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Experience an eclectic collection of classical music with host Kurt Hauswirth, weekdays from 9:30am to Noon only on Public Radio 90.  Find your listening journey taking you through all corners of the classical music spectrum.

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Fridays are Genre Fluid Fridays: Kurt curates a playlist of music just past the bounds of the usual in classical, where new composers and their works are featured.

Kurt also handles the Classiclectic Connection, a classical+ music blog and podcast which aims to amplify local classical music performances, arts & culture information, new releases and more.

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Classiclectic’s mission is to foster love, knowledge and enthusiasm for classical music; to expand the awareness and accessibility to the art form; to highlight and explore the stories and performances of the arts community; to continue serving the community of the Upper Great Lakes Region through the vision of Public Radio 90 WNMU-FM.

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NMU Music Department

Choir members miss singing with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, with safety concerns and with cases of the virus rising, decisions had to be made regarding how best to move forward with choir activities at Northern Michigan University.

The regular rehearsal season for the Marquette Choral Society is cancelled this fall, to protect the health of its members (they've shifted to more of a music appreciation / choral music study format). The University Choir and Arts Chorale are still rehearsing, although using social distancing, specially-designed choral masks, breaks, and surface cleaning. And, they will be using technology and the internet to bring the choir experience to people virtually.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Dr. Colwitz about how her and the NMU Department of Music coordinated the changes:

Superior String Alliance

Times are different; everyone is making changes and adjustments to what they do. In the arts, it is particularly hard, since so much of the magic relies on being in-person.

One organization that is evolving and utilizing creativity and technology to keep fulfilling its mission is the Superior String Alliance. Normally, they have a traditional summer camp experience that takes place at Presbytery Point in Michigamme, Michigan. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic on the rise, Danielle Simandl (Executive Director of SSA) and the staff decided the best option was to go virtual.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Danielle about how the camp experience has changed, how they've handled the challenges of going virtual, and how they're providing the camp experience with some modifications:

Midsummer’s Presents a 5 Week Virtual Season Showcasing Classical Favorites and Seldom Heard Treasures by Women and Composers of Color

New Amsterdam Records

Terrain is an album of otherworldly vocals, processed strings, and elaborate electronic orchestrations from composer Jacob Cooper. Studio invention and collaboration with vocalists Theo Bleckmann, Jodie Landau, cellist Ashley Bathgate, and poets Greg Brownderville, Dora Malech, and Zach Savich synthesize into the three works contained on the album Terrain, releasing July 10, 2020 from New Amsterdam Records.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jacob about the album, including discussion on how composition ideas are formed, how computers and studios are used as creative tools, and how the world of music has changed due to COVID-19:

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June 19th, or "Juneteenth" marks the day that orders were read in Galveston, Texas in 1865, commemorating the proclamation that all enslaved persons in the state were free. Michigan declared Juneteenth as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" in 2005.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra has officially canceled its April 18 performance at Kaufman Auditorium and moved the entire program to September.

The orchestra announced last month that the “Spring Collaborations” performance was postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The MSO Board of Trustees has decided that the concert could not be rescheduled during the 2019-2020 season.

From Charles Eshbach, Marketing Director for the Pine Mountain Music Festival: 

The Board of Directors of the Pine Mountain Music Festival has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Season due to the uncertainty of our venues along with the mobility and safety of our patrons and friends.

Our 30th anniversary celebration presentation of Appalachian Spring along with the UPstarts and Bergonzi Trio will be an exciting tribute to the Festival's stellar run in June 2021.

Fundraising will continue in order to meet our operating costs and fund our 2021 season.

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Hello dear listeners,

As you are all aware at this point, the COVID-19 "new coronavirus" pandemic is making sweeping changes  quickly in our country and across the world. At Public Radio 90, we are keeping the music, news and information you need on the air. It is with your support that we are able to do so - thank you.

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Genre Fluid Fridays on Classiclectic: Music exploration and discovery through the lens of classically-minded composers and musicians.  Explore beyond the horizon of classical music, Fridays on Public Radio 90, beginning just after 9:30am ET.

We waded through new waters with music of William Susman, Catherine McMichael, and Derek Bermel. We heard new recordings of Samuil Feinberg and Benjamin Britten. And, we covered all kinds of works: a piano sonata, music for mixed ensemble, a cantata with an opera orchestra, a consort for ten winds, sax and piano, art song and more.

Many new music releases are about a style, an artist, or a particular composer. The Poetry of Places seems to promote a kind of spatial awareness through the process of creating and listening to new music.

Nadia Shpachenko spent some time talking about her new album for Public Radio 90 on Classiclectic: