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Tech Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale”

Winters TaleThe Tech Theatre Company presents “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare this week.

One of the Bard’s later plays, it is a comedy which also provides intense psychological drama. “The Winter’s Tale” follows the story of two kings, childhood friends Leontes and Polixenes. The plot involves jealous rages, seeming betrayals, accusations of infidelity and Leonte’s refusal to accept his wife’s child as his own. Eventually, love reunites the characters in the end and all are redeemed.

“The Winter’s Tale” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with a 2 p.m. Sunday Matinee at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for youth and Michigan Tech Students are free with the Experience Tech Fee.

From Tech Today, by VPA.

“The Winter’s Tale” Opens Tonight

The curtain will go up tonight for the Tech Theatre Company’s latest production, “The Winter’s Tale,” in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. tonigh (April 7, 2016)t, tomorrow (April 8) and Saturday (April 9) with a 2 p.m. Sunday (April 10) matinee.

Published in 1623, “The Winter’s Tale” is one of Shakespeare’s later plays. Considered a comedy, it is also sometimes labeled one of the Bard’s late romances.

Providing both intense psychological drama and comedy, “The Winter’s Tale” leaves audiences with a romantic and happy ending as it follows a story of two kings who are childhood friends. There are violent storms, an insistence to abandon a child and even 16 years pass before love reunites the characters in the end and all are redeemed.

According to Director Roger Held, “The dreary English days twixt November and March are invariably cold, dark and damp. While snowfall is light, the east wind blows very cold and the wind from the south and west brings chilly rain. During the English Renaissance, the lack of central heating encouraged early bed times under multiple covers. Not-sleepy-children may have prompted the development of traditional Winter Tales … stories most often set in the long ago and far away and were cautionary tales, warning against bad behavior. The romantic writers and the Grimm brothers are descendants of this folk tradition that Shakespeare borrowed for [this] play.”

General admission is $15, youth tickets (17 and under) are $6, and Michigan Tech student tickets are free with the Experience Tech fee.

To purchase tickets, call the Central Ticket Office 7-2073, go online or visit Ticketing Operations at the SDC.

Tickets will also be available at the Rozsa box office two hours before each show.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

Intergalactic Nemesis Saturday at Rozsa

Intergalactic NemesisThe Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents the “Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth – a live-action graphic novel” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016.

“Intergalactic Nemesis” is a hilarious all-ages science fiction adventure story set in 1933, and features three actors, a live sound effect artist, a piano and more than 1250 projected comic book panels in a retro radio-drama-extravaganza live on the Rozsa Center stage.

When “The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel” premiered, more than 2,100 people turned out. Shortly thereafter, it was featured on NPR and Conan O’Brien. Now, in its third touring season, the production has hit more than 80 venues around the U.S., U.K. and Canada, including a run at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway.

The story involves Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott facing the most serious threat Earth has ever known—an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

Tickets are on sale now, $20 for adults, $10 for youth. No charge for Michigan Tech students via the Experience Tech Fee. Advance reserved seating is now available. Tickets are available by phone at 7-2073, online, in person at the Central Ticketing Office in the Student Development Complex or at the Rozsa Box Office the evening of the performance. Note the Rozsa Box Office only opens two hours prior to performances.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Audio Creative Lab class is getting noisy with the cast of ‪#‎TheIntergalacticNemesis‬ this Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 10:30 AM in Walker 210. Join VPA students for a listen to their Audio Movie projects and then stay to meet the cast of Nemesis for a Q&A! Our students are ‪#‎crazysmart‬, and these Audio Movies are crazy cool!

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.

Student “Works in Progress” in Rosza Gallery

Come In We're OpenCome In, We’re Open.”

Student Works-in-Progress will be on display from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 and Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Rosza Gallery B.

Join students from many different disciplines for a gallery reception of their art works-in-progress. This is a great opportunity to see creative work in process, and to visit with student artists to discuss their ideas.

From Tech Today, by Lisa Gordillo, VPA.

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.

Arts and Ecology Lecture by Artist-Scholar Rachel Kauff

There will be an Arts and Ecology Lecture by Artist-Scholar Rachel Kauff titled “Past Use: Ecology and Art Objects” at 4 p.m. tomorrow, February 19 in Dow 641.

Kauff, Visiting Women and Minority Scholar, will give a free public lecture linking her artist practice and her ideas on ecology. “Past Use” will cover the artist’s trajectory of ecological art making and will include recent works that are inspired by American hand tools to describe the landscape and human relationships to the environment.

From Tech Today, by Lisa Johnson, VPA.

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

Agincourt Carol

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.