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.

The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players are going on their annual summer tour July 17-20, and they are sharing concerts with different local musicians.  They also have their summer camp for string students young and old.  Danielle Simandl, Executive Director of the SSA came to Public Radio 90 to talk about the events.

Visit superiorstringalliance.org for more information about the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players tour dates and locations, as well as all the information about the Summer Strings Camp.

The Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival, also known as UP Shakes, will present "Bug" by Tracy Letts at the upstairs Community Room of the Ore Dock Brewing Company this summer 2018.  We spoke with the Artistic Director of UP Shakes, Jamie Weeder about the core story of the play and what the audience can expect.

Visit upshakes.org for more information about the performances and tickets.

bonifasarts.org

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler, Director of Gallery & Regional Projects about summer fun and arts events offered through the Bonifas Arts Center.

Visit bonifasarts.org for more information about the event schedule and registration information for events, and also their facebook page.

TaMaMa Dance Company Facebook page

The TaMaMa Dance Company performed their first full-length dance performance last summer, called "Horizon."  This summer, they present "FLOW," another full-length performance featuring original choreography, original music, video projections and lighting, all on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage.  Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Marissa Marquardson, Maggie Barch, and Maria Formolo about the project, the creative process, and how the dance, music and light come together.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra / Marquette 365

Janis Peterson is the concertmaster and a performer in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and she stopped by our studios to talk about the MSO's Summer Strings Concert.  The Summer Strings are a small ensemble of string players from the MSO that perform in public spaces and spotlight the strings section of the orchestra.

The Marquette Rockestra is presenting "Sounds of the 60s" a benefit for the Marquette Area Public Schools music program. Hans Ahlstrom spoke with Dan Truckey and Jon Teichman about the benefit event.

The Sounds of the 60s is @7:30pm Thursday, June 14th, at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are available at all NMU ticket outlets and online at tickets.nmu.edu

Ore Dock Brewing Company / Anthony Reynolds

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jon Teichman, one of many involved with turning the upstairs of the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette, MI into a treasure-trove of music and discussion.  The Ore Dock Vinyl Show returns to the ODBC June 19 - 23.

Vinyl records, as well as posters, CDs, cassettes, T-shirts and more will be available for purchase.  Head to the Facebook event page for more information on the Ore Dock Vinyl Show, starting June 19 2018.

Finlandia.edu

Jim Kurtti, director of the Finnish American Heritage Center at Finlandia University, spoke on the phone with Kurt Hauswirth regarding this year's Juhannus 2018, the annual mid-summer festival to celebrate Finnish heritage and the communities in Hancock, Toivola and Jacobsville.

Strikepoint

Kurt Hauswirth spoke by phone to Jim Russey, a contact regarding the Strikepoint Bell Choir's June 22nd performance at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique.  Strikepoint is a church-based, community/professional handbell ensemble, led by artistic director Bill Alexander.  Kurt and Jim discussed what the audience can expect at the program:

Brenda Knipp / Event Facebook Page

Michael Shirtz is no stranger to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, or to the music of the Great American Songbook.  That is why he and the Michael Shirtz Quartet are putting on a concert; The Marquette Regional History Center’s Concert Fundraiser: "America, Our Way: An American Songbook Story," promises to take you through 100 years of music in 90 minutes.

 

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Michael Shirtz in advance of the concert regarding how he and his bandmates will make this concert happen:

 

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