Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rozsa to present "Pete Seeger: The Storm King" Jan. 22; Sound Installation to open in Rozsa Gallery Jan. 22

Pete Seeger World Café Show. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts presents "Pete Seeger: The Storm King" -- an evening of live music, poetry and video with a look back at the great hero of 60s, his music, peace activism and the counterculture movement. This beautiful collection of recorded stories, narratives, and poems spoken by the late Pete Seeger and longtime protege, producer and drummer Jeff Haynes, is set to live, multi-genre music that enhances Seeger’s marvelous reminiscences. "Pete Seeger: The Storm King," comes to the Rozsa at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

See Jeff Haynes with Richie Stearns, Sara Milonovich, Sean Harkness, and Timothy Hill, in a multi-media presentation interwoven with recordings and video of the great Pete Seeger. This performance is based on the Grammy® nominated audio project conceived and produced by world-renowned, Grammy award winning percussionist and producer, Jeff Haynes.

Pete Seeger, right, with percussionist Jeff Haynes. (Photo © Richard Dorbin and courtesy Rozsa Center)

In this unique blend of spoken word, music, and video, Pete Seeger's spoken words will be piped in as Jeff Haynes and accompanying musicians perform a combination of new music and music written by or popularized by Pete Seeger -- featuring traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, and East Indian Music -- and performances of some of Pete's songs that were inspired from his travels around the world.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for youth. No charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Advance reserved seating is now available, please order tickets early! Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at Rozsa.mtu.edu, 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.

Noise Floor, a Sound Installation by Josh Loar, opens in Rozsa Gallery Friday, Jan. 22

Noise surrounds us. In the industrial world we are constantly bombarded with sounds, most of which we no longer even notice (the hum of compressor motors, the whine of routers, the whirr of hard drives, the roar of lawnmowers). Noise Floor is an interactive exhibit by artist Josh Loar, focused on the pervasive noise around us -- mechanical and cultural -- bringing into focus sounds that we normally shut out of our conscious minds.

A reception with the artist will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, in the Rozsa Gallery A-Space. The exhibit is free and open to the public and continues through Saturday, Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturdays.

Josh Loar, Michigan Tech professor of practice in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is a multimedia artist and designer whose works have been featured in galleries and salons from NYC to Los Angeles. His design and music composition has been featured in countless stage shows, films, TV programs, theme parks and concerts. He is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, writer, painter, filmmaker, and all-around general artist type.

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