Wednesday, July 20, 2011

First Weekend at Interlochen

Hi all.

In the coming weeks, I will be chronicling many of my experiences as a first-year faculty member at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. I am excited to be on the faculty this year and will be conducting the Intermediate Concert Orchestra during the second three-week session of the camp. I am also particularly pleased that my wife and sons could come with me. We are all staying in one of the cabins at the facility and my oldest son is attending the camp as a day-camper.

We arrived here yesterday after two days in the family van and an overnight with family in Pittsburgh, then a night in Ann Arbor, MI. As soon as we arrived at about 2:00 PM, we felt welcome and appreciated. We quickly received the keys to our cabin and obtained much of the information that we needed on our schedules, activities, and other details.

Today was spent getting our son situated with his camp details, scheduling his auditions, and setting up our home for the next several weeks. We even snuck in a swim in the beautiful lake that is beside the camp.

This evening, we were treated to a wonderful performance by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in the famous Kresge Auditorium. The ensemble performed Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Internet Symphony No 1, "Eroica," conducted by the composer of the works, Tan Dun. Then, they performed The Rite of Spring, by Igor Stravinsky. The performances were fantastic and a great way for us all to get into the spirit of Interlochen. My children particularly enjoyed the Internet Symphony! We also really enjoyed the performance of the Interlochen Theme (the theme from Hanson's Symphony No 2, "The Romantic"). Following the Interlochen Theme, the audience departs the hall without applause. Very cool!

All in all, we are thrilled to be here and looking forward to the adventures that lie ahead.



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