Detroit, (March 25, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Interlochen Center for the Arts today announced the return of the DSO to the Interlochen campus for the first time since 2006. The DSO’s summer residency at Interlochen will take place from July 24 to July 28 and features a performance by the orchestra and side-by-side opportunities with the DSO and Interlochen students, master classes, and individual training sessions led by DSO musicians.
On Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m., Interlochen will present the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in concert at Kresge Auditorium as part of the 2019 Interlochen Arts Festival. Matthias Pintscher, music director of France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, will conduct the DSO in a program to include Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”), Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with soloist Joseph Moog, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s association with Interlochen goes back to the 1960s and ‘70s, and the orchestra later appeared there annually from 1991 to 2006. Additionally, many current and former DSO musicians have either attended Interlochen as students or taught there as instructors.
The two organizations will also collaborate to offer increased opportunities for students in the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles to attend Interlochen’s summer arts camp, with an emphasis on Detroit residents.
“The state of Michigan enjoys a rich cultural landscape with Interlochen and the DSO leading the way as institutions that value the critical role of exposure to and training in classical music,” said Anne Parsons, President and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. “We’re thrilled to partner with Trey Devey and his entire team to reinvigorate this historic partnership.”
“The deep connections between the DSO and Interlochen literally go back generations,” said DSO violinist Adrienne Rönmark, whose mother Debra Fayroian (cello) and father Wesley Jacobs (tuba) are both retired DSO musicians. “My mom and I were both campers, and both of my parents were part of the DSO’s annual residency at Interlochen. We have such a deep connection to the Interlochen community, so it’s really wonderful to continue this partnership.”
“Interlochen is extremely important to me and my family,” agrees DSO violist Shanda Lowery-Sachs. “My mom and two sisters attended the camp when they were young, and I consider the four years I attended to be the most influential time in my life. I love Interlochen and am very happy that the DSO and Interlochen are reconnecting!”
“Interlochen is one of the reasons I became a professional musician,” said DSO cellist Una O’Riordan. “The immersive atmosphere in the arts was unlike anything I had experienced before, and I felt right at home. I made great friends there, many who are also now in major orchestras across the country. I have wonderful memories playing in masterclasses and side-by-sides with DSO musicians, including my future DSO colleagues Paul Wingert, Marcy Chanteaux, and the late Mario DiFiore."
About Interlochen Center for the Arts
The nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio services (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning nine decades, including leaders in the arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at interlochen.org.
About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.