Arts & Culture Interviews

Hosts Hans Ahlstrom and Kurt Hauswirth discuss what is happening in the area regarding arts, music and cultural events in and around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page

The BachFest is underway for the Marquette community, and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is taking part in the festivities.  For their first concert of the season, titled "From Bach to the Future," they feature a tribute to J.S. Bach.  Music selections include Bach's Fantasia and Fugue in C minor and Tre Corali.  This concert will also be the first of the season including Octavio Mas-Arocas as the new Principal Conductor of the MSO.  We spoke with him in the studio leading up to the concert:

Marquette Arts & Culture Center

The first BachFest Marquette festival is a season-long festival which celebrates the life and legacy of J.S. Bach.  The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, with local musician Nancy Railey, created this festival with ten unique musical events with the goals of highlighting musical and artistic talent in the community, while also inspiring and engaging listeners of all ages with classical music.  Kurt Hauswirth welcomed Nancy along with Tristan Luoma from the MACC to the studios for an interview about the upcoming events in the festival:

Kurt Hauswirth

ArtPrize displays art from far and wide, and in the case of the Upper Peninsula, represents life and artistic endeavours from a geographically remote region.  Pasqua Warstler, the Artistic Director of the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, Kathleen Conover, Marquette ArtPrize artist, and Tom Nemacheck, Director of the UP Travel and Recreation Association came together to discuss the importance of the UP's representation at ArtPrize.

Karen Dionne

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with Karen Dionne, the author of "The Marsh King's Daughter" and John Smolens about the novel and tonight's Booknotes event at the Peter White Public Library

The Booknotes author-to-author talk begins at 7pm in the Shiras room of the library. 

for more about Karen Dionne and The Marsh King's Daughter click here

Mackinac Arts Council

Kurt Hauswirth spoke by phone with Pasqua Warstler, artistic director of the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, MI, and Brian Kakas, associate professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University and ArtPrize artist, about "Crossing the Straits," a Mackinac Island ArtPrize 2018 Preview.  The preview includes an exhibition and opening reception beginning Sunday August 12 on the island.

UP Poet Laureate

Martin Achatz, the Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, stopped by our studios to talk about "Word in Action," an evening of poetry readings to help raise funds for flood relief in the Keweenaw.

The event takes place Wednesday, August 8, at 7pm at the Joy Center in Ishpeming.

The Copper Country Associated Artists are holding the 58th annual Eagle Harbor Art Fair the weekend of August 11th, 2018 in the Copper Country.  We spoke with Chairperson Linda Dodge about the event:

Marquette City Band

The Marquette City Band is holding its annual Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival in Marquette, bringing together community band instrumentalists from across the U.S. for fun, education, concerts and more.  We spoke to Dr. Stephen Grugin, Director of the Marquette City Band and Director of Bands/Professor of Low Brass at Northern Michigan University:

Summertime in the Upper Peninsula means art for all.  Art opportunities abound in Escanaba and the surrounding areas, and the Bonifas Arts Center helps in coordinating these events.  We spoke with the artistic director of the Bonifas, Pasqua Warstler, about the summer art events.

The play "Anatomy of a Murder" will be presented by the Vista Theater in Negaunee, directed by Sophie Sam.  We spoke with Sophie about the production thus far and what the audience can expect.

The production runs from August 2-4 & 9-11 at 7pm, and August 5 & 12 at 2pm.  More information and tickets available at