Spring Performance Tour Features Concerts in Chicago and Grand Rapids

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Students from Interlochen Arts Academy will give special performances in Chicago and Grand Rapids on the first weekend in March. The Chicago performance will be held at the Irish American Heritage Society at 4626 North Knox Avenue on Saturday March 6, at 1 p.m. The Grand Rapids performance will be held at St. Cecilia Music Center on Sunday March 7, at 3 p.m.

Students from Interlochen Arts Academy will give special performances in Chicago and Grand Rapids on the first weekend in March. The Chicago performance will be held at the Irish American Heritage Society at 4626 North Knox Avenue on Saturday March 6, at 1 p.m. The Grand Rapids performance will be held at St. Cecilia Music Center on Sunday March 7, at 3 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public and will include performances by the jazz combo, percussion ensemble and a string quartet. The Chicago concert will also feature a trombone quartet. Tickets are not required.

The eleven-member percussion ensemble will perform a variety of pieces including a marimba trio, an African-influenced piece on traditional instruments and a trio for three percussionists on one bass drum. The group is led by John Alfieri, instructor of percussion at Interlochen Arts Academy.

The jazz combo will showcase five Interlochen jazz musicians performing several pieces including "Dat Dere," a soul-jazz classic rooted in gospel music, "Pression," a new composition based on the jazz standard "Cherokee," and many others. The group is led by Bill Sears, director of Jazz Studies at Interlochen. The jazz and percussion ensembles will also join together for a performance of Pat Metheny's "Minuano."

The string quartet will perform movements from quartets by the Spanish composer Juan Crisostomo Arriaga and French composer Maurice Ravel. The quartet is coached by David Holland, instructor of viola at Interlochen Arts Academy.

The trombone quartet is led by Tom Riccobono and will appear only in Chicago. They will perform the Suite for Four Trombones by Flor Peeters.

Interlochen Arts Academy attracts nearly 500 exceptionally talented and motivated students from nearly every state and more than 20 other countries to study creative writing, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, motion picture arts and rigorous college preparatory academics.

Interlochen Arts Academy is part of the nonprofit Interlochen Center for the Arts, 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 stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spans eight decades. For information, visit Interlochen online at http://www.interlochen.org.

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