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After huge primary turnout, Dems could flip 104th district

It could be a competitive race for Michigan’s 104th house seat this coming election. The district covers Grand Traverse County. Republicans have held this seat firmly for at least 20 years.

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One of Michigan’s top Republican lawmakers has been fined for bringing an unregistered gun to the airport. Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) was caught with the gun at the Pellston Regional Airport in July. 

On August 21, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office charged Chatfield with a civil infraction. The following day, Chatfield paid a $250 fine. He could not be reached for comment but has said on Facebook that bringing the gun to the airport was an accident. He called it an “inexcusable mistake.”

This Friday at 8 p.m., Classical IPR in Concert presents a recent recital given by pianist Sarah Cahill at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Each piece on the program was composed specifically for Cahill.

The elk is an important Michigan symbol. It’s even on our state flag. But have you ever seen an elk in the wild in Michigan?  Did you even know there are elk in Michigan?

Welcome back to an all new season of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Congratulations on starting a new school year! We’ve got you covered with a great year of fun music and events coming up - so stay with us! This week, we’re taking it easy with some back- to-school music help you get inspired. All of our music this week is about - you guessed it! - school.

Tom Brown’s School Days is a story about Tom Brown’s experiences at Rugby School (not the sport rugby) in Warwickshire (a public school for boys) in the 1800’s. The novel was originally written in 1857 by author Thomas Hughes and was made into a movie in 1940, and again in 1951 and 2005. In today’s episode, we listen to the Overture from the film score composed by Richard Addinsell for the 1951 version, and we learn a little bit about the composer, too.

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Tom Brown's School Days: Overture
Richard Addinsell
BBC Orchestra/Rumon Gamba

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LA Opera: 'Carmen'

Sep 3, 2018

This Saturday at 1 p.m., join Classical IPR for a recent production of Georges Bizet's "Carmen" from LA Opera.

The production stars Ana Maria Martinez in the title role, with Brandon Jovanovich as Don Jose, Amanda Woodbury as Micaela and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo. James Conlon conducts.

The opera is sung in French. For a side-by-side French and English libretto, click here

This month marks the 172nd anniversary of the discovery of Neptune, the only planet in our system that can’t be seen with the naked eye, and this week, it comes to its annual opposition with the Sun.

Renee Fleming

Thanks to listeners in Leroy, Glen Arbor, Brutus, Rudyard and many other places for your requests this week. 

1. Rodgers & Hammerstein, selections from Oklahoma! Jerold Ottley/Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Mormon Tabernacle Choir

2. Giuseppe Verdi, Va, pensiero from Nabucco; Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

3. Lebo M., One by One; The Lion King original Broadway cast recording

4. Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is Our God; James Litton/American Boy Choir

The Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music’s Gregorian Schola performs at the Cross in the Woods Shrine in Indian River earlier this week.
Jack Conners

A Gregorian chant group from Rome wraps up a tour in northern Michigan Friday.


Essay: God's Begonia

Aug 31, 2018

I never expected to be doing missionary work, hampered as I am by doubt in the existence of God. It began when our book group met at a church and I discovered a gorgeous huge begonia in the hallway.


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