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*

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."

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.

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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:

"Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan" are grant-giving opportunities through the Michigan Humanities, and allow statewide public conversations to take place in 18 communities in Michigan.  The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation's "third coast" because of its miles of shoreline in the US, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  Michigan Humanities, through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, has announced awards of $5,000 for communities and organizations throughout Michigan to hold conversations and community events around water topics.  Northern Michigan University will be host to one of these conversations, focusing on tourism and sense of place.

Jennifer Rupp, the Director of Federal and State Grants with Michigan Humanities, visited our studios to talk more about Third Coast Conversations:

Art, theatre and more at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba, MI; hear the April update with the Bonifas, as Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Sue Roll, Executive Director by phone:

NMU Music Department

The Percussion Group Cincinnati will perform and make connections to social justice as a part of the Siril Concert Series, sponsored by the Siril Endowment for the Arts and NMU's Music Department.  One of the members of the trio, Allen Otte, joined Dr. Jim Strain of the NMU Music Dept. in conversation with Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, to discuss all the percussive events this week:

NMU Vinyl Record Club

The Vinyl Record Shows at the Ore Dock Brewing Company have been a regular occurance for vinyl record and music lovers of all kinds, providing an opportunity to swap music, purchase and discuss all kinds of media for five years.  The 20th edition of the show will happen starting the afternoon of Thursday, March 28th; Jon Teichman of the NMU Vinyl Record Club came to our studios to tell us more:

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!