Fourth Keweenaw String Festival Presents “Violapalooza”


What is a Violapalooza? Lollapalooza with violas? Come to the 4th Keweenaw String Festival starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the Rozsa Center and find out.

Picture a host of young Kurt Cobains, playing classical music instead of Nirvana. We’ll have stars of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, special guests, along with emerging, talented violists of the Keweenaw—all on stage at the Rozsa.

For more information, see the Michigan Tech event page.

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Choirs, Wind Symphony and Jazz, Oh My

A Musical Sampler
A Musical Sampler

A Musical Sampler will whet your eclectic musical taste buds! Ever wonder what the choirs at Michigan Tech sound like? Want to mash up an evening of Jazz and Wind Symphony? This Saturday night at the Rozsa, you have your chance to sample a bit of each all in one evening.

Michigan Tech’s department of visual and performing arts presents “A Musical Sampler, a celebration of music at Michigan Tech.”

The concert will feature the Jazz Lab Band, the Superior Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, conScience and the jazz ensemble AstroSax. The show will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the Musical Sampler concert are on sale now, $13 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online at, or in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex.

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“PROJECT ICE,” A Film By William Kleinert

Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center, in collaboration with The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, The Provost’s Office and The Great Lakes Research Center present the film “PROJECT: ICE” by Director and Executive Producer William Kleinert. Kleinart will join Emeritus Professor of Geophysics Henry Pollack (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues and Al Gore) and Guy Meadows, director of the Great Lakes Research Center and Robbins professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering, in a panel discussion of the film and the ongoing World Without Ice multimedia installation, immediately following the screening in the Rozsa Center.

The film will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Rozsa Center. The movie and panel discussion are free, tickets are not required.

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Nobel Laureate Henry Pollack Presents A World Without Ice Lecture and Multimedia Installation

A World Without IceRozsa Center in collaboration with The Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the Provost’s Office and the Great Lakes Research Center present Henry Pollack’s lecture and multimedia installation A World Without Ice. The lecture will take place, at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free, but due to limited seating reserved tickets are required.

The multimedia installation will take place in the McArdle Theatre, on the second floor of the Walker Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Sept. 25 through Sept. 29. The installation is free and open to the public, tickets are not required.

A variety of additional lectures, classes and campus forums will also take place as a part of this event, including a panel lecture and discussion at the Forestry Friday Forum in the Forestry Building, 3–5 p.m on Sept. 25th.

To reserve tickets or find out more, visit the Rosza Visual and Performing Arts.

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Henry Pollack to present “A World Without Ice” lecture, multimedia installation, film at Michigan Tech

Emeritus Professor of Geophysics Henry Pollack — co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) colleagues and Al Gore — musicians and composers Michael Gould and Steven Rush, and multimedia artist Marion Traenkle, have collaborated to create a multimedia exhibit that captures our planet’s precarious moment in global warming.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

The Rozsa Gallery Transformed: Project Learning Lab Introduces Two New Art Spaces

Rozsa GalleryMichigan Tech’s Rozsa Center and The Department of Visual and Performing Arts announces Project Learning Lab, an innovative arts classroom for Michigan Tech students and the community. Project Learning Lab turns the Rozsa Gallery into two spaces: A professional gallery, A-Space, which presents its first professional exhibition from Sept. 25 – Nov. 14, Senses of Land; and gallery b: An active learning classroom, gallery b, is a cutting-edge Visual Arts experiment that takes place within the Rozsa gallery. There will be an opening reception and gallery discussion in A-Space for Senses of Land from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on October 10. Project Learning Lab is open M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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41 North Film Festival Brings Jimmy Chin and his Award-winning Documentary to Tech

MeruThe 41 North Film Festival returns to Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 23-25, bringing critically-acclaimed independent films that are currently in festivals or theaters around the country and the world, along with guest filmmakers. All events are free and open to the public.

This year, the festival will feature filmmaker/photographer/climber/athlete Jimmy Chin, whose new documentary Meru tells a compelling story about risk, determination and friendship as it follows the efforts of three internationally famous climbers (Chin among them) to reach the Shark’s Fin summit of Mount Meru in the Himalayas.

The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23. Chin will speak after the film, answering questions and meeting with students. He is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured regularly in National Geographic. Meru won the 2015 Sundance Audience Award.

At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, director and journalist Nick Berardini will be here with his new documentary about the Taser Corporation, Killing Us Safely. It is a timely story about the ethics of engineering and marketing, as well as the relationship of the police to the public as mediated through these tools.

Among the other films screening during the weekend are Drone, The Wanted 18, King Georges and Here Come the Videofreex.

The festival will also feature an exhibition of virtual reality documentary that employs Oculus Rift virtual reality technology. Projects featured include Ferguson Firsthand, which uses a virtual reality environment to invite the audience into the scene in Feguson, Missouri, where they can encounter people and objects that tell the story and Herders, which provides an immersive cinematic look into the lives of Mongolian yak herders.

By bringing compelling stories about the world and today’s important issues to campus—along with filmmakers whose research and artistry tell those stories—the 41 North Film Festival offers the community an opportunity to think more deeply about complex questions around science, engineering, industry, politics, history and the human condition.

Festival sponsors include the Michigan Tech Departments of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series at the Rozsa Center, Student Affairs and Advancement, the College of Sciences and Arts, University Marketing and Communication, Institutional Diversity, the Departments of Social Sciences and Computer Science and the Indigenous Issues Discussion Group.

The festival website with the full schedule and program will be online soon at For more information about the festival and its events, contact Erin Smith at

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Donovan.

Lisa Johnson Presents at Poetry Festival in Guatemala

Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson (VPA) presented poems from her collection, “Addition and Subtraction,” in July at the Second International Poetry Festival of Aguacat’n in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The Aguacat’n International Poetry Festival was initiated by the Macondo Literary Group of Guatemala and is supported by the Editorial Ediciones Caffeine and Converged Voice Literary Magazine. Poets from Mexico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Germany and the US presented their work during the three-day event.

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Mike Irish Interviewed by Just Jazz Guitar

Mike Irish - Just Jazz GuitarMike Irish (VPA) was interviewed for Just Jazz Guitar magazine. You can watch the interview on two supplemental videos online.

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Video 1: Five Sax Arrangement of “Round Midnight” (An adaption of a Robert Conti solo guitar arrangement)

Arrangement by Mike Irish. Musicians: Rebecca Prich, Tonina Clements, Ben Sheff, Jake Reid, Nick Black

Video 2: Some Like It Cool – A Film About Mike Irish

A film by: Paul Kirby, Erik Doering, Peter Falk, Kevin Gray. Thanks to: Brittany Vanderwall, Kyle Frazier, Mike Christianson, Libby Meyer, Bob Hiltunen, Steve Jones, Orpheum Theater, Rozsa Theater. A special thanks to: Mike Irish, Erin Smith

Just Jazz Guitar Online features the greatest players, educators and writers in the field of jazz.

Music on the Menu: Irish Fiddlers at PLDL

Libby Meyer
Libby Meyer

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring their lunch and enjoy “Music on the Menu,” an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library tomorrow.

Libby Meyer (VPA) will be joined by Copper Country Suzuki Association fiddlers from noon to 1 p.m. They will perform traditional Irish jigs, hornpipes and reels. The audience is welcome to dance.

Everyone is invited to bring their lunch and relax while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held inside the library.

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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Rozsa’s 2015/16 Season

Pep BandThe Rozsa Center and Visual and Performing Arts 2015/16 season presents a little something for everyone. The season includes more than 39 events, encompassing film, lectures, music, art gallery exhibitions, dance and more. From Shakespeare and ballet, to comedy and jazz, Rozsa shows will entertain all tastes and ages. The season even includes an opportunity for local young dancers to perform alongside professional ballet dancers in The Nutcracker.

Flexible discount season ticket packages are on sale Aug. 1 to 31with single tickets going on sale Sept. 1. For more information visit the Rozsa Center website or contact Bethany Jones at

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