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May 14, 2014

This Day in UMS: Twentieth Annual UMS May Festival

By Nisreen Salka

Editor’s Note: “This day in UMS History” is an occasional series of vignettes drawn from UMS’s historical archive. If you have a personal story or particular memory from attending the performance featured here, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

May 14-17, 1913: Twentieth Annual UMS May Festival


Featuring five concerts over five evenings, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, UMS Choral Union, and the Children’s Choir were featured on the Twentieth Annual May Festival, the opening series of concerts at Hill Auditorium. The opening concert featured works by Wagner, Beethoven, A.A. Stanley, and Brahms.

Hill Auditorium celebrated its one hundredth birthday on May 14, 2013. If you’d like to learn more about our history with the storied venue, watch our documentary A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone.


Nisreen Salka is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a dual degree in business administration at the Ross School of Business and screen arts and cultures at the School of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She works as an intern in the marketing department for the University Musical Society. In her free time, Nisreen enjoys writing, experimenting with new recipes, and talking continuously for long periods of time.