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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Letters 02-08-2016

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Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

 
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Letters 02-01-2016

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Real Contamination In 1968, Chicago (its Mayor Richard Daley in particular) felt menaced by anti-war protesters (Abbie Hoffman in particular) threatening to put the hallucinogenic LSD into Chicago’s water supply. In reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., we reacted vigorously to a perceived threat of chemical or biological terrorist attacks on our water supply. A religious cult contaminating a city water tank with salmonella in Oregon, sickening about 700, was the only such attack in our country until now. The water supply of Flint, Mich., was attacked and contaminated, not by terrorists or protesters, but by our own government...

Why The Muslim Debate? I was passing through your fine town last week and picked up a couple copies of Northern Express. There I noted a discourse concerning the Muslim situation in Dearborn. It is interesting to note that I see similar conversations in newspapers and blogs throughout the country and, in fact, throughout the world...

Kachadurian Has It All Wrong Thank you for continuing to publish Thomas Kachadurian’s bigoted editorials. If not for this publication, I wouldn’t know that such people lived in my sweet northern Michigan...

Over The Line I felt Sarah Palin crossed the line when she indicated our president did not care about those like her son who came home wounded. No one challenges her on these remarks; to me it is shameful...

Flints’ Man-made Disaster Governor Snyder’s Financial Emergency Manager Law has created a State of Emergency in Flint. In 2011, newly elected Governor Snyder signed Public Act 4, giving him the freedom to take over any city government his office found financially bankrupt, with power to override any decision of elected city officials. This law showed his primary motive — money before people. In November 2012, the People of Michigan voted down his Financial Emergency Manager Law, as they resented losing control of their cities. In December 2012, he showed his contempt for the people’s vote and signed a revised version, one that did not give power back to the people...

Defending the AR15 And Gun Rights I was amazed to read David Downer’s recent letter. He admits he is a gun owner but he expresses his ignorance of what an “assault rifle” really is, and thereby spreads the antigun position that an AR15 is an assault rifle...

 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Letters 01-25-2016

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Are assault rifles weapons of mass destruction? They are designed and manufactured with the primary purpose of efficiently killing people, lots of people. Recent reports of assault rifles being used in the mass killing and maiming of scores of people in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds, would seem to qualify them as “weapons of mass destruction”...

Easy Fix? It seems an easy fix for the dispute on the Petoskey Northmen Indian logo would be to discontinue its use, keep the Northmen name, and develop a new logo and helmet graphic for the football team that would be acceptable to the local tribes...

Levels Of Faith & Understanding Most of the people I know are nominal Christians. They don’t take their faith too seriously; it’s just a small part of who they are. Occasionally, some of them become more devout, and, for whatever reason, they begin to study the Bible and attend church regularly. As they become more sincere, life change happens, they begin volunteering to feed the needy and are more generous to the disadvantaged. Organizations such as Feed the Children or Mercy Medical Ships could not operate without them. Like Christians, most Muslims are nominal too...

Final Word On Native American Mascots I would like to respond to the article regarding the Petoskey High School football team’s mascot depicting a Native American. The only opinion regarding whether using Native Americans as mascots that should matter are the opinions of Native Americans...

 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Letters 01-18-2016

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Last Word on Muslims This is the last response I’ll write on Islam in America, as I feel the subject has become repetitive at this point. I’ve been to Dearborn and I have a few close friends there. It’s a lovely place, not the theocratic hellhole that many are trying to smear it as. But putting personal experience aside, the fact that Muslim immigrants assimilate more easily in the United States than in Europe because of our melting-pot culture is borne out by the data — like it or not...

Please Explain, Rep. Inman Will Rogers once said, “I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” Well, the facts coming out of Lansing in the closing minutes of last year’s legislative session would have given him plenty of material. Perhaps our local politician, Rep. Inman, could enlighten his constituents on his support for SB 571...

Snow Thanks Very impressed, TC. After mucho snow Saturday night, my family and I enjoyed a lovely early Sunday morning walk downtown on already cleared sidewalks...

Sympathies We are heading into the eighth year of Barak Obama’s presidency. Nothing surprises me any longer about conservative Republicans’ inability to deal with facts...

Useless Words So, ah, it seems that some words have been suggested to not be essential to the English language. Well, I mean, can’t a person, like, you know, use those unessential words if they so desire? The simple fact is, I’m thinking, it should be fine to use these words...

