2013-14 Events

KSO Color of Sound

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: The Color of Sound

  • Oct 12, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra launches its 43rd season celebrating composers who luxuriate in colorful palettes of sound.  Experience the music of Berlioz, Mahler, and Dvorak, pioneers of Romantic orchestration: the art of imagining orchestral instruments as purveyors of color and feeling.  Cellist Nathan Jasinski also joins the KSO as featured guest artist for the 3rd Annual Keweenaw Honors String Festival in a performance of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

Color of Sound Review
Michigan Tech Lode, October 21, 2013

KSO presents "The Color of Sound"
Michigan Tech Lode, . . .

2000 Years of Pep

2000 Years of Pep!

  • Oct 16, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Huskies Pep Band with Special Guest Pep Band Historian and Conductor Jean Peptise Lully

The Huskies Pep Band will traverse the history of Pep music from the very beginning to just a few minutes ago.

Mr. P-Lully will return from the beyond to guide the Huskies Pep Band through the very first tour of ALL of Pep Music history from a comprehensive academic perspective. We mean it! The greatest Pep tunes by both The Who  and . . .

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs

  • Oct 17 – Oct 19, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Oct 24 – Oct 26, 2013 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Presents Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon

Brighton Beach Memoirs is a witty, yet poignant recollection of growing up during the Depression. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play features a 15 year old Eugene Jerome, and aspiring writer coming of age in a loving, yet crowded home in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937.  Eugene struggles with his desire to hold onto childhood dreams (like pitching for the New York Yankees), while trying to understand puberty as . . .

KSO The Four Seasons

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Fall Recital Series

  • Oct 18, 2013 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a free Fall Music Recital. This recital's theme—The Four Seasons—invites beautiful and compelling vocal and instrumental music, including performances by woodwind quintet, guitar solo, vocal solo, viola quintet, and flute solo.

There is no ticket price for the recital, but a $5 donation toward the KSO and PLUC is accepted at the door. There a nice reception after the performance.

Northern Lights Film Festival

Northern Lights Film Festival

  • Oct 25 – Oct 27, 2013 12:00 AM
  • Rozsa Center

The 9th Annual Northern Lights Film Festival will be held October 25, 26 and 27 at the Rozsa Center on the Michigan Tech Campus. This year’s festival brings recent award-winning independent films and filmmakers to the campus and surrounding community.

The Northern Lights Film Festival is sponsored by the departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team and MTU Film Board. Special thanks to Susanna Brent, Gary Brown and the Rosza staff for their generous . . .

Jazz Showcase Backstage at the Rozsa

Jazz Showcase: Backstage at the Rozsa

  • Nov 01 – Nov 02, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Big Band Jazz “Up Close and “Personal” in an innovative jazz club setting.  Join the MTU Jazz Lab Band and Research & Development Big Band, both under the direction of Mike Irish, for 2 great evenings of a wide variety of jazz.

Jazz Showcase: From Duke Ellington to Steely Dan
Tech Today, October 25, 2013

SWS 1913 Revisited

Superior Wind Symphony: 1913 Revisited

  • Nov 09, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Calumet Theatre

The Superior Wind Symphony presents a program of wind music that a) existed in the world in 1913 and might have been heard in the US or UP, such as John Philip Sousa and James Reese Europe, b) existed in the greater world in 1913, such as Jean Sibelius, Gustav Mahler and Gustav Holst, and c) that evolved later out of ideas that took hold in 1913, such as Astor . . .

Bernie Krause

The Great Animal Orchestra

  • Nov 12, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

Bernie Krause

The Rozsa Center presents an evening with author/naturalist/soundscape expert Dr. Bernie Krause.

What is soundscape ecology? It is the “Great Animal Orchestra,” the sounds of wild places that have been the focus of Bernie Krause’s research for decades.

Admission is Free.

This event is sponsored by the Mark Eugene Howard Endowment and in collaboration with the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Wild Sanctuary with Dr. Bernie Krause
. . .

