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Student Performances Featured at UMMA's "Nights at the Museum"


The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) will illuminate its facade with artwork, performance videos, and a family-friendly movie night over a week in early September, with one night (Sept. 6) devoted to prjecting videos of School of Music, Theatre & Dance student performances.

"Nights At the Museum," UMMA's first-ever exterior media art initiative, is free and open to the public. It will run from September 2-9, with projections along the UMMA building's State Street-side facade, on the west side of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing.

The week-long event begins on Friday, Sept. 2, during Artscapade!, a Welcome Week event for new U-M students, and concludes on Friday, Sept. 9 at UMMA's twice-annual After Hours community celebration.

The SMTD night, on Tuesday, September 6, will begin at 8:30 p.m. with a screening of the short film Love, Life & Loss, by Michigan Media, featuring the Michigan Men's Glee Club performing "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson. The film will be followed by videos of concert performances, filmed in Hill Auditorium, by the University Symphony Orchestra, the University Chamber Choir, and the University Symphony Band.

Throughout the Artscapade! week of projections, a digital art installation by the artist Quayola, titled "Pleasant Places," will be displayed on the UMMA wall during evening hours when films are not being projected. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his work in Provence, Quayola returned to the same countryside that Van Gogh painted, 125 years later, to create of a series of digital paintings exploring the boundary between representation and abstraction. "Pleasant Places" will also be projected overnight throughout the remainder of the week.

Other film events to be featured during the week include a screening of Pixar Animation Studios' Toy Story on Monday, September 5; short art films created by faculty and students from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design on Wednesday, September 6; and a screening of Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner - Volume Two, in collaboration with University Musical Society on Thursday, September 7. All screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. 

"This week-long event fulfills our goal of extending arts experiences beyond the galleries of the Museum," said Joseph Rosa, UMMA's Director. "'Nights At the Museum' has something for everyone to enjoy."

"UMMA hopes to expand the availability of arts and culture beyond our walls," says Carrie Throm, UMMA Deputy Director of Development and External Relations. "We invite the community to join us for this week of experimentation, collaboration, and fun."


Friday, Sept. 2: 7-10 p.m., Artscapade!; 10 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places" by the artist Quayola.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Sunday, Sept. 4, 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Monday, Sept. 5: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Family-friendly movie night with a screening of Toy Story; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Tuesday, Sept. 6: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: A selection of performances by U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance students:

Love, Life & Lost, a film featuring the Michigan Men's Glee Club singing "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson and "Glory" by Common, conducted by Professor Eugene Rogers.

University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Professor Kenneth Kiesler, performing Resphigi's The Pines of Rome

The University Chamber Choir, led by Professor Jerry Blackstone, performing "Heavenly Home: Three American Songs" by Shawn Kirchner

The University Symphony Band, led by Professor Michael Haithcock, performing Labyrinth of Love by Professor Michael Daugherty, featuring internationally renowned soprano Hila Plitmann

10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Wednesday, Sept. 7: 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Short art films created by U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design faculty and students; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Thursday, Sept. 8: Screening of Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner - Volume Two in collaboration with UMS; 10:15 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places."

Friday, Sept. 9: UMMA After Hours from 7-10 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m., "Pleasant Places." 


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October 2014

Anisha Nandi, from The Michigan Daily, sat down with professor Michael Gould to talk about his "Remember Me" show. The video can be seen on the Michigan Daily website.   10/01/2014

July 2014

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Dance, Peter Sparling is a recipient of a Distinguished University Professorship. Effective September 1, Sparling will be a Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor. This appointment is one of the highest honors the University can bestow upon a faculty member.   07/18/2014

Professor Patricia Hall will be presenting her paper, "Alban Berg's 'Guilt' by Association to the Music, Censorship and Meaning in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union conference at the Colburn School in Los Angeles this August.   07/12/2014

April 2014

Prof. Ed Sarath Receives U-M's "Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award" 04/21/2014

Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant 04/04/2014

Professor Mukherji to Speak in London this July 04/04/2014

Áine Heneghan, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, will present her research on Schoenberg's Formenlehre at the following conferences, all in 2014: Music Theory Midwest (Appleton, WI), the Eighteenth Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music (Toronto, Canada), EuroMAC (Leuven, Belgium), and the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory (Milwaukee).   04/01/2014

March 2014

U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

A Multimedia Installation on Climate Change 03/28/2014

Wayne Petty, Associate Professor of Music Theory, will read his paper, "Some Multimovement Designs in C. P. E. Bach's Late Keyboard Sonatas" at the Seventh EuroMac conference, which will gather scholars from all music theory societies in Europe in Leuven, Belgium, from 17 to 21 September, 2014.  An adaptation of the paper will be presented to the Society for Music Theory in Milwaukee in the Fall of 2014.   03/26/2014

Walter Everett, Professor of Music Theory, announces the publication of Los Beatles como músicos: De Revolver de la Antología (Buenos Aires: Eterna Cadencia, 2013), the Spanish translation of his The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1999).   03/21/2014

Celebration of Professor George Shirley's 80th Birthday 03/19/2014

Prof. Korsyn presents keynote in The Hague, serves in scholarly appointments 03/14/2014

December 2013

In January 2014 Professor Wayne Petty will read the paper, "Wilhelm Fischer and the Fortspinnung-type Sonata Exposition," at the Seventh International Conference on Music Theory in Tallin and Pärnu, Estonia.  The conference theme is "Musical Form: Mapping the Territories."   12/17/2013

AmeriGrove II, edited by Professor Charles Garrett, is published 12/13/2013

November 2013

Gosman Presents Beethoven Research 11/16/2013

Department of Music Theory Announces Visiting Speakers of 2014 11/16/2013

Everett Launches Beatles Observances 11/16/2013

Interarts professor Holly Hughes presents The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony) in a webcast performance at the Chicago Humanities Festival on Mon., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Her newest performance work, the piece offers a poetic and comic meditation on midlife crises in the key of canine.   11/01/2013

September 2013

SMTD Welcomes New Faculty 09/27/2013

Ramon Satyendra, associate professor of music theory, has published his essay, "Morphisms of Generalized Interval Systems and PR-Groups" (co-authored with Thomas Fiore and Thomas Noll), in Journal of Mathematics and Music 7/1.   09/20/2013

Alan Gosman Co-authors New Beethoven Book 09/06/2013

July 2013

Professor Ashley Lucas and three Theatre & Drama students are engaged in an intensive exchange program with UniRio in Rio de Janiero, Brazil this summer, where they are blogging about their experiences in UniRio's prison arts program and more.   07/12/2013

June 2013

SMTD Mourns Professor Emeritus Erling Bengtsson 06/10/2013

Holly Hughes, professor of interarts performance in the Department of Theatre & Drama, was profiled in Hyperallergic, an online magazine about art and culture, which included a Q&A with Hughes about her role as one of the "NEA Four."   06/06/2013

Music theory professor Walter Everett's role as an expert on the music of the Beatles was the subject of an article in      06/06/2013

Hall presents in Copenhagen 06/03/2013

May 2013

Robert Hurst, associate professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation, was featured in a Q&A article in on the occasion of the release of his new CD, BOB: a palindrome.   05/01/2013

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