 
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Letters 01-11-2016

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Real Muslim Talk A recent letter stated that most Muslims assimilate to American culture just fine. This feel-good statement doesn’t reflect the whole picture: Muslims in the U.S. adapt minimally to local customs while aggressively asserting their own religion and culture upon their surroundings. Dearborn, Mich. is an ideal “laboratory” to observe this phenomenon, since it holds the largest Muslim population in the United States...

Shame On Us I am a Native American living in northern Michigan. Natives believe in the sanctity of life. We believe women are givers of life, not takers. Abortion creates a scenario of a mother taking her own child’s life...

Embrace Our Water I would like to gather together a group of like-minded people to focus on cleaning our water…water in our lakes, rivers, aquifers, etc. After seeing Masaru Emoto in the documentary film, “The Secret” and after reading his books, “The Hidden Messages In Water” and “The True Power Of Water,” I realized that we have the power to clean our terribly polluted water that we cannot live without...

 
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Letters 01-04-2016

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“Grow Up” In the Dec. 21 issue, Thomas Kachadurian writes that attempts to alleviate hunger and poverty (you know, as in sunday school: “feed the hungry,clothe the poor, care for the sick”) are childish fantasies like the belief in Santa Claus. And for good measure he also includes pacifism, gun control, government aid programs and religious tolerance...

No Sympathy For Merchant Class I would like to respond to the “help wanted” letter about local businesses. Perhaps our region’s merchant class would benefit by reading The Walmart Effect; it’s a bit dated, but it applies. And it does so painfully...

Don’t Generalize About Millennials In its Dec. 14 issue, the Northern Express published a letter from a local business owner which blamed the large number of local help wanted signs on “young millennials’ poor or non-existent work ethic and/or their refusal to show up on time and do what is expected.” While I cannot speak for all millennials, I did want to provide a counter-narrative..

A Modest Proposal Indeed I very much enjoyed Grant Parson’s column, “A Modest Proposal” in the Dec. 20 issue of Northern Express. His proposal which was spot on, and indeed very modest, suggesting that the conditions imposed on a woman seeking an abortion be applied to an individual seeking to purchase an assault weapon...

Senator Peters Misinformed Senator Gary Peters made a fool out of himself at a subcommittee meeting recently when he sited the Law of Conservation of Energy, saying, “additional heat does not just magically disappear, it makes the planet warmer.” He clearly was absent on the day his sixth grade teacher explained the First Law of Thermodynamics...

My Story Of Climate Change Climate change is here. Although no single weather event can be attributed directly to a climate trend, the increasing number and intensity of these storms can. My own story is a mix of facts and fear. Returning from our family reunion, my sister and I engaged in a philosophical discussion about climate change...

Not Talking About It Recently many of us have watched a stage full of Republican debaters thump their chests, rattle their imaginary sabers, glower directly into the camera, and promise our enemies death and destruction, all in the interests of national security. But we hear nothing about climate change...

Real Renewable Progress Well done, Wolverine Power Cooperative and member organizations Cherryland, Great Lakes Energy, PIE&G, and others. Wolverine recently announced it will source approximately 30 percent of its power supply from renewable sources by 2017. The wind power will be supplied from the Deerfield Wind Project in Huron County and the Michigan Wind 3 Project in Sanilac County. This commitment far exceeds Michigan’s goal of 10 percent renewables met this year. That’s leadership...

Zero Tolerance In response to Jack Segal’s column from the Dec. 21 Northern Express regarding “Tolerance and Free2Choos,” has Mr. Segal ever heard the term “zero tolerance?” It is highly disturbing that an educated individual would allow the gallering neo-Nazis outside a peaceful Jewish faith assembly while threatening innocent people. Many who know the horrors of Hitler and his Nazi regime will be intolerant of such interferences...

 
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Letters 12-21-2015

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Too Much Attention Our culture has entered into the theater of the absurd. Because it has become popular to distrust anything and everything our government and Obama are doing, we have given in to an angst that makes us do and say ridiculous things...

Care for Others At a time of year when we normally hear calls for peace and love, we are inundated with harsh and hostile rhetoric from politicians and presidential candidates calling for endless war, carpet bombing, closing mosques, barring refugees, and deporting immigrants. Cutting any and all assistance for the poor and their children also seems to be on the agenda...

