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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
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When alumni of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance return to campus for the 2015 Homecoming, Oct. 8-11, they will be greeted with events of all kinds including celebrations, performances, master classes, career sessions, and, of course, a Wolverine football game and alumni tailgate.
A highlight of the weekend's festivities will be the annual Alumni Awards followed by a reception (Oct. 9 at the Walgreen Drama Center). This year's honorees are: Broadway director Jack O'Brien (BA '61, MA '62, English language and literature; Hon DFA '08); music educator Marvelene Moore (PhD '77, music education); the theatre troupe StarKid (BA, BFA, and BTA degrees ranging '09-'12); dancers and choreographers Xan Burley (BFA '07, dance; BA '07, English) & Alex Springer (BFA '07, dance); theatre and musical theatre artist Celia Keenan-Bolger (BFA '00, musical theatre); and playwright and actor Dominique Morisseau(BFA '00, theatre).
Returning alumni will also have the opportunity to tour the newly unveiled expansion and renovation of the Earl V. Moore Building, including the brand new William K. and Delores S. Brehm Pavilion, through student-guided tours on Oct. 9 in the morning and late afternoon.
A centerpiece of this year's Homecoming is the Theatre & Drama Department's celebration of its centennial and playwright Arthur Miller's centenary. A series of events and performances will take place throughout the weekend to mark these two important anniversaries.
The centennial events include a costume exhibit throughout the weekend at the Duderstadt Center; a series of alumni-hosted career sessions (Oct. 8 and 9); a StarKid reunion concert (Oct. 8); an invitation-only red carpet reception and gala performance of All My Sons, featuring an all-alumni creative team (Oct. 9); and an alumni tailgate preceding the Michigan vs. Northwestern football game (Oct. 10). Complete information on all events is available at music.umich.edu/theatre100.
Also taking place over Homecoming is the New York Philharmonic's residency (Oct. 8-11), a collaboration between the New York Philharmonic (NYP), UMS and SMTD. The residency kicks off with a free side-by-side chamber concert featuring members of the NYP with SMTD students (Oct. 8). The celebrated orchestra, led by its music director Alan Gilbert, will be featured in performances at Hill Auditorium throughout the weekend (visit UMS.org for tickets).
Philharmonic members will also conduct 16 master classes that are open to the public, as well as lectures and discussions led by NYP administration. The brass section will also make a rare appearance performing with the Michigan Marching Band at the Wolverine game on Saturday, Oct. 10.
For complete information on all of U-M's Homecoming Reunion 2015 events, visit https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/reunions/events/2015.
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