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Congratulations, University of Michigan, on turning 200!

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A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN On behalf of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, I am delighted to welcome you to Collage XL, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Tonight’s concert is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Professor Emeritus of Conducting Gustav Meier, who founded Collage in 1977. Sadly, Professor Meier passed away last May, a tremendous loss for all who had the good fortune of working with and learning from him over the years. It is our great pleasure to honor him tonight, and to continue the brilliant tradition of Collage, which has become the brightest highlight of the SMTD calendar year. Tonight’s performance is also the first major event to honor the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial, and it is the first of several Bicentennial events in which SMTD will figure prominently. We are especially proud to be leading “True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan” at Hill Auditorium on April 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. This live multimedia performance highlights the UMich200 Spring Festival and will feature SMTD students, faculty, and alumni, along with other distinguished U-M alumni, telling the story of U-M. Tickets will go on sale on February 3, so please mark your calendars now and don’t miss the opportunity to join us in celebrating Michigan’s history with music, theatre, and dance! We look forward to observing the Bicentennial with you throughout 2017, and we hope you will also take advantage of the hundreds of other performances, lectures, and other events that we present every year--most of them free! Please sign up to receive our bimonthly “Sights & Sounds” newsletter at Thank you again for joining us tonight and I look forward to seeing you throughout this landmark year. Go Blue! Aaron P. Dworkin, Dean Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music School of Music, Theatre & Dance

COLLAGE XL Saturday, January 14, 2017 Hill Auditorium 8:00 PM Please hold your applause until the end of each half. Welcome Aaron P. Dworkin, Dean & Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music Kenneth Kiesler, Director of University Orchestras

James Hewitt

The Star-Spangled Banner (1817) Men’s Glee Club Eugene Rogers, conductor

Franz Schubert

Trio for Strings in B-flat Major, D.581 (1817) I. Allegro Moderato

Chihiro Kakishima, violin; Madeline Warner, viola Jessica Hu, cello

Overture to La Cenerentola (1817)

Gioachino Rossini

University Symphony Orchestra Oriol Sans, conductor

String Quintet in C Minor, op. 104 (1817) IV. Finale: Prestissimo

Ludwig van Beethoven

Rita Wang & Nathaniel Cornell, violins Hsuan Lee & Ryan McDonald, violas Victor Huls, cello

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“Sprezzo quel don” from La Cenerentola (1817)

Gioachino Rossini

Isabel Signoret, mezzo-soprano University Symphony Orchestra Kathleen Kelly, conductor

“Finale” from Symphony no. 1, op. 21 (1817) 

Ludwig van Beethoven

trans. George Schmitt

Symphony Band Courtney Snyder, conductor


Dry and Dusty 

arr. Jacob Warren Kai West, guitar Jacob Warren, double bass

Nathan Thatcher

Ten Short Poems by Emily Dickinson

V. Paradise

//meridian vocal ensemble



arr. Michael Gould Jazz Percussion Ensemble Michael Gould, director

Nikolai Kapustin

Concert Étude in C Major, op. 40, no. 1, “Prelude” Amanda Liu, piano

“The Brisk Young Sailor” from Lincolnshire Posy

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Symphony Band Andrea Brown, conductor

Pat Metheny

Bright Size Life 

arr. Alex Anest

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio Adam Kahana, Alex Anest & Evan Veasey, guitars

György Ligeti

Morning Chamber Choir Eugene Rogers, conductor

String Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20 Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

Felix Mendelssohn

Anita Dumar, Harry Rayner, Teagan Faran & Melodi Hess, violins Zola Hightower & Samuel Koeppe, violas Braden McConnell & Cullen O’Neil, cellos

Richard Rodgers (music) & Lorenz Hart (words)

My Funny Valentine

arranged and choreographed by: Emma Aboukasm, voice Tristan Cappel, flute Chelsea Hamm & Beynji Marshall, dancers

