From campus to the Quincy Mine Hoist, Michigan Tech is making sure the hills of the Copper Country are alive with the sound of music this week. Six concerts will take place over four days. In what may be a musical first, hard hats will be a necessary accessory for spectators during New Music in the Mine. Pat Booth on saxophone, Adam Meckler on trumpet, Adam Hall on cello, and the conScience Chamber Singers under the direction of Jared Anderson.
Audience participation will be a staple of the shows. During With Wings Attached: New Music Inspired by Bird Song, performer Libby Meyer’s Wild Beauty will be offset by patrons making their own wildlife calls. The Bergonzi Trio, staples of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, will also have a part in the show, which happens at the Rozsa Center Saturday beginning at 7:30 PM.
The shows wrap on Sunday afternoon with pianist Stephen Rush, who is putting a spin on the traditional recital. On top of the standard tuning pins and strings, nuts, bolts, and plastic are tossed into the inner workings of his grand piano to create a sound that Rush likens to something “somewhere between a broken cuckoo clock, a gamelan, and a broken windup toy.”