Climate and Our Congress The United Nations has approved unanimously, by almost 200 nations, a landmark climate accord which promises to move our planet forward to preserve our way of life and those of our children and progeny (New York Times, 12/12/15)...

Dangerous Worldviews Letter writer Gordon Lee Dean should be reported for possible inclusion on the terrorist watch list, immediately. I am serious. He calls our twice-elected president a “tyrant.” He believes he has a “Godgiven right” to use his arsenal against not only terrorists, but also against “government gone wrong,” whomever that may be, and however he happens to define that phrase...

The Real Muslim Facts Contrary to the assertions made in a letter in the Dec. 7th issue, most Muslim immigrants assimilate to mainstream American culture just fine, and they are more law-abiding and productive than almost any other immigrant group. The most educated female religious group, only behind Jewish women? Muslim women. Most importantly, the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are against religious violence and against ISIS. All of these facts come from Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

9 Stories of Rebranding We love Traverse City because it’s beautiful and offers so much to all of us. We can see the skyline and the nature around it. People of all ages object to River West because we don’t want tall buildings, a crowded city, and more traffic that would destroy our quality of life. This project will turn our lovely downtown into another big city with tall apartment complexes, condos, and business developments. Goodbye, pretty town...

Ending Wars Will End Terrorism We are such a frightened people. We are inundated daily with fear: In our local and national news, packaged as entertainment in which we have no way to defuse except to be uninformed. Consider now we want to build an actual/virtual wall around the U.S. Our politicians are building up the fear as we speak. Fear works! It separates us and makes being different become bad and dangerous. Fear makes it easy to control our thinking and hence control our decisions...

 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Letters 12-14-2015

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Help-Wanted Signs We, a small group of local, small business owners, meet informally every few months to discuss the ups and downs of surviving on the endangered species list of “mom & pop” retailers in the day of the big box and the revered Internet...

Evil Guns Miracles do happen, because I just survived another safe hunting season here in northern Michigan by not getting killed by one of those evil guns. My gun unfortunately did not kill any deer but it probably would have if it had seen a buck. I was just there to carry that damn gun around and if need be to drag a dead deer home...

Exaggerated Idea Statement Regarding Stephen Tuttle’s column two weeks back, I agree with Mr. Tuttle that Republican candidates need policy questions....unlike what we saw with MSNBC...

Better Ideas Needed NPR claimed “the shooting in San Bernardino, Cal., was the 355th mass shooting in the U.S. this year — or more than one per day on average so far in 2015.” We may not all have faith in the same news sources, but clearly we’ve become a society in which massacres are becoming a daily routine...

ISIS’ Real Genesis In his recent column “What Do They Want”, Jack Segal fails to connect easy dots that can readily explain much of ISIS’ behavior. The bombing of the Russian airliner is clearly linked to the bombing of Syrian targets by Russia a month prior. So too, the French attack is a direct response to the year-long bombing of ISIS targets ordered by President Hollande. While the attacks can only be described as heinous, they are easily understood as collateral...

The Real Muslim Facts Contrary to the assertions made in a letter in the Dec. 7 issue, most Muslim immigrants assimilate to mainstream American culture just fine, and they are more law-abiding and productive than almost any other immigrant group. The most educated female religious group, only behind Jewish women? Muslim women. Most importantly, the vast majority of the world’s muslims are against religious violence and against ISIS. All of these facts come from Gallup and the Pew Research Center...

The Trump Limbo Donald Trump is confused. He has mistaken the presidential campaign for a Limbo dance competition. How low can you go...

Vote On Height I am opposed to the proposed nine-story building in Traverse CIty. I believe that the size of the project is going to forever alter the way we view our town. This development could possibly benefit approximately two hundred residences that will be a part of this project. Assuming for the moment that each of these will house two people, this means that potentially 400 residents will stand to benefit. Should we, for the sake of 400, permanently alter our skyline? Instead of five stories, we will be looking at a building that will overshadow the surrounding neighborhood and adjacent buildings...

 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Letters 12-07-2015

Letters Defining Art Appreciation to Delbert Michel for so succinctly stating what art is, should, and can be and also for calling out area arts groups, galleries, and media outlets for not promoting it. You missed one though, Delbert, that being the Northern Express, who seems to go out of it’s way to seek out the dullest of the dull, the beigest of the beige...

