Continuing a tradition that has become one of the most beloved and highly anticipated of the academic year, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents its annual Collage Concert on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.
This year's Collage will offer a special tribute to U-M President Mary Sue Coleman in honor of her dedication to the arts at U-M during her tenure. This will be the last Collage Concert that she attends as president, prior to her retirement in May.
Now celebrating its 37th year, the Collage Concert features the largest representation of student performances that can be squeezed into two hours. It includes as many as 30 or more short acts, presented seamlessly and in rapid succession, without interruption and with applause held until the end of each half of the program. The final note of one performance virtually overlaps the first note of another, and surprises abound--in unexpected ensembles, unique repertoire, remarkable collaborations, and exciting juxtapositions of talent. An orchestral work flows into a jazz solo, which gives way to a pas de deux accompanied by string quartet. Or an actor's soliloquy is followed by a marimba trio, which flows into a heart-stopping choral masterpiece. The robust variety and quality of performances leaves audiences thoroughly dazzled and begging for more.
Approximately 400 students are involved in the collaborative production, which utilizes not only the breadth of performing talent at SMTD, but a highly skilled team of behind-the-scenes professional and student technicians. Planning for the performance begins in September and this year is under the direction of Christopher James Lees, assistant professor of conducting and associate director of orchestras.
The evening ends with a grand finale, usually featuring an excerpt from a massive orchestral or choral work that incorporates hundreds of performers and closes the event with a powerful display of collaborative talent at its best.
Tickets are available now at the League Ticket Office, 734-764-2538, or online.