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Friday, October 09, 2015

Rozsa Center to host "Senses of Land" Gallery exhibit, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra "Violapalooza" concert Oct. 10

Rock Run Creek Forest, by Cathleen Faubert. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

HOUGHTON -- The Rozsa Center will host two events Saturday evening, Oct. 10: The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra "Violapalooza" concert at 7:30 p.m. and the reception for the art exhibit "Senses of Land" in the Rozsa Center Gallery from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Come early for the concert and enjoy the art exhibit and reception in the Rozsa Center Gallery, located in the lower level of the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Tech.

"Senses of Land" in Rozsa Center Gallery

Senses of Land features work by three contemporary artists who focus on landscape, ecology, and our place in nature and community. Artists will feature work that explores our sensory and personal connections to diverse landscapes and how we find our ways among the places where we live.

"Senses of Land" features the artworks of Allen Morris (photography), Sage Dawson (map making), Cathleen Faubert (scent and memory) and the poetry of David Ebenbach.

Visitors can experience "scent and memory" related to Cathleen Faubert's photo of Rock Run Creek by testing the scent she provides in the blue bottle. (Her hand-crafted scent is priced at $80 an ounce and includes Wild Ginger, Limestone, Spicebush Berries, Creek Water, Bloodroot, Dwarf Iris, Rattlesnake Plantain, Elderflower, Mushroom and Blackberry.) (Photo by Keweenaw Now)

The reception is come-and-go, but curator Lisa Johnson, Michigan Tech assistant professor in Visual and Performing Arts, will give a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, continues through Nov. 13, 2015.

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra:  "Violapalooza"

What is a Violapalooza?  Lollapalooza with violas? Picture a host of young Kurt Cobains with violins. Playing classical music. And, instead of Nirvana, the concert will feature the stars of the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists -- along with the emerging, talented violists of the Keweenaw region --all on stage together at the Rozsa!

What is a Viola you ask? According to Wikipedia: "The viola is a bowed string instrument that is slightly larger than a violin, with a lower and deeper sound." The KSO’s Violapalooza this Saturday will feature many, many violas! Want to learn more? Come to the 4th Keweenaw Honors String Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, and find out!

Guest artists include violist Pamela McConnell of the Bergonzi String Quartet and guest conductor Daniel O'Bryant. Local string musicians and the Keweenaw Youth Symphony Orchestra join together with McConnell and the KSO in a "Violapalooza" celebration of the viola.

Tickets for the 4th Keweenaw Honors String Festival concert are on sale now -- $19 for adults, $6 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee. Tickets are available by phone at (906) 487-2073, online at, 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.

(Insert photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

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