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Have you heard Radio Deluxe yet? We’ve been getting a great response to the show, which we bring you every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00. Hosts John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey (who are husband and wife) bring a wonderful energy and an eclectic mix of jazz, show tunes, and more to the show each week. You’ll hear everything from Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, and Duke Ellington, to Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, and even Bob and Ray. It’s a fun two hours every Sunday at 6:00 on Blue Lake Public Radio

All the Web’s
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Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

The year-end figures are in, and it’s official—Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer sixth year running, and Valery Gergiev the busiest conductor. This information comes from Bachtrack, which calculates a series of statistics each year that show the number of times the work of each composer has been performed, along with information regarding the “hardest-working” conductors, orchestras and most performed individual works.  Here are some of their classical music top tens for 2016 as well as the full infographic, giving the past year in numbers for the classical music world.

Just a week before leaving the White House, President Barack Obama sat down with Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times to discuss how books and reading have shaped him as both a person and as President: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

John Berger--one of the most brilliant, inventive and perceptive writers on art (and just in general) of our time—died on January 2 at the age of 90. An art critic, novelist, painter and poet, he deeply reinforced my own conviction that as a writer can and should range over the whole of human discourse and expression and make the connections, rather than settle into drab and one-sided specialization. Here is an tribute from The Guardian as well as a link for viewing Berger’s landmark Ways of Seeing television series from 1972.

Another great loss in the world of letters came recently with the passing of beloved poet and teacher Conrad Hilberry, distiguished Professor at Kalamazoo College, where he taught poetry, literature and writing for 36 years, until his retirement in 1998. Here is an appreciation that ran in Mlive as well as links to video clips of Hilberry reading his poems “For Katherine“and “Love Poem With Scenery.”

Swiss physicist and music enthusiast, Dr. Alain Kohler, has just discovered with a previously unknown photograph of Frederic Chopin. See the photograph and read a little more here.

The famed memoirist and poet, Mary Karr, comes to Muskegon's Frauenthal Theater in a presentation of the Muskegon Writers Center on February 11. Read her Paris Review interview as she discusses the art of the memoir, and check out the wealth of interviews, talks and readings of hers available online, in advance of her visit.

Watch 100 randomly ticking metronomes achieve synchronicity!

Enjoy this collection of vintage photos featuring bands and musical ensembles of all sorts, from Europe and North America, and a few from Australia—some fantastic images here!

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein

About Blue Lake Public Radio

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp serves West Michigan with its two public radio stations.  Grand Rapids listeners turn to WBLU 88.9, while WBLV 90.3 serves Muskegon and the West Michigan shoreline from Holland to Manistee.  Our two signals together reach 18 counties. Our programming is also streamed online, and we have free listening apps for Android and iOS devices.

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