For this April 16th, Public Radio Music Day, WKAR has been checking in with various arts and cultural leaders to see how they and their organizations are doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and many cancelled performances in Michigan and beyond. Mike reflected on some of the difficulties involved with coordinating many shifting schedules, but also looking forward to a bit of hope, by way of preparing to announce the upcoming 2020-21 Wharton Center season next month.
At the end of this interview, we also asked the Wharton Center's Mike Brand for an inspiring piece of music during this time of struggle. What stuck out was a recent box set of recordings with the Czech Philharmonic led by Semyon Bychkov (former Grand Rapids Symphony director). However, we'd also like to know what music inspires you right now. Let us know by calling (567) 246-9038, letting us know your name, what that piece is, and why others will find it inspiring. Over the next few weeks, as social distancing continues, we may broadcast it on WKAR-FM & WKAR.org