Unsung Songs

Unsung Songs of the Southern Nightingale

  • Nov 14 – Nov 16, 2013 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Presents Unsung Songs of the Southern Nightingale, One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams

Tenn’s songs of the south rang clear as a Nightingale’s melody, carrying his autobiographical depictions of a duplicitous southern culture to the ears of a worldwide audience. His tunes are at once both plaintive and beautiful. These lesser-known plays are our fall adventure!

Tickets will also be sold at the door at McArdle Theatre.

Unsung songs worth hearing
Michigan Tech Lode, November 19, 2013

One-act plays by Tennessee Williams
Mining Gazette, November 14, 2013

KSO Once Upon a Time

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Fall Recital Series

  • Nov 21, 2013 7:00 PM
  • Portage Lake United Church

Once Upon a Time

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra presents a free Fall Music Recital. This recital's theme—Once Upon a Time—invites beautiful and compelling vocal and instrumental music, including performances of fiddle music, opera, classical guitar, piano and flute solos, and piano trio.

There is no ticket price for the recital, but a $5 donation toward the KSO and PLUC is accepted at the door. There a nice reception after the performance.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to Perform "Once Upon a Time" at Local Church
Tech Today, November 19, 2013

KSO Lincoln

KSO: 1863-2013: Lincoln and Gettysburg

  • Dec 07, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address, both seminal moments during the mid-point of the Civil War.  The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra honors these historic events with music inspired by Lincoln, Gettysburg, the Proclamation, and the Civil War, including the first major symphony written by an African-American composer.  President Glenn Mroz joins the KSO as narrator of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait to conclude this commemorative concert.

KSO: Remembering . . .

Choir Winter Solstice

At Winter Solstice

  • Dec 14, 2013 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers Present At Winter Solstice

The choirs of Michigan Tech join to present choral music to celebrate winter in the northland.  Selections from Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Israel and the United States reflect on snow and the season of Christmas.

Jazz Cabaret Backstage

Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa

  • Jan 24 – Jan 25, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Small group jazz takes the stage for 2 evenings of dynamic music featuring Jaztec and Momentum with special guests.  The Rozsa captures the atmosphere and vibe of a "New York club" with the unique jazz club of the "Backstage". Jazz, Funk, Swing, Latin – you name it, we’ve got it!

Backstage jazz review
Michigan Tech Lode, January 28, 2014

Experience two nights of jazz at the Rozsa Center
Mining Gazette, January 23, 2014

Jazz Cabaret: Three Bands and Two Nights of "Backstage Jazz"
Tech Today, January 20, 2014

Rose and the Rime

Rose and the Rime

  • Feb 06 – Feb 08, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Feb 13 – Feb 15, 2014 7:30 PM
  • McArdle Theatre

Tech Theatre Presents Rose and the Rime

Rose and the Rime is a spectacular modern fairy tale of courage and hope in the face of adversity and fear.  The fable features Rose, a very special girl who embarks on an adventure to save her town, Radio Falls, Michigan, from perpetual winter. The play includes dance, and original music composed by students. For younger audiences (5 and under) the Saturday performances include a backstage tour with the cast . . .

KSO Eroica

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

  • Feb 22, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Beethoven becomes deaf.  It makes him angry.  He turns suicidal.  Then he writes his “Eroica” Symphony.  You don’t want to make Beethoven mad.

Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony
Michigan Tech Lode, February 25, 2014

KSO Performs Beethoven's "Eroica Symphony" Saturday
Tech Today, February 19, 2014

Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico: Penwald Drawings/CARBON

  • Feb 28, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:30 pm
  • Mar 19, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:30 pm
  • Finlandia University Gallery

Tony Orrico will present work from his Penwald Drawings and CARBON Series.

February 27 to March 19

Penwald Drawings are a series of bilateral drawings in which Orrico explores the use of his body as a tool of measurement to inscribe geometries through movement. In the CARBON series, body, graphite, plane, time and space combine to become powerful reflections on life cycles, energetic flows and complementary opposites. His repetitious movements, often leading to exhaustion, become . . .

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The Great Lakes Showcase

  • Feb 28, 2014 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 03 – Mar 07, 2014 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 10 – Mar 14, 2014 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 17 – Mar 21, 2014 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Mar 24 – Mar 28, 2014 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.

Free and Open to the Public

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

Opening Reception

This year the reception will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Rozsa Center.

