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Rozsa debuts 2012-13 season

July 26, 2012
By ZACH KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - Local classical music lovers will get their fill in the fall and spring as the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2012-13 season.

A handful of shows will celebrate local, national and international classical music, as well as numerous plays and a visit by the Russian National Ballet Theatre.

"We have a strong lineup of classics this year, and some very unique performances that will present something new to the area," Rozsa Center Director Susanna Brent said in a press release. "We hope our audiences will enjoy all the variety that the 2012-13 season offers."

The season kicks off Sept. 15 with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. The group is committed to portraying a historically accurate Baroque concert, according to Bethany Jones, Rozsa Center marketing manager.

"They travel with their harpsichord, and all their instruments are historically true," Jones said.

The Hampton [Rock] String Quartet will also visit in the fall, bringing its classical arrangements of modern rock and roll music Dec. 8. An internationally acclaimed group that has played with the likes of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Michael Jackson, The Moody Blues and Paul Simon, The Hampton [Rock] String Quartet puts a twist on the typical classical music concert.

"They'll do anything from The Who to Black Sabbath using chamber music instruments," Jones said. "They're absolutely at the top of groups that play classical arrangements of rock music."

A cabaret jazz band will make its United States debut at the Rozsa in March, as Calamity Jeanne, a Paris-based band, will play a pair of concerts. The band infuses Cuban, Caribbean, blues, folk, funk, French and English elements into its jazz sound.

Interspersed throughout the season are also numerous local classical music concerts, with multiple concerts by the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, which will also perform with the Hampton [Rock] String Quartet. Jazz aficionados can attend the Jazz Showcase in the fall or the Don Keranen Memorial Jazz Concert in the spring, and there will also be a pair of choral concerts by the Tech Concert Choir and the Michigan Tech Chamber Singers.

For fans of classical dance, the Russian National Ballet Theatre will stop by the Rozsa for two nights in January, performing "Cinderella" one night and "Sleeping Beauty" the other. Modern dance and drumming will also be represented, with the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi taking the stage in October.

The theater is not neglected either, as The Acting Company from the Gershwin Theater in New York City will perform "As You Like It" in February. The Department of Visual Arts is also putting on five plays during the season, with productions ranging from "Fiddler on the Roof" to "Stealing Fire."

"For 'Stealing Fire,' they will actually be doing flying on stage," Jones said. "They have their performers taking flying classes, so that's going to be a really exciting production at the McArdle Theatre."

Those looking for something a little offbeat will get their wish March 19 and 20, when "Ember and Poki's Button Wagon" will take the stage. The show features an avant-garde mime and contortionist duo from New Orleans.

Subscription sales begin the first week of August. Single ticket sales begin the first week of September. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Central Ticket Office at the Student Development Complex, at 487-2073 or go online at



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