MARQUETTE - Some local arts and entertainment happenings of note:
- Reading Day at the Westwood Mall in Marquette is taking place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Marquette-Alger Reading Council and Peter White Public Library, it's an event in which parents, grandparents or other caregivers can bring kids to the mall to read, then take home a free book.
For more information, visit www.pwpl.info.
- The Marquette Symphony has announced that due to popular demand, violinist WeiWei Le will perform at its April concert.
Members of the community made donations specifically to fund the return of Le, who performed with the group in October 2011. She's a native of Shanghai, China, who began her violin studies at age 6.
A release from the MSO stated: "Her musicianship has earned her full scholarships to the Yehudi Menuhin School, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cincinnati University Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory of Music with world renowned violin pedagogues, such as Yehudi Menuhin, Donald Weilerstein, Almita and Roland Vamos, Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmenshaus."
Le has given recitals and concerts all around the globe including at such leading music stages as Carnegie Hall,Barbican Center and Davies Symphony Hall. She has performed with orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic (Hong Kong), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London)and the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra (China).
Le was featured many times as a soloist to perform for Queen Elizabeth II of England and the royal family in Buckingham Palace, according to the MSO release.
The concert, with Jacob Chi at the podium in Kaufman Auditorium, will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, with the title "Finlandia!" The symphony orchestra will perform Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia," Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" and Niccolo Paganini's "Violin Concerto No. 1."
Adult ticket prices for the concert range from $17 to $32.00; student tickets are $12; and tickets for children 12 and under are $9.
Tickets may be purchased at any Northern Michigan University EZ Ticket Outlet (NMU Bookstore, Superior Dome and Forest Roberts Theatre) as well as online at www.nmu.edu/tickets or by phone at (906) 227-1032.
EZ Ticket sales are available until noon April 19. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at Kaufman Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.
For more information, visit www.marquettesymphony.org or search for "Marquette Symphony Orchestra" on Facebook.
- April is National Poetry Month and the e-book "Chapel Rock: Twenty-One Poetic Places On and Off the Globe" by Mara McKay will be released April 4 to coincide with the celebration.
Included in the work is a poem entitled "To live in the Upper Peninsula." The cover is a painting by Ishpeming artist John French. Included are photos from a dozen Michigan photographers John McCormick (Michigan Nut Photography); Tod Poirier (Photo Synthesis); Shawn Thompson (Lake Superior Photography); Kim Nixon (Zero Degrees Gallery); Corey Genovese (Photo Yoop); and images taken by McKay.
In the book's forward, McKay writes: "The poems included in this book, have been created in places that were often splendor driven, or difficult. With this book, it was more challenging to decide what twenty-one should be included than it was to write them. ...Chapel Rock, I hope, can take you to some of the same spiritual encampments that I have enjoyed while writing this book. The exceptional photographic imagery in Chapel Rock can also bring a sense of emotional and physical traveling to each poem. May you enjoy the photography as much as I have loved meeting all of these talented and remarkable photographers. What an honor to combine my words with their work."
The book will be available online and through Falling Rock bookstore in Munsing.
Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is email@example.com.