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For Students

Our ticket programs for college and high school students.

  • Half-Price Tickets
  • UMS will set aside a limited quantity of student tickets in select seating areas at half-price. Purchase online at 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.

  • UMS Student Rush Tickets
  • If available, UMS student rush tickets will be offered online at 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.

    We anticipate that student rush tickets will be available for:
    4/17: Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
    4/19: Artemis Quartet
    4/24-26: Lyon Opera Ballet: Cinderella
    4/26: Richard Goode, piano


  • Dig In With UMS
  • 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

    Date: Saturday, October 11
    Time: 5:30-7:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm performance in the Power Center
    Venue: Rackham Graduate Building – 4th Floor (915 E. Washington Street)
    Event Description: Charleroi Danses, a Belgium dance company dedicated to contemporary performance, performs Kiss & Cry in the Power Center on Saturday, October 11. A romantic piece that incorporates elements of theater, dance, and film, Kiss & Cry unfolds within a miniature set filmed live and projected onto a large cinema screen. Join us on Saturday, October 11 for a pre-show Dig In With UMS supper of Belgian waffles and chocolates. Our activity for the evening will be to create our own narrative in miniature, captured on video for Instagram.

    Dig In Event #2: San Francisco Treats: Sex, Scandals, and Symphony

    Date: Friday, November 14
    Time: 6-7:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm performance in Hill Auditorium
    Venue: U-M Alumni Center (200 Fletcher Street)
    Event Description: The San Francisco Symphony performs under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas in Hill Auditorium on Friday, November 14. The orchestra’s program includes Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe, a symphonie choréographique about the love between the goat herder Daphnis and the shepherdess Chloe. One of the sexiest orchestral works ever composed, Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe is the inspiration for our Dig In With UMS activity on Friday, November 14: Classical Music Trivia: Sex, Scandals, and Symphony. And for dinner? Dim Sum, our favorite San Francisco treat.

    Dig In Event #3: UMS Student Committee’s 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party

    Date: Saturday, December 6
    Time: 6-7:30 pm, followed by an 8 pm performance in Hill Auditorium
    Venue: Rackham Graduate Building – 4th Floor (915 E. Washington Street)
    Event Description: Start the holiday season off right with some cookie decorating, holiday music trivia, and a truly heinous sweater. Pizza will be served and fun prizes will be awarded. Your Ugly Sweater Party ticket includes a seat at the UMS Choral Union and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, an Ann Arbor holiday tradition since 1878.

    Dig In Event #4: Rotterdam Philharmonic – Classical Music Trivia & Frites

    Date: Thursday, February 19
    Time: 5:30-7:00 pm, followed by a 7:30 pm performance in Hill Auditorium
    Venue: U-M Alumni Center (200 Fletcher Street)
    Event Description: The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra performs with pianist Hélène Grimaud under the direction of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Hill Auditorium on Thursday, February 19. Join us before the concert for a Dig In With UMS dinner featuring some of our favorite foods from the Netherlands (think fries and gouda, friends) and classical music trivia.


  • Bert's Ticket
  • For undergraduate first-year and second-year students

    Bert Askwith holds THANK YOU card from U-M 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
    18 Belcea Quartet
    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
    9 Quatuor Ébène
    13-14 San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas, music director
    15 Bob James
    19 Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele
    23 Yuja Wang, piano and Leonidas Kavakos, violin


    6-7 Handel’s Messiah
    9 Rossini’s William Tell – Teatro Regio Torino Orchestra and Chorus


    17 eighth blackbird
    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


    4 Gilberto Gil
    9 Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester
    17 Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits
    19 Artemis Quartet
    26 Lyon Opera Ballet / Cinderella
    24-26 Richard Goode, piano
  • Courses That Integrate UMS
  • U-M students shair their experiences of Winter 2013 “Engaging Performance” course:

    Upcoming Courses: Winter 2014

    Engaging Performance
    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/, 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 or

  • Busting Student Myths
  • 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


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