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The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the Shadowlands Pavilion on Silver Beach in St. Joseph at 6:30 pm Saturday, July 17. The guest conductor, Matthew Aubin, will lead a program called "Belting Out Broadway," with special guest vocalist Nicole New. Aubin, a finalist for the position of music director with the SMSO, talked to Cara Lieurance for a preview of the concert.

Mike Grittani / Callisto Quartet

On Sunday, July 18 the Callisto Quartet, grand prize winner of the 2018 Fischoff Competition, will offer two free concerts at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck:  a Young Listeners Concert at 3 pm at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts and a Community Concert at 7 pm at Beery Field in Douglas, MI. Cara Lieurance spoke with cellist Hannah Moses about the program and the group's recent accomplishments.

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Face Off Theatre Artistic Director Marissa Harrington and actor Delanti Hall (Omari) preview Dominique Morisseau's contemporary drama Pipeline in an interview with Cara Lieurance. The play takes on a big topic: research shows that young Black men are sent into the juvenile and criminal justice systems at a higher rate than any other group. The consequences can be tragic, but it's the realness of the language and relationships that make it a must-see masterpiece, according to Harrington and Hall. 

Brian K. Powers, courtesy of Encore Magazine

Encore Magazine editor Marie Lee enjoyed putting together an all-things-summer issue, from her own profile of Jamie Jannusch, Camp Director of Pretty Lake Camp, to editing an article on the rise of hammocking brought to her attention by Encore intern Maggie Drew, a journalism student at Western Michigan University.


Starting Tuesday, July 6 and running through July 18, the Barn Theatre will present Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 The Musical, based on the 1980 revenge comedy in which three mistreated women turn the tables on their domineering boss. The stage version features the hit song from the film, plus another dozen written for the adaptation by Parton herself.