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      Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates milestone

      The Interlochen Arts Academy is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a national concert tour.

      The academy's orchestra, band and choir are set to play Chicago's Harris Theater on Wednesday.

      They'll be at Orchestra Hall in Detroit on Thursday. The tour wraps up with shows in Washington on Saturday and New York on Monday. The students, faculty and staff will travel 2,200 miles by bus, transport 992 pieces of luggage and gobble up 6,750 boxed lunches along the way.

      Founded in 1962, the boarding fine arts high school has produced dozens of Grammy winners and Presidential Scholars.

      In 2006, the Interlochen Arts Academy was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for an arts organization.

      The school sits on a 1,200-acre campus in northwestern Michigan near Traverse City.