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2016/17 Arts Season

Full Season Schedule

Season Ticket Packages on sale August 1.
Single tickets  and Discount Pricing  on sale September 1.

Please call Ticketing Operations at (906) 487-2073 for tickets!


Rozsa Center Presenting Series


  Saturday, September 17   $10.00/$5.00/ETF
BreakSk8 has amazed audiences around the globe with their unique style of entertainment on wheels. Never before has roller skating and break dancing been combined in such an acrobatic, athletic, artistic and precise display of talent. BreakSk8 appeared on MTV's "America's Best Dance Screw," and performed with Mariah Carey as the headline act of the 2008 Teen Choice Awards. The group also appeared on "America's Got Talent" in 2009.


Helsinki Chamber Choir: State of the Union   Sunday, October 2  $16.00/$6.00/ETF/Family Pack
State of the Union (SOTU), is a 40-minute operatic work for twelve voices and will be performed by the
Helsinki Chamber Choir, the leading vocal group from Finland and one of the most notable contemporary choirs in all of Europe. 


Derek Thompson, Senior Editor of The Atlantic    Wednesday, October 5  Free
Derek Thompson is a senior editor for The Atlantic magazine and the author of its 2015 cover story “A World Without Work” about the future of technology and employment. He also writes the business column for the magazine and contributes to the website on issues ranging from behavioral psychology to the economics of entertainment. Thompson is a weekly contributor to “Here and Now,” the national afternoon news show on NPR, and he appears regularly on CBS and MSNBC. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has appeared on numerous lists, including Folio’s 15 Under 30 in Media. Thompson is currently working on his first book about the science of hits in pop culture.


Aquila Theatre in Murder on the Nile  
  Thursday, October 27  $22.00/$10.00/ETF/Family Pack
Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature- Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila’s clever signature style. Murder on the Nile, Christie's own staging of her novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the Nile River in 1940’s Eygpt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. A spurned lover, a protective uncle, a troubled German Doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. 

Romeo & Juliet and Carmen   Tuesday, January 24  $28.00/$10.00/ETF/Family Pack/Ballet Package
The first night of Russian National Ballet Theatre is a one-act story of Romeo & Juliet, the ballet of quintissential star crossed lovers; and in the second act: A ballet based on the story of Carmen, a passionate, free-spirited woman caught in a love triangle between Don José and a bullfighter. 
Giselle  Wednesday, January 25  $28.00/$10.00/ETF/Family Pack/Ballet Package
The second evening of Russian National Ballet Theatre presents the full-length, tragic ballet Giselle,  a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. 


Tout a Trac Presents Alice in Wonderland
   Saturday, February 18 $16.00/$6.00/ETF/Family Pack
Faithful to the madness and the lively humour of the original piece, this revisitation of the famous Lewis Caroll’s classic tale has a unique twist: The setting is no longer a garden but a library full of pop-up books! Each book is then a discovery and a door to the next adventure.

Rozsa - Cirque Mechanics article

Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk    Saturday, April 22  $22.00/$10.00/ETF/Family Pack
Cirque Mechanics, Pedal Punk is a Steampunk inspired perforrmance where the audience can experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and he repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines and inspires the cyclist in all of us to become a Pedal Punk. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is exposed in a magnificent way in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called ‘exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.’


Visual and Performing Arts - Film

41 North Film Festival * Thursday - Sunday, November 3-6
*film titles, times tbd 
The 41 North Film Festival showcases award-winning independent films and filmmakers from around the world.

Visual and Performing Arts - Music

Old-Fashioned Twilight Concert    Sunday, September 18  Free
A band era style outdoor concert with familiar themes, soloists and Sousa.


Music-o-Rama: Lowther 50th Anniversary Concert    Saturday, October 1  $13.00/$5.00/ETF
This concert is sponsored by John and Biruta Lowther in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The concert will feature performances by conScience, Superior Wind Symphony, and Jazz Lab Band. Other student participants (composers/designers) with be determined.


Michigan Tech Honors Choir Festival Concert featuring Dr. Jerry Blackstone     Saturday, October 8  $19.00 /$6.00/ETF
The Michigan Tech Concert Choir and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra welcome singers from Northern Michigan University and Upper Peninsula High Schools to perform Ēriks Ešenvalds' Whispers on the Prairie Wind, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Michigan. The KSO will also premiere a work by faculty composer, Elizabeth Meyer.

Almost Golden    Thursday, October 13  $13.00/$5.00/ETF
This is the year BEFORE the Golden Anniversary of bestriped, scrambled pep at MTU......

Backstage Jazz     Friday - Saturday,  October 21 - 22   $13.00/$5.00/ETF
The 2016-17 season Celebrates "50 Great Years of Jazz @ MTU". To kickoff the season, join us in Club Rozsa featuring the Jazz Lab Band and the Research & Development Big Band. The stage of the Rozsa is transformed in to an historic jazz club with vintage atmosphere. The concerts are a "Jazz Buffet" with something for everyone - swing, funk, blues, Latin, fusion and originals.

Creators Among Us    Saturday, November 12   $13.00/$5.00/ETF
"Creators Among Us"- all music by living women: Libby Meyer, Elena Ruehr (Houghton native), Jennifer Higdon (Pulitzer Prize winner), Alex Shapiro (who will skype interact), Kathryn Salfelder and Julie Giroux.

Handel’s Messiah    Saturday, December 10  $19.00/$6.00/ETF/Family Pack
The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, ConScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, and Michigan Tech Concert Choir combine for a performance of George Frederick Handel's beloved oratorio, Messiah.

Backstage Jazz   Friday- Saturday, January 27- 28   $13.00/$5.00 /ETF
Continuing our 50 Years Of Jazz @MTU celebration, we feature the terrific jazz combos at MTU. Jaztec, Momentum, and more bring to life the great sounds from throughout the years. Hot and steamy to cool and mellow. Join us in Club Rozsa (Backstage @ The Rozsa) and enjoy the intimate atmosphere reminiscent of the birthplace of jazz.

Michigan Music
 Friday, February 3   $13.00/$5.00/ETF
The Superior Wind Symphony performs music by composers and artists who are from Michigan.


The Greatest Movie and Video Game Music
 Saturday, February 11   $19.00/$6.00/ETF
The KSO partners with Winter Carnival in a pops concert featuring movie music (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc.) and video game tunes (Call of Duty, Zelda, Super Mario, etc.).


Music for a Sacred Space
 Sunday, March 19 Good Will Donation
The choirs of Michigan Tech combine to perform a concert of sacred music. This concert will benefit a local charity and will be held at a church still TBD. The location will be confirmed by April 1.


Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert
 Saturday, March 25  $22.00/$6.00/ETF
Michigan Tech was one of the pioneering Jazz Ensemble programs in the Midwest. The late Associate Professor Don Keranen was a visionary educator that not only added jazz to the fines arts curriculum but also developed the Huskies Pep Band by putting them in stripes and giving them the scramble band format. This concert will feature the resident Research & Development Big Band, the Jazz Lab Band, and the fantastic, audience favorite the MTU Alumni Jazz Lab Band. Music will highlight the great repertoire from the last 50 years of Jazz at MTU. Guest artists will also perform.

Orchid Ensemble and conScience
 Saturday, April 1  $22.00/$6.00/ETF/Family Pack
The Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble (erhu, zheng, and percussion) will present a concert of contemporary and traditional Chinese music. conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers will join the ensemble for the second half of the concert for performances of music for traditional Chinese instruments and chorus.

En Fuego!
 Thursday, April 20   $13.00/$5.00/ETF
The bands of Michigan Tech peform music with heat and warmth.

Bon Voyage:  South Africa!  Friday, April 21  $13.00/$5.00/ETF
The Michigan Tech Concert Choir presents a concert of music prepared for its international concert tour to South Africa in May 2017.

Visual and Performing Arts - Theatre

Silent Sky  Thursday - Saturday, October 13 – 15 & 20 - 22  $13.00/$5.00/ETF
Silent Sky tells the story of astronmer Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Raised in a loving but strick family setting, made deaf in her early 20's by an illness, and relegated to serving as a "computer" for her male colleagues, she persevered in her quest to understand variable stars and changed how we see the universe. Her career and personal struggles for acceptance are capture in this new play be Lauren Gundeson. The play won the Sloan Foundation science writing prize.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui    Thursday - Saturday, November 10 - 12  $13.00/$5.00/ETF
A dark comedy of political satire by Bertolt Brecht, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui compares the rise of a Chicago gangster to the rise of politicos of his time and ours. At so many steps along the way, Arturo’s rise could have be arrested but for various forces pursing self interests or looking the another way. Bertolt Brecht was one of the 20th centuries most astute political dramatists, the contemporary translation from the German by Jennifer West enlivens the dialog with her modern vision. Truly a power piece of theatre.

Sexual Perversity in Chicago  Thursday – Saturday,  February 16- 18 & 23 – 25   $13.00/$5.00/ETF
The Obie awarding winning, Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet explores the nature of sexual relationships, there awkwardness, unreasonable nature, and how humans stubbornly cling to them in spite of the heartache they visit upon our species. At times a zany ridiculous romp, the play piles laugh upon laugh in this irreverent comedy only to surprise us when the bottom falls through plunging characters into the disappointment of relationships gone sour at the cost of friendship. First produced in 1974, the play continues to speak to generations of young adults in the unyielding clutches of sexual inelegance.


West Side Story
 Thursday - Saturday, April 13 - 15  $19.00/$6.00/ETF/Family Pack
West Side Story changed the very nature of American Muscial Theatre. With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, the play was grounded in a distinctively modern sound with a passionately poetic statement of desires beyond love and passed loneliness to a special place. A place where everyone can grow beyond the confines of hate and poverty, a safe and beautiful place, a place for us.

Visual and Performing Arts - Visual Art

Flats and Rounds
  Rozsa Gallery A-Space Reception Friday, September 30 5:00 PM Free
Rozsa A-Space Gallery’s first exhibit of the season features artists Sarah Hewitt (NY) and Kathleen McCloud (NM). Hewitt and McCloud explore single and multi-dimensional space, gender mythology, and cultural storytelling in this exhibit.

Come In, We’re Open
Tuesday - Saturday,  Nov. 1 - 5  Rozsa Gallery - gallery b  Receptions on Th & F 5:00 - 6:30 PM  Free
A mid-semester showcase of student works or art in-progress in Rozsa gallery b. The exhibit features work by students participating in Project Learning Lab, VPA’s alternative arts classroom.


Open Studio
 Thursday, November 10  Wadsworth G04W 7:00 - 8:30 PM Free
The Studio for Now is a space for studio work by Professor Anne Beffel. It also serves as a place for creative community members to meet, share work, and discuss ideas. This evening will be an open house during which you are free to wander The Studio for Now and experience some of the projects and thinking that evolves in the space.

This is Always Finished: Learning Lab Reception
Friday, December 2  Rozsa Gallery - gallery b  5:00 PM  Free
Works of art are always (and never!) finished. This end-of-semester installation will showcase art developed by students participating in Project Learning Lab, VPA’s alternative arts classroom.

ChickenBus   Saturday, February 25  Rozsa Gallery A-Space 5:30 - 7:00 PM  Free
A chicken bus is a bright, loud, jostling work of public transportation. This exhibit by artist Lisa Gordillo features art inspired by Gordillo’s collaborations with Guatemalan journalists, poets, and novelists. Chickenbus reflects on borders and cultural boundaries. It is the first U.S. exhibit of this U.S.-Guatemalan collaboration, which heads to Guatemala in 2017.

Come In, We’re Open
 Week of Feb 27  Rozsa Gallery - gallery b  Receptions on W & TH 5:00 - 6:30 PM  Free
A mid-semester showcase of student works or art in-progress in Rozsa gallery b. The exhibit features work by students participating in Project Learning Lab, VPA’s alternative arts classroom.

, Tuesday, April 18  Reception TH April 20 5:00 - 6:30 PM Free
A year-end exhibit of sculpture developed by students participating in Project Learning Lab, VPA’s alternative arts classroom. Students will show their own works of art that were inspired by international sculptural traditions. Exhibit opens 4/18 (8am) and closes 4/22 (8pm). 

Open Studio
 Thursday, April 20  Free 
Wadsworth G04W 4:00 - 5:30 PM Free
Join us this afternoon and see the creative activity that has unfolded during this semester at The Studio For Now, a space that serves as a creative studio for Professor Anne Beffel and as an incubation and meeting space for creative groups.