Kurt Hauswirth

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 at 9:30am ET.

This time on the program, we explored music of Amy Beach, Jennifer Higdon, Victoria Saalbach, Max Richter, Donnacha Dennehy, Trinity College Choir's new recording of Finzi Choral Works, Joseph Trapanese, Daniel Wohl, Caitlin Sullivan & Timo Andres, Jan Dussek, Padma Newsome, and Thom Yorke & Flea.

New Amsterdam Records

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 at 9:30am ET.

On today's "soft opening" of Classiclectic's "Genre Fluid Friday," we explored music from New Amsterdam Records:

The Cover of The Thirteenth Child album
Crossover Media, Bridge Records

Grimms' Fairy Tale number 9 is "The Twelve Brothers," a fairy tale about a king who wants to kill his twelve sons, in the event that the next child is a girl, who would lead the kingdom alone.

The Thirteenth Child, a new opera by Danish composer Poul Ruders, is set to a libretto by Becky & David Starobin, based on that fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The Thirteenth Child was co-commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symfoniorkester. This release coincides with The Santa Fe Opera productions: July 27 (world premiere), 31, August 9, 14, 21, 2019.

Kurt Hauswirth had the chance to speak to the librettists, Becky and David Starobin, about their process working with Poul Ruders' music, what a story like this means in 2019, and the pros and cons of working together as a married couple:

Crossover Media

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:

Bay College

Bay College in Escanaba will welcome Victoria Vox to the Besse Center stage on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM EST and tickets are currently on sale.

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Facebook Page

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Strings returns for a second year with three free, family-friendly performances.  The first is Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Marquette Commons, as part of Marquette Art Week.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church at 305 W. Magnetic Street.  This performance is free and features members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra strings section.

An MSO String Quartet will also play during the Art Stroll on Thursday, June 27 outside the Pocket Park on the 100 block of W. Washington St.

Bay College Facebook

Bay College’s Escanaba Campus is pleased to announce the kick-off of its outdoor live music series, Lunchtime LIVE! that began Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Bay’s central outdoor courtyard and continues Thursday, June 27, 2019. “The start of summer means fun, sun, and hopefully a little live music and good food along the way,” says Emilie Schada, Community Events and Marketing Coordinator.

Bay College Facebook

Strings on the Bay, an annual summer chamber music series at Bay de Noc Community College, begins 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 25th at the Besse Center Theater. This performance is the first of three concerts this summer and features local audience favorite performers. St. Joseph/St. Patrick’s organist John Ignatowski will be playing harpsichord and piano. The Director of Bands for the Escanaba Middle School Laura Robinson, oboe, will join Escanaba native violinist Paul Lundin in a program entitled “Old Dog, New Tricks.”