Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Superior Wind Symphony to present midwinter concert, "II: Day Into Night: II," Feb. 28

HOUGHTON -- Michigan Technological University’s Superior Wind Symphony, under the direction of Mike Christianson, will perform a concert at the Rozsa Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Titled "II: Day Into Night: II," the concert presents music for winds that deals with the ideas of night, day, moon, and light. Listeners will find it perfect for the deep midwinter time in the UP.

Christianson describes the performance as a mirror of the beauty to be found in spite of the harsh winter elements: "Morning, noon, night, winter, storm, moon, sunshine, primeval heavenly light, and eternal darkness. Music to remind that darkness, too, can contain beauty -- and light is something we can look forward to."

The evening’s music is composed by: Percy Grainger, J.S. Bach, J.C. Heed, Ron Nelson, Gustav Mahler, Steven Bryant, Bruce Yurko and Libby Larsen.

According to Christianson, "Libby Larsen's piece about the moon features eight different "moon poems," by Billy Collins, Emily Dickinson, Mother Goose, Lorenz Hart, Kahlil Gibran, Langston Hughes, Thomas Moore and Ralph Waldo Emerson. These "poems" are performed by: Dollcie Webb, Kathryn Van Susante, Trish Helsel, Willie Melton, Anna Ehl, Jared Anderson, Katie Plummer and Chris Plummer.

Also available the night of the performance is a "VPA Livestream" of the music at http://vpa-live.mtu.edu, for those who are not able to be present for the event. (Please note: this link will not be active until the time of the event.)

Tickets are $13 for adults, $5 for youth (17 and under), and free for Michigan Tech Students with the Experience Tech fee. To purchase tickets, call (906) 487-2073, go online at rozsa.mtu.edu, or visit Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech’s Student Development Complex (SDC), 600 MacInnes Drive, in Houghton. 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. For more details, please contact Michael Christianson, 906-487-2825, mchristi@mtu.edu.

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