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An old mural on the Coburn building in downtown Petoskey was recently repainted by artist Äbby Kent.
Matt Mikus

Ghost signs in Petoskey come back to life

If you walk through downtown Petoskey, you might notice some old advertising murals on the sides of a few buildings. One of them is on the Coburn building on Mitchell Street. The mural is a weathered patchwork of ads for companies that used to occupy the building, like H.A. Easton Hardware and Cook Electric Company. The mural had almost entirely faded away, until a local artist decided to restore it.

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Thanks to listeners in Interlochen, St. Ignace, Novi Sad (Serbia), Northport, Manistee, Norman (OK) and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Alexander Borodin, In the Steppes of Central Asia; Neeme Jarvi/Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

2. Schonberg & Boublil, “The Ceremony” from Miss Saigon; original London cast recording

3. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Sir John Barbirolli/Sinfonia of London

4. Gioachino Rossini, The Thieving Magpie overture; Yoel Levi/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

This week, I went to the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to sit in on a conducting class led by Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Maestra was showing several Peabody students — aspiring young conductors — some of the fine points of leading an orchestra, as they led musicians through Don Juan, the dramatic tone poem by Richard Strauss.

Welcome to La Cenerentola Friday on IPR's Kids Commute! We hope you've enjoyed this week of Gioacchino Rossin's Italian opera based on the story of Cinderella.

Yesterday, the Prince and Dandini wondered when the real charming daughter of Don Magnifico would show up at the party. Well - of course she did, eventually! What would our fairy tale be without a, "happy ever after?"

Today, La Cenerentola shows her true goodness and sings, "Non piu mesta," - no more sadness!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


At first glance, Devonté Hynes and Philip Glass might appear like musical opposites. Hynes, the 31-year-old British producer and songwriter who performs under the name Blood Orange, makes hit records with Solange and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Kids Commute Episode 13: Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano! Prince Ramiro and his servant and friend Dandini (also dressed as a Prince) sneak off to the garden to gossip quietly.
Painting, by Friedrich Wilhelm von Schadow, 1830

Welcome to Day Four of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Yesterday, a bunch of footment showed up to invite the daughters of Don Magnifico to a dinner party.

Today, we meet Prince Ramiro and his buddy (and servant) Dandini. They've been at dinner with Clorinda and Tisbe, and sneak off to the garden to talk about how obnoxious they are. They don't want to get caught, so they keep reminding each other - "Zitto zitto! Piano piano!" - which is Italian for, "Shhhhh."

Kids Commute Episode 13 (Thursday, September 21, 2017) : Zitto, zitto! Piano, piano!

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The number of things state employee unions can bargain for shrunk Wednesday. A state board voted to eliminate their collective bargaining powers on, among other things, seniority and provisions related to overtime and job transfers.

Ahead of the meeting, hundreds of union workers gathered to protest.

Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet

  Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Steve Carmody

Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees.

 

The bills had their first House committee hearing Tuesday morning and were headed to the governor’s desk by the end of the day. They’d passed in the Senate late last week.

 

An unlikely alliance has formed to overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault system. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) and Detroit’s mayor Mike Duggan met Tuesday. They say the goal is to bring rate relief to all Michigan drivers.

There’s no word yet on what the plan says about people with catastrophic injuries from car crashes. Right now Michigan is the only state in the US that provides unlimited medical benefits for people in those accidents.

Welcome to Day Three of La Cenerentola Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, an invitation, some bossing around...and some complaining!

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