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We all need a safe space sometimes, whether it is a quiet place where you can get some reading done, or a person you can turn to that understands what you're going through. "Matilda" is a story all about escape, finding a safe place from oppressive adults, and the magic that can come from hope. Based upon the original 1988 story by Roald Dahl (and subsequent 1996 film), "Matilda the Musical" is a stage musical from 2010 which explores those themes through song and dance, and is the next production from Marquette County's Superior Arts Youth Theater.

Director Susan Candey came to Public Radio 90 to speak more about the production and what opportunities it brings to youth in our area:

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MARQUETTE -- Bring the whole family to the Marquette Symphony Orchestra's Sing with the Symphony family pops concert! It's Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Kaufman Auditorium.

The performance will feature the five finalists from the MSO's first Sing with the Symphony competition. Curt Kowalski, Jacob Laitinen, Gabrielle McNally, Leslie Parkkonen and Olivia Wachnicki will each perform with the orchestra backing them up. The five singers won the MSO's contest in September with vocal pieces from different genres.

Octavio Mas-Arocas, Principal Conductor of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, came to Public Radio 90 to converse with Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth about the concert:

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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

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:

News Director Nicole Walton speaks with Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson about changes at the school and what makes the university so cutting-edge.   

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:

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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: