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Blue Lake Public Radio’s
2016 Shakespearean Series Debuts With 
Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s Performance of   
As You Like It

A Favorite Shakespeare Comedy
Featuring the Memorable “All The World’s a Stage” Soliloquy.

Saturday, June 4th at 2:00 pm    
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Rose Theatre
One of the Few Authentic Replicas of
William Shakespeare’s Own Globe Theater in London

Tickets may be purchased online at bluelake.eventbrite.com
or by calling (800) 889-9258
$20 in advance  $25 at the door
$15 for students & groundlings

A Benefit Fundraiser for Blue Lake Public Radio - WBLU 88.9 & WBLV 90.3

You can view a short scene done by Pigeon Creek actors in The Rose here

Grand Rapids Symphony Season Finale – Carmina Burana

Our season of Grand Rapids Symphony broadcasts comes to a spectacular close this Sunday, as Larry Rachleff conducts Carl Orff’s masterpiece Carmina Burana, with the Symphony Chorus directed by Pearl Shangkuan, the Youth Chorus directed by Sean Ivory, and vocal soloists Andriana Chuchman, Donald George, and Hugh Russell. The concert also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Second Symphony, The Age of Anxiety, featuring pianist Kirill Gerstein. Thanks to the Grand Rapids Symphony for all their help, and great thanks to Associate Conductor John Varineau for hosting the series. Tune in this Sunday at 1:00!


All the Web’s
a Stage

Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

“An amazing way to go” is right—Jane Little, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Bass Emeritus and the world’s longest-serving orchestra musician, recently collapsed and died on stage (and while performing “There’s No Business Like Show Business” no less.) You can read this poignant and remarkable story here, care of The Washington Post.

From The New Yorker: an intriguing piece on the mysterious letter writer who managed to beguile two of the 20th Century’s greatest writers—Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch.

Speaking of beguiling, May 17 marked the 150th anniversary of the birthday of French composer Erik Satie. Searching Youtube for some ways of celebrating the occasion, I was delighted to find an entire BBC documentary on the life and work of this wonderful and ever-enigmatic and influential composer--as told through the eyes of his admirers and those who knew him: Erik Satie: Things Seen to the Right and the Left.

Chicago artist Theaster Gates Jr. has given us one of the more inspiring examples of repurposing in recent memory: Artist Buys Run-Down Chicago Bank for $1 and Transforms it into Arts Center.

When master documentarian and historian Ken Burns recently delivered this year's Jefferson Lecture—presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nation's highest annual honor in the humanities—he used the occasion to champion fields that are under attack and to speak of the value of narratives. You can find more about the event, including a link to the prepared text of his talk, here.

Just for fun, here are two short videos--one demonstrating how to build a grand piano (complete with pianist Martha Argerich figure) out of LEGO, and, on a slightly more serious note, a fascinating video, capturing, through MRI, “the mesmerizing movement of different vocal organs in a human body while singing opera.”

“Art is the uniting of the subjective with the objective, of nature
with reason, of the unconscious with the conscious, and therefore art
is the highest means of knowledge.”  –Leo Tolstoy



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.

Thousands of people tune in each week to enjoy our mission of Classical and Jazz music, along with NPR’s Morning Edition. Please see our online program guide for a full schedule.

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