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 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


UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz stopped by our studios to talk about this week's reading at the Carnegie Library in Ishpeming and his appearance on The Red Jacket Jamboree this Saturday.

Thursday's event - Libraries Rock - takes place @5:30pm at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

The Red Jacket Jamboree is Saturday @ 7:30pm at the Calumet Theatre

Blueberry Dance Festival

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with Camilla Mingay, Director of the 11th Annual Blueberry Dance Festival

The festival is next Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 & 26, at Kaufmann Auditorium in Marquette.

For more information, call the Second Skin Shop at 226-2263, email or visit the Blueberry Dance Festival page on Facebook

SAIL Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula

The Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) celebrates its 20th anniversary the week of July 23rd with a week of events titled "Access for All."  Sarah Peurakoski is the Executive Director of SAIL, the Disability Network of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and she stopped by our studios to tell our listeners about SAIL and the free events for all community members.

North Coast Chamber Players - Facebook

The North Coast Chamber Players present an evening of music for winds and piano, called "Who's On First?"  This is a free concert of classical and fun music, performed by a sextet comprised of flutist Claudia Drosen, oboist Laura Robinson, clarinetist Debora Check Reeves, hornist Gary L. Reeves, bassoonist Will Peebles, and pianist Nancy Zimmerman.

Debbie, Gary and Will stopped by the studio to tell us about the program:

The Crystal Theatre

We spoke with Angie Dohl, manager of The Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls, MI about their summer events; Pipe Organ performances, Fungus Fest concerts, and a special visit from Judy Collins.

Visit for more information and tickets.  Visit here to find out about the Humongous Fungus Festival.

Jane Cisluycis and Karen Bacula join Hans Ahlstrom to preview this year's annual - 40th annual! - Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

The festival runs Friday thru Sunday at Marquette's Tourist Park.

For more information, visit the festival's website

Superior String Alliance / Marquette Symphony Orchestra / Ore Dock Brewing Company

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is holding another Summer Strings concert this summer, and this time they bring fellow musicians from the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players.  In partnership with the Hiawatha Music Co-Op and the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second Summer Strings concert takes place at the brewery Wednesday July 18th.  Concertmaster and string player Janis Peterson came back to our studio to tell us about this collaborative event.