Category: Music

17th Annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert Friday

Don Keranen49 years of great jazz and counting. Join Jazz Studies Program Director Mike Irish and the Michigan Tech Jazz ensembles for the 17th Annual Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

The R&D Big Band will perform “Little Sunflower” with the addition of interesting sound effects and a woodwind quintet. The Jazz Lab Band will feature vocalists Kattie Riutta and Kevin Rocheleau singing “Used To Rule The World” and “Diggin’ On James Brown,” respectively. The Jazz Lab Band will perform a classic composition from the library of the Buddy Rich Big Band entitled “Groovin’ Hard” written by Don Menza. In a more contemporary style, the R&D Band will funk-out on the Tower of Power classic “Soul Vaccination.”

In 2003, Jay Keranen developed an endowed award program in his father’s name. Two $500 amounts are awarded for Outstanding Jazz Musician and The Most Improved Jazz Musician. This year’s recipients will be announced during the evening’s concert.

Tickets for the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz 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, in person at the Central Ticket Office in the SDC or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note that the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Superior Wind Symphony Presents “Pageantry”

SWS PageantryPageantry” is an evening of music created for large celebrations! From the music of Charles Gounod and John Philip Sousa to John Mackey and Winton Marsalis, come listen to music designed to make you feel the grandness and the thrill of important occasions.

Never been to a Superior Wind Symphony concert? It is the only Michigan Tech music ensemble composed entirely of non-music majors: chemists, engineers, physics, even math majors, make up the band.

Come to the “Pageantry” concert this at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the McArdle Theatre, and enjoy the show.

Tickets for “Pageantry” 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, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the SDC or at the McArdle Theatre door the evening of the performance.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Music for a Sacred Space

Sacred SpaceJoin the choirs of Michigan Tech as they present a concert to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Music for a Sacred Space,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lake Linden.

The concert will feature the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience, the Michigan Tech Chamber Singers performing sacred choral music performed in its natural habitat, the local treasure that is the magnificent space of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The repertoire will range from “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes” by John Rutter, to “Unclouded Day” arranged by Shawn Kirchner. Free will donations in any amount are welcomed.

From Tech Today, by Visual and Performing Arts.


Keweenaw Listening Society Presents: From King Crimson to the Mars Volta, Prog Rock and Modern Studiocraft

Keweenaw Listening SocietyKeweenaw Listening Society is a semi-regular gathering centered around listening to and discussing some of the most interesting and important albums ever recorded. All Michigan Tech/VPA students, faculty, staff and their friends, families and their snacks are welcome to join us. Attendance is free, no RSVP needed.

Our next event is at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow (March 1, 2016) in Walker 210. We will be listening to legendary prog and hard rockers starting in the 70’s and progressing through to today. We will listen to the entirety of Tool’s “Aenima” and discuss its innovative production techniques.

Also join us at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in Walker 210 for an evening focused on Native Tongues Hip-hop and its evolution into backpack rap and other genres. We will listen to Digable Planets’ “Blowout Comb” in its entirety.

Finally this semester, join us at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 in Walker 210 for Detroit Techno, Krautrock and the Birth of EDM, where we will listen to Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express” in its entirety.

Events typically last between two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half hours and always include a range of listening and discussion, including at least one full album.

All are welcome to attend (though keep in mind, not all material presented will be suitable for young children — these are typically events featuring adult content). If you can only attend part of the time slot, you are still welcome to join us when you are able. More information can be found on Facebook.

From Tech Today, by Josh Loar, VPA.


A Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra “Celebration of Concertos”

KSO Celebration of ConcertosThe Rozsa Center is pleased to welcome the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in their Celebration of Concertos at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016.

What is a Concerto you ask? According to Wikipedia, a “concerto is a musical composition, a piece usually composed in three parts…, in which one solo musician… is accompanied by an orchestra…”

The eight talented winners of the KSO Concerto Competition join the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in an exciting evening of concertos by Prokofiev, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Offenbach, Puccini, Saint-Saens, Massenet, Kabalevsky and Mozart.

Tickets are on sale now, $19 for adults, $6 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Please note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Listen to conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers

St. Joseph Catholic ChurchThese performances are by conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, directed by Jared Anderson. They were recorded at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Linden, MI, in March 2015.

Josquin des Prez: Sanctus from Missa Hercules dux Ferrariae

https://soundcloud.com/jaredand/josquin-sanctus-from-missa-hercules-du-ferrariae

Agincourt Carol

https://soundcloud.com/jaredand/agincourt-carol

Edward Elgar: My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land

https://soundcloud.com/jaredand/edward-elgar-my-love-dwelt-in-a-northern-land


Superior Wind Symphony Concert Features Music About the Power and Science of the Outdoors

SWS Be Here NowDid you know that “Geodesy” is the science of measuring the earth in all of the ways that it is possible to do so? There is music that speaks to that study, to the sheer power of the outdoors, the world we live in. As the wind and snow howl outside, take a step back and spend an evening celebrating the music that power inspires.

Please join Superior Wind Symphony’s 45 musicians inside the warm Rozsa theatre for a concert about the beauty, the science, and the expanse of the outdoors in their concert “Be Here Now” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 20 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Joel Neves is a Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist

Joel Neves
Joel Neves

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning seeks input for its annual Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding contribution to the instructional mission of the University.

Based on more than 50,000 student rating of instruction responses, 11 finalists have been identified for the 2016 awards. The selection committee is soliciting comments from students, staff, faculty and alumni to aid in its deliberation process.

Among the finalists in the Associate Professor / Professor Category is Associate Professor Joel Neves.

Comments on the nominees are due by Friday, March 18, 2016, and can be completed online.

From Tech Today, by by Jackson Center For Teaching and Learning.


Jazz Night on the Town February 4, 2016

Jazz Night on the TownThe Mikes: both Irish & Christianson (Northern Standard Time) will be swinging it at the Orpheum as a fundraiser for Mu Beta Psi, the national music support fraternity!

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Orpheum, Hancock, MI
8-11PM

Jazz Night on the Town

Join the brothers of Mu Beta Psi for a benefit concert from 8 to 11 pm Thursday, February 4th in the Orpheum Theater in downtown Hancock.

The concert features jazz from Northern Standard Time and AstroSax and benefits the John Macinnes Student Scholarship. This scholarship honors applicants that have shown interest and participated in the musical organizations at Michigan Technological University.

Help support a great cause and listen to phenomenal jazz. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $7 for Students and Seniors.

From Tech Today, by Brothers of Mu Beta Psi.


Rozsa to present “Pete Seeger: The Storm King” Jan. 22, 2016

The Storm KingHOUGHTON — The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents “Pete Seeger: The Storm King” — an evening of live music, poetry and video with a look back at the great hero of 60s, his music, peace activism and the counterculture movement. This beautiful collection of recorded stories, narratives, and poems spoken by the late Pete Seeger and longtime protege, producer and drummer Jeff Haynes, is set to live, multi-genre music that enhances Seeger’s marvelous reminiscences. “Pete Seeger: The Storm King,” comes to the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.