Fall 2016 Events

Beaumier Coffee House Series

Saturday, September 10

7p.m. – Black Box Theatre


Dave Bett

Radio On

A veteran of several musical groups in Marquette, most notably “The Feltliners,” Dave Bett is one of the most respected guitar players and singer/songwriters in the region.

Radio On create an experimental sound of electric landscapes, using original poetry from group members and electric guitars, flute and keyboard. But, in a folkier, old vinyl kind of vibe, they also honor Levon Helm and Rick Danko in a song cycle. They are currently working on a CD called Coffee with Levon, which they hope to have completed early next year. The group features Russ Thorburn, Dylan Trost and Jeremy Morelock.

Opening of exhibition, “Remnants: Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula”

Saturday, September 24, 1—3 p.m.

See page Upcoming Exhibits for more information.

Helsinki Chamber Choir

September 29th and 30th

The Beamier U.P. Heritage Center, DeVos Art Museum, and the NMU Music Department in conjunction with The Rabbit Island Foundation are excited to present the new 2015 opera State of the Union by Scott Diel and Eugene Birman, Rabbit Island Foundation artist-in-residence, performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir. They will be performing on two evenings, September 29 and 30 at Forest Roberts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. To buy tickets visit, call 906-227-1032 or visit any EZ ticket outlet on campus.

Engaging with issues of environmental sustainability, economic inequality, satire and solutions alike, State of the Union is a 40 minute opera for twelve solo singers written by American librettist Scott Diel and Juilliard-trained composer Eugene Birman, in their fourth collaboration. The duo’s past projects have garnered attention from world media outlets including CNN, BBC World TV, NPR and countless others. State of the Union, commissioned by the Rabbit Island Foundation and created in situ, promises a groundbreaking approach to classical music, setting a vitally relevant message to an innovative, highly original vocal narrative.

The Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin kamarikuoro) was founded in 1962 and remains Finland’s only professional chamber choir. It regularly commissions new works, and programs the most demanding works of the contemporary repertoire alongside the standard chamber choir repertoire. In addition to its own concert series, the Helsinki Chamber Choir performs at national and international festivals, collaborates with Finnish orchestras and ensembles and is a founding member of the Klang contemporary music series. Its concerts are regularly broadcast on radio and TV both nationally and across Europe.

The concert will also feature performances of pieces composed by some of Finlands greatest composers, including Jean Sibelius, Toivo Kuula, Erik Bergman and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

French Canadian Heritage Day

Saturday, October 1

September 26 – October 2 is the fourth annual French Canadian Heritage Week as designated by the State of Michigan. As part of this celebration, the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center has created a full day of activities on October 1, with presentations, demonstrations and music related to voyageur and French Canadian culture. Events will take place both indoors at the Center and outside on the lawn next to Gries Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Here is the schedule of events for the day.

10:30 a.m.— Presentation on the French colonial and fur trade era by historian Tim Kent.

12-4 p.m. — Fur Trade Demonstrations by Tim Kent.

Wooden Canoe displays by the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association

1 – 2:30 p.m. — French-Canadian music by the Maple Sugar Folks and Dlutkowski Sisters

The event will feature Timothy Kent, a scholar, lecturer and author on fur trade and voyageur history. He and his family, including their dog Toby, paddled the 3,000 mile mainline fur trade canoe route across North America, and after two decades researching and replicating the main articles of native daily life and the primary French trade goods, he and his family vacationed living in wilderness settings with only those articles.

Ghost Town Bus Tour

Saturday, October 8

$40 per person (limit of 30 people)

Price includes coach bus, tour of sites and a buffet lunch at
Hereford & Hops in Escanaba.
Join the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center for this one of kind Ghost Town Bus Tour during the fall color season. Heritage Center Director, Daniel Truckey, will be leading this tour of four different ghost towns sites, featured in the Beaumier Center's new exhibit, Ghost Towns of the Upper Peninsula. This tour will include a walking tour of Fayette State Park. In addition, the tour will stop at three other ghost towns on the trip; Labranche (Menominee County), Metropolitan (Dickinson County) and Watson (Marquette County). Space is limited so call to make your reservation today! To reserve a spot and get more info call 906-227-3212. Payment by check or cash must be received by the Beaumier Center by Saturday, October 1st in order to confirm your registration.


Beaumier Coffee House Series

Saturday, November 5

7 p.m. – Black Box Theatre


Travis Swanson Trio

Who Dat? Brass Band

Originally from Palmer, Michigan, after playing across the U.S., Denmark, and Germany, Travis Swanson made his way back to the U.P. The Travis Swanson Trio plays blues, R&B, soul and jazz .

Who Dat? Brass Band is a 7-piece band: masterful drummer, skilled bass trombonist, energetic trumpeter, veteran sax, amazing tuba, poetic vocalist, lead by a soulful trombonist, Roscoe Scheiler.