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Pease set ablaze

(12/10/12 1:12am)

I’m a typical ex-band geek from high school. I’m not versed in every well-known piece from the Baroque period, but I know some major works of major composers. Unfortunately for Igor Stravinsky enthusiasts, I knew nothing about his works, but Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Music and Dance changed all of that.

‘Merchant of Venice’ still relevant today

(10/21/12 11:04pm)

Nobleman Bassanio is in a bit of a pickle. While seeking to woo the beautiful heiress Portia, he finds himself short of the funds necessary to have a shot at love with the lady. His friend Antonio may be able to secure a loan for him through the moneylender Shylock, a Jewish man, but Shylock doesn’t exactly maintain the highest opinion of the notably anti-Semitic Antonio. So in the event of the debt being unpaid, Shylock demands a pound of Antonio’s flesh.

Halloween is the time to see a musical at your local theater

(10/11/12 3:26am)

October is one of the most wonderful times of the year in my opinion. We get to bust out our boots and sweaters and spend weekends at haunted houses and cider mills. Forget Christmas carols; Halloween can make us want to sing too. While there aren’t exactly Halloween carols or radio stations that exclusively play such music for several weeks before the holiday, there are a few musicals for those who love this time of year so much they just want to sing.