Interlochen is back in New York! Today 19 Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) students attended a Philharmonic rehearsal, and will attend tonight’s concert, as part of a new education and performance partnership. This builds on the partnership with IAA and the Philharmonic which began with the kids’ acclaimed appearance during the 2016 NY PHIL BIENNIAL.
Last week (January 17–20) four New York Philharmonic musicians, all Interlochen alumni, traveled to IAA’s Michigan campus for two intensive weeks of lessons, master classes, mock auditions, rehearsals, and a chamber concert. They are violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, bassoonist Roger Nye, horn player R. Allen Spanjer, and trumpet player Ethan Bensdorf. They also led the final judging of IAA's concerto competition (see above).
On Saturday, January 28, the IAA students will give a chamber concert at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse of works by composers including Nico Muhly, TJ Cole, and other young American composers with links to Interlochen.
“Interlochen changed my life,” said Bensdorf. “Summers there were filled with incredible musical growth and long-lasting friendships; it was a safe place for creativity to thrive. My journey as a musician really began there, and I am excited to go back and hopefully help encourage and inspire others at the beginning of their own creative transformations.”
(Photo Courtesy Interlochen Arts Academy)