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*

NMU Veterans Day Benefit Concert Facebook Event Page

Dr. Erin Colwitz, assistant professor of music and director of choirs at Northern Michigan University, and Megan O'Connor, senior communications studies major, have assembled a program of music to honor veterans on Sunday, November 11th.  The choral concert features American patriotic songs from different periods of our military's history.  Erin and Megan came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more:

Northern Lights A Capella Facebook Page

The Northern Lights A Capella Choir are on the cusp of a decade of singing together.  They are the only a capella choir on Northern Michigan University's campus, and they are performing for the first time on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage for their Fall 2018 Concert.  Two members of the choir joined us in the studio to talk about the choir, their repertoire, and plans for the future.

Clean Water Campaign Facebook page

The Clean Water Campaign is an effort to inspire citizens of Marquette and statewide throughout Michigan to be informed regarding water issues and the upcoming elections.  Patrick Booth, Upper Peninsula musician and music teacher, will perform (with his ensemble) alongside musician and educator Seth Bernard.  The concert is "Clean Water Campaign: Get Out the Vote," and musicians will perform an original piece to inspire thoughts about the Great Lakes, utilizing electronic and organic instrumentation.

Hear about the effort from Patrick Booth:

Pasqua Warstler and Stacy Berg from the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba joined us by phone to talk about upcoming events for the end of October into the holidays, highlighting arts, food, flowers and more!

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page

Octavio Más-Arocas is the new principal conductor of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and with the first concert of the season completed, it's time for something new this season.  The MSO will put on their first ever Halloween concert, called "A Halloween Spooktacular!", Sunday, October 28th.  Maestro Más-Arocas joined us in the studio to discuss what the orchestra will do for this special concert;


The Rocky Horror Show returns to Marquette's Masonic Center for its second edition this year.  Bobby Glenn Brown (Dr. Frank N. Furter) also returns in the overall 16th performance of Rocky in the area, both as star and director.  He came to our studios to talk about what to expect in this year's production:

Forest Roberts Theatre

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd; the tale of love and murder starring an exiled barber (played by Broadway’s Paul Truckey, FRT faculty member), who joins forces with Mrs. Lovett and her meat pie shop in nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance.  Senior Lilith Kontos, who plays Tobias Ragg in the production, stopped by Public Radio 90 to tell us more:

Culture of Cult Facebook event page

The Culture of Cult art series is in its eight iteration, and this time, the focus is on the animal kingdom.  "Kingdom Come" is the subtitle of Culture of Cult 8, happening in Marquette during the Fresh Coast Film Festival.  The curator of Culture of Cult, Mike Forester, joined us in the studios to talk about what to expect at this one-night-only art event.

The Beaumier Documentary Film Series continues tonight with two films by NMU Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Loukinen - "Tradition Bearers" and "Finnish American Lives." Dr. Loukinen and Dan Truckey, Director of the Beaumier UP Heritage Center, spoke with Hans Ahlstrom about the two films and tonight's event.

Northern Michigan University

Jon Teichman came to our studios to talk about what he calls a Vinyl Record Show that is more like an expo; a place for music fans to come together and discuss music and root through a collection of multiple vendors' wares.