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Blue Lake Public Radio is pleased to be the Presenting Radio Sponsor of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s annual Classical Fireworks Pops Concert August 3rd.

On Thursday, August 3rd, at Cannonsburg Ski Area, Grand Rapids Symphony Music Director, Marcelo Lehninger, will lead the orchestra for an evening of light classics including Copland’s Hoedown, and Fantasia Mexicana from Fiesta; Finalé from Dvorak’s New World Symphony; Gershwin’s Cuban Overture; naturally Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture; and other selections. Blue Lake Public Radio is pleased to be the Presenting Radio Sponsor for this popular, annual concert that our morning host, Bonnie Bierma, will emcee. More information is available at www.grsymphony.org.

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Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

When legendary soprano Renée Fleming bade farewell to her signature role as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strass at The Met in May, it marked the end of an era. You can watch Fleming take her final bow and read more about this history-making moment here.

The work of the renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is on view through August 20 in the landmark exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, “Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State.” Ai Weiwei was recently featured on 60 Minutes. You can see him interviewed on the program here--and can also get inside the mind of Ai Weiwei and his views on censorship in this column he wrote for The New York Times.

Audible, the digital audiobook company, has announced that it would create a $5 million fund to commission new works from emerging playwrights. Read more about this exciting new initiative here.

Denis Johnson, one of the finest writers of his generation, died on May 24 at the age of 67. Here is an appreciation from the New York Times, as well as a compendium of the author’s appearances in The New Yorker over the years.

The great American architect and furniture designer Florence Knoll Bassett turned 100 on May 24. Here are "7 things to know about this mid-century design pioneer."

“Avant garde art and architecture are loved, but in music we cling to the past,” says Alex Ross, adding “we're missing out.” Here’s more on the subject from this most articulate and incisive of music commentators.


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  —Thomas Merton

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 and All Things Considered. Please see our online program guide for a full schedule.

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