Shanghai Overture

Symphony Band John Pasquale, conductor

“STARTSTUFF Made Mermaid Outta Me” from Peter &  the Starcatcher

Bright Sheng

Rick Elice

University of Michigan Theatre Martijn Appelo, piano Gillian Eaton, director

Crush for Eight Cellos

“I. Introduction: Obsessive Tendencies”

Jules Pegram

Thomas Barth, Joshua DeVries, Wesley Hornpetrie, Victor Huls, Kayla Mathes, Andrew Plaisier, Hanna Rumora & Cecelia Sha, cellos

“Badinerie” from Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band

William Bolcom

Adamas Saxophone Quartet Winner of the 2016 Briggs Chamber Music Competition Russell Kerns, soprano saxophone; Connor Mikula, alto saxophone Jonathan Hostottle, tenor saxophone; Jeffrey Leung, baritone saxophone Symphony Band Michael Haithcock, conductor


Honoring Gustav Meier Paul Boylan, Former Dean & Professor Emeritus

Richard Strauss

Also Sprach Zarathustra University Symphony Orchestra Oriol Sans, conductor

Antonio Carlos Jobim


arr. Ellen Rowe

Davy Lazar, flugelhorn Jazz Ensemble Dennis Wilson, conductor

Enrique Crespo

Bruckner Etude University of Michigan Trombone Ensemble David Jackson, conductor

Baldwin Giang

I want you to be

II. Agitato

Joshua DeVries, cello

“Fantôches” from Fêtes Galantes FL.86

Claude Debussy

Margaret Tigue, soprano Annelisa Crabtree, piano

Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons

All of Me 

arr. Thad Jones

Marcus Elliot, tenor saxophone Jazz Ensemble Dennis Wilson

“Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets

Gustav Holst

University Symphony Orchestra Kenneth Kiesler

(Un)conscious Duality Hannah Marcus & Maddy Joss, dancers

Hannah Marcus

Alexander Gretchaninoff

Vecheri Tvoyeya tayniya Chamber Choir Jerry Blackstone, conductor

Edgar Meyer

Concert Duo for Violin and Bass I.

Janet Lyu, violin Megan McDevitt, double bass

Eugene Bozza

Jour d’été à la montagne

Au bord du torrent

Go Blue Piccs! Anna Thompson, Cassie Mullenix, Melissa Mashner & Onalee Kineman, piccolos

Northern Lights

Chamber Choir Julie Skadsem, conductor

Ēriks Ešenvalds

Alexej Gerassimez

Piazonore Back Pocket Duo Colin McCall, vibraphone Annie Jeng, piano

George Gershwin

An American in Paris University Symphony Orchestra Kenneth Kiesler, conductor

Antonio Soler

Fandango Luna Lemus-Bromley, dancer Sarah Simko, harpsichord

“Defying Gravity” from Wicked “Let it Go” from Frozen 

Stephen Schwartz Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

arr. Jason DeBord

Sarah-Lynn Marion, Jordyn Norkey, Audrey Rose Young & AnnEliza Canning-Skinner University of Michigan Musical Theatre Noah Kieserman, guitar; Martijn Appelo, piano Tom Sweeney, bass; Riley McFarland, drums Catherine A. Walker, music director Linda Goodrich, director

Symphony no. 2 in C Minor, “Resurrection� Im Tempo des Scherzos

Gustav Mahler

Kara Mulder, soprano Rehanna Thelwell, contralto University Symphony Orchestra & Choirs Kenneth Kiesler, conductor



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COLLAGE: A STUDY IN ANTITHESIS, A CELEBRATION OF VIRTUOSITY In 1975, conductor Gustav Meier, then a professor at the Eastman School of Music, attended a concert while attending the International Conference on Music Notation in Brussels. The performance featured a quartet, the Five Century Ensemble, comprising a soprano, tenor, cello, and harpsichord. The group performed music from every period, with the last note of each work overlapping the first note of the next. For Meier, it was a revelation. “We were torn from the 20th century to the 17th century to the 19th, then back to the 15th century,” said Meier. “We were all just stunned. It never occurred to me that such a programming technique could happen. What a contrast – old music, new music – so close together.” The Instrumentalist, 1980 Meier was so enamored of the concept that he presented a similar concert the following year at Eastman. Soon after, he was appointed professor of music and director of orchestras at U-M, and in 1977 he organized Michigan’s first Collage concert, based on the same unique format. That concert was a special presentation for the Midwestern Music Conference, held at U-M, and featured just three ensembles. But it was an instant hit, and has been performed annually ever since, becoming one of SMTD’s most thrilling and popular presentations. Above all else, Collage is a study in antithesis. It calls for rapid juxtaposition of musical styles and forms without the interruption of applause. Pieces are contrasted on the basis of composition period (old music versus new), scale (soloist versus band or orchestra versus small ensemble), or dynamic (quiet versus loud). Over the years, the concert has evolved this recipe to also include music of every genre--orchestra, band, choir, chamber music, opera, jazz, electronica, pop, musical theatre and more. Dance and theatre were also added, creating a full spectrum performing arts extravaganza, in which every area of performance studies at SMTD is represented. Planning for Collage begins each September, with a different faculty conductor acting as artistic director each year. In October, a call for submissions goes out to the entire student body at SMTD, seeking distinctive repertoire that show the performers at their highest level. In November, audition tapes are reviewed, “anchor” pieces for the large ensembles are chosen, and selections are made to create the most exciting and balanced variety of performances. The production itself is hugely challenging: lighting can be complex, necessitating precise cues; sound engineering requires critical coordination; stage management is carefully orchestrated to insure that every body is exactly where it must be at every moment. Students working behind-the-scenes team up with highly skilled professional technicians to produce the daunting presentation, providing exceptional hands-on experience. Altogether, approximately 400 students, on stage and off, are involved in the collaborative production. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Collage is a unique part of U-M’s history, and a powerful representation of the creativity and excellence that is at the heart of the University of Michigan.

GUSTAV MEIER, 1929–2016 Collage XL is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Professor Emeritus of Conducting Gustav Meier, who died last May at his home in Ann Arbor at age 86. Professor Meier, who founded Collage in 1977, was the dynamic and much-beloved professor of music and director of orchestras at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) from 1976-1996. Born in Switzerland, Meier was a graduate of the Zürich Conservatory and also studied at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Tanglewood Music Center. The conductor emeritus of the Greater Bridgeport (Connecticut), Symphony, where he served for 41 years, he was music director of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra from 1978 to 2006. Professor Meier was internationally known for his consummate pedagogical skills; in addition to U-M, he taught at Yale University (where, at the time, he was the youngest person to attain the rank of professor), Tanglewood Music Center, Eastman School of Music, and the Peabody Institute. At Michigan, Professor Meier trained a generation of conductors who went on to enjoy successful careers, including the late Yakov Kreizberg. His arrival at Michigan ushered in a new era of symphonic excellence when performances by the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) became highlights of the School’s concert calendar. In addition to Collage, which has become SMTD’s most high profile annual event, Professor Meier initiated the annual Halloween Concert, performed by a costumed orchestra and led by student conductors, which also continues to the present day, and took the USO on tour to Evian, France, in 1981 and Salzburg, Austria, in 1989. Professor Meier received the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1982. Honored with the Ditson Prize for his commitment to American music, he was also the recipient of awards from Harvard and Columbia universities, the Max Rudolf Award from the Conductors Guild of America, and honorary doctorates from Fairfield University (CT), Kalamazoo College (MI), and Michigan State University. In 2010, Meier’s book, The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor (Oxford University Press) was written to “demystify the conductor’s craft.” “Gustav was the epitome of collegiality and high artistic integrity,” said Jerry Blackstone, chair of the Department of Conducting. “We all knew that twinkle in his eyes, and loved every opportunity to hear him lead the orchestra, watch him teach, and receive his wise comments.”

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S MTD FACULT Y RE CI TA L S Now that you’ve experienced the amazing talent of our students, treat yourself to equally brilliant performances by their professors. All recitals are free, no tickets required.


