Returning to the birthplace of my career brings my musical journey full circle. ”

Úna O'Riordan, DSO Cello

This summer, the DSO and Interlochen Center for the Arts will add another chapter to their storied history together. 

Led by Music Director Jader Bignamini, the DSO will perform at Interlochen’s iconic Kresge Auditorium on Saturday, July 22 as part of the 2023 Interlochen Arts Festival. Repertoire will include ballet music from Act III of Verdi’s Macbeth; Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake suite; and Stravinsky’s Firebird suite [1919 version]. Tickets are now on sale.

The 96th season of Interlochen Arts Camp will see DSO musicians leading master classes and rehearsing side by side with young students. In addition, DSO Music Director Jader Bignamini will conduct Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) in performance.

“We are thrilled to partner with Interlochen Center for the Arts for this residency,” said DSO President and CEO Erik Rönmark. “This historic partnership, reestablished annually in 2019, means so much to our DSO musicians and staff who have experienced the impact that Interlochen has on young people’s lives.”

"For young artists at Interlochen, this is an extraordinary opportunity to be mentored by some of the best musicians in the world,” said Interlochen Center for the Arts President Trey Devey. “We couldn’t be more proud to partner with the DSO in sharing the joy of music with our community on campus and beyond.”

On Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, DSO musicians will lead master classes for different orchestral instruments with high school campers at Interlochen Arts Camp. On Sunday, DSO musicians will also join WYSO for an evening concert, which will feature Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major under the direction of Bignamini. The concert will be broadcast by Interlochen Public Radio and webcast live at

The DSO’s association with Interlochen dates back to 1926, when Detroit’s Orchestra Hall hosted the National High School Honors Orchestra, the ensemble that evolved two years later into the founding orchestra of Interlochen Arts Camp. The relationship flourished over the decades, and the DSO came to Interlochen’s campus for numerous summer performances and master classes. Today, 18 members of the DSO are alumni of Interlochen Arts Camp or Interlochen Arts Academy.

Leave a mark on the lives of talented, young musicians. To support the 2023 Interlochen residency, click below or reach out to gift officer Damaris Doss directly at or by phone at 313.576.5463. 

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