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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Michigan Tech Concert Choir, Superior Wind Symphony to present joint concert Dec. 16

Michigan Tech's Superior Wind Symphony. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

HOUGHTON -- The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and Michigan Tech's Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a concert by the Michigan Tech Concert Choir and Superior Wind Symphony titled The Sound from Within Us, an evening of celebratory music, at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Rozsa Center. The concert celebrates themes of common humanity with varied instrumentation and beautiful texts and features music by American and British composers, including Vincent Persichetti’s Celebrations, Lee Hoiby’s Hymn for a New Age, Charles Ives’ Psalm 90 and Circus Band, and John Rutter’s Gloria.

According to Michael Christianson, Michigan Tech’s director of bands, "From the many possible ways humans have invented for making music, groups of singers and wind instrumentalists have in common that the human breath initiates all sounds. Jared [Jared Anderson, chair, Visual and Performing Arts Department, and choirs director] and I first just wanted to make music together, because we like to do different things and this combination is surprisingly rare. There are many more instruments that are struck, bowed, plucked, etc., that are 'inspired by expiration.' And the human voice is the first true musical instrument, the most universal, so it seemed like a logical conclusion to concertize together. Our repertoire focus started out as "American," but we were enamored with some other great musical opportunities. We will offer the work of stellar composers: Charles Ives, Vincent Persichetti, John Rutter, and Lee Hoiby, as well as the words of Walt Whitman. All words in English."

Michigan Tech Concert Choir. (Photo courtesy Rozsa Center)

Anderson adds, "The Sound from Within Us celebrates the fact that wind players and singers both create music by using perhaps our most common trait, breath. The capacity to make beautiful sounds is within us all. The texts of the music that will be performed emphasize what we share as individuals and communities, the need for connection and kindness. It is a great opportunity to hear beautiful music and to celebrate in the midst of the holiday season."

UPDATED: Tickets for The Sound from Within Us are on sale now: $15 for adults, $5 for youth, and no charge for Michigan Tech students with the Experience Tech fee, 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.