When Gaye Gronlund and Bruce Corner sent their son to Interlochen Arts Camp in 1997, they thought it would be a nice summer experience to supplement the instruction he was receiving at home. But it became much more than they expected.
On Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Arts Academy and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will come together to present a remarkable concert – one that’s been 18 months in the making.
Robert Alexander will travel to Interlochen for the world premiere of his winning musical composition, “Sparks,” performed by members of the World Youth Wind Symphony at their first performance of the summer on June 29, 2013.
Last fall, the theatre department worked closely with Tony nominee Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen to adapt their musical [title of show] for a larger cast of high school students. The collaboration ended with performances in New York City, in front of the show's creators and cast.
Three music faculty members traveled to Shanghai to perform and give master classes at the Third Annual Baroque Chamber Music Festival, which is hosted by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The trip was just the latest effort in an ongoing relationship with the Chinese cultural institution.
After a year of tours, reunions, and a national symposium on the future of the arts, Interlochen visual artists capped off the Academy's 50th anniversary festivities with an eventful trip to New York City. Visual arts students have made previous trips to New York City but this trip gave the group a rare chance to show their work to new audiences.
This fall, the theatre department marked the 50th anniversary of the Arts Academy with an ambitious collaboration with Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen, the creators of "[title of show]," one of the most popular musicals of the last decade. In November of 2012, Interlochen actors concluded this creative partnership with four performances in New York City.