In June 2012, Interlochen Arts Camp welcomed thousands of young artists for the 85th season at the world’s leading summer arts program. The students will train intensively with renowned instructors and produce more than 400 presentations in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, creative writing and motion picture arts.
The opening of the 85th season of Camp follows on the heels of the Academy’s 50th anniversary celebrations in May. And like the Academy’s 50th year, the Camp’s 85th season promises to end with a bang. Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Interlochen Center for the Arts, noted that this year’s camp will include several special events scheduled around closing weekend. “There is no better time to experience the spirit of our summer programs than through 'Les Preludes' and closing weekend.”
The concluding event of the 85th season will be a performance by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, joined by the World Youth Honors Chorus and the Interlochen Festival Chorus for an exciting special presentation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. This will be followed by the Interlochen tradition that started in the Camp’s first summer in 1928, a performance of Franz Lizst’s “Les Preludes.” This final concert will take place on Sunday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Interlochen Bowl. Those who are unable to enjoy the event in person may join the festivities via live webcast.
While we welcome countless alumni throughout the entire summer, the final weekend is an ideal time to visit. Alumni, family and friends are all welcome to join the Interlochen community during this closing weekend at dozens of final student performances and at the final performance.