Jazz Club Cabaret

  • Jan 22 – Jan 23, 2009 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Warm your winter bones and nourish your soul with some hot jazz, funk and blues at the Jazz Club Cabaret.

Mike Irish, director of jazz studies, says three groups will perform each night. On Friday, Michigan Tech's finest combos, JazTec and Momentum, will perform along with the Calumet High School Jazz Experience directed by Scott Veenstra. On Saturday night, Jaztec opens the show, followed by Momentum, then the return


  • Oct 02, 2009 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

BandaRama! with Huskies Pep Band, Jazz Lab Band, Wind Symphony

A Family Weekend tradition. The inimitable Huskies Pep Band,Jazz Lab Band, and Superior Winds overflow the stage, playing favorite pieces in non-stop succession, concluding with the Huskies Fight Song—look out, Northern!

Pep band photos by Mitchell Schuh.


Turn on the Heat

  • Oct 08, 2009 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Houghton Turn On the Heat is a benefit concert to raise additional money for heat assistance for Copper Country residents in need.

The visual and performing arts department is sponsoring this benefit concert for the Turn on the Heat campaign of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly and St. Vincent DePaul.

Music and entertainment will be provided by Cheap Therapy, Greenstone, the Outlaws and Misbehavin’ with Gail English and her

The Bald Soprano and The Lesson

  • Oct 15 – Oct 16, 2009 7:30 PM
  • Oct 22 – Oct 24, 2009 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Two groundbreaking one-act plays by Eugene Ionesco, "The Bald Soprano" and "The Lesson," will be performed this week by the Tech Theatre Company in the McArdle Theatre. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 22 through 24. The Tech Theatre Company is composed of faculty, staff and students of the visual and performing arts department, and for this performance will be directed by assistant professor

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra 200th Anniversary of Mendelssohn

  • Oct 17, 2009 12:00 AM
  • Rozsa Center

Dr. Joel Neves will conduct his first concert as Music Director of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 pm, in the Rozsa Center, with a welcoming reception to follow in the Rozsa Lobby. The concert honors Felix Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday with his magical “Suite for A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” plus music of Liszt and Stravinsky. Portage Health is the sponsor for this

Jazz Showcase

  • Oct 30 – Oct 31, 2009 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

The Jazz Lab Band and R&D Big Band present Michigan Tech's annual Jazz Showcase concert in McArdle Theatre on Friday and Saturday nights, October 30 and 31, at 7:30 pm, joined by JazTec on Friday and Momentum on Saturday. Jazz in many styles, from cool blues to the latest funk, will light up the night.

"This fall concert is always a pleasure," says Mike Irish, director of jazz studies. "The

Vaster Than Empires

  • Nov 12 – Nov 14, 2009 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

The TechTheatre Company presents something literally fantastic this week as Visual and Performing Arts stages “Vaster Than Empires,” four stories by Ursula Le Guin.

TechTheatre creates Le Guin’s fantasy worlds with technical wizardry and an acting company directed by Roger Held. It’s a high-wire act for everyone involved, from the actors to the sound and lighting technicians whose cues come thick and fast. “This is stylistically a different kind

Superior Wind Symphony

  • Nov 13, 2009 12:00 AM
  • Rozsa Center

Michigan Tech's elite Superior Winds, with conductor Nick Enz and guitar soloist Pat Valencia, will be joined by the Jeffers High School band and conductor Emily Raffaelli. The concert will feature the exquisite sounds and rhythms that are the specialty of winds, brass and percussion, heard to perfection in a Sousa march, a Shostokovich prelude, a Brazilian samba, music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Antonín Dvořák, and much more.

Handel's Messiah

  • Dec 05, 2009 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" will be performed by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, and soloists Ann Campbell, Lara Neves, Charles White and Gregory Campbell. Joel Neves, music director of the Keweenaw Symphony, will conduct.

The 63-voice choir, under the direction of Susan Byykkonen, and Neves' select 41-member oratorio orchestra have been polishing Handel's work, including "Every Valley Shall


  • Feb 11 – Feb 13, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Feb 18 – Feb 19, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Feb 27, 2010 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company will present David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize winning play "Proof" on February 11-13 and 18-19 in McArdle Theatre (Walker Arts & Humanities Center), and February 27 at the Calumet Theatre, at 7:30 p.m.

"Proof" won the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk, and New York Drama Critics' Circle awards as well as the Pulitzer.   A mystery set on a college campus among an assortment of eccentric, math-savvy academics,

Band Festival Concert

  • Feb 13, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center


The Superior Winds, Michigan Tech's 50-member wind band, and its director Nick Enz welcome one of the country's most honored college band directors to campus this week for a series of workshops and a concert. Dr. Milton Allen, Director of Bands and of the Instrumental Division at Eastern Illinois University, will be in

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: A Night at the Opera

  • Feb 20, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Join the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra for a thrilling "Night at the Opera." Gypsy melodies and witty overtures transport you to the sunny Mediterranean for this winter concert.

Soloist Lara Neves will sing selections from two all-time favorite operas, Bizet's "Carmen" and Verdi's "Otello," while the orchestra, directed by Dr. Joel Neves, will will play other favorites drawn from the world of opera.

Mezzo-soprano Lara Neves, a


  • Mar 24 – Mar 25, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The Michigan Tech Theatre Company presents the musical "Rumpelstiltskin," with words by Moses Goldberg and music by Lisa Palas in the final performances of this year's theatre season. Featuring music adapted and arranged with a Hip Hop beat by Michigan Tech's Kyle VanHowe, the show is full of the energy and savvy which have won several awards recently for Michigan Tech's theatre program from the American College Theatre Festival.


Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

  • Mar 27, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Energy and jazz—Mike Irish brings it all home with the annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Night. Michigan Tech's Jazz Lab Band and R&D Big Band, at their peak of excellence and r'aring to go, showcase their best stuff and hope for a great turnout to enjoy it with them.

"What an exciting time to be a jazz musician," Irish says. Don Keranen, founder of MTU's jazz program 40 years ago,

Northern Lights Film Festival

  • Apr 01 – Apr 03, 2010 12:00 AM
  • Rozsa Center

The sixth annual Northern Lights Film Festival celebrates original filmmaking with three days of independent film screenings on April 1, 2 and 3 at the Rozsa Center. This year's festival will include "The Hurt Locker" and "Precious," based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire. From Oscar-winners to student productions, the annual film festival brings independent films and filmmakers to Michigan Tech and the surrounding community. Visit the website for

Spring Concert

  • Apr 10, 2010 12:00 AM
  • Rozsa Center

Energy will flow in the Rozsa Center when Michigan Tech's Superior Winds and Campus Concert Band join forces for their spring concert, with Nick Enz conducting.

MTU's student musicians, at the peak of their skills, will play a variety of fanfares, hymn tunes, marches, dances, symphonic excerpts, and even a Bach prelude and fugue. From Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from 'Symphonie Fantastique" to an arrangement of

Michigan Tech Concert Choir

  • Apr 11, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Apr 18, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir, conducted by Susan Byykkonen, will perform two concerts featuring "Music of Peace, Love and Harmony" with the help of three high school choirs. On Sunday, April 11, the Calumet High School Choir with director Scott Veenstra joins the 60-voice Concert Choir on the Calumet Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, April 18, the Hancock Central High School Choir, directed by Victoria Baltensperger,

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, with his daughter Jamie Bernstein

  • Apr 17, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Jamie Bernstein's "The Bernstein Beat", uses the format of her father's groundbreaking televised "Young People's Concerts" to introduce kids to his irresistible music. Bernstein is joined by conductor Joel Neves and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.

Walker Art and Design Show

  • Apr 19 – Apr 23, 2010 8:00 AM – 5:00PM
  • Rozsa Gallery

The students of Mary Ann Beckwith and Susanne Kilpela will display the artwork they've produced in Visual & Performing Arts classes this year in the annual Student Show, open today through Friday, April 23, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Rozsa Art Gallery. The new gallery is located on the lower lobby level in the Rozsa Center.

"Lots of great artwork!" says Susanne Kilpela, who teaches ceramics, 3-D