• Oct 08, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center


  • Oct 14 – Oct 16, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Oct 21 – Oct 22, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Oct 22, 2010 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Company

Independence ProductionIn the play, three young women struggle to gain personal independence within a dysfunctional family. Written by Lee Blessing, it is a contemporary serio-comedy, combining humor and drama in this poignant slice of the American pie.

Independence/Michigan Tech play
Mining Gazette, October 14, 2010

"Independence": Living Portrait of a Dysfunctional Family
Tech Today, October 11, 2010

The KSO Returns to Calumet Theatre

  • Oct 16, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Calumet Theatre

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will return to theCalumet Theatre in October. The home of the KSO for many years becomes its home again for one night only, as the orchestra launches its 40th anniversary concert season in the historic theatre. The KSO will perform the Upper Peninsula premiere of Higdon's "Blue Cathedral," the most celebrated modern piece of our day, in addition to Elgar's haunting "Enigma Variations," which was composed the same year the Calumet Theatre was built, 1900.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra/Calumet Theatre
Mining Gazette, October 14, 2010

Heroism & Nostalgia: Musical Memories from Times of War

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

Superior Wind Symphony

The Fall Pops Concert will feature "Songs from Times of War," with the Superior Wind Symphony. Nicholas Enz will lead the symphony in a concert featuring favorite works from times of war, including Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"; Irving Berlin's classic songs; Milhaud's "Suite Francaise"; and toe-tapping marches by John Philip Sousa. It will be an explosive event from start to finish.

Photo: WWII liberty section personnel aboard LCM returning to USS CASABLANCA from Rara Island, off Pitylieu Island, Manus. Courtesy of The National Archives.

KSO Recital Series: Songs of Joy and Humor

  • Oct 22, 2010 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents its first annual 'Fall KSO Recital Series' concert, featuring humorous instrumental selections by the KSO Woodwind Quartet and KSO String Quartet, and hilarious vocal solos and duets, including the famous "Meow" song.

Portage Lake United Church is located across the street from Michigan Tech's Administration Building. The address is 1400 East Houghton Blvd., Houghton.

Donations of $5 or more are accepted at the door.

Fall Jazz Showcase

  • Oct 29 – Oct 30, 2010 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Jazz Lab Band and Research and Development Big Band

Jazz BandsThere will be 2 great nights of jazz in the Fall Jazz Showcase. Great big band jazz from the MTU Jazz Lab Band and Research and Development Big Band each night. PLUS, terrific combo jazz from Jaztec on Friday night, and Momentum on Saturday! A huge variety of jazz ranging from classic and blues to contemporary, Latin, funk, fusion and exciting originals will be performed. A different show will be performed each night.

In celebration of Halloween, Saturday is dress-up night, so come in costume. It will be ghoulishly delicious!

Creating Out Loud

  • Nov 01, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Jan 03, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Gallery

Susanne Kilpela


A fully encompassing installation created spontaneously while in the actual gallery space by Michigan Technological University's own Susanne Kilpela. This exhibit will display a metamorphosis of 2 dimensional art to 3 dimensional and end with objects of clay made right in the gallery itself. It will question and celebrate the process of the creative mind.


Please join us for the opening reception on November 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The exhibit itself will be displayed in the Rozsa Art Gallery from November 1, 2010 through January 3, 2011.


The Process: A Discussion About Creativity with Susanne Kilpela
Susanne . . .

Ultimate Audiobook

  • Nov 12, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Nov 13, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Nov 18 – Nov 19, 2010 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Company

The Ultimate Audiobook is an "uber-sound experience" created by Michigan Tech's future sound designers and engineers. The performance will be conducted in workshop format, with the audience helping to provide sound elements and voices for a completely scored, surround-sound experience.

PillowAppropriate for all ages. Folks are encouraged to bring a pillow, though traditional seating is available.

There will be a matinee on Saturday, November 13.

American Voices Fall Gala Concert

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

Superior Wind Symphony

The Superior Wind Symphony will explore "American Voices," celebrating the music and sounds we associate with the United States. The diverse history of this country has provided a vast musical palette that is easily identifiable as the "American Sound." The concert will feature music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Florence Price. From vaudeville to New Orleans Dixieland jazz, this will be a concert to remember.

KSO Recital Series: The Spiritual and Transcendent

  • Nov 19, 2010 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents its second "Fall KSO Recital Series". The recital—entitled "The Spiritual and Transcendent"—features sublime and touching instrumental and vocal music performed by local student and community musicians. Come and enjoy inspiring chamber music that promises to invigorate your soul!

Portage Lake United Church is located across the street from Michigan Tech's Administration Building. The address is 1400 East Houghton Blvd., Houghton.

A suggested donation of $5 is accepted at the door.

Beethoven's Fifth

  • Dec 04, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" launches the holiday season. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra continues its 40th anniversary celebration by performing Beethoven's transcendent "Fifth Symphony," whose obsessive four-note motif is the most famous passage in all of music. The concert also features Enescu's gypsy-inspired "Romanian Rhapsody No. 1" and the emotional impressionism of Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess."

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra winter concert
WLUC TV6, December 1, 2010 | WATCH THE VIDEO

A Circle of Life

  • Dec 11, 2010 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Michigan Tech Concert Choir

Rounding out the fall semester is "A Circle of Life" by theMichigan Tech Concert ChoirDr. Jared Anderson, conductor; and Susie Byykkonen, piano. This concert will be a journey through many of the stages of the human existence, from birth and childhood, through love and family, to passing and renewal. The concert will feature the music of Stephen Paulus, John Rutter, Eric Whitacre and Mack Wilberg.

Jazz Club Cabaret

  • Jan 21 – Jan 22, 2011 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

JazTec, Momentum, Calumet Jazz Experience, and RealTime

The Jazz Club Cabaret presents hot jazz for a cool evening. The MTU jazz combos, Jaztec and Momentum will be playing both nights with the Calumet (HS) Jazz Experience joining them on Friday, the RealTime Jazz Band joining them on Saturday.

Jaztec specializes in mainstream and classic jazz with Mark Maguire on guitar, Ben Sheff on saxophone and clarinet, Jack Matheson on bass, and Sam Bredeson on drums. If funk . . .

VPA Music Faculty Recital

  • Jan 30, 2011 3:00 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Faculty of Visual and Performing Arts, Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech music faculty will be performing the music of Massenet, Scarlatti, Schubert and a few jazz standards.

This recital will feature Joel Neves, trumpet, and Lara Neves, soprano, performing Mio Tesoro per te moro by Alessandro Scarlatti, accompanied by Jared Anderson. Laura Neves will also perform Shepherd on the Rock by Franz Schubert with violinist, Libby Meyer. Mike Irish, professor of Jazz Studies, will perform a set of jazz standards, including one of his own compositions, Mick's Bone Blues. Also on the program will be Massenet's Mediation from Thais for violin and piano.

For more information, contact Libby Meyer.

Winter Carnival Concert

  • Feb 12, 2011 2:00 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 40th anniversary season with a concert of light classical favorites during Winter Carnival. These include selections from Beethoven's cosmic Fifth Symphony; Elgar's Enigma Variations; Ravel's impressionistic Pavane for a Dead Princess; and the gypsy-inspired folk music of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. A surprise piece will end the concert.

Winter Carnival Saturday: KSO makes Winter Carnival debut with pops concert
Michigan Tech Lode, February 10, 2011

Carnival at the Rozsa
Tech Today, February 8, 2011

Two Rooms

  • Feb 17 – Feb 19, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Feb 24 – Feb 26, 2011 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Company

The two rooms of the title are a windowless cubicle in Beirut where an American hostage is being held by Arab terrorists and a room in his home in the United States, which his wife has stripped of furniture so that, at least symbolically, she can share his ordeal. In fact the same room serves for both and is also the locale for imaginary conversations between the hostage and his wife, plus the . . .

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

  • Feb 19, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra

World-class Ukrainian violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv performs Tchaikovsky's electric Violin Concerto with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra. Copland's uniquely American Appalachian Spring Suite rounds off the KSO's 40th anniversary concert season. The Keweenaw Honors String Festival coincides with this performance, as school orchestras from throughout the Upper Peninsula come to Houghton for masterclasses with Ms. Ivakhiv. Don't miss the KSO's last concert performance of the year!