PLUS

"What Does Art Do For You And Why?"
With Kathy Carlton Johnson, . . .

SWS Flights of Fantasy

Superior Wind Symphony: Flights of Fantasy

  • Mar 01, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony’s “Flights of Fantasy” presents a mixture of the musical form “fantasia” through history (such as Alec Wilder and Antonio de Cabezon) combined with music inspired by fiction (David del Tredici and Percy Grainger). Eponine Zenker will be featured piano soloist on Wilder’s "Fantasy for Piano and Wind Ensemble.”  The SWS will welcome guest conductor Dr. William L. Berz from Rutgers for this performance.

Putting the "Superior" back into Superior Wind Symphony
Michigan Tech Lode, March 4, 2014

Escape with the . . .

Sadashi Inuzuka

Guest Artist Sadashi Inuzuka

  • Mar 18, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 pm
  • U. J. Noblet Forestry Bldg G002

Art and the Environment

Sadashi Inuzuka

Sadashi Inuzuka’s transcendent ceramic art is celebrated for exploring the overlap between the natural world, science and society. Over the past 20 years, Inuzuka has exhibited his work to national and international audiences.

After having been deemed legally blind, Inuzuka was discouraged from pursuing a career in the arts, but he used his visual impairment as a motivation to reach out to other disabled individuals and to help develop their own artistic . . .

Waters Edge

World Water Day Exhibition: Water's Edge

  • Mar 20, 2014 8:00 AM – April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
  • Great Lakes Research Center

March 20 to April 23

An art exhibit in Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) is part of the 2014 World Water Day events on campus.

The Water’s Edge Art Exhibition celebrates artists Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki and Bonnie Peterson. The artists use paintings, prints and textiles.

Free and Open to the Public

Koskenmaki and Peterson will attend a "meet the artists" event from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Great Lakes Research Center.

Arntson’s . . .

Don Keranen

Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert

  • Mar 28, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

2014 marks the 47th year of great jazz at MTU! In honor of the groundbreaking work done by the late Don Keranen, the MTU Jazz Lab Band, Research and Development Big Band, and special guests honor this legacy in a celebratory concert. Join Director of Jazz Studies, Mike Irish and all of the MTU Jazz performers for this memorable evening of jazz!

A Beautiful Memorial
Michigan Tech Lode, April 1, 2014

Michigan Tech Jazz Studies to present 14th Annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Night . . .

Ballet and Opera

Night at the Ballet and Opera

  • Apr 11 – Apr 12, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and Tech Theatre Present Night at the Ballet and Opera

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Tech Theatre, and Keweenaw-area dancers collaborate on two riveting nights of ballet and opera.  The KSO provides live orchestral music for Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Swan Lake—one of the most virtuosic of ballets—danced by high school, Tech, community, and professional dancers.  On the same evening, KSO and Tech Theatre present Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera specifically composed for . . .

Student Art and Design Show

Student Art and Design Show

  • Apr 14 – Apr 18, 2014 8:00 AM – 8:00 pm
  • Apr 21 – Apr 25, 2014 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 14, 2014, at 5:00 pm.

Free and Open to the Public

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams

  • Apr 15, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Called "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world who will bring his talent and vision to Michigan Tech as a part of the “Ecology and Art Lecture Series” at the Rozsa. Adams composes for orchestra, chamber ensembles, percussion and electronic media, and his music is . . .

Musical Offerings

Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band: Musical Offerings

  • Apr 19, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band combine to present: "Musical Offerings." This program will feature a good helping of music from J.S. Bach, particularly from his epic, late work, "A Musical Offering." The rest of the program will be wind music selections from great Musicals such as: Leonard Berstein's "On The Town," and Kurt Weill’s "Threepenny Opera."

Sing Me to Heaven

Sing Me to Heaven: A Celebration of Sacred Choral Music

  • Apr 26, 2014 7:30 PM
  • Rozsa Center

Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers Present Sing Me to Heaven: A Celebration of Sacred Choral Music

The choirs of Michigan Tech combine to present an evening of sacred music from varied religious traditions.  Selections will include music from England, Germany, Canada, Africa and the United States.