In Praise of Water: The Mad Angler Meets the Mad Cellist

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The Cathedral Barn at the Historic Barns Park

1500 Red Drive

Traverse City, MI 49684

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Developing a deep sense of stewardship for our natural resources also means celebrating the creativity it sparks. That’s why FLOW is delighted to announce a very special evening of poetry and music– In Praise of Water: The Mad Angler meets the Mad Cellist-- featuring Michael Delp and Crispin Campbell.

This moving and expressive performance will feature Delp’s Mad Angler poems paired with Campbell on cello and is the culmination of a recording project supported by FLOW to honor the link between art and sense of place. Experiencing this collaboration will be good for the soul -- and good for our waters.

All proceeds from this event support FLOW's mission to safeguard the Great Lakes.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors!

Friend Sponsors

Adams Chapter - Trout Unlimited

Naperala Consulting LLC

Nolan's Cigar Bar

The Northern Angler

Philip L. Ellis, Ph.D., PLC

Yen Yoga & Fitness

Food & Beverage Sponsors

Earthen Ales


S2S Sugar to Salt

Taproot Cider House

About the Performers

Michael Delp

Michael Delp recently retired from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was the director of creative writing for many years. He is the author of numerous collections of prose and poetry, with his most recent collection of short stories being As If We Were Prey (2010) and his latest book of poems Lying in the River’s Dark Bed (2016), both from Wayne State University Press. He lives in Interlochen, Michigan, with his wife, Claudia, and splits his time between there and Reeling Waters, his cabin on the Boardman River.

Crispin Campbell

Crispin Campbell's musical style reflects his individuality. In a typical performance, he makes seamless transitions from Bach to Frank Zappa to Django Reinhardt, earning him the label: "A musician who defies categories."

Crispin was a faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy for 38 years, where he mentored young musicians in classical cello technique and chamber music. A student of Margaret Rowell (Berkeley, CA) and George Sopkin (Fine Arts Quartet), he is well known as a performer and teacher throughout North and South America. He teaches at the annual Interlochen Cello Institute in June and has taught at the NHSMI summer program at Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois, and many other summer programs. He is also a frequent guest artist for the Semana de las Cuerdas, a string festival based in Medellin, Colombia. He was the founder and Artistic Director of the Manitou Music Festival in Michigan, a chamber music and jazz festival. His recordings with the Neptune Quartet and Christian Matjias have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.

Event Details

-Tickets are $60 in advance, $70 at the door.

-Admission includes a performance by Michael Delp and Crispin Campbell, as well as a limited-edition, commemorative cd of this one-of-a-kind collaboration. Light fare by Sugar 2 Salt and Taproot Cider House and cash bar featuring wine from Left Foot Charley and beer by Earthen Ales.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is not a minimum age to enter the event. Must be 21+ with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

On-site parking is available but in limited quantity. We kindly request carpooling when possible.

If special parking or drop off arrangements are necessary, please email Lauren at lauren@flowforwater.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, printed tickets will not be necessary. Please check in at the main entrance with FLOW staff and volunteers upon arrival.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please reach out to FLOW's program coordinator, Lauren, at lauren@flowforwater.org.

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