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Martha Graham Dance Company – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 22, 2015


As the oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in America, the Martha Graham Dance Company created and still embodies a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. This includes “Appalachian Spring,” for which Aaron Copland composed the score and was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize.

Martha Graham and her Company have expanded contemporary dance’s vocabulary of movement and forever altered the scope of the art form by rooting works in contemporary social, political, psychological, and sexual contexts, deepening their impact and resonance.

Always a fertile ground for experimentation, Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult, and Paul Taylor. Graham’s repertoire of 181 works has also engaged noted performers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Claire Bloom, Margot Fonteyn, Liza Minnelli, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kathleen Turner. Her groundbreaking techniques and unmistakable style have earned the Company acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Today, the Company continues to foster Graham’s spirit of ingenuity. It is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham, her contemporaries, and their successors alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists inspired by Graham’s legacy. With programs that unite the work of choreographers across time within a rich historical and thematic narrative, the Company is actively working to create new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences.

Martha Graham Dance Company
July 22, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):All Seats $37.00
Audience: Age 3 and older

Corson Auditorium

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Boz Scaggs with special guest Tower of Power – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 22, 2015


Grammy-Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs joins “Urban Soul Music” Tower of Power for this unforgettable night of hits.

Boz Scaggs
Singer-songwriter Boz Scaggs, best known as a member of the Steve Miller Band, was born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio in 1944. As a child, he lived first in Oklahoma and then Texas, where he picked up his nickname Boz. He encountered Steve Miller when he was still in school, and having already learned the guitar, Scaggs paired up with Miller as a musical duo.

Later, as a young man, Boz Scaggs left for London and spent some time performing with such bands as Mother Earth and the Wigs, before recording his solo debut, Boz, in 1965. He returned to the United States, heading for San Francisco, and joined up with Steve Miller again in 1987. Scaggs joined Miller for the albums Children of the Future and Sailor, but shortly thereafter Boz signed a record deal as a solo artist, and his second album, Boz Scaggs, was released in 1969.

The 1970s brought Boz Scaggs his greatest success as a solo artist. Moments, released in 1971, was followed by My Time in 1972 and Slow Dancer in 1974, but it was Silk Degrees in 1976 that reached the top of the charts and gave audiences the hit singles “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle.” Down Two Then Left (1977) and Middle Man (1980) were equally successful, spawning the singles “Jo Jo” and “Breakdown Dead Ahead.”

Boz Scaggs took a hiatus for most of the 1980s, but returned in 1988 with Other Roads. Some Change followed in 1994, and Come on Home and My Time: The Anthology after that in 1997. In 2003, Boz Scaggs explored his love of jazz with his album But Beautiful.
When not growing grapes and producing wine with his family in California’s Napa Valley, Boz Scaggs hits the stage for regular tours, nearly every summer. Scaggs maintains a steady fan base that continues to support his live performances, and in 2010, he enjoyed a highly successful tour as a member of The Dukes of September Rhythm Review, with Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen.

Tower of Power
For well close to five decades, Tower of Power has delivered the best in Rhythm and Blues music. But, as group co-founder Emilio Castillo says, they could have had a much different name.

“We were a Soul band called The Motowns.” he recalls. Rocco Prestia was the bass player, I was in there, and my brother was the drummer. I met Doc Kupka at the Alameda County Fair over the Fourth of July weekend back in 1968, and gave him an audition. He came in the band, and we eventually changed our name to the Tower of Power.” The reason for the band name change was that they had a specific goal in mind.

“We wanted to get into the Fillmore Auditorium and with a name like the Motowns, dressed in suits with razor cuts, we knew we’d never get in there. We grew our hair long, and started to be hippies, and changed our name. Doc then suggested to me that we should start writing our own songs. Our first song was ‘You’re Still A Young Man.”

Boz Scaggs with special guest Tower of Power
July 22, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):Platinum $60.50 Gold $55.50 Silver $50.50 Bronze $43.50
Audience: Age 3 and older

Kresge Auditorium

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The Homestead – Manitou Music Festival Benefit Concert – Jeff Haas – July 22, 2015


Well known to many local jazz enthusiasts, Jeff Haas is heard weekly on Classical IPR New Jazz Archive and at other venues that feature his trio, quartet and quintet. The Quintet will perform at the top of Bay Mountain. Familiar and new jazz tunes will fill the air as the sun sets over Lake Michigan.

Jeff Haas comes from a musical family. His father, pianist Karl Haas, was his first teacher and was well known throughout Michigan. No carry-in food, drink or chairs please.

Refreshments available for purchase. Chairs are provided. For ticket information, call Glen Arbor Art Association at 231.334.6112.

Manitou Music Festival Benefit Concert presents Jeff Haas

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 on Bay Mountain

Concert: 7pm to 8pm

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Emerson String Quartet – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 23, 2015


The Emerson String Quartet presents a Copland–inspired program featuring works by Copland and his contemporaries.

The Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The arrival of Paul Watkins in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet. Mr. Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician, joined the ensemble in its 37th season, and his dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process. The reconfigured group has been greeted with impressive accolades.

“One of the characteristics of the Emerson Quartet is that its players (the violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer and the violist Lawrence Dutton in addition, now, to Mr. Watkins) all have the ability and the instruments to produce a sweet and glossy sound — but do so sparingly. Instead, they establish a chromatic scale of timbres that range from dry and tart over clean and zesty all the way to lustrous and singing. Listening to them pass tiny rhythmic motifs around the group, I was struck by how evenly calibrated these timbres were.” The New York Times

Emerson String Quartet
July 23, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):All Seats $34.00
Audience: Age 3 and older

Corson Auditorium

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Benzie Playboys – Summer Sounds Concert – Michigan Legacy Art Park – July 24, 2015

Benzie Playboys
K.Jones and the Benzie Playboys play some great “old school” zydeco and cajun music with traditional button accordions, fiddles, and washboard for an authentic Louisiana dance experience.

Admission: A suggested $10 donation per adult.

Concerts begin at 7pm in Michigan Legacy Art Park’s outdoor amphitheater.

To purchase your custom gourmet picnic dinner for two delivered to you at the concert; call Crystal Mountain at (231) 378-2000 ext. 5000. Pricing starts at $24.95.

Additional Summer Sounds Concerts

July 1: Joshua Davis Trio
July 17: Seth and May
July 31: Interlochen Faculty Revue
August 7: Ruth and Max Bloomquist
August 14: The Accidentals

For more information about the 2015 Summer Sounds concerts, please visit Michigan Legacy Art Park >>

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City of Riesling – July 26 – 27, 2015

City of RieslingRaise a glass to Riesling in Traverse City, Michigan at the second annual City of Riesling on Sunday, July 26th and Monday, July 27th.

On Sunday night, join us at the Night of 100 Rieslings where you will enjoy tasting from the Bar of 100 Rieslings, a popup wine bar featuring one hundred different wines representing major and minor regions from all across the globe and shared by a crew of winemakers and sommeliers who will help you explore the range of the “Best White Wine on Earth.”

On Monday, The Franklin in downtown Traverse City will host Salon Riesling, a symposium with sessions that will feature the energy and insight of Riesling leaders with curated tastings of Rieslings.

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