Classical Music

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

Kurt Hauswirth / Public Radio 90

Classical Music has transformed. The doors have been thrown open wide, allowing for a multitude of sounds, voices, performers to be heard, and experiences to explore.  And, as Hans Christian Andersen said, "Where words fail, music speaks."  In increasingly turbulent times, music is not just a balm for the soul, but a tool for expression against oppression and a vehicle for a message.  In a time of "OK, Boomer" vs. millenial disdain, music (while exponentially expanding in scope to a point where genre is becoming meaningless, and to some, a line in the sand) still finds a way to bring people together as a common form of expression, enjoyment, and passion.

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Bang on a Can Launches New Festival in Brooklyn: LONG PLAY - Friday, May 1 - Sunday, May 3, 2020

Brooklyn, NY — Bang on a Can announces the launch of LONG PLAY, a new, three-day destination music festival, presented for the first time from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3, 2020. Featuring dozens of concerts, LONG PLAY also showcases a dense network of pioneering music venues in Brooklyn – with performances at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Roulette, Public Records, ShapeShifter Lab, Littlefield, Brooklyn Music School, BAM Lepercq Space, outdoor events at The Plaza at 300 Ashland, and more. Festival passes and special early bird offers will be available starting on December 16, 2019 at

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:

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In this Classiclectic Connection, we crack open an educational recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.

This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame.

Kurt Hauswirth had an opportunity to speak with Drostan about the experience of putting together this first-ever education recording of The Four Seasons:

Marquette Symphony Orchestra

Experience the magic of a live orchestra as the Marquette Symphony Orchestra begins its 2019-2020 season on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Kaufman Auditorium.


Principal conductor Octavio Más-Arocas returns for a second year to lead the orchestra. The MSO will begin the year with the Brahms Double Concerto, performed by violinist Scott Flavin and cellist Ross Harbaugh of the Bergonzi Trio. You may recognize their names as frequent performers in the Pine Mountain Music Festival.

Bridge Records, PARTCH Ensemble / Crossover Media

The Grammy Award-winning PARTCH Ensemble, hailed as "funny, moving, inventive and insanely theatrical" by the San Francisco Chronicle, announced the release of Sonata Dementia, their third volume of music by American maverick composer Harry Partch (Bridge Records 9525). Sonata Dementia follows on the success of the ensemble's Vol. 1: Bitter Music: Harry Partch's Depression Journal; (Bridge 9349 A/C); which earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2012 for Best Classical Compendium, and Vol. 2: Plectra & Percussion Dances (Bridge 9432), the 2014 GRAMMY Award winner for Best Classical Compendium, which was also nominated for Best Chamber Music Performance. Early reviews recognize Partch as "truly one of a kind, and the group PARTCH does a wonderful job of capturing both the letter and the spirit of his music."

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth had a phone conversation with John Schneider, the music director of the PARTCH Ensemble, about their third recorded volume of the music of American composer Harry Partch: / Crossover Media

The Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites are one of the most frequently performed pieces for unaccompanied cello, and also some of the most recognizable solo pieces ever written for the instrument.  Cellist Sung-Won Yang recorded these pieces for the first time on a 2005 release from EMI, and then in 2017, he was allowed the opportunity to record these pieces again, but in a 19th century French church (specifically, the Notre Dame de Bon Secours in Paris).

Kurt Hauswirth, the host of Public Radio 90's Classiclectic, had an opportunity to speak to Sung-Won by phone about his experience coming back to recording the Bach Cello Suites for a second time in a new environment; he also spoke about his love of Bach's music, and gives his advice to young cellists:

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The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players are comprised of the SSA Camp Faculty, and they perform concerts throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to spread the joy of live string chamber music, and to raise money for the SSA Camper Scholarship Fund.  Three of the players joined Kurt Hauswirth in studio during Classiclectic to talk about the upcoming tour, their favorite camp moments, and previewed one of the selections you may hear as they perform on tour.

Here is a bit of the Vivaldi they performed for us in studio:

Marquette Arts & Culture Center

Next time on Peninsula Performances,

The Bach Festival Concert was part of Bachfest Marquette in the fall of 2018, and featured an all Bach program, for instrumentation from duets to quintets.  The Woodwind Studio Recital, also from that fall, featured Mozart, Handel and Charpentier.


BachFest Concert - Lake Superior Piano Workshop, 10-21-2018

All pieces composed by Johann Sebastian Bach