22 Matthew Bengtson, piano – Britton Recital Hall (E.V. Moore Building), 4:30 PM 22 Stephen West, bass-baritone & Kathryn Goodson, piano –

Britton Recital Hall, 7 PM

28 Stanford Olsen, tenor & Kathleen Kelly, piano – Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM

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Faculty Showcase – Britton Recital Hall, 7:30 PM

Nancy Ambrose King, oboe – Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM Faculty Showcase – Britton Recital Hall, 7:30 PM Kathleen Kelly, piano – Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM Michigan Chamber Players – Britton Recital Hall, 4 PM Martin Katz, piano & Stephen Lancaster, baritone – Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM Jeffrey Lyman, bassoon – Stamps Auditorium (Walgreen Drama Center), 5 PM

Joan Holland, harp – Britton Recital Hall, 7:30 PM


09 Arthur Greene, piano & Solomia Soroka, violin – Britton Recital Hall, 7:30 PM 10 Joseph Gascho, harpsichord & David Daniels, countertenor –

Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM

12 Yizhak Schotten, viola & Katherine Collier, piano –

McIntosh Theatre (E.V. Moore Building), 8 PM

15 Evan Chambers, composition – Stamps Auditorium, 8 PM 21 Piano Circus – Chip Davis Technology Studio (E.V. Moore Building), 8 PM 23 Aaron Berofsky, violin & Philip Bush, piano – Stamps Auditorium, 8 PM 31 Kathryn Votapek, violin – Britton Recital Hall, 8 PM


05 Yoonshin Song, violin – Britton Recital Hall, 7:30 PM

COLLAGE XL Aaron P. Dworkin, Dean & Paul Boylan Collegiate Professor of Music University Bands Michael Haithcock, Director & Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Conducting H. Robert Reynolds, Director Emeritus of University Bands Courtney Snyder, Associate Director & Assistant Professor of Conducting John Pasquale, Associate Director & Donald R. Shepherd Assistant Professor of Conducting Andrea Brown, Assistant Director & Lecturer of Conducting University Choirs Jerry Blackstone, Director, Professor & Chair of Conducting Eugene Rogers, Associate Director & Associate Professor of Conducting Julie Skadsem, Associate Professor of Music Education University Orchestras Kenneth Kiesler, Director & Professor of Conducting Oriol Sans, Associate Director & Assistant Professor of Conducting Jazz & Improvisational Studies Ellen Rowe, Chair & Professor of Jazz Studies Dennis E. Wilson, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Music Matthew Albert, Chair & Assistant Professor of Chamber Music Joseph Gascho, Assistant Professor of Music Kathleen Kelly, Associate Professor of Music Stanford Olsen, Chair & Professor of Voice Dance Jessica Kimlat Fogel, Chair & Professor of Dance Musical Theatre Vincent Cardinal, Chair & Arthur and Martha Hearron Endowed Professor of Musical Theatre Theatre & Drama Priscilla Lindsay, Chair & Professor of Theatre Gillian Eaton, Assistant Professor of Theatre Collage Staff Kenneth Kiesler, Artistic Director Oriol Sans, Assistant to the Artistic Director Paul Feeny, Producer & Assistant Director of Ensemble Operations Anna Darnell, Ensembles Production Coordinator Nancy Uffner, Stage Manager Roger Arnett, Sound Engineer Mark Allen Berg, Lighting Director Jacqueline Saldana, Assistant Stage Manager Stephen Meyer & Diego Piedra, Lighting Booth Assistants Janet Lyu, Student Assistant Dane Racicot, Backstage Operations Manager Dianne Widzinski, Performance Hall Manager Cathy Behrendt & Andrew Wollner, Media Consultants Brandon Monzon, Publicist Tom Erickson & Rachel Francisco, Printed Programs

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Collage 2017 program  

Program for the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance 2017 Collage Concert on January 14, 2017 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Collage 2017 program  

Program for the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance 2017 Collage Concert on January 14, 2017 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor.