“This fall marks the third season we’ve presented our faculty at Kirkbride Hall, and the response from the public has been incredibly positive,” says Rory Baker, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents. “Whether it’s jazz or classical or chamber music or singer-songwriter performances, people keep telling us how much they love them.”
Many of Interlochen’s musical faculty are highly accomplished performers and well-known recording artists. The performances at Kirkbride Hall allow the public to see these world-class artists in Traverse City, at one of the region’s most distinguished venues. “Thanks to our relationship with Kirkbride, we’ve been able to bring our talented faculty members—the actual instructors for our Academy students—directly to the public,” Baker says. “They get to see the caliber of talent that our students work with, and we get to perform for them in this amazing venue.”
Original construction on Kirkbride Hall was completed in 1885 and was a focal point for lectures, plays, social dances and musical performances for nearly 80 years. In 2014 the high-ceilinged room was restored and once again became a sought-after venue. Interlochen faculty will be performing there throughout the 2017 fall season.
The 2017 “Artists from Interlochen at Kirkbride Hall” fall series begins on Sunday, September 7 with acclaimed trombonists Nicole Abessi and Colin Williams. Ms. Abissi, a member of the nationally touring Stiletto Brass Quintet, joins New York Philharmonic trombonist Colin Williams for a variety of solo and duet arrangements during this premiere event.
Members of the talented faculty of Interlochen Arts Academy, including Dr. Laura Osgood-Brown, instructor of vocal arts, and Dr. Matthew Cochran, instructor of guitar; with a special appearance by a quartet of Academy students, perform classic music featuring a repertoire that includes Manuel de Falla’s “Siete Canciones populares Españolas,” Daniel Pinkham’s “Antiphons for Medium Voice and Guitar,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Guitar Concerto in D Major,” Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Adela” and “Five Poems of Emily Dickinson” by Jonathan Kulp.
Listen to the talents of Interlochen’s esteemed Faculty Chamber Ensemble for an evening of stirring and beautiful music. This outstanding assemblage of Interlochen faculty perform a repertoire that includes Toru Takemitsu’s “Rain Spell,” Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale Suite,” Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Quinteto Instrumental” and Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet and Harp.”
New music fills a historic venue in this singer-songwriter performance. With six original albums to her credit, Arts Academy alumna and current instructor Courtney Kaiser steps into the Kirkbride spotlight to perform several of her new and original works with special guests and fellow Interlochen faculty members Matthew Cochran on guitar, Crispin Campbell on cello and Interlochen alumnus John Driscoll on drums.
All the “Artists from Interlochen at Kirkbride Hall” performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkbride Hall at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Tickets for each performance are $25 Full, $11 Youth. For more information or to order tickets for any of the series performances, contact the Interlochen Box Office at 231.276.7800 or order online here.
—Press release provided by Interlochen Center for the Arts