Mid-Winter Band Festival Concert

  • Feb 23, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce a very special Mid-Winter Band Festival Concert.Nicholas Enz, conductor of Michigan Technological University's 50-member wind ensemble, The Superior Wind Symphony, will treat the audience to an evening filled with folksongs, featuring guest conductor Dr. Evan Feldman, of the University of North Carolina.

According to Enz, "Wednesday night's concert draws from the folk music of many different countries…from H. Owen Reed's masterwork 'La Fiesta Mexicana,' to the music of Percy Grainger, with two of his most popular works, 'Irish Tune from County Derry,' . . .

NMU/MTU Jazz Concert

  • Mar 16, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

NMU Jazz Ensemble and Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band


Witness a smokin' jazz battle, as the Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band (under the direction of Mike Irish), and the NMU Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Mark Flaherty) meet for a powerhouse exchange concert.

Mike Irish Radio Interview
A.J. Coffey and Lisa Dunnebacke interview Mike next Sunday:
8AM Sunday, March 13 WCCY 1400AM 
9AM Sunday, March 13 WOLV 97.7FM

Jazz Band Battle at the Rozsa
Tech Today, March 8, 2011

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

  • Mar 26, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

R&D Big Band and Jazz Lab Band

Don Keranen (1942-2000) was one of the most talented musicians to ever be associated with the Copper Country. Born and raised in Baraga, Don received his academic music education at Northern Michigan University and graduate studies at the University of Oregon. He also accumulated an enormous breadth of experience, in all genres, as a composer/arranger, sax/flute performer, keyboardist, bassist and a marvelous vocalist. Though associated mostly with . . .

Northern Lights Film Festival

  • Mar 31 – Apr 02, 2011 12:00 AM
  • McArdle Theatre

The Seventh Annual Northern Lights Film Festival brings recent award-winning independent films to the campus and surrounding community.

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.

Thursday, March 31
7:00 pm Gasland
9:30 pm Zenith

Friday, April 1
5:00 pm In the Family
7:30 pm Erasing David
9:30 pm Heartless

Saturday, April 2
1:00 pm Student Academy Award Winners
2:30 pm Michigan Tech Student Films
4:00 pm Marwencol
7:30 pm Waste Land

Northern Lights Film Festival at McArdle Theatre
Tech Today, March 25, 2011

Reminder: Northern Lights Film Festival at McArdle Theatre
Tech . . .


  • Apr 02, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Michigan Tech Concert Choir

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir will perform its annual spring concert. The concert is entitled "Whimsy!", featuring a wide selection of choral music on light-hearted texts.

  • Comedy Tonight (Sondheim): "Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
  • Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard (Britten): Tells the story of a noblewoman and her lover...and what happens when the jealous husband does when he hears of their affair.
  • Women on the Plains (Parker): Set of Canadian folk-songs dealing with women on the plains. Titles are Old Grandma; Away, Far Down the River; and Punching the Dough.
  • O Schöne Nacht (Brahms): Evokative German part-song that tells of a young man sneaking to his lover under the light of the . . .

Spring Concert

  • Apr 10, 2011 2:00 PM
  • McArdle Theatre


Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band

The Campus Concert Band will begin the program with a set that includes "Cajun Folksongs" by Frank Ticheli. This work is a setting of two folksongs from southern Louisiana and was composed as a tribute to this culture. The Campus Concert Band will close with Julius Fucik's grand march, "The Florentiner."

Following the Concert Band, various chamber music ensembles, including the saxophone sextet and trombone quartet, will take the stage to showcase their small group talents.

The concert will conclude with the Superior Wind Symphony. The ensemble returned from . . .

South Pacific

  • Apr 14 – Apr 16, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Student Art & Design Show

  • Apr 18 – Apr 22, 2011 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Rozsa Center


Michigan Tech Students

The students of Mary Ann Beckwith and Susanne Kilpela as well as others will display the artwork they've produced in Visual & Performing Arts classes this year in the annual Student Show.

The reception on Monday, April 18, will feature purchase prize announcements for the first time. The exhibit runs for five days in the lobby and mezzanine areas of the Rozsa Center.

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