Superior String Alliance

The City of Marquette presents the 2021 Art Week, scheduled for June 21-June 26, 2021. One event kicking off the week on June 21st is Revolve, an event presented in collaboration with TaMaMa Dance Company and Superior String Alliance. It is a one-hour, outdoor, structured dance and music performance at Harlow Park, June 21st, 2021 at 4pm EDT.

We had performers from both groups join Kurt Hauswirth by phone to discuss how the arts and performance world is returning, how the collaborative process was born between both groups, and what to expect from a structured improvisation.

Hear the interview with Maggie Barch (of TaMaMa Dance Company), Dani Simandl and Adam Hall (of Superior String Alliance):

Superior String Alliance

Times are different; everyone is making changes and adjustments to what they do. In the arts, it is particularly hard, since so much of the magic relies on being in-person.

One organization that is evolving and utilizing creativity and technology to keep fulfilling its mission is the Superior String Alliance. Normally, they have a traditional summer camp experience that takes place at Presbytery Point in Michigamme, Michigan. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic on the rise, Danielle Simandl (Executive Director of SSA) and the staff decided the best option was to go virtual.

Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Danielle about how the camp experience has changed, how they've handled the challenges of going virtual, and how they're providing the camp experience with some modifications:

Public Radio 90

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:

Superior String Alliance / Marquette Symphony Orchestra / Ore Dock Brewing Company

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is holding another Summer Strings concert this summer, and this time they bring fellow musicians from the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players.  In partnership with the Hiawatha Music Co-Op and the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second Summer Strings concert takes place at the brewery Wednesday July 18th.  Concertmaster and string player Janis Peterson came back to our studio to tell us about this collaborative event.

The Superior String Alliance Chamber Players are going on their annual summer tour July 17-20, and they are sharing concerts with different local musicians.  They also have their summer camp for string students young and old.  Danielle Simandl, Executive Director of the SSA came to Public Radio 90 to talk about the events.

Hans Ahlstrom Superior String Alliance Executive Director about the SSA Camp for string players and the concert tour by camp faculty beginning next week.

For more information on the camp and the concert tour, visit the Superior String Alliance website

Superior String Alliance Chamber Players Tour the U.P.

Jul 14, 2017

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Danielle Simandl, Executive Director of the Superior String Alliance, regarding the SSA Chamber Players' upcoming U.P. tour.  They will be playing in a variety of locations throughout the week of July 18th - 22nd.

SSA Chamber Players 6-13-16

Jun 14, 2016

S.S.A. Chamber Players on Tour 12-10/13-15

Dec 10, 2015

Danielle Simandl

Hans Ahlstrom speaks with SSA Executive Director Danielle Simandl and members of the SSA Chamber Players about this year's youth camp and tour.