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           newsletter                          March 2013             Volume 25                                                                                              
March Music
For many in Michigan the month of March can seem like winter is holding onto its grip just a few weeks too long. We long for the scents and sights of spring. Usually in vain! Outside there may still be snow, or perhaps, even worse, slush on the ground, but inside Varner there is most definitely a flowering of sorts. All through the winter semester our music ensembles have been hard at work, and it is in March and April that we can all enjoy the results of those labors. Please join us for some of these March offerings and decide for yourself which are musical flowers: beautiful to hear, and which are fruit: food for the spirit. The opening concert of the month will be a guest artist concert on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. when the renowned Gould Piano Trio will play with clarinetist Robert Plane as part of their U.S. tour. No chamber music lover will want to miss this performance, and if you are a chamber music novice this would be an excellent choice for your first experience of the genre.
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March News
In the OU Music, Theatre and Dance community the big news in March is always the announcement of the MaTilDa Award winners. This year, the Distinguished Community Service Award went to the Judd Family Endowed Arts and Humanities Fund for its support of arts and humanities programs that are accessible and enrich the community. David Douglass and Ellen Hargis won the Alumni Achievement in Music Award, Richard Riehle the Alumni Achievement in Theatre Award, and Rodney Brown the Alumni Achievement in Dance Award. David Douglass and Ellen Hargis are renowned in the world of early music. Richard Riehle enjoys a distinguished career as an actor on stage and in film and television. Rodney Brown is a dance faculty member at The Ohio State University. All are hoping to attend the MaTilDa Awards dinner on Monday, April 15 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. For complete details of the event, including how to purchase tickets, please visit our website here. Read more about our student winners in next month's Prism.
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Catching Up With Our California Alumni
Recently we decided to catch up with some of our California alumni, many of whom stay in contact with each other, forming a kind of informal Oakland family west. Here are the first two of their stories. Phil Metzler graduated from OU in 2001 with a B.A. in Music Composition. At the time he was working in a Media Play store, but a friend who was already performing in Los Angeles encouraged him to move west, and just a few months after completing his degree he did. His employer gave him a transfer and he arrived in California as the retail manager of a Sam Goody store. But his real ambition was always a career in music. Today Phil has that career. He plays keyboard in the band Just Off Turner, which is well known in the city, playing such venues as the Viper Room and the House of Blues. They have provided soundtracks for shows on ABC, MTV, E! and Oxygen and appeared on both MTV and VH1.
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Carrie LaFerle Gergely: A Life in Theatre
Carrie LaFerle Gergely, who graduated from OU with a B.A. in theatre in 2003, is the office manager and school coordinator of the famed Groundlings Theatre and School on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The Goundlings' shows almost always sell out and their list of alumni, which includes such luminaries as Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and Maya Rudolph, is formidable. Their improv and sketch writing classes are in high demand. A recent refurbishment has left the organization ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary in style. Paint has been applied and new classrooms opened. Of course, none of this would be possible if the Groundlings were not leaving the stage to loud applause every night. But that is not the whole story. "Lots of things go into making a theatre successful," says Carrie Gergely. "People who understand that and have the necessary skills are a rare breed and can thrive in this business."
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2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
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Upcoming Events


Saturday, 3/2, 1pm
Dance Day

Saturday, 3/2, 8pm &
Sunday, 3/3, 7pm
Senior Dance Concert

Sunday, 3/3, 3pm
Gould Piano Trio

Monday, 3/4, 7pm
Amy Pfrimmer, Soprano

Thursday, 3/14, 8pm
Oakland Jazz Singers &
Jazz Combos

Thursday, 3/14, 8pm-
Sunday, 3/24, 2pm
Dead Man's Cell Phone

Tuesday, 3/19, 8pm
Clarinet Ensemble

Friday, 3/22, 8pm
Saturday, 3/23, 8pm
University Chorus &
Oakland Chorale

Sunday, 3/24, 4pm
Tian Tian Piano Recital and Masterclass

Monday, 3/25, 8pm
Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, 3/26, 7pm
OU Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, 3/27, 8pm
Wind Symphony &
Symphonic Band

Thursday, 3/28, 6pm
OU Jazz Band with
Sean Dobbins

Thursday, 4/4, 6pm
Faculty Collaboration

Sunday, 4/7, 2pm
Opera Workshop

Sunday, 4/7, 7pm
OU Brass Band

Sunday, 4/7, 8pm
Monday, 4/8, 8pm
Tuesday, 4/9, 8pm
Wednesday, 4/10, 8pm
Meadow Brook Estate
Nightclub Cabaret

Wednesday, 4/10, 8pm
Oakland Symphony
Orchestra with OU
Symphony Chorus

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