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SMTD Students & Faculty Present MLK Tribute Concert


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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September 2017
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U-M UpstART Festival Begins 03/31/2014

Students Present "Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival" 03/27/2014

First-Ever SMTD Chamber Music Competition Launches April 5 03/27/2014

Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year 03/26/2014

Theatre Student Lands Major TV Role 03/25/2014

Elizabeth Batiuk (ethnomusicology) has been chosen as a fellow at the Sweetland/Rackham Dissertation Writing Institute for spring 2014 and James McNally (ethnomusicology) received a summer and academic year FLAS for the study of Portuguese.    03/17/2014

Musicology graduate student Elizabeth McLain has been awarded a prestigious Lurcy Fellowship for research in France during the 2014-2015 academic year.   03/14/2014

December 2013

SMTD students Zoe Kumagai, Stephanie Aboukasm, and Adam DesJardins are among students profiled in an LSA article about the "Michigan in Washington" program, in which students intern at various Washington, DC organizations and businesses, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.    12/10/2013

October 2013
August 2013

Evan Zegiel, a sophomore who studies with Fritz Kaenzig, was the First Place winner in the Tuba Student division of the 2013 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium & Tuba Festival.     08/21/2013

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

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