Don’t Tie Muslims To Barbarians I am totally appalled by the column about “how to tell the difference between ISIS and a Muslim. “ I am an area representative for a foreign exchange organization and have hosted ten students as well. I hosted a young lady from Pakistan; she was an angel and we still communicate to this day. She and her family left Pakistan because they fear for their life...

Climate Thoughts As the Paris climate talks get underway, we learn the response to falling gas prices in the U.S. to be (drum roll) record sales of SUVs and trucks for the month of November, of course! While this behavior might seem irrational in the face of what increased carbon emissions mean for our future and the future of our children, it is predictable given the short-term perspective that is pervasive in our culture of immediate, insatiable consumerism. It is our right as long as we have the cash to pay for it..

I Love Socialism Let me rephrase that. I love Democratic Socialism. I like the idea of boarding an airliner that’s regulated, health care for all, my Social Security, Medicare, driving on good roads (Michigan being the exception), public schools, national and state parks, and yes, our county parks, the Eisenhower Interstate highway system, national cross country hiking trails, and our own socialist Leelanau trail...

This Is America Thomas Kachadurian’s recent assessment of Islam is timely and accurate. Early waves of European immigrants blended in to American life. There seems to be a different attitude with Muslim immigrants, that America should assimilate to them, rather than they assimilate to the U.S. In Dearborn, public schools have had to change to halal meats in their cafeterias (more costly), and now have to break for Ramadan in addition to Christmas, due to Muslim demands...

Reject The Fringe On Friday, Nov. 27, Robert Lewis Dear attacked a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, killing three innocents, including a University of Colorado police officer. Dear was heard yelling, “baby parts” during the attack. The continued willingness of these “fetal fetishers” to kill postnatals in their misguided attempt to save prenatals suggests that the label “Right To Life” should be narrowed to “Right To Fetal Life” in order to more accurately label those fringe persons so violently motivated by the inflammatory rhetoric of mainstream “Right To Life” members against Planned Parenthood...

Visual Arts Solutions Redux In his guest column, Delbert Michel (Nov. 30) is correct in suggesting that the success of any work of art depends on more than its subject matter. He is helpful in alluding to the formal elements (shape, value, color, and texture) that comprise the compositional basis of the art of painting. It is feasible for him to assert that all visual art is abstract...

References For TC In reference to the “Nine Stories” feature in the Nov. 23 Northern Express, anyone interested in helping design TC’s future should consider watching the YouTube videos “The Value of Downtown” and “Joe Minicozzi in Traverse City”...

Rural Fire Extinguished Green Lake Township will be withdrawing from the Grand Traverse Rural Fire Department now that Long Lake has dealt the fatal blow to its continued existence. That is the only logical decision because the remainder of Rural Fire is now on the far side of the county...

Act Intelligently About Vaccines Sarah Stagray’s letter in the Nov. 20 issue hit it right on the head. Yes, far too many unnecessary, untested, potentially dangerous vaccines are being pushed on children and the general public, and parental rights are being stripped away by mandates. Medical schools do in fact teach how to strong-arm hesitant parents to conform...

 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winter 2015/16 Race Calendar

Features SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016 The Vineyard Race - 3.2M fat bike race Forty-Five North, Lake Leelanau http://www.shortsbrewingfatbikeseries.com/forty-five-northvineyard-race/.
 
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Letters 11-30-2015

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“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Letters 11-23-2015

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Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The New Nutcracker

All-new director, sets, choreography meet tradition at Interlochen this holiday

Features You’ve seen it before, the legendary, 123-year-old story about the nutcracker doll that comes to life for a little girl. But you’ve never seen it like this.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nutcracker Notes

Features “The Nutcracker” ballet marked the first use of the celesta in an orchestral score. The celesta produces sounds much like bells. It was a new instrument Tchaikovsky had discovered in Paris. He wanted it for the character of the sugar plum fairy to characterize her “heavenly sweet sound.
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Meet Joseph Morrissey

Features Joseph Morrissey came to Interlochen in August, having recently served as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring for The Hong Kong Ballet. He has danced with the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, the Boston Ballet and the Charleston Ballet Theatre..
 
 
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