Northern Arts & Culture

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 Marquette Area Blues Society and the Ore Dock Brewing Co are presenting bluesman Larry McCray tomorrow night at the Ore Dock.

I had a chance to speak with Larry on the phone the other day… and we talked about growing up with music… the politics and promotions of the business… and his recent appearance on the annual Blues Cruise

Larry McCray is playing tomorrow night at the Ore Dock Brewing co from 7-10pm, brought to you by the Ore Dock and the Marquette Area Blues Society.

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Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Managing a nonprofit is challenging; Cedric Calhoun is here to help. "Essentials of Nonprofit Management" is a two-part lunch and learn series, held at Northern Michigan University's Northern Center, to highlight current best practices, lessons learned from the field, and trends in effective nonprofit management. Cedric, a Certified Association Executive with over 20 years experience, will present the two workshop sessions, with an eye towards helping nonprofits of all sizes and kinds take away something practical for their organization.

Cedric was our guest at Public Radio 90 and spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about his experience, challenges and growth areas for nonprofits, the bigger picture, collaborative efforts and more:

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The Marquette area is rich with arts output, especially in local theatre. There's NMU's Forest Roberts Theatre & Dance, Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council (The Vista Theatre), Superior Arts Youth Theater and Lake Superior Theatre (and that's for starters). To celebrate the productions, actors/actresses, production staff and crews, and to simultaneously raise money for these organizations, the first Marquette Area Theatre Awards Fundraiser takes place Thursday, February 6th, 2020.

To tell us more about this first-ever awards show and fundraiser, local theatre star Bobby Glenn Brown came to Public Radio 90:

This time on the Bonifas Arts Center Update, Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Executive Director Sue Roll about what's happening in February, 2020

Sony Classical

On this edition of the Classiclectic Connection, we speak with Trumpeter Paul Merkelo, all about his newest project The Enlightened Trumpet, which is his first release on Sony Classical. Paul is Principal Trumpet with the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, and on this album, releases music of Haydn, Telemann, Leopold Mozart and Hummel; all music from the Age of Enlightenment, and all music featuring different kinds of trumpets throughout the instrument's development. He's joined on this recording with the Oxford Philharmonic and Marius Papadopoulos.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Paul by phone, and discussed the trumpet's evolution throughout time, Paul's influences and trumpet heroes, and what it was like working with a different orchestra than his own:

Petr Kratochvil

The NMU Vinyl Record Club at Northern Michigan University is a gathering of student and faculty who share a love of vinyl records and music. Every so often, they organize a Vinyl Record Show, which entails gathering vendors from across the Upper Peninsula (and beyond) to set up a pop-up sale of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, art, jewelry and more.

The first of these events for 2020 is happening in a new location; Jon Teichman (advisor of the NMU club) came to Public Radio 90 to tell us when and where the show is this year, and other important details:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is holding its 4th Annual Chamber Collage Concert. A change of venue means new opportunities for what audiences can expect to see and hear, as the concert takes place at the Forest Roberts Theatre (on Northern Michigan University's campus). The concert is a fundraising opportunity for the orchestra, as local and travelling musicians come together to perform a mix of fun and serious selections that highlight different musical instrument families.

Concertmaster Janis Peterson was our guest at Public Radio 90 during Classiclectic, and told listeners what to expect at the 4th version of the Collage Concert for the MSO:

This time on the Bonifas Arts Center Update, Kurt Hauswirth speaks with Executive Director Sue Roll about events in January, 2020. Discussion includes exhibits, arts education, and events. Topics include fiber arts, Tai Chi, Gourmet Raw Vegan foods, and an upcoming musical performance:

Crossover Media / Avie Records

Growing up with a piece of music is something very special for many instrumentalists, and that's something that violin soloist Rachel Barton Pine has done in this new recording (along with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led by Teddy Abrams), taking on two violin concertos: Dvořák's and Khachaturian's. Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak with Rachel Barton Pine about this new release from Avie Records:

Analekta / Crossover Media

Pulsations, the new record from Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau, infuses time, rhythm and heart.  The music (coming from modern composers like Olafur Arnalds, Jean-Michel Blais and Craig Armstrong) was selected by Dubeau, and strives to evoke imagery and emotional intensity.  The contemporary sounds of these composers could fall into the post-minimalist movement, but putting the works into a box of genre or group could take away from the experience that the album (and the singular works) aim to instill.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth had a chance to speak with Angele by phone, where they discussed the importance of modern composers, as well as the challenges and rewards of working as a classical violinist: