Category: Announcements

Rozsa Center Season Tickets Now on Sale

Rozsa Center TicketingThe Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts has announced a 2013-2014 season that includes 25 performances, ranging from Shakespeare’s Hamlet to the Tony-award-winning modern spinoff,Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; the Keweenaw Symphony and the Superior Wind Symphony;  a jazz cabaret, a Christmas concert, Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore. The lineup includes films, music, lectures, plays comedy and dance.

Season tickets are on sale now through Aug. 31. Two season ticket packages are available. A full season ticket package offers 30 percent off the single-ticket price of all 25 shows. A “pick 6” package is also available.

Read more at Michigan Tech News.

Josh Loar Named 2013 Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Professor of Practice Josh Loar (VPA) has been named 2013 Live Sound Engineer of the Year by the SAE Institute New York. The award recognized his work in engineering and designing large-scale live entertainment systems.

The SAE Institute was established as The School of Audio Engineering (SAE). It offers specialist vocational and higher education courses in creative media technologies worldwide.

From Tech Today.

Arts at Michigan Tech Season Ticket Sales Begin August 1

What happens when you combine the arts with science, technology, engineering and mathematics? In film, lecture, plays, music, art, dance, and even opera, Michigan Tech’s Arts 2013/2014 Season explores the possibilities. Season Ticket Packages go on sale to the public the first week of August, for a limited time only, until August 31. Single ticket sales begin September 1. New “Youth Pricing” is an added benefit this season: Prices will be less than half of regular ticket prices for young people 17 and under, from $5 to $8. Also new this year, Michigan Tech students will never pay more than $5 for any show in the Rozsa Center, and the Experience Tech fee continues to make entrance to all shows produced by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts free to Michigan Tech students and one guest!

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at Central Ticketing (SDC), at 7-2073, or go online at

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From Tech Today.

Pep Band at Cherry Royale Parade 2013

Pep Band Cherry Royale Parade 2013
Pep Band Cherry Royale Parade 2013

Northwest Michigan Chapter in Cherry Royale Parade

On Saturday, July 6, alumni and friends from the Northwest Michigan Alumni Chapter were joined by students from Advance Motor Sports, Concrete Canoe, the Michigan Tech Pep Band and Blizzard T. Husky and shared their Michigan Tech spirit in the Cherry Royale Parade in Traverse City.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter, Alumni Around the World.

Visit the Northwest Michigan Chapter – Michigan Tech Alumni Association on Facebook.

See photos of the 2013 Cherry Royale Parade on Facebook.

Rozsa Center 2013-14 Season

Rozsa CenterOver the years, the Rozsa Center has become known for the funny, dramatic or thoughtful performances, plays and musicals it puts on during its yearly season and the programming scheduled for its 2013-14 season will be no different.

“I’m always excited about all the seasons, but in particular I’m really excited about this coming season,” Rozsa Center Director Susanna Brent said. “We’re doing a lot of theater that’s close to my heart.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Scott Viau.

Huskies Pep Band at Bridgefest Parade 2013

Husky Pep Bridgfest 2013The Huskies Pep Band marched in the parade on Friday, June 21, for Bridgefest and FinnFest 2013.

Read more at Past-E-Mail.

Upper Peninsula Marketing Department, Inc., has shared images of the parade on Facebook.

The Huskies Pep Band is a Michigan Tech point of pride and one of the most lauded pep bands in the Midwest. Members enjoy an active schedule, performing at concerts, athletic events, parades, and special events. Open to all with band experience.

Contact Mike Christianson or visit the DAWGS page to learn more. Get involved with music in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Susanne Kilpela Exhibits for FinnFest 2013

Susanne KilpelaDuring FinnFest 2013, artist Susanne Kilpela will have work displayed at the Gallerie Boheme, 423 Fifth Street in Calumet. The exhibit will include drawings and porcelain sculpture. The artist reception is on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 7-9 pm.

Kilpela will be co-curating a group exhibition at the Rozsa Gallery. Five Contemporary Finnish-American Artists will exhibit paintings, bronze sculpture, paper and found object assemblages. The gallery reception is on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 5-7 pm.

Learn more about FinnFest 2013 and the event schedule.

Anne Beffel to Chair VPA

Ann Beffel
Ann Beffel

Bruce Seely, dean of Michigan Tech’s College of Sciences and Arts, announced the appointment of three new department chairs. On July 1, Anne Beffel will assume chairmanship of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Beffel is an artist who works in many forms and media, including the visual and performance arts. She replaces Roger Held, who is completing seven years as chair of VPA. Beffel joins Michigan Tech from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where she has taught since 2000. She defines herself as a “time artist,” which she says means that she is deeply interested in connecting art and social context in time, using all forms and media.

“Anne’s interests as an artist intersect with every area of expertise and emphasis within the department,” Seely said. “She seems an almost perfect fit to guide the department forward.”

All three new department chairs, Seely added, have had distinguished careers that demonstrate academic and administrative accomplishments and a commitment to education that promises success in their new roles. “I am deeply gratified at their willingness to take on one of the hardest roles in academic administration. But I am even more excited about the chance to work closely with these three energetic and enthusiastic new chairs,” the dean said. “I ask the campus community to help them feel welcome as they arrive in Houghton over the next month.”

Read more at Tech Today, by Bruce Seely.

Concert Choir Tour of Eastern Europe

Concert Choir in Croatia 2013The former area of Yugoslavia conjures up images of war and civil unrest for many people, but for some members of the Michigan Tech Concert Choir, the Eastern European region is where many great memories were recently made.

“It was a lot of preparation, a lot of logistical and administrative kinds of things we had to prepare for, but the tour was very successful from beginning to end,” said Jared Anderson, third-year director of the choir. “… There were remnants of communism in some ways, but you could also see some countries really flourishing.”

The choir, previously under the leadership of Milton Olsson, has taken trips to Mexico City, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Brazil and China, and Anderson said the group will likely travel again in three to four years.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Stephen Anderson.