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Expect the Unexpected: SMTD Presents Collage 37


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.



past news

September 2017
March 2014

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

November 2011
August 2011
June 2011
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Peter Smith

David Smith

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