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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Fall is here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and at Escanaba's Bonifas Arts Center, they are ready with a full slate of arts & culture activities.

Sue Roll, Executive Director, spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about events happening through the month of October in the latest Bonifas Arts Update; topics include exhibits (Northern Exposure and Christine Saari's Blossoms in the Dark of Winter), classes (Of Both Minds, Barn Quilt Designs, Encaustic Art) and events (Players de Noc's Neil Simon play and "A Night of Magic & Wizardry).  Hear more about it from Sue, in conversation with Kurt Hauswirth:

Roberto Dalla Libera

Bluesman Johnny Burgin (formerly known as Rockin' Johnny) is in town tonight for a show at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. He's in town to take part in the "Tom Around the World" benefit for Tom Hyslop who is battling cancer. "Tom Around the World is a series of benefit concerts taking place around the country organized by blues musicians to show their love and appreciation for Hyslop, a blues journalist and blues champion.

Earlier in the week, Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom had a chance to speak with Burgin about the blues, playing with some of Chicago's greats, and his new 'live' CD.

Revolve CC Facebook Page / Chad McKinney

According to Merriam Webster, a "Creative" as a noun is defined as "one who is creative."  Creatives from across the Midwest are invited to the first annual Revolve Creative Conference, or Revolve CC, for support in collaboration, cross-discipline works, and creative business.  A group of Marquette residents have also collaborated and pooled resources to put on this one-day conference, and have invited speakers of various creative disciplines to speak on their topics.

Confirmed speakers are Steve Albini, engineer and producer (The Pixies, Nirvana, Low, The Breeder), Dr. Susan Weinschenk (Ph.D. in Psychology and Chief Behavioral Scientist and CEO at The Team W. Inc.), and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, an author, educator and speaker whose work focuses on politics, culture, technology, and social change.

Keith Ellis, Professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University, is also the Executive Director of Revolve CC.  He came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more about his role in the conference and the aim of gathering creatives in Marquette:

Ore Dock Brewing CO.

The Marquette Area Blues Society and the Ore Dock Brewing Co. are teaming up to put on a benefit for local blues writer and champion Tom Hyslop. The blues society's Walt Lindala spoke with Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom about the event.

The event is Friday, September 27th at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. Doors open at 6pm with music starting at 7 with Marquette's own Flat Broke Blues Band. At 8:30, it's Felix Reyes & Paul Linden from Chicago. Then at 10pm, Johnny Burgin (aka Rockin' Johnny) takes the stage, and the evening concludes with Devil's Elbow from St. Louis. 

Cedar Tree Institute

Water Rising is a MI Humanities Council grant that brings a project by the same name here to the UP. The Cedar Tree Institute is the recipient of this grant. Cedar Tree Institute is a nonprofit organization in Marquette, providing services and initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. Other partners include; Marquette's Arts & Culture division, NMU's College of Art & Design, the Fresh Coast Film Festival, and Superior Watershed Partnership.

Pasqua Warstler (Project Director and Grant Writer) and Jon Magnuson (Director of the Cedar Tree Institute and grant recipient) spoke with Kurt Hauswirth at Public Radio 90 about the project in an overview of what the grant will help achieve, and the events and collaborations of Water Rising:

Lake Superior State University

The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University presents the 2019-2020 season, “Celebrating 15 Years!”. The Arts Center has served the Lake State campus and greater Twin Saults community for the past fifteen years. They have hosted an array of performances - bringing local, national, and international artists to the Arts Center Stage for LSSU students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn from and enjoy.

Thomas Meacham is the LSSU Arts Center Director, and he spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about the upcoming events in the 2019-20 season:

Daniel Truckey

Local singer/songwriter Daniel Truckey released his new recording, "Heaven Forbid," earlier this year. He spoke with Hans Ahlstrom about the songs and the almost 20 year journey through his songwriting that lead to "Heaven Forbid."

The Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota re-imagines the song festival with concerts, recitals and masterclasses, but its mission also aims to empower and inspire a new generation of musicians.  Source serves duos, composers, and audiences with five days of programming, fostering relationships within Minnesota's community and musicians throughout the Upper Midwest.

Marquette's own Griffin Candey, an opera and concert music composer (who has premiered commissions with both the Marquette Choral Society and Marquette Symphony Orchestra), attended the Source Song Festival in August of 2019 and has graciously agreed to report back with Public Radio 90 and Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth, to discuss what Source Song Festival is and what it means to his music craft:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page

"Make it a Double!" is the name of the first Marquette Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2019-20 season, and it features music of Brahms, Schubert, and living composer David Little.  The Brahms Double Concerto features violinist Scott Flavin and cellist Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio; Schubert's Unfinished Symphony is a romantic feature for the whole orchestra; David Little's Haunted Topography is a natural addition to the lineup of romantic works.

Octavio Mas-Arocas is the Principal Conductor of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, and he joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio today to speak about not only the first concert, but the entire 2019-20 season too:

Leslie Shank

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform as a part of the NMU Music Department's Siril Artist Residency on September 25, 2019.

With profoundly moving performances expressing heart-felt intimacy to dazzling bravado, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From Bach to Piazzolla to Prince, MGQ’s eclectic programs are propelled by virtuosity and synchronization that come from decades of classical training and ensemble experience.

We had an opportunity to hear from the quartet as they began a busy day of events on Northern's campus: