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November 2011

In This Issue

  • Hill Concert This Weekend!
  • Alumni Cottage Inn Thursday
  • White Tie and Tailgate before the Wisconsin game
  • Football and Fall Hill: A Changing Tradition

Hill Concert November 20

The 2010 Annual Fall Concert will take place this Saturday, November 20th at 8PM in Hill Auditorium. Tickets are available at http://ummgc.org/events/tickets.

The Men’s Glee Club presents a diverse program of music from the United States, Italy, England, Estonia, Japan, and India. It features the haunting sounds of Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’s Incantatio maris stella, a piece extolling the power of the sea. The program also features music by Viadana, Palestrina, Handel, Amy Beach, Kirstina Rasmussen, Irving Fine, and Oscar-winning film composer A.R. Rahman, as well as traditional Michigan songs.

Alumni Cottage Inn - Thursday, November 18

As always, we invite any alumni returning to Ann Arbor for the Fall Concert to join us at The Original Cottage Inn after our dress rehearsal. Join us at 10pm for an evening of song, camaraderie, food, and drink.

Alumni White Tie and Tailgate - Saturday, November 20th

If you'll be in town for the football game against Wisconsin Saturday morning, stop by the annual White Tie and Tailgate at Kenville Dance Studio, 323 East Hoover St, just a block from the stadium. The tailgate will get started around 9am.

Click here for the location and you get directions by clicking "Directions" on the left side of your screen.

Bright Lights, Big Dilemma

Director Paul Rardin

The recent renovations at Michigan Stadium have been receiving a great deal of press in recent months. Reaction has largely been very positive; many of the basic amenities have been improved greatly, and people with larger paychecks than my own rave about the new box suites.

There is, however, an upgrade to the stadium that has created a major challenge for the Men’s Glee Club in scheduling our Fall 2011 concert: the addition of permanent lights. This allows the option of mid-afternoon and evening kickoffs throughout the season – in past years, home kickoffs in November had always taken place at noon or 1:00pm.

A 3:30pm kickoff would effectively steal half of our audience, and an 8pm kickoff would obliterate it (along with many of our singers!). With TV networks making most if not all of these decisions, we likely won’t know kickoff times until mere weeks or days before the game.

So while we salivated at the possibility of a concert Saturday, November 19, 2011, which would take place after the already-hyped in-conference meeting between Michigan and Nebraska, we made the difficult decision to err on the side of caution and schedule our concert one week earlier: Saturday, November 12. The very likely possibility of a late kickoff (Athletic Director Dave Brandon informed us that an evening kickoff was unlikely but possible, and a 3:30 kickoff was “absolutely” possible) was just too big a gamble.

We sincerely hope that you’ll mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8:00 pm (take that, networks! We set our own start times around here…) for our 152nd Annual Fall Concert. Please come “home” to join us on this “away” weekend. No harm in a White Tie and Tailgate around a TV set, is there?