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.

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The Northern Michigan University Orchestra will perform a Children's Concert for free Wednesday, February 27th at 6pm.  The program is ideal for all ages, but especially catered to children with an exciting program and demonstrations of instruments of the orchestra.

Selections include music from the motion pictures Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Gladiator, and Pirates of the Caribbean. / Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Bluegrass music, a tuba soloist and a romantic symphony are all on the next program for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.  Principal conductor Octavio Mas-Arocas returns for the MSO's fourth concert of the 2018-19 season.  

The performance features youth concerto competition winner Evan Zegiel, performing Nelson T. Gast's "Under Mountains of Ocean" (a world-premiere tuba concerto).  The MSO will also colalborate with an Ann Arbor-based bluegrass quartet, Westbound Situation.  This event will also be a part of the Winter Roots Festival, a collaboration with the Hiawatha Music Co-op, the MSO, Peter White Public Library, the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center, and the Beaumier Heritage Center.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

A fundraising effort for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra has turned into an annual concert event; the MSO will hold their third annual Chamber Music Collage Concert Saturday, January 12th, 2019 in Marquette.  The concert takes place in NMU's Reynolds Recital Hall with tickets available at the door.

Concertmaster Janis Peterson came to our studios to tell us more:  

NMU Vinyl Club / Facebook Page

The new year is here, and so is the first Vinyl Record Show of the year.  Occuring at the Whitman Hall Commons, this record-swapping and shopping event has taken on more than vinyl records; also included are compact discs, cassette tapes, as well as movies, posters, art prints and video games.

Jon Teichman, advisor of the NMU Vinyl Record Club, stopped by our station to give us a preview:

Peter White Public Library / EventKeeper

Edgar Allan Poe is a well-known poet, but he did more than write "The Raven."  He was a writer, an editor, and a literary critic, but he also inspired generations of writers and creatives with imaginative tales filled with darkness, mystery and macabre nature.

2019 is the year of his 210th birthday, and a special event celebrating the life and work of Poe will happen at the Peter White Public Library, Wed. January 16th at 7pm.

Former Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate Russell Thorburn, along with a variety of other speakers and musicians, will hold a concert of Poe readings and creativity inspired by his works in the Community Room of the Peter White Library.

Russell Thorburn, Christopher Scott Leith and Becca McAllister came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more about what can be expected:

The Bonifas Arts Center continues their arts & culture programming into 2019.  We spoke with Sue Roll, the Executive Director of the Bonifas, about what is offered in the new year:

UP Poet Laureate

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with UP Poet Laureate Martin Achatz about "Word in Action," a holiday poetry event taking place Saturday to benefit the Room at the Inn and the Warming Center

The event takes place at 7pm at the Joy Center in Ishpeming

St. Peter Cathedral of Marquette, MI Facebook event page

December in Marquette means getting ready for the holidays, and this year's Marquette Choral Society concert in St. Peter Cathedral will do just that.  The Cathedral Concert Series continues along with Bachfest Marquette, with the choral society performing works of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Dr. Erin Colwitz came to our Public Radio 90 studios to give us more information:

Forest Roberts Theatre

The Charles Dickens classic tale "A Christmas Carol" is well-beloved by many, and this December, the Forest Roberts Theatre at Northern Michigan University is producing their 2018 take on the story.  With book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, an adaptation of the Dickens novella will take the FRT stage beginning Wednesday, December 12th, and run to Sunday, December 16th.  Associate Professor and Director of Theatre, Bill Digneit, came to our studios to talk about the production, and the exciting things happening to enhance the experience:

Jason Hagen, Writer/Producer "Northbound" / Lullskull Ltd. / "A" Street Films, LLC.

The Upper Peninsula, Michigan-made survivalist digital series NORTHBOUND is holding an ongoing Series Tour to re-connect regional residents with Seasons 1 and 2, and introduce supporters to a new Season 3 Sneak Preview and series sponsors.

The series, co-created by U.P. Michigan natives Seth & Nathan Anderson and producer Jason Hagen, began in 2014 as a proof-of-concept for the forthcoming feature film NORTHSTAR, which will also be filmed entirely in the Upper Peninsula at locations in Houghton, Gwinn, Norway, Iron Mountain, and Sagola to start, with other U.P. locations to be added.  The story follows the early days of lone father, Alex (played by U.P. actor Nate Alwine) as he travels a rugged post-Cataclysmic North American landscape with his comatose daughter, Crystal.  Along the way, Alex gives his all to protect Crystal as they come into contact with other survivalist groups challenging each other for control over the North Woods.

Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak to Co-Creator, Seth Anderson, and Coordinating Producer, Fay Mannon Rahoi; they discussed what can be expected at the Ore Dock screening event: