The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
The new work by internationally renowned composer Tarik O'Regan explores themes of surveillance and privacy. Free concert takes place at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 15 at 8 pm.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
10:30am, Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab (1279 Moore)
This talk will focus on the new composition, THE BLACK CLOWN, for the American Repertory Theater. THE BLACK CLOWN features music by Michael Schachter and libretto by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter. Free - no tickets required
12:10pm, Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
SMTD alumnus William Crowley introduces students to Graham Technique, its basic principle of “contraction and release”, spirals, and proper breathing patterns, demonstrating the beneficial knowledge that comes from the awareness of one’s own center and core strength. Crowley will then teach A Dance in Search of a Title, a work originally intended as a solo but taught as an ensemble piece, which explores the ties that bind beyond the physical realm. It is a dance of loss and longing, contrasted with the hope and faith stemming from of a love that is eternal
Each Modern Lab session features a different guest artist teaching a master class and sections from their repertory. This panorama of the contemporary dance field is presented to broaden the students’ awareness of potential career possibilities.
Each guest artist conducts a 30-minute technique class/warm-up and then teaches repertory that is performed by the class. In the final 15 minutes, faculty coordinator Bill De Young conducts a Q & A with each artist, discussing their career; their recommendations for transitioning from student to professional, and what they look for when they audition dancers for their projects.
This event supported in part by the EXCEL Lab. Free - no tickets required to observe
7:30pm, Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Featuring Mi Eun Kim, piano and Wei Yu, cello.
Martinu- Piano Trio No. 2
Smetana- From My Homeland for Violin and Piano
Janáček- Pohadka for Cello and Piano
Dvořák- Piano Trio in F minor, op. 65. Free - no tickets required
8:00pm, Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Music by Michael Schachter
Libretto by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter
Based on the dramatic monologue by Langston Hughes.
Schachter’s new composition for the American Repertory Theater features the unique, genre-crossing work of rising bass-baritone Davóne Tines, who will be joined by SMTD vocal majors and pianist Steven McGhee under the musical direction of Kathleen Kelly for this first hearing of the vocal score. Free - no tickets required
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