If you love to sing with others, where do you go? Church choir perhaps? What if you want to sing more challenging music, or nonreligious music? For some people living throughout the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the U.P., the answer is the Northwoods Singers.
It’s a snowy evening, and about 40 choir members ranging in age from their 40s to 80s are waming up in the Congregational church in Eagle River for their last regular rehearsal of the season. Northwoods Singers co-founder Norma Yaeger said it’s quite a commitment for some of the members to make the drive.
Last month a group of jazz musicians from all over the country gathered for a long weekend outside of Rhinelander. Eight of them were professional musicians, and a dozen of them were students…at Holiday Acres’ annual Northwoods Jazz Camp.
WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski went to talk with some of the teachers and students…and came away with a few tips on how to learn to be a jazz musician.
You heard from instructors Kim Richmond, John Harmon, Clay Jenkins and Scott Whitfield. And students Connie Fellman and Joe Swierczek.
Rhinelander is about to get hit with a wave of country music fans, during the area’s biggest tourism event.
The four-day Hodag Country Festival begins Thursday, and tens of thousands of people are expected to attend. Director of the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Lara Reed says the economic impact on the region is huge.
“We say for every visitor that spends the night in our community, it’s $180 a day. So if we say there’s 20,000 people for Hodag Country Fest, it’s a $3.6 million impact a day for the duration of the festival.”