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                  MTD's February 2012 newsletter                   Volume 12                                                                                              
Shakespeare is in the House
  Our third theatrical production of the season opens on Thursday, February 2 at 8 p.m and we invite you to join us for what promises to be a wonderful production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Other performances will follow on Friday, February 3 at 10 am and and 8 pm; Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm; Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm; Thursday, February 9 at 6 pm (Thursday Arts-After-Work); Friday, February 10 at 10 am and 8 pm; Saturday, February 11, at 8 pm; and Sunday, February 12 at 2 pm. Director Lynnae Lehfeldt promises "a fast-paced romp. It is full of romance, comedy and drama. There will be singing and dancing and it will be truly beautiful in every way. And, the running time will be under two hours." 
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MTD February News
  As you read this, the real Michigan winter may have shown up, but January's mild weather was very welcome, in so far as it helped our audiences find their way to our events without the whole tiresome business of negotiating snow. Our fully-costumed and fully-staged opera, Cosi fan tutte, was very well attended and received. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Ron Sudol attended opening night and afterwards sent his congratulations to Cosi's director, Assistant Professor Drake Dantzler and the entire cast and crew. "Presenting a full-length Mozart opera with a 20-piece orchestra is a major step forward in our music programing and opens many new opportunities for our music students.
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Sounding the Alarm for New Music
  Deciding exactly what is and what is not "new music" can be tricky, admits OU Assistant Professor Miles Brown. Generally speaking, it is art music composed after the midpoint of the last century, but "for example, a new work that sounds like Brahms is not considered new music."
If you find yourself intrigued by this, or you are already a new music cognoscenti, you are not going to want to miss the upcoming concert by Alarm Will Sound, one of the country's premier new music ensembles, who will perform in Varner Recital Hall on March 30 at 8 pm. The 20-member ensemble is one of the country's foremost exponents of new music. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and at many other prestigious venues both in this country and in Europe.
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Billy and Amy Petty: A Shared Life in Music
  OU grads Billy and Amy (Smith) Petty share a life as husband and wife, as musicians, and they share their faith. Both graduated from OU with a BMus in 2000, with Amy setting off to study at the highly prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia for four years of intensive opera training. Amy is still the only OU graduate to be accepted into the program there. Her voice teacher Jan Albright says, "If someone asked me to look back on my 35 years of teaching at Oakland and choose which student had the best voice, it would be Amy. The quality and texture of her voice were stunningly beautiful. The range was huge - glorious, effortless high notes and beautiful rich low tones. Her ability to interpret the text and bring it to life was awesome. Dramatic, tragic, humorous - she could do it all!"
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

207 Varner Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Thursday 2/2, 8pm
Friday 2/3, 10am & 8pm
Saturday 2/4, 8pm
Sunday 2/5, 2pm
Thursday 2/10, 6pm
Friday 2/11, 10am & 8pm
Saturday 2/11, 8pm
Sunday 2/12, 2pm
Much Ado About Nothing

Saturday 2/4
Piano Day

Thursday 2/9, 7pm
OU Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 2/12, 3pm
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 2/15, 8pm
Symphonic Band &
Brass Band

Thursday 2/16, 6pm
Wind Symphony

Tuesday 2/28, 8pm
Guitar Student Recital

Saturday 3/3
Dance Day

Sunday 3/4, 5pm
Meadow Brook Music Society
Oakland Chamber Players Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Saturday 3/4, 7pm
Senior Dance Concert

Thursday 3/8, 6pm
Percussion Pops

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