Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 5:21pm

The first thing LSA senior Kailyn Bondoni learned about poetry was that it rhymes. The second was that haikus existed. The third was that free verse also existed, which, in turn, erased the first lesson she learned.

Bondoni’s journey to artistic expression, particularly in poetry, began in her fourth grade classroom. Her teacher read and recited “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 4:46pm

Every fall, the senior class of the University of Michigan’s prestigious Musical Theatre program puts together a performance to kick off their final year and welcome freshmen to campus. In years past, the senior entrance has taken the form of a private live performance for the musical theatre students and faculty only. The special show is typically about 15 minutes long, featuring funny and personalized rewrites of lyrics to famous musical theatre songs. 

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 5:29pm
A piece titled “Slug Money”

New York City

Going to elementary school every morning in New York City, I would always look out the train window hoping to catch a glimpse of something I could never quite forget. Painted on the wall about midway between the 103 and 96 St. stops on the 1 train line in Manhattan, there were two vividly-depicted life-sized rats schemingly grimacing at one another. An assortment of wildly-written words, profanities and codenames I didn’t understand surrounded them.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:35pm

Amid sudden concert cancellations for performing artists across the globe, students and professionals have scrambled to find the best mediums to keep art alive in a socially distanced world. One day in early April, Music, Theatre & Dance students Alissa Freeman and Hillary Santoso conceived an idea about a concert series through Instagram. As a result of the pandemic, they saw themselves and every professional musician around them, from their peers to their own teachers, quickly lose their gigs and scheduled performances.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 3:36pm

Community chamber orchestras are at the heart of towns and cities across America. Volunteer, amateur musicians often comprise these ensembles, yet some ensembles employ high-level, local freelance professionals and students at nearby universities. The Ann Arbor Camerata (AAC), founded in 2006, is of the latter variety. Until 2019, the AAC existed as a traditional community chamber orchestra that regularly performed in local churches.

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 5:44pm

The funny thing is, oranges aren’t really even in season right now. Yet lately I can’t seem to get enough of them. My family has been buying sacks and sacks of oranges; I grab one every time I head out on a walk, the juice making my fingers freeze in the brisk Northeastern April air. Or I have one at 2 a.m., the orange residue working its way under my fingertips as I wonder why I’m still up.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 5:21pm

Music, Theatre & Dance professor Matthew Albert is the former violinist of the Grammy award-winning contemporary classical music ensemble Eighth Blackbird and serves as the current chair of the Department of Chamber Music in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In a phone interview with The Daily, he spoke about his role as a now active substitute violinist for Eighth Blackbird, the group’s canceled concerts scheduled in March, his own adjustment to the reality of the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences at the University.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 4:02pm

Though they might have gotten only four rehearsals in, it is clear that the School of Music, Theatre & Dance production of “My One and Only” was going to be something special. Directed by Music, Theatre & Dance professor Linda Goodrich, this musical theater piece, set in 1927, tells the fictional story of Capt. Billy Buck Chandler as he prepares to attempt the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 5:52pm

Last weekend, Outta This World Booking, a local booking group I spoke with a few columns ago, put out a compilation album featuring 10 bands from Southeast Michigan. When I found out about this, I checked out their newly-formed Bandcamp page, bought the album and hit play.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:37pm

The social distancing rules put into effect in response to the COVID-19 crisis have affected everyone greatly, but those who are in creative and artistic professions —  whose livelihoods depend on public engagements — have been hit extremely hard by these changes. In the University of Michigan community, important student and faculty projects have been postponed or canceled altogether, many of which were milestones in students’ artistic careers, like senior recitals and theses.