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Low pay, strict regulations cause 'critical' child care shortage

Child care is hard to find in northern Michigan. Parents face year-long waiting lists to find someone to take care of their infants while they’re at work, and some are resorting to illegal providers they find on Facebook or Craigslist.

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Sebastian Weigle returns to the Met to conduct his second Saturday broadcast with the company, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan. Fidelio, which was last seen at the Met in 2006, tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan, a political prisoner.

Because the first New Moon of the season occurs Monday evening, March 27th, we get to watch its beautiful crescent adorn the western horizon most of this week.

Up until very recently, the planet Venus brilliantly dominated the western horizon, casting her veil of love and beauty over the sunset world. But Venus has disappeared into the arms Sun, who is escorting her to her morning star position, where she’ll remain there for the rest of this year. 

  The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is best known by classical music listeners for his orchestral works, including several symphonies and the famous tone poem “Finlandia.” But Sibelius’s vast output also includes nearly 100 songs.

 

Music By Request Playlist for March 25, 2017

Mar 25, 2017
Museum of Modern Art

Thanks to listeners in Cadillac, Oklahoma City, Honor, Farmington Hills, Petoskey, Traverse City, Ludington, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Georges Bizet, Carmen, March of the Toreadors; Myng Whun Chung/Bastille Orchestra

2. Arvo Part, Tribute to Benjamin Britten; Neeme Jarvi/Scottish National Orchestra

3. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar, Overture; Soundtrack recording

4. William Bolcom, Graceful Ghost; Spencer Myer, piano

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2016 population estimates for U.S. counties and metro areas. Michigan was, again, notable for high decline in one place: Wayne County.

Mesick Consolidated Schools District website

School officials in Mesick say they need $14.5 million to demolish, rebuild and upgrade their schools. Residents in the district will vote on the millage in May.

Here’s one way to react to a warming planet: get smaller.

We know mammals literally shrank, during a massive global warming event 56 million years ago. Imagine an early horse ancestor the size of a cat.

Now back then, the earth was 46 degrees hotter on average than it is right now.

So researchers wanted to know: do mammals still experience shrinking - a.k.a. dwarfing - during other, less intense periods of warming?

How much do you trust state government and its ability to do its job?

  Libor Ondras has served as the music director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra since 2013. He also is a gifted violist, and he will present a recital on Sunday, March 26 as part of the GLCO’s Sunday Series.

 

Here is our live March 17, 207 broadcast from Corson Auditorium on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. The Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra performed with the 2016-17 Interlochen Arts Academy concerto competition winners: Andrew Mazanko, Chea Young "Joyce" Kang, and Ailun Zheng.  

Proceeds from this concert benefited the Friends of the Interlochen Public Library.

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