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*

Superior Arts Youth Theater Facebook Page

The Superior Arts Youth Theater is a nonprofit organization in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan that provides opportunities for youth ages 3-18 to get involved in theater productions, on stage and behind the scenes.  The next performances happen May 3rd through 5th with the second annual Play Festival, with three different plays highlighted.  The classic German folk tale "Hansel and Gretel" (directed by Nathan Morgan), Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (directed by Teagan Sturmer), and "Brave Little Tailor" (directed by Taylor Koski) are all featured in performance at both the NMU Forest Roberts Theatre and the NMU Panowski Black Box Theatre.

All three directors, as well as the executive director and producer Jalina McClain, joined Kurt Hauswirth during Classiclectic to talk about their experiences preparing the companies for performance, as well as challenges and surprises along the way:

Public Radio 90

If you are interested in music, art, jewelry, t-shirts, video name it, it will most likely be at the Spring NMU Vinyl Record Show, Saturday, April 27th at the Whitman Hall Commons. 

Geoff Walker, Michigan record maven, and Jon Teichman, advisor of the NMU Vinyl Record Club, came to our studios to speak about what will be offered at more than 30 tables in the Whitman Hall:

Crossover Media

"The White Crow" is a 2019 biopic from director/actor Ralph Fiennes, which studies the drama of the ballet superstar Rudolf Nureyev and his defection from the Soviet Union.  The score of the film, by British composer Ilan Eshkeri, is the next collaboration of music and film between Eshkeri and Fiennes, with two previous films together.  The soundtrack (on Deutsche Grammophon) also features solo violinist Lisa Batiashvili, representative of Nureyev and his love of solo violin music.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth was afforded the opportunity to speak to Eshkeri by phone about the composition process, his collaborative history with Ralph Fiennes, and the meaning behind the score:

Bonifas Arts Center

Our monthly update from the Bonifas Arts Center brings events and classes for all ages, along with a special dinner combined with artists and theater.  Sue Roll, Executive Director of the Bonifas, spoke with Public Radio 90 about "On 7th & Ludington," along with an upcoming concert and reception in May, as well as explaining what Wet Felting is!

Marquette Choral Society / Travel Marquette

This April 2019, the Marquette Choral Society presents "Russian Nights," music of Rachmaninoff & Chesnokov.  The concert consists of Russian music, mostly of Orthodox traditions.  Pieces featured are Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All Night Vigil, Op. 37" in Church Slavonic, Pavel Chesnokov's "Let Thy Good Spirit" and "Salvation is Created," in English, as well as a Russian folk song "Veniki". 

Hear more about the experience putting this concert together in an interview with the director of the choral society, Dr. Erin Colwitz:

Michigan State University Press

Local author John Smolens will be at the Peter White Public Library tonight for an author talk and Q&A session on his new book "Out." Smolens spoke with Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom about his latest book, which is more of a sequel in spirit than in story line to his early work, "Cold."

Tonight's event is at 7pm at the Peter White Public Library in the Community Room.

Allen Vizzutti

Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom speaks with trumpeter and composer Allen Vizzutti and NMU Music Professor Dr Mark Flaherty about this year's NMU Jazz Festival

The NMU Jazz Festival concert is Friday at 7:30pm at Kaufman Auditorium

Marquette Symphony Orchestra conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas speaks with Hans Ahlstrom about this weekend's MSO concert program "Jazz meets Classical: A Musical Melange" featuring trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti.

The concert is Saturday, April 13, at 7:30pm at Kaufman Auditorium.

Click here for tickets

Termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his ‘astonishingly florid’ improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards classical, jazz, world, and folk music.

An endorsing artist for GHS Strings, his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk.

David will play a program based around Spanish, Flamenco, Up-Tempo Latin, original settings of Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones’, Neil Young songs, as well as music by the Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions. 

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with David about his upcoming performance in Hancock:

Northern Lights Acapella Facebook Page

The Northern Lights A Capella group will perform their spring concert Saturday, April 6th at the Reynolds Recital Hall.  Junior music major Anna Morrison came to our studios to talk about the kinds of songs you could expect to hear, the comparison of performing in an acoustic space compared to performing with a mixdown, and whether or not Toto's "Africa" will be on the roster of songs: