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.

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The Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites are one of the most frequently performed pieces for unaccompanied cello, and also some of the most recognizable solo pieces ever written for the instrument.  Cellist Sung-Won Yang recorded these pieces for the first time on a 2005 release from EMI, and then in 2017, he was allowed the opportunity to record these pieces again, but in a 19th century French church (specifically, the Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Paris).

Kurt Hauswirth, the host of Public Radio 90's Classiclectic, had an opportunity to speak to Sung-Won by phone about his experience coming back to recording the Bach Cello Suites for a second time in a new environment; he also spoke about his love of Bach's music, and gives his advice to young cellists:


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Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name, this musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion-savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Warner, for not being “serious” enough. Determined to show him that she can be both fabulous and smart, Elle follows Warner to Harvard Law School, where she initially struggles to fit in with her navy-wearing, East Coast classmates. However, with the help of her sorority sisters and her new friends Emmett and Paulette, Elle discovers that maybe she does have what it takes to succeed at Harvard… and she doesn’t need to sacrifice her delightfully pink personality to do it, either!

We spoke with the director of SAY Theater's "Legally Blonde The Musical Jr." and Petra Frazier, one of the principle players:


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The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players are comprised of the SSA Camp Faculty, and they perform concerts throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to spread the joy of live string chamber music, and to raise money for the SSA Camper Scholarship Fund.  Three of the players joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio during Classiclectic to talk about the upcoming tour, their favorite camp moments, and previewed one of the selections you may hear as they perform on tour.

Here is a bit of the Vivaldi they performed for us in studio:


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The end of June is here, which means that we are entering summer in earnest in the Upper Great Lakes.  The Bonifas Arts Center has events, concerts, exhibits, and classes throughout, and Sue Roll (Executive Director) wants to share information about how to get engaged in arts and culture in Escanaba and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:


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Marquette is known to be a supporter of arts of all kinds.  In its fifth year, the Marquette Art Week celebrates art in its many forms, celebrating the rich and diverse culture of Marquette.  Exhibits, performances, receptions, studio tours, a bike tour, demonstrations, and street performers are some of the ways that the arts are expressed and celebrated in this annual June event.

Tristan Luoma, Arts and Senior Services Coordinator with the City of Marquette, came to Public Radio 90's studios to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about all that Art Week 2019 has to offer:


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The Pine Mountain Music Festival (PMMF) was founded in Iron Mountain, Michigan, in 1991 by Laura Jean Deming, a cellist and member of the orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago. That first season was primarily chamber music, but by 1992 opera was being produced.  The festival primarily runs from mid to late June in Keweenaw, Marquette, and Dickinson counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Doug Day, the director of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, in its 29th season.


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Midsummer's Music will present their 29th season of chamber music in the Door County area of Wisconsin.  The theme this year is "Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Much, Much More," with music from not only those composers, but also Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and others.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the festival's founder Jim Berkenstock (who is also the Artistic Director) about what audience members can expect this year:


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Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom speaks with members of the band Stan Berry about their music and the new CD 'Standards'


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Color, theatre, music, and the night sky are all featured this time as we explore what is happening at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.  Learn about exhibits, events, classes and more in this interview with Sue Roll, the Bonifas Arts Center's Executive Director:

For more information on all exhibits, events and classes, visit bonifasarts.org.

TaMaMa Dance Company

TaMaMa Dance Company (TDC) presents Collection, "an accumulation of movement gathered for study, comparison, and exhibition with the intention to intrigue, surprise, and inspire."  Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the three members of TDC (Marissa Marquardson, Maggie Barch, and Tara Middleton) about what this means, and what to expect on the stage:


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