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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St. Peter Cathedral / Marquette Choral Society

The Marquette Choral Society presents their annual Christmas masterworks concert, featuring Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Nativita del Signore and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël. The Choral Society is joined by members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at Northern Michigan University (including the Marquette Choral Society), discussed the event with Nicole Walton:

Kelly Gilligan Design / The Crib

The holidays can be a time for planned shopping, but also a time for last-minute shopping.  Local artisan Kelly Gilligan had this in mind when she called upon other local artists, designers and creatives to help put together a Holiday Pop Up Art Show.  Kelly designs her own works (@KellyGilliganDesign) and is also affiliated with Zero Degrees Gallery.

Kelly stopped by our studios to talk more about this event that will help not only holiday shoppers, but also provide a venue for local artists to share their wares:

Forest Roberts Theatre

"You'll shoot your eye out!" one of many classic (and cautionary) lines that comes up in conversation this time of year comes from A Christmas Story, both originally a memoir from 1966 and the hit holiday film from 1983.  The original story of humorist Jean Shepherd tells the story of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s, as Ralphie Parker attempts to get the prized Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  Through trials, tribulations and laughs, A Christmas Story tells the tale of the magic and madness surrounding the famous December holiday tradition.

This December, the Forest Roberts Theatre at NMU presents the stage play of A Christmas Story, with all the elements from the film intact.  A mix of community members and Northern students comprise the cast, creative team, and crew.

Bill Digneit, director of NMU Theatre and Dance, came to Public Radio 90 to speak about the play:

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is forming a youth choir for their February 2020 concert.  The MSO previously put together a childrens choir for their Halloween concert in 2018, and they are putting out the call for all Marquette County students (ages 11-14) to audition for the next choir opportunity.

Dr. Robert Engelhart (Professor of Music at Northern Michigan University) is a board member for the Marquette Symphony, and he came to Public Radio 90 to spread the word about this exciting opportunity for Marquette County youth:

Marquette 365 / Second Skin Shop

Kaufman Auditorium and Second Skin Shop present a community dance production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Ballet, Saturday, Dec. 7th at 1pm and 7pm.  Both performances take place at Kaufman Auditorium.  This year's ballet is set in a Medieval & Scottish Highland Dinner Party, including live music from local celtic group The Knockabouts.

Camilla Mingay (Second Skin Shop) came to Public Radio 90 to speak more about what is new to the ballet experience this year:

NMU Music Department

The NMU Choirs will present their annual concert at St. Peter Cathedral Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30pm.  Music performed will come from composers Johannes Brahms, George Frederic Handel, Francis Poulenc and more.  Repertoire will be predominantly sacred.

Dr. Erin Colwitz, director of choirs at NMU, came to Public Radio 90 to tell us more:

Superior Arts Youth Theater

The word Frozen brings to mind at least two things; our frozen Great Lakes in winter, and the Disney film based upon Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, and all the sing-a-longs of "Let it Go" that you can muster.  However, Disney's Frozen Jr.  is also the next production of the Superior Arts Youth Theater in Marquette, MI.  Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, Frozen, Jr. brings the characters of Elsa, Anna and the land of Arendelle to life.  You'll hear all the familar songs (along with new songs from the Broadway production).  It opens Thursday, November 21st at the Forest Roberts Theatre in Marquette.

We had a chance to talk with Young Elsa (played by the young actress Avonlea) and the director (SAYT and Forest Roberts Theatre/NMU alum Jill Vermeulen) all about their experiences and excitement they have about Frozen Jr:

Chandos Records

The Neave Trio (Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Eri Nakamura, piano) announces the release of Her Voice on Chandos Records on October 4, 2019 (US). The album honors three distinguished women composers and features a wide range of voices from the past. From the charming, late Classical style of Louise Farrenc to the Romantic, floating, buoyant melodies of Amy Beach to the dramatic, haunting landscape and atmosphere of Rebecca Clarke, each piano trio represents the composer’s unique voice and distinct style.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth was afforded an opportunity to speak with all three members of the Neave Trio about Her Voice:

Public Radio 90's Hans Ahlstrom speaks with documentary filmmaker Michael Loukinen and Director of the Beaumier UP Heritage Center Dan Truckey about Loukinen's new film "Pelkie: 100 Years of Finnishness in Michigan's North Woods."

The film will show on Saturday, November 8th, at 1pm in NMU's Jamirich 1100.

For more information, click here to visit the film's website

Ore Dock Brewing Company

The final Pop-Up Vinyl Record Show of 2019 will happen at the Ore Dock Brewing Company, November 7 - 10.  Vinyl records, as well as compact discs, cassettes, stickers, posters and various assorted media will be available on the second floor Community Space starting at 4pm Thursday, November 7th.

We spoke with Jon Teichman, one of the curators of the event: