Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 5:48pm
NOSELL

As a high school student, I remember asking my friends if they’d be interested in coming with me to various classical music concerts. We’d dress nicely — not too nicely, of course — and sit in the faraway student-ticket sections of incredibly high-end concert venues. We’d turn off our cell phones and disconnect from our Internet-based high school lives. It was the only occasion in which we would choose to forget about social media and virtual interaction for hours at a time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 5:39pm
NOSELL

As you can probably tell from my byline, I’m The Daily’s community culture columnist. As I wrote in my application two years ago, my column focuses on “the intersection between history, culture and the performing arts.” I’ve spent the past two years analyzing performances I’ve attended in Ann Arbor and beyond. I’ve written about everything from “Mean Girls” to “Le Marteau sans Maître.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:48pm
NOSELL

Is it possible to revive a staple of the Broadway repertoire while staying true to the original production? And if not, should revivals instead strive to forge new ground? Is there a point at which a revival is too groundbreaking to be a revival, at which the revival must be understood as an entirely new creative product?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:59pm
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This past week, as the media hype continued to build around the Roundabout Theatre Company’s upcoming Broadway production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s “Caroline, or Change,” I found myself reanalyzing and reconsidering this complex work. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:29pm
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“What could Tina Fey possibly hope to achieve in this next version of ‘Mean Girls?,’ I asked myself. I had just read the news of Fey’s newest venture: a movie, based on her musical, based on her earlier movie. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 4:14pm
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The atmosphere before Saturday night’s Minnesota Orchestra concert at Hill Auditorium was electric. The orchestra was dressed in white-tie attire, the choir in black ties. This was the University Musical Society’s first performance of the decade in Hill Auditorium. It was an all-Sibelius concert conducted by Finnish conductor (and noted Sibelius enthusiast) Osmo Vänskä.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:56pm
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This past weekend, I happened upon an old recording of composer Ted Hearne’s “Word for Word” for large orchestra. In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that the piece was premiered by the New York Youth Symphony in 2011 under the direction of Paul Haas, a former composition teacher of mine. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:15pm
NOSELL

Over the past month, as I boarded four flights and about ten bus rides, I found myself listening to the same recording over and over: Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s 2012 recording of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

I’d set out to study the opera over the holiday break because I plan on referencing it in an upcoming project. “Don Giovanni” is a seminal work in the opera repertoire — some consider it to be the best opera ever written.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 7:48pm
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The Michigan Daily first became aware of the University of Michigan’s use of non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in December 2018 while reporting on alleged sexual misconduct. The existence of these agreements surfaced in the course of investigations into sexual misconduct allegations against University faculty members. 

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 11:18pm
NOSELL

It was also not particularly groundbreaking humor — it wasn’t meant to offend or moralize — but it was smart and engaging.