Friday, December 12, 2014

Michigan Tech choral ensembles, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra to present holiday concert Dec. 13 at Rozsa

Michigan Tech Concert Choir will perform in a holiday concert at the Rozsa Center this Saturday, Dec. 13. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON --  Ready for a musical mix offering peace and beauty in the midst of the bustling holiday season? Put your ipods down and come to the Rozsa Center at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014: Michigan Tech’s two choral ensembles, led by Jared Anderson -- Michigan Tech Concert Choir and conScience, Michigan Tech Chamber Singers -- join the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Joel Neves, to present a concert titled "Choral-Orchestral Shuffle: A Concert Playlist."

The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra will join two choral ensembles for the Dec. 13 concert at the Rozsa Center. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

The Michigan Tech Concert Choir is a select ensemble of over 70 students and community singers studying and performing choral literature ranging from Gregorian Chant to Renaissance motets, masses and madrigals to fascinating new works by living composers. The smaller, more recently formed ensemble conScience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers, is a select, student-only chamber choir of 12-16 voices. The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has been a mainstay of the Upper Peninsula arts scene for over thirty years. The KSO counts among its musicians Michigan Tech students, faculty, and staff, community artists, and guest professionals from throughout the Upper Midwest. The KSO plays the great orchestral masterworks from the classical, theatre, and film repertoire.

The Concert Choir and conScience join together with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra in an eclectic concert "playlist" of choral-orchestral masterworks, including music from operas, requiems, cantatas, motets, songs, even polkas. As the playlist shuffles from Bach to Berlioz, Verdi to Wagner, and Gabrieli to Fauré, it illustrates the dramatic power and expressivity inherent in music for choir and orchestra.

The concert is presented by the Michigan Tech Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Tickets for adults are $19, youth tickets (17 and under) are $6, and Michigan Tech Student tickets are free with the Experience Tech Fee. For tickets, go online, or call Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC), (906) 487-2073, or visit in person at 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. SDC box office hours are 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Please note the Rozsa Box Office is only open two hours prior to show times.

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