From the Arts at Michigan
Week of May 3, 2012
Arthur Miller Theatre
May 3-6; 8pm Th-Sat, 2pm Sun
A loving ode to the great American road trip, Leaving Iowa finds middle-aged writer, Don Browning, on a quest to take his father's ashes to Don's childhood home. Upon finding the family's home has become a grocery store, Don traverses Iowa in search of a place for the ashes. Along the way he attempts to reconcile his past with the present. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's production brings Leaving Iowa back home to Michigan, where it received its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea.
Leaving Iowa was written by Tom Clue and Spike Manton, and is being directed by Michael Schacherbauer.
Thursday May 3, 7:30pm
A wave of music will wash over the audience on Thursday, May 3, as the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra plays a free water-themed concert of classical works to celebrate spring. The performance, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ann Arbor's famed Hill Auditorium, will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Respighi and Wagner.
It is free and open to all ages, with a suggested admission of $1. No tickets are required. Martin Philbert, Ph.D., dean of the U-M School of Public Health, will give opening remarks. LSO music director Oriol Sans has chosen water-inspired pieces from four major classical composers, which he and assistant conductor Matthew B. Dell will conduct The Hebrides Overture by Felix Mendelssohn, Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi,The Overture to The Flying Dutchman, from an opera in which Richard Wagner, and Symphony No. 6, op. 68, in F Major by Ludwig van Beethoven,
Sans is a recent graduate of, and Dell is a student in, the noted orchestral conducting program at the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Amazin' Blue just celebrated 25 years of making a cappella. Watch their concert from March 31, 2012 online.
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The tiny dramas that comprise Robert Wilson's Video 50 contain aspects of his hallmark aesthetic: surreal or dream-like imagery, the absence of a linear narrative, the conflation of seemingly unrelated characters and micro-stories, and a mesmerizingly slow pace. Video 50 consists of a randomly arranged set of 30-second "episodes," a few of which feature notable French personalities of the 1970s-perfumier Hélène Rochas stares down a mugger, culture minister Michel Guy struggles to open a dresser drawer-and Wilson thought of these as miniature portraits or character studies. The creator and director of aggressively experimental theater, Wilson first came to prominence with works from the mid-1970s such as The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin (1973) and Einstein on the Beach (1976). These lavish, unusually long productions broke and then redefined every convention of theater. In Video 50 his shorter time-based portraits explore the intersection of narrative and still-life, seductively dissolving the distance between viewer and subject.
(May 3) Q: In what year was Angell Hall completed?
Who was the Detroit Architect who designed the building?
What other famous UM structure was built that same year?
Which was initially more costly to build?
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looking back on the blogs from the past year
Before I continue, let me just say that you probably know at least one of these artists quite well. Well, your childhood book shelf does. If you were born of the nineties, you surely read A Series of Unfortunate Events, no?
Though art traces its roots back much farther than the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, some of the most terrifying and prolific images of illness came from these eras.
Here in Michigan
I am finding the new me
I have a fresh start
— Cameron Summers, class of 2015
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