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.
Jamie Colburn and Jessica Gomes-Ng will perform the roles of Tony and Maria, respectively, in selections from West Side Story as part of one of the Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 18
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.
In a program featuring jazz, spirituals, classical music, dance and spoken word, students and faculty members at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance will honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a tribute concert on the occasion of the civil rights leader's 85th birthday. The MLK, Jr. Celebration Concert takes place Monday, January 20 at 2 p.m. at the Power Center for the Performing Arts in Ann Arbor. The event is entirely free - no tickets are required.
"This concert is very personal to us," said Daniel Washington, associate dean of faculty and multicultural affairs and professor of voice. "The heart and soul of our School will be on display as performers offer poignant testimony to Dr. King's enduring legacy. It's a celebration that touches us deeply as we use our art to express our love and appreciation for his life and legacy."
The inspirational presentation will include music selections performed by a trombone choir, a traditional choir, a cello soloist, and a jazz ensemble. The eclectic line-up will feature unique musical interpretations-such as the trombone choir's performance of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"-and compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Olivier Messiaen and Herbie Hancock. The program will also include a multi-media dance segment inspired by Dr. King's letter from the Birmingham jail, and spoken word reflections from faculty members.
The concert is part of the University of Michigan's 28th Annual MLK Symposium, which this year carries the theme of "Power, Justice, Love: Heal the Divide."
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