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  School of Music
125 years of tradition and a strong future

For 125 years, the School of Music has provided the world with scholars and performers who have impacted arenas in music, dance and theater. This tradition of excellence continues and will be celebrated with a season of concerts and events programmed to celebrate the school's rich history and bright future.

Highlights include the 125th Anniversary Inaugural Concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in Rackham Auditorium with the Michigan Chamber players and a welcome by the school's new dean, Christopher Kendall. The program will feature works by Aaron Copland and Antonin Dvorak. On Sept. 26, longtime members of the school faculty will discuss "Tales of the School of Music: Thoughts and Ideas from 125 Years of Music at Michigan" at 7 p.m. in the E.V. Moore Building.

Throughout the anniversary year, the school will present audiences with opportunities to witness the evolution and maturation of its students and the professional expertise of its faculty and guests.

Among the featured events are: the University Symphony Orchestra (USO) and Choral Union presenting Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony"; Horton Foote's "1918"; Rodgers' and Hart's "The Boys from Syracuse"; Claude Monteverdi's opera "The Coronation of Poppea"; Moises Kaufman's "The Laramie Project"; Georges Feydeau's "A Flea in Her Ear."

There also will be an evening of modern dance set to music in "Dance to the Music: A Celebration of U-M Composers"; Avery Hopwood's "The Gold Diggers"; the USO and the University Choirs presenting Vaughan-Williams' "A Sea Symphony"; and the Symphony Band and USO in an evening of music by John Corigliano.

Michael Daugherty's and Wayne Koestenbaum's opera "Jackie O" and James Dapogny's revival and reconstruction of James P. Johnson's "The Dreamy Kid" and "De Organizer" will continue the celebration. "The Burial at Thebes" by Seamus Heaney and "Seussical" by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty round out the drama, opera and musical theater presentations for the season.

The celebration will culminate with the Collage Concert, a fast-paced event that highlights all the ensembles and departments of the school.

The performances will be interspersed with recitals, workshops and concerts by U-M students, faculty and guests.

A full schedule of events is available at

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