Kurt Hauswirth

Classical Music Programmer/Producer

Kurt lives in Marquette with his wife Abbey and son Graeme, and can’t imagine living anywhere else. He was born in Marquette and has been a Yooper his whole life. He loves spending time with his family, writing and producing his own music, reading, running, and listening to any music that catches his ear. Kurt graduated from NMU in December 2009 with a degree in Music Education, specializing in Choral Music. He taught music at North Star Academy in Marquette, Messmer High School in Milwaukee, and worked as anaide at Marquette Senior High School. Since 5th grade, Kurt has sang solos and in choir, played trombone in band since middle school, and was in multiple musical ensembles and theatre productions at NMU where he was also a voice student of Dr. Robert Englehart. Kurt hopes to continue collaborating with fellow musicians and sharing his love of the arts with all our Public Radio 90 listeners. In addition to hosting and producing Classical Music programs, Kurt will present local arts and culture features as well as interviews with musicians, composers and authors. He’s the one to contact to schedule an interview. You’ll also see him around our listening area recording our regional classical music performances to air on Public Radio 90. Of course, he’ll also be joining us during our fundraising campaigns looking for listeners like you that help make everything possible.

Valli At The Cemetery - "The Third Man" 1949 This film takes place in post-World War II Vienna, Austria

I am a bit of a film nut.  I was the president of Northern Michigan University's alternative film group "Gonzo Media" for a while when I was an undergrad.  That love of film has stuck with me, and one film I hold dear to my heart is the 1949 film noir "The Third Man," directed by Carol Reed, and stars Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles.  We are dropped into post-World War II Vienna with American novelist Holly Martins, who was given a job by his friend Harry Lime.  Unfortunately he learns quickly that Harry Lime is dead; the

Melissa Alan, director and curator of the DeVos Art Museum, and Kelsey Blackburn, graduating senior, came to our studios today to talk about what is on display for the Winter 2018 Senior Exhibition.  A variety of mixed media, either through continuing work or newly-made works, are expected, along with pricing for anyone interested in purchasing art.


Illenium Song “Crawl Outta Love Ft. Annika Wells” Wins the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC)Judges Include: Lorde, Hardwell, Tom Waits, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ziggy Marley, Bastille, Kaskade, The Mavericks, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), and More April 18, 2018 -- The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), widely recognized as the most prestigious and respected songwriting competition in the world, is pleased to announce its 2017 winners. Created in 2002, ISC received more than 16,000 entries from almost 140 countries. 

Hiawatha Music Coop

Due to inclement weather and availability of appropriate trees, the rescheduled Hiawatha Music Co-op is now on Sunday, May 13th at 1pm.  The Hiawatha Music Co-op will team up with NMU to celebrate their 40th year by planting 40 trees in Northern’s Outdoor Learning Areas. The event is a collaboration between the Hiawatha Music Co-op, Northern Michigan University’s  Sustainability Advisory Council, student leaders associated with GTU and EcoReps, and the Marquette County Conservation District.

Carson Davis Brown / DeVos Art Museum Facebook Page

The DeVos Art Museum on the campus of Northern Michigan University will host a visiting artist that originally hails from Michigan.  Geoffrey Holstad, now of Ojai, California, will speak this evening about his background as a designer and artist, as well as his passion for supporting grassroots environmental organizations.  He also works as a Senior Graphic Designer at Patagonia, which recently launched the Patagonia Action Works platform to connect individuals with organizations to encourage creative action to address issues related to our planet.


We had our monthly check-in with the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba; Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler, Director of Gallery & Regional Projects, about what is coming up on the event schedule.

Kraig Kenning will be returning to the Bonifas at 8 p.m. He has played up to 200 dates a year touring the US for the last 3 decades, showcasing songs from his eight CDs containing almost exclusively original material.

The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit "Visions of American Life" will be on display until May 23rd in the gallery.

Northern Lights A Capella Facebook Page

The Northern Lights A Capella Choir has been around since 2010 - they are the only collegiate a capella choir on Northern Michigan University's campus.  They have a concert coming up Tuesday April 24th on the campus of NMU, to showcase what they've been working this semester.  Kurt Hauswirth spoke with the group's musical director, Anna Morrison, about what the audience can expect at the concert.


Mr. Mas-Arocas currently serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Mansfield Symphony in Ohio, as well as Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College, New York. Previously, he has served as the Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Conducting at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of music, Director of Orchestral Studies at Lawrence University, and principal conductor of the Green Bay Symphony.