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.
A student-run, week-long music festival will celebrate the music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture, Jan. 29--Feb. 4.
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.
The Story: Set in the enchanted birch groves of Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music sings and waltzes its way through the lives of mismatched couples who are about to make some very surprising discoveries about their true desires. In an ever-thickening plot, the couples come together on a midsummer’s night when the sun never sets for “A Weekend in the Country.” Anything can happen on a warm summer night – to the very young, to the very foolish, and to the very old.
Background: Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music has garnered numerous awards since its debut in 1973. Clive Barnes of the New York Times declared it “Heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting. The book is uncommonly urbane and witty … [while] the music is a celebration of three-quarter time, an orgy of plaintively memorable waltzes, all talking of past loves and lost worlds.” Featuring Sondheim’s touching “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music speaks to adoration, regret, and second chances for lost love.
|Music Director||Ben Whiteley|
|Conductor||Catherine Walker Adams|
|Scenic Designer||Arthur Ridley|
|Costume Designer||Christianne Myers|
|Lighting Designer||Aaron Tacy|
|Sound Designer||Jim Lillie|
|Stage Manager||Laura Beth Cohen|
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