Academy Orchestra

  • Elgar's Variations / Enigma, spring 2014

  • The Academy Orchestra's March 2014 performance of Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 by Johannes Brahms.

  • The Academy Orchestra's November 2013 performance of Leonard Bernstein's Divertimento for Orchestra

The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra presents approximately eight major concerts each year and frequently collaborates with renowned guest artists and conductors. The orchestra performs a diversity of literature comprising major works of the symphonic repertoire, concerti and new music. The Academy Orchestra also performs with choir and other ensembles, and is the resident orchestra for the annual ballet production. The Academy Orchestra is led by Interim Conductor Ara Sarkissian.

In addition to works presented for performance, the Academy Orchestra reads and rehearses numerous other works in regular reading sessions. 2013-14 saw the establishment of an opera project whereby faculty and students from the opera and vocal department joined the orchestra for a weeklong workshop on Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. In 2014-15, the work will be Mozart's Cosi fan tutti.

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2014-15 Academy Orchestra Repertoire

September 27, 7:30pm (with band and choir)
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo - Copland

"Collage" October 9 & 10, 7:30pm
Hoe Down - Copland

October 25, 7:30pm
Danse Macabre - Saint-Saëns
Symphonie Fantastique - Berlioz
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November 15, 7:30pm
Romeo and Juliet (Excerpts) - Prokofiev
Pictures at an Exhibition - Mussorgsky arr. Ravel
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Ballet, December 11-13
Sleeping Beauty - Tchaikovsky

February 7, 7:30pm
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - Vaughan Williams
Introduction, Theme and Variations - Rossini
   featuring Sara Han
Overture, Scherzo and Finale - Schumann
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March 13, 7:30pm
Desintegracion Morfologica de la Chacona de J.S. Bach - Montsalvatge
Piano Concerto No. 3 - Bartok
   featuring J.T. Hassell
Vltava (The Moldau) - Smetana
The Three Musketeers: A Play for Instruments - Thurber
This performance will be broadcast live on From the Top.
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April 24, 7:30pm
Marche slave, op.31 - Tchaikovsky
The Firebird Suite (1919) - Stravinsky
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May 9, 7:30pm
Berman Center for the Performing Arts
West Bloomfield, MI
Russian Easter Overture, op.36 - Rimsky-Korsakov
The Firebird Suite (1919) - Stravinsky
Piano Concerto No.2, op.18 in C minor - Rachmaninoff
     featuring Alexandre Tharaud

May 28, 7:30pm
The Planets - Holst

For the 2013-14 season repertoire, as well as audio and video from last year's performances, click here.