Interlochen Arts Academy is featuring a series of concert performances built around music of American composer, Ned Rorem, who is celebrating his 90th year. The IAA Band, Choir, and Orchestra perform a trio of concerts offering context for Mr. Rorem's music. Band director Matthew Schlomer, Choral director John Bragle, and Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson talk with IPR host Kate Botello about their approach to the Composer in Context series of concerts at Interlochen, April 23-25.
Jason Ryan (pictured left) of Davison was charged with the murder last month. Some say that means Jamie Lee Peterson (right) should get reconsideration on his life sentence. He has served 17 years in prison for the crime.
The Kalkaska County prosecutor doesn't see a need for a new trial for a man convicted of a 1996 rape and murder. Prosecutor Mike Perreault's office has filed a response in the case of Jamie Lee Peterson.
A team of lawyers is trying to free Peterson on DNA evidence that appears to link another man, Jason Ryan, to the crime.
Perrault's office says that doesn't mean Peterson is innocent. It argues that the same evidence was available when Peterson's trial took place in 1998.
This month on Radio Collage, an excerpt from the short story What I'm Talking About by creative writer Ashanti Davis, the Interlochen Arts Academy band performs Uppin' Adam and the Theatre Department takes a fresh look at Cinderella. The Academy Orchestra performs Elgar's Nimrod, pianist Grace Zhang plays Ondine by Ravel and we'll hear the opening of a Radio Drama based loosely, very loosely, on Shakespeare's Two Gentleman of Verona. ( listen to the full drama here )
On Tuesday next week the Lyrid Meteor Shower will happen overhead. Like all such events, the meteor shower takes its name from the constellation in front of which the stars appear to ‘shoot’, which in this case is the constellation Lyra, the lyre or stringed instrument of Orpheus.
A winter of freezing pipes and broken infrastructure has hit one community in the Upper Peninsula hard enough to prompt Governor Rick Snyder to declare a state of emergency for the area Thursday morning.
The declaration paves the way for state aid in Marquette County, where water and sewer pipe damage has already cost the county $1.6 million dollars. Several local communities have run out of money to pay for repairs. Officials say they expect the situation to get worse before it gets better.
A clinic for the uninsured is expanding its office in Traverse City, and adding a new doctor.
The Traverse Health Clinic also has begun accepting Medicaid. It’s planning for a surge of new patients who could struggle to find a doctor in private practice.
The clinic surveyed area physicians in 2012, says Development Director Sherri Fenton “The majority of them had indicated to us that they have a cap on the number of Medicaid patients that they take,” she says. “And that that cap would likely not be changing.”
Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in March to 7.5 percent.
This marks the seventh month in a row the rate has declined, and it’s the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. The jobless rate of seven and a half percent is a little more than a full percentage point below where it was at this time last year.
Most of the job gains over the past 12 months have been in the manufacturing, high-tech, and hotel-and-restaurant sectors. There were job losses in government and financial services.
This week on The New Jazz Archive, it’s a new look at the life and music of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. We’ll talk with biographer John Kruth about Kirk’s life and art from his unequaled ability to make music on many instruments at once, to his eccentric, and often politically-charged stage persona. And we’ll talk with Rahsaan’s widow Dorthaan Kirk about his heroic return to the stage after suffering a stroke in 1975, and explore whether the jazz world has finally given this unsung hero his due now more than 30 years after his death.