Friday, February 11, 2011

Rozsa presents casual symphony, progressive rock, comedy events for Winter Carnival Feb. 12

HOUGHTON -- For Winter Carnival revelers of all kinds looking for something to do on Saturday, Feb. 12, in between statues, hockey, and the torchlight parade, Michigan Technological University’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts offers three very different entertainment options:

The first show is a casual, relaxed afternoon performance of light classical favorites by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, at 2 p.m. Students and their Winter Carnival visitors can all come to the Rozsa Center to warm up with a classical music matinee!

According to Dr. Joel Neves, music director for the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, "The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 40th anniversary season with a concert of light classical favorites during Winter Carnival. These include selections from Beethoven's cosmic Fifth Symphony; Elgar's Enigma Variations; Ravel's impressionistic Pavane for a Dead Princess; and the gypsy-inspired folk music of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. A surprise piece will end the concert."

General admission to this Saturday afternoon concert will be at a significantly reduced rate of $5 (free to Michigan Tech students).

Next, for those looking for a combination of progressive rock and visual art, Somnium, a Hancock-based band whose music recalls Pink Floyd, presents a music-art fusion show, opening at 7 p.m in the Rozsa Center Art Gallery.

Somnium, along with a supporting collection of collaborating visual artists, presents "The After Days: A Somnium Event," exploring a fictional near future where society has collapsed. This free event is an uncommon collaborative effort that brings together music, visual art and multimedia from both local and out-of-the-area artists and musicians. The exhibition will remain in the gallery for three weeks after the Feb. 12 opening night.

Finally, come laugh out loud with Pablo Francisco, AKA "The Movie Trailer Guy," this year’s Winter Carnival Comedian, sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Entertainment Board, at 9 p.m. Saturday in the Rozsa Center. Pablo continues to bring his audiences to their feet with boisterous laughter and applause. He weaves together his arsenal of characters, spontaneous outbursts, and clever insights to create a stand-up show that resembles an hour-long comedic jazz riff. He is an off-the-wall, animated character that points out the absurdity in an illogical, pop-culture obsessed world. His unmatched take on pop culture has taken him into the ranks of the most popular touring comedians worldwide. This show contains adult language and content, not appropriate for children. Ticket prices for the general public are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for students.

To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Center Box Office at 487-3200, the Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487-2073 or go online at No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please.

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