Category: Music

An Homage to Water

An Homage to WaterSymphony and Concert Band Present a Concert Inspired by Water!

Is water important in your life? This Friday, April 5, at 7:30 PM, The Michigan Tech Superior Wind Symphony and Campus Concert Band will present, “An Homage to Water,” at the Rozsa Center. The concert will be directed by Mike Christianson and the SWS will perform original works inspired by: oceans, ice, rain, rivers, glaciers, ships and sailors, by great composers such as George Friederich Handel, Clare Grundman, John Mackey, George Gershwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Robert Russell Bennett.

Tickets are $12.75 for adults, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, call 7-2073, go online at http://www.rozsa.mtu.edu , or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours, and will only open two hours prior to show times.

From Tech Today.

Superior Wind Symphony to welcome pianist Cameron Kardel, Campus Concert Band and Sax Quartet for final concert of the season.

On Friday, April 5, the MTU Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dr. Mike Christianson, will present their final concert of the season. The concert is entitled: “An Homage to Water”, and almost all of the music has been composed in tribute to water, and what happens in and around it. The Concert is at 7:30PM at the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts, Houghton, MI. The admission is $12.75 but is free for Tech students.

The program will consist of:

Campus Concert Band
William Latham: Brighton Beach
Clare Grundman: Fantasy on American Sailing Songs
Frank Ticheli: Shenandoah
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
John Mackey: Undertow

Sax Quartet
John Mackey: Strange Humors

Superior Wind Symphony
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Cameron Kardel, Piano solo
George Frederick Handel: Water Music Suite
Robert Russell Bennett: The S.S. Eagle March

Cameron Kardel is a senior Chemical Engineering major at Michigan Technological University.

The Superior Wind Symphony is the premier wind band at Michigan Technological University. It is an auditioned ensemble that performs multiple concerts and tours yearly.

Campus Concert Band is a non-auditioned ensemble that meets and performs in the spring.

The Saxophone Quartet is: Randall Bufanda, Matt Kiekinveld, Claire Allison, and Danielle Terry, with special guest Matthew Jones on percussion.

From Mike Christianson.


Free Concert With Cheap Therapy

Cheap TherapyCheap Therapy to play for “Customer Appreciation” in Rozsa Lobby Mar. 15

Come to the Rozsa for a free concert with Cheap Therapy this Friday night, during “Customer Appreciation” week at Michigan Tech. Cheap Therapy, a local band that plays a wide variety of classic rock tunes, will play from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15, in the Rozsa Lobby.

Cheap Therapy features Joel Tepsa on guitar and vocals, Mike Irish on bass, Denny McKaig on guitar and vocals, Paula McKaig on keyboard, accordion, vocals and trumpet, Dave Rulison on guitar and vocals, and Tom Collins on saxophone and vocals.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.


KSO and Wagner’s 200th Anniversary

WagnerKeweenaw Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Wagner’s 200th Anniversary

The most revolutionary and influential musician of his day, Wagner reinvented musical styles to the extreme, the capstone being his epic 17-hour opera, Ring of the Nibelung. Wagner’s penchant for incredibly long music, supersized orchestras, emotionally charged music drama, and dark themes, invariably changed music history.

Read more at Tech Today.

Celebrating Wagner’s 200th anniversary

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha.

KSO celebrates 200 years of Wagner

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Nick Blecha.


VPA Co-Sponsors Sibelius Lecture

Glenda GossJoin Sibelius Academy professor Glenda Goss, the Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year, for Kalevala Day lectures based on her extensive research on Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius. Lectures at 2 pm and 6 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Free and open to the public.

Hosted by: Finnish American Heritage Center
Finnish Theme Committee/ Finlandia Foundation Copper Country Chapter

With generous support from
Finlandia University’s Campus Enrichment Fund
Michigan Technological University Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Finlandia Foundation National
Anonymous Donor

Read more at the Finnish American Heritage Center Facebook Event.

Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year at Heritage Center Feb. 28

Finland experienced an unprecedented Golden Age of music and art late in the 19th century. Among the crowning achievements of this age were the compositions of Jean Sibelius, whose works served as a soundtrack to Finland’s growing sense of cultural independence. As the Finns enjoyed this flourishing of the arts, a political awakening resulted, while Finland was still an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire.

Read more at Keweenaw Now.


Superior Wind Symphony RE: Location

SWS LocationThis Friday, Feb, 22, at 7:30 p.m., Michigan Tech’s Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mike Christianson, will present a concert at the Rozsa Center titled, “RE: Location,” that will send listeners on a musical journey from New York City to the forests of the Upper Peninsula. Be swept away while sitting in your seat.

Tickets are $12.75 for adults, and free for Michigan Tech Students. To purchase tickets, call 487-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu , or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is closed during regular business hours and will only open two hours prior to show times.

From Tech Today.

Superior Wind Symphony Returns to the Rozsa

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Alex Saari.


Jazz Cabaret

Jazz Cabaret 2013Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa

See the Rozsa stage transformed into an intimate jazz-club atmosphere for the Jazz Cabaret: Backstage at the Rozsa. The Rozsa stage will become a jazz lounge with cocktail tables and cash bar, and of course hot jazz provided by two Michigan Tech jazz ensembles, Momentum and the Research and Development Big Band. Experience live jazz at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26.

Read more at Tech Today.

Cold nights, hot jazz

Read more at Michigan Tech Lode, by Alex Saari.

Jazzin’ it up at the Rozsa

“I’ve had people tell me it’s like a jazz buffet,” said Mike Irish, director of jazz studies at Michigan Technological University. “There’s really something for everyone and I like to give that wide variety.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Zach Kukkonen.


Support the Olsson Family on Dec. 21

Olsson Benefit“Ana’s Angels” Benefit and “Challenge Donation” Combine at the Rozsa Family Christmas Celebration

The goal is to get 1,000 people to the Rozsa Center next Friday, Dec. 21, in support of the Olsson family, for a very special community Christmas celebration and benefit.

The Youth Dance Program (YDP) and the Rozsa Center present a family holiday event and Ana Olsson Benefit.

Evening highlights include an original presentation of “The Night Before Christmas” by the students of the YDP along with select members of the Dance Team and Cheer Team, followed by a screening of the Walt Disney Studio’s 1983 film, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” in the Rozsa theater, and an Ana Olsson Benefit Bake Sale and Silent Auction in the Lobby, from 7 to 10 p.m. The dance and movie will begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $8.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


A Choral Mosaic

A Choral Mosaic“A CHORAL MOSAIC” AT THE ROZSA

The first half of the concert features conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers performing for the first time in the Rozsa Center. They will perform the music of Paul Hindemith as well as settings of folk tunes from Poland, Finland, and Estonia.

According to Jared Anderson, D.M.A., Michigan Tech.’s Director of Choral Activities, “This concert will be the first time that the newly formed group, conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers has performed in the Rozsa Theatre.”

Read more at ABC10, by Burns.

“A Choral Mosaic” at the Rozsa this Saturday

This will be a beautiful performance by the Tech Concert Choir and conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, performing a special concert that includes the repertoire that will be performed in May on tour to Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Former KSO Director Brings JOY to the Community

Joy PosterChristmas often brings families together, and father-son duo Milt and PJ Olsson have combined their varying musical talents to release a Christmas album, “Joy.”

Four years in the making, “Joy” unites the classical arrangements of Milt – the former Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra director – with the Grammy-nominated engineering and production skills of PJ. The result is a modern take on classic holiday favorites.

The album includes music sung by the Michigan Tech Concert Choir in 2006 with rhythm added to it.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Zach Kukkonen.

“Joy! Holiday Sounds with a Twist”

Read more at the Michigan Tech Lode, by Corey Saari.