Our ticket programs for college and high school students.
- Half-Price Tickets
- UMS Student Rush Tickets
- Dig In With UMS
- Bert's Ticket
- Courses That Integrate UMS
- Busting Student Myths
UMS will set aside a limited quantity of student tickets in select seating areas at half-price. Purchase online at ums.org/students or in person at the League Ticket Office. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on September 8, 2014 until they sell out, or until 11:59 pm the night before the performance (11:59 pm on Thursdays for weekend performances). Students must be enrolled in a degree program. Student ID must be presented to pick up tickets; if no student ID is presented, student must forfeit tickets or pay full ticket price.
The Fine Print: Not valid on $10 tickets or for events that sell out on subscription. Quantities are limited. For events with multiple performances, half-price tickets may only be available for select performances. Limit two half-price tickets per person per event. Tickets purchased online are subject to a $3 per ticket handling fee.
If available, UMS student rush tickets will be offered online at ums.org/students or in person at the League Ticket Office. Online tickets are available beginning at 12:01 am the day of the performance (Fridays for weekend performances). Cost is $10 per ticket when purchased online or in person at the League Ticket Office and $20 when purchased starting 90 minutes before the performance at the venue. Student ID must be presented to pick up tickets; if no student ID is presented, student must forfeit tickets or pay full ticket price.
The Fine Print: Limit two tickets per person. Online sales end 2.5 hours before the performance start time. Tickets purchased online are subject to a $3 per ticket handling fee. Rush tickets are not guaranteed for any performance.
Anticipated rush tickets availability is posted about two weeks prior to the performance.
Dig In With UMS
UMS brings performing artists from all over the world to perform right here in your own backyard. What better way to get to know these artists than through their cuisine? Dig In With UMS is a ticket package that includes a great seat at the performance, exclusive access to a pre-show dinner featuring food from the artist’s region of the world, and a fun activity to get you thinking about the performance in a whole new way.
All student tickets — including Dig In With UMS tickets — will go on sale in on September 8, 2014. More information about events and performances coming in August 2014.
Dig In With UMS is sponsored by UM Credit Union and Arts at Michigan with support from the University of Michigan Alumni Association.
Dig In Event #1: Kiss, Cry, & Eat Breakfast for Dinner
Dig In Event #2: San Francisco Treats: Sex, Scandals, and Symphony
Dig In Event #3: UMS Student Committee’s 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party
Dig In Event #4: Rotterdam Philharmonic – Classical Music Trivia & Frites
Dig In Event #5: Kyle Abraham – Hip Hop Candy Mountain
For undergraduate first-year and second-year students
Photo: Bert Askwith holds “Thank you” card signed by U-M students.
Founder of Bert’s Cafe and Study Lounge, Bert Askwith is a 103-year-old U-M alumnus and is prouder than ever to be a Wolverine. Bert feels so strongly that the performing arts are an essential part of the U-M experience that he is providing every U-M first- or second-year undergraduate student with a free ticket to a UMS performance this season.
How to order
• On the first business day of the month tickets for eligible performances will be available for the two months that follow. For example, on October 1, tickets become available for all eligible performances through the end of November. Check out the list below to see which performances are available for your Bert’s ticket!
• Stop by the Michigan League Office (911 N. University Ave.) with your Student ID to claim your Bert’s Ticket – limit one free ticket per academic year.
• If you’d like to attend the performance with a friend or family member you can purchase one $10 “companion” ticket (your companion does not have to be a U-M student—it’s your student ID we really care about).
• Offer not valid at the door or on previously purchased tickets.
• You must order in-person at the Michigan League during regular business hours (M-F 9-5, Sat 10-1).
• Offer valid Tuesday, September 2 – Sunday, April 26.
Worried about sitting alone?
All of Bert’s Tickets are seated in a block, so you will be sitting with other first- and second-year students. Attend solo and meet new people at the concert or coordinate with your friends to attend the same performance.
2014-2015 Eligible performances
|21||Royal Shakespeare Company Live in HD: Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona|
|27||Emerson String Quartet|
|28||National Theatre Live: Euripides’ Medea|
|10||Kiss & Cry - Charleroi Danses|
|24||Théâtre de la Ville: Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author|
|31-Nov 1||superposition | Ryoji Ikeda|
|Oct 31-1||superposition | Ryoji Ikeda|
|1||The Big Squeeze: An Accordion Summit|
|13-14||San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas, music director|
|19||Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele|
|23||Yuja Wang, piano and Leonidas Kavakos, violin|
|9||Rossini’s William Tell - Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra and Chorus
|23||Compagnie Marie Chouinard|
|24-25||Mariinsky Orchestra - Valery Gergiev, music director|
|5||Tomasz Stańko, trumpet|
|6||Jennifer Koh, violin|
|14||Mendelssohn’s Elijah – UMS Choral Union and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra|
|15||Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis|
|19||Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor|
|20||The Campbell Brothers perform John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme|
|22||Trisha Brown Dance Company|
|12||A Bill Frisell Americana Celebration|
|13-14||Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion|
|25||Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Jeremy Denk, piano|
|9||Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester|
|17||Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits|
|23||Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra - Myung-Whun Chung, conductor|
|26||Lyon Opera Ballet / Cinderella|
|26||Richard Goode, piano|
U-M students shair their experiences of Winter 2013 “Engaging Performance” course:
Upcoming Courses: Winter 2014
UC (Sophomore Seminar HU) 250.002, ENGLISH 290.002, MUSPERF 200.001
Instructors: Linda Gregerson (English) and Clare Croft (Dance)
Registration and Course Guide
How does a performance ask a question? How does it shape and express our view of the world? What does performance demand of viewers? What does it offer that other media – digital, print, cinematic – cannot offer? In what sense can it be construed – and pursued – as a mode of research? How does it alter our sense of time? This course, Engaging Performance, asks students to explore what it means to pay rigorous attention to others and themselves in the space of live performance. We explore the possibilities of live performance by attending and responding to seven performances across the UMS season, by reading about performance, engaging in short performance activities, touring backstage performance space, and speaking with artists. We’ll be seeking to enlarge our powers of responding to performance descriptively, analytically, and creatively. Indeed, we’ll be seeking to break down the boundaries between analytic and creative response.
Engaging Performance is made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a partnership between the University of Michigan and the University Musical Society. The course gives students a rare opportunity to see a series of UMS events and interact closely with visiting artists who are internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Students will attend live performances by eighth blackbird, a new music ensemble; the Mariinsky Orchestra, a large world-renowned symphony; Compagnie Non Nova, an experimental theatre ensemble; Trisha Brown Dance Company, a landmark postmodern dance company; Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion, a contemporary dance company merging modern dance and hip hop forms; St. Academy of the Fields, a chamber orchestra; and Brazilian musician and democracy activist Gilberto Gil. These performances constitute the course’s primary “textbook,” and the full package of tickets is available to students enrolled in the course for the dramatically reduced rate of $105.
Classroom activities will include discussion before and after each performance; readings about performance in general; exploration of performance “behind the scenes” with UMS staff, visiting artists, and guest faculty; and hands-on response to the performance experience.
Engaging Performance is part of the LSA Sophomore Initiative and counts toward Humanities Distribution credit. It is open to undergraduates at all levels and across all departments at the University of Michigan; no previous experience or special training in arts is required.
For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Student Committee put together a few student myths about UMS – and then busted them! Check out some of these common misconceptions and learn more about our student programs.
Myth 1: Tickets are expensive!
Wrong! All students (not just University of Michigan students!) can get 50% off student tickets in great locations to most UMS performances. University of Michigan undergraduate first and second year students are also eligible to receive one free Bert’s Ticket to a UMS performance of their choice. And, for those last-minute plans, $10 student rush tickets are available beginning at 12:01 am the day of many UMS performances, though these aren’t guaranteed.
Myth 2: UMS just presents classical music.
Wrong! UMS actually presents all kinds of performances, from classical music and chamber music to theater, dance, jazz, global, and even Indie music. Check out our full 2014-2015 season to explore all of our offerings.
Myth 3: I won’t fit in, or I have to dress up to attend a UMS performance.
Wrong! There’s no dress code at UMS performances. While there’s sometimes a culture of dressing up nicely for classical music orchestra performances and recitals, most of our audiences dress casually. We encourage you to wear what you want to the performance – this is Ann Arbor, after all!
Myth 4: It takes too much of a time commitment to go to a UMS performance.
Wrong! UMS performances vary in length, but they generally begin at 7:30 pm or 8 pm and last an hour or two. Most UMS performances are right here on University of Michigan campus. You can enjoy world-class artists all before 10 pm, when the night is still young.
Got more questions or myths? Contact the UMS Student Committee at email@example.com.