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.

*Link to submit arts & culture features via voice memos/recorders here*

The Crystal Theatre

TAKE3, a classical-pop crossover group, will perform at The Crystal Theatre on April 7, 2pm CT, and again in Sault Ste. Marie, MI at L.S.S.U.'s Cisler Center, April 9, 7pm ET.  Comprised of Lindsay Deutsch (violin), Lila Yang (cello), and Christopher O'Riley (piano), TAKE3 takes everything you thought you knew about a classical music concert and throws it out a window! 

Public Radio 90

The Jitterbug Jive returns to the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second annual fundraising event for Public Radio 90!  This time, we are fortunate to have the Marquette music-making collective Adam Sawfox for musical entertainment.  To give a taste of what to expect, we had two members of the ensemble join us in studio for a mini-performance and interview, along with Kris Wierenga from the Ore Dock.

DeVos Art Museum

The DeVos Art Museum is holding a call for entries for the 12th annual "North of the 45th" Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition.  Emily Lanctot, Director, Curator, & Outreach at the DeVos, tells us how to register in this Arts and Culture Update:

March 2019 is around the corner, and the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, Michigan has many events in store for those engaged in arts and culture in the Upper Great Lakes.  We spoke with Executive Director Sue Roll and Events Coordinator Staci Berg about upcoming events, starting with March:

NMU Archives

The Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives will be hosting another Evening at the Archives public presentation on February 28, 2019 from 6:30-9 pm. Negaunee High School Seniors Chaz Bluse and Lucas Lambertson will give a presentation on the history of the 1946 Iron Miners’ Strike on the Marquette Iron Range. The students are completing a documentary about the Strike as part of a class project in “Digital Writing” taught by Negaunee High School history teacher, Andy Skewis. University Archivist Marcus Robyns will also provide a brief summary of labor history on the Marquette Iron Range from 1900-1946. 

We spoke with the University Archivist, Marcus Robyns, about the iron mining industry and other aspects of local history: 

Public Radio 90

The Superior Arts Youth Theater will present Disney's "Newsies: The Broadway Musical," based on the 1992 motion picture which was inspired by a true story.  Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is a story of Jack Kelly, the leader of the newsboys who wade through difficult times. Classic music of Alan Meknen is highlighted, with songs like "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe."

Susan Candey, in her third directing position with the Superior Arts Youth Theater, came to our studios to tell us more:

Public Radio 90

The Northern Michigan University Orchestra will perform a Children's Concert for free Wednesday, February 27th at 6pm.  The program is ideal for all ages, but especially catered to children with an exciting program and demonstrations of instruments of the orchestra.

Selections include music from the motion pictures Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Gladiator, and Pirates of the Caribbean. / Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Bluegrass music, a tuba soloist and a romantic symphony are all on the next program for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.  Principal conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas returns for the MSO's fourth concert of the 2018-19 season.  

The performance features youth concerto competition winner Evan Zegiel, performing Nelson T. Gast's "Under Mountains of Ocean" (a world-premiere tuba concerto).  The MSO will also colalborate with an Ann Arbor-based bluegrass quartet, Westbound Situation.  This event will also be a part of the Winter Roots Festival, a collaboration with the Hiawatha Music Co-op, the MSO, Peter White Public Library, the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, and the Beaumier Heritage Center.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

A fundraising effort for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra has turned into an annual concert event; the MSO will hold their third annual Chamber Music Collage Concert Saturday, January 12th, 2019 in Marquette.  The concert takes place in NMU's Reynolds Recital Hall with tickets available at the door.

Concertmaster Janis Peterson came to our studios to tell us more:  

NMU Vinyl Club / Facebook Page

The new year is here, and so is the first Vinyl Record Show of the year.  Occuring at the Whitman Hall Commons, this record-swapping and shopping event has taken on more than vinyl records; also included are compact discs, cassette tapes, as well as movies, posters, art prints and video games.

Jon Teichman, advisor of the NMU Vinyl Record Club, stopped by our station to give us a preview: