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History in Houghton: Classical MPR road trips to Michigan

Posted at 3:39 PM on November 15, 2013 by Luke Taylor
Filed under: Concerts, Events, Fun finds

RoszaCenter_web.jpgRosza Center for the Performing Arts in Houghton, Mich. (photo by A.K. Hoagland)

For mid-November, it's a nice day for a road trip. That's good for Classical MPR's Jeff Esworthy, who today is heading up to Houghton, Mich., for a performance of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914 by Twin Cities-based male vocal ensemble, Cantus. The performance takes place Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rosza Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to conducting a pre-concert interview and introducing Cantus to the stage on Saturday night, Esworthy is interested in learning more about Houghton. "I want to check out the copper-mining history," Esworthy says. "The Native people used to mine it before Europeans came, and legend has it that you used to be able to just pick up raw copper off the ground."

Are you in Houghton? What would you recommend Jeff Esworthy do to take in some local history and local flavor? Share your comments below.

History seems to be the theme for the weekend. The production by Cantus, All Is Calm, recalls the remarkable World War I truce that occurred between Allied Forces and German soldiers on Christmas eve, 1914. The production is loosely based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, which tells the same story. Here's that film's trailer: