2012-13 Events

KSO Fall Recital

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Fall Recital Series

  • Oct 05, 2012 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a free Fall Music Recital on Friday, October 5, at 7:00 pm at Portage Lake United Church. This year's theme—Something Wicked This Way Comes—invites some dramatic music, including performances by woodwind quartet, unaccompanied trombone and flute, vocal solos, clarinet/organ duet, and classical six-string guitar.

There is no ticket price for the recital, but a $5 donation toward the KSO and PLUC is accepted at the

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

KSO: From Russia with Love

  • Oct 13, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Bathe in the luxurious beauty of Russian exoticism as the KSO performs works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Shostakovich. From the graceful ballet music of Sleeping Beauty, and the oriental mysticism of the legend of Antar, to the infamous symphony banned by Stalin because of its "ideological weakness," this epic concert—which launches the KSO's first concert tour of the U.P.—promises to inspire and entertain.

The Keweenaw Symphony
Michigan Tech

Comedy Murders

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

  • Oct 25 – Oct 27, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

A hilarious "who done it" that pokes fun at 1940s movie thrillers and campy musical comedies. The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who

Northern Lights Film Festival

Northern Lights Film Festival

  • Nov 01 – Nov 03, 2012 12:00 AM
  • McArdle Theatre

The 8th Annual Northern Lights Film Festival will be held November 1, 2 and 3rd in McArdle Theatre on the Michigan Tech Campus. Featured this year are filmmaker Ray Tintori and the award-winning dramatic film Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin 2012).

The Northern Lights Film Festival is sponsored by the departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts and Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team. It is free

SWS What We Imagine

Superior Wind Symphony: What We Imagine

  • Nov 02, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

What happens when a great wind composer is given a task that forces them to consider anew the possibilities? The result is the music presented here, a four-century survey of great wind music moments! You will hear: the only large wind ensemble works by Prokofieff and Mendelssohn, Sousa’s only march that was inspired by a feat of engineering, one of Bach’s rare 5 voice fantasies, Gabrieli’s masterful contrasting of

Jazz Showcase Backstage at the Rozsa

Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa

  • Nov 09 – Nov 10, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

High energy Jazz, Big Band classics, and soulful Blues by the Research and Development Big Band and the MTU Jazz Lab Band, both under the direction of Mike Irish. Two great nights of Jazz in a great Jazz Club setting back stage in the Rozsa. Sparks fly and magic happens!

Campus Jazz Band takes the Rozsa
Michigan Tech Lode, November 13, 2012

Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa

KSO Fall Recital

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Fall Recital Series

  • Nov 15, 2012 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a free Fall Music Recital this Thursday, November 15, at 7:00 pm at Portage Lake United Church. This recital's theme—Around the World in 80 Minutes—covers music from many different countries, and includes exciting performances by woodwind quintet, string quartet, flute solo, vocal solo, cello solo, clarinet duet, and classical guitar.

There is no ticket price for the recital, but a $5 donation toward the KSO

Lovecraft Cemetary

The Horror of H. P. Lovecraft

  • Nov 29 – Dec 01, 2012 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Growing from the fertile soil of the Romantics and the symbolist poets, HP Lovecraft surpassed his predecessor, EA Poe, in perfecting the classic horror story. Since then every horror film concocted in Hollywood from the subtly and intrigue of Hitchcock to the evil of “Chucky” have followed Lovecraft’s mystery mantra. In the sedate salon of their New England home, Professor Rodney C. Phillips, world authority on horror fiction, and

Hampton Rock String Quartet with the KSO

Hampton Rock String Quartet with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

  • Dec 08, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The Rozsa Center rocks the night away as the world-famous Hampton String Quartet performs Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, and more. Playing classically-influenced arrangements of well known rock songs, HSQ—the world’s largest selling string quartet—has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Sting, Elton John, and Robert Plant. The Hampton String Quartet will also be the featured guest artist for the 2nd Annual Keweenaw Honors String Festival, hosted by

A Choral Mosaic

A Choral Mosaic

  • Dec 15, 2012 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Need a break from the holidays? Enjoy this beautiful performance by the Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers performing a special concert of the repertoire that they will sing later in the year on tour to Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia.

"A Choral Mosaic" at the Rozsa this Saturday
Tech Today, December 13, 2012

Jazz Cabaret

Jazz Cabaret: Rozsa Backstage

  • Jan 25 – Jan 26, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Beat the mid-winter blues with a dose of hot combo Jazz! The backstage of the Rozsa is transformed into a fabulous cabaret, with table seating, mood lighting, bar setting, and great sound.

Jazzin' it up at the Rozsa
Mining Gazette, January 24, 2013

Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa
Tech Today, January 24, 2013

Cold nights, hot jazz
Michigan Tech Lode, January 22, 2013

Stealing Fire

Stealing Fire

  • Feb 07 – Feb 09, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Feb 14 – Feb 16, 2013 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

With a spark of life from Zeus Prometheus shapes the beasts of the world out of clay. Growing bored with his chore he endows the last of his creations, people, with a little extra spark. Maybe a bit more than intended. And thus human, titan, and god all find more than they can really cope with. Prometheus and Zeus, unlikely parents, struggle with love, infatuation, fear and much infuriation


Superior Wind Symphony Presents Re:Location

  • Feb 22, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony presents Re:Location, an evening of wind music inspired by and associated with wonderful places. Three pieces represent new Director of Bands Michael Christianson’s previous residence, NYC: George Washington Bridge, by William Schuman, Grand Central Terminal, by Michael Torke, and Avenue X, by Jonathan Newman. Two pieces represent the beauty of Michigan: The Northern Pines, by John Philip Sousa, and Blue Lake Overture, by John Barnes Chance.

Wagners 200th Anniversary

Wagner's 200th Anniversary

  • Mar 02, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

German musician Richard Wagner dominated the nineteenth-century music scene like none other, leading many to call him the most important composer in Western music history. The KSO celebrates the 200th anniversary of this compositional titan in its closing concert of the 2012-2013 season, including sublime orchestral episodes from his seminal operas Lohengrin and Tristan and Isolde. This concert of eclectic orchestral masterpieces also includes the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra singing

Great Lakes Showcase

The Great Lakes Showcase

  • Mar 05 – Mar 08, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Apr 01 – Apr 02, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Rozsa Gallery

The Great Lakes Showcase is an annual juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists. Awards are made to participating artists for outstanding achievement in a variety of categories.

Visit the Great Lakes Showcase page for the Prospectus, exhibit information, the showcase director, and awards.

This year the opening reception will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Rozsa Center.

I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife

  • Mar 05 – Mar 07, 2013 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

A poignant one-man tour de force featuring VPA’s Dennis Kerwin who plays Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, and over 28 other characters. Based on a true story, and inspired by interviews conducted by the playwright over several years, I AM MY OWN WIFE tells the fascinating tale of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a real-life German transvestite who managed to survive both the Nazi onslaught and the repressive East German Communist regime. The

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

  • Mar 30, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Join us to celebrate the Jazz legacy of the late Don Keranen. Don started the Jazz tradition at Tech in 1967 and his spirit lives on in the dynamic performances of the Research and Development Big Band and the Jazz Lab Band.

Tech Jazz celebrates its history at Don Keranen Memorial Concert
Michigan Tech Lode, April 2, 2013

13th Annual Don Keranen Jazz Concert Saturday
Tech Today, March 27, 2013

Homage to Water

The Campus Concert Band and Superior Wind Symphony Present An Homage to Water

  • Apr 05, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Michigan Technological University’s Superior Wind Symphony is joined by the Campus Concert Band and collectively these groups will pay musical homage to one the most important things in our lives: water! The SWS will perform original works inspired by: oceans, ice, rain, rivers, glaciers, ships and sailors, by great composers such as George Friederich Handel, Clare Grundman, John Mackey, George Gershwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Robert Russell Bennett. 

Hydrate before

Tea for Three

Tea for Three

  • Apr 10, 2013 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

“TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka

TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty reveals life and love in the White House.

Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, TEA FOR THREE humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving -- a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford.  Share the journey of


Student Art and Design Show

  • Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Rozsa Gallery

Visit the Rozsa Gallery to view artistic works by Michigan Tech students. Ceramics, sculpture, watermedia, drawing, audio, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design are all created during Visual and Performing Arts classes throughout the academic year.

Opening reception is Monday, April 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm.

Free and open to the public.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

  • Apr 18 – Apr 20, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

A musical theatre classic featuring memorable tunes including If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset, and (of course) Tradition! Economic depression, threats of war, ethnic hatred and violence grab at Tevye’s shirt sleeve as he makes his way through the world caring for his family and horse, seeing his children married well, and dreaming of a better life. Tevye is “every man,” every one of us who share

Springtime Voices

Springtime Voices

  • Apr 27, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

This concert will feature the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers in a spring time celebration of song. The concert will include both sacred and secular music from peoples and places from around the globe—with a mix of traditional classical standards to more contemporary music for the stage and concert hall.

Welcome Spring with "Springtime Voices" at the Rozsa!
Tech Today, April 24, 2013


Bon Voyage

Bon Voyage!

  • May 06, 2013 7:00 PM
  • St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton

This is a free event by the Michigan Tech Concert Choir. Open to the public.


Beautiful: A Cirque Tale of How a Butterfly Grew Her Wings

  • Jun 19, 2013 9:00 PM
  • Jun 20 – Jun 21, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Beautiful: An Original Flying Show is a metaphysical and visceral experience inspired by the symbolism and personification of the life cycle of a caterpillar. The show follows the lead character, Beautiful, on her adventures of the heart, mind, and soul. Filled with powerful symbolism, unique characters, larger than life scenic elements, special effects and, of course, lots of flying, Beautiful is a show for all ages.

Performers Spread their