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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: Colin Stetson: Sorrow


Interested in using a UMS performance in your university classroom? For each performance on the season, we provide suggested curricular connections, links to contextual material online, citations for scholarly material, and prompts for classroom discussion. For additional resources and individualized curricular support, please contact Shannon Fitzsimons Moen, UMS Campus Engagement Specialist, at or (734) 764-3903.

UMS is also committed to making our performances an affordable part of the academic experience. Our Classroom Ticket Program provides $15 tickets to students and faculty for performances that are a course requirement. Please email to set up