p>Cross Village, north of Harbor Springs, is like a lot of small, rural towns in the state: money is tight, jobs are scarce. And when winter comes around and all the tourists are gone, the outlook is even bleaker. So a group of women started up a cottage industry of rug making to help locals sustain themselves through the lean months.

Beyond Real: Photography Of Gale Nobes

Sep 23, 2010

This month on Michigan Writers on the Air, Aaron Stander will be having a conversation with Jerry Dennis about his award winning book, The Living Great Lakes. Then he'll be talking with Doug Stanton and Megan Raphael about the fall season of the Traverse City National Writers Series. And at the end, regular contributor, poet and essayist Fleda Brown, will read from her recently released  book, Loon Cry:  Selected and New Michigan Poems.

Coming up on the National Writer's Series, Mario Batali talks about slaving away for other chefs, running fine restaurants in New York and escaping to northern Michigan in the summer. Plus he and the owner of Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor swap stories about novelist Jim Harrison and someone in the audience asks if those secret ingredients on Iron Chef are really secret. Find out on the National Writer's Series.

Hosner's Cafe Society

Aug 19, 2010

Crystal Lake: Remembering The Man Who Pulled The Plug

Aug 12, 2010

Detour Lighthouse Group Recognized By First Lady

Aug 11, 2010

<p><em><a href="">By Peter Payette</a></em></p> <p>An historic preservation group in the eastern Upper Peninsula has been has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama.</p> <p>The Detour Reef Light Preservation Society is one of 30 groups to ever receive the Preserve America Stewards award. The all-volunteer group restored the lighthouse that is one mile offshore between the eastern end of the Upper Peninsula and Drummond Island.

Jammin' At The Symphony

Aug 11, 2010


Aug 5, 2010

<p>This week Host Brad Aspey takes a sneak peak deep inside the Interlochen Guitar Festival, set to begin August 26th. Maybe it's time you dusted off and tuned up that old guitar that's been starring you down for ages! Join us live Friday at 9:00 am.</p>