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Mar. 27, 2024: Arts, culture, and the future

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced that internationally acclaimed conductor Mei-Ann Chen is joining the SSO as artistic advisor, a newly-created position effective for the 2024-25 season. We chat with the maestra herself and the SSO president and CEO, Paul Lambert, about this new era for the SSO.

We also talk with Ayize Jama-Everett, author of a collection of afrofuturistic books, the “Liminal Series,” and director of a new documentary about psychedelics in the black community, “A Table of Our Own: A Documentary About Black People and Psychedelics.” He’s coming to Book Moon Books in Easthampton this Thursday afternoon, and he’s here to tell us that having superpowers doesn’t make you a superhero.

And, we’re bumping our beloved Word Nerd to tomorrow’s show to make room for NEPM’s own Jill Kaufman. She'll show us the light at the end of the tunnels for the strike at MASS MoCA and receivership for Holyoke public schools.

Christopher “Monte'' Belmonte is host and executive producer of NEPM's The Fabulous 413. He was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been a radio host in western Massachusetts for the last 20 years — the last 17 of them as host of Mornings with Monte on The River 93.9/WRSI.
Kaliis Smith is a radio host and producer for NEPM's The Fabulous 413. She was most recently host and producer at The River 93.9/WRSI where she appeared on Mornings with Monte for the Nerdwatch segment and hosted weekday evenings.