Rochester Community Concert Band presents ‘From Stage to Screen’

Dr. Jeffrey Heisler In its last concert of the regular season, the Rochester Community Concert Band (RCCB), conducted by Paul F. DeRubeis, will present ‘From Stage to Screen’ on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University.  Parking for Varner Hall can be found on the west side of the building, lot P36, 149 Library Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309. Handicapped parking is available on the north end of the lot, with drop-off access to the lobby of the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Varner Act II Gala Honors Oakland University’s Musical Past While Shining a Bright Spotlight on its Future

Varner Hall, on the campus of Oakland University (OU), has spent the last two years going through much-needed renovations and is finally ready for its close-up. To celebrate, the esteemed OU School of Music, Theatre and Dance is staging the Varner Act II Gala — a show-stopping musical revue under the direction of Teri Hansen in the Varner Studio Theatre. Hansen, a visiting assistant professor, brings a wealth of screen (Film/TV) and stage (Broadway/London's West End) experience to this fresh … [Read more...]

‘How I Became a Pirate’ with Shadow Signing for the Deaf

Oakland University presents ‘How I Became a Pirate,’ a children’s musical, June 3-5 When you’re a pirate, you don’t have to eat vegetables or go to bed at all. You can talk rough, sword fight, and say “Arrrgh!” any time you want. It’s a perfect life … except that there is no one to tuck you in at night, give you kisses, or read stories to you. What’s a pirate to do? Find out when Oakland University’s Department of Theatre presents How I Became a Pirate, a children’s musical, from June … [Read more...]

Michigan Dance Festival Comes to OU

Oakland University (OU) to co-host 23rd Annual Michigan Dance Festival The Michigan Dance Council (MDC) and Oakland University will co-host the Michigan Dance Festival on Saturday, October 13 in Varner Hall on the OU campus. “This is the 23rd anniversary of the Michigan Dance Council’s Annual Dance Festival,” said Gregory Patterson, associate professor of dance at Oakland University and chair of the OU Department of Dance. “We are always excited for this event since it brings in dancers … [Read more...]

Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert at Oakland University

Young Artists Concert to Feature Oakland Symphony Orchestra Student Performers Four Oakland University (OU) music students will perform with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra (OSO) during the 21st Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert, which takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 in Varner Recital Hall on OU’s campus. The students are the winners of the 2017-2018 Oakland University Concerto Competition and were selected to reprise their performance with the OSO. “The concerto … [Read more...]

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Forms at Oakland University

Oakland University Unveils School of Music, Theatre and Dance  The Oakland University (OU) Board of Trustees voted at its August formal meeting to approve the creation of a School of Music, Theatre and Dance. This move follows a consistent expansion and transformation of programs offered by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance over the past 32 years. “We developed the School of Music, Theatre and Dance to be housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and led by Distinguished … [Read more...]

Angela Cheng Headlines First Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University Series Recital

The first recital of the 2015-2016 Chamber Music Society of Detroit at Oakland University series will feature pianist Angela Cheng, who takes the stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 in OU's Varner Recital Hall. Selections performed by Cheng include: Haydn’s Sonata No. 60 in C major,Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D minor, and three works by Chopin: the Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61, and Ballade Nos. 1 in G minor and 4 in F minor. Cheng was a Gold Medalist of the Arthur Rubinstein International … [Read more...]

Italian American Reconciliation

  This Weekend at OU The Epicenter Theatre Group offers its latest production, Italian American Reconciliation, to Rochester area theater fans. The comedy finishes its run this weekend at Oakland University’s Varner Hall Studio Theatre. The play is directed by Karen Sheridan. She is recognized in the Detroit theater scene, including Meadowbrook theatre, as an award winning actor as well. Called a “comic masterpiece,” Italian American Reconciliation, a play by John Patrick Shanley, will … [Read more...]

Oakland University Alumni form a New Professional Theatre Group

Marco Zaccagnini graduated from Oakland University in 2006 from the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. His passion for the stage led him to start the Epicenter Theatre Group. Marco is president of the new non-profit group based here in Michigan. The group is comprised of 10 like-minded individuals, many with ties to the Oakland University.� Getting Started  Their first production, Glengarry Glen Ross, took place this summer at The Varner Hall Studio on the campus of Oakland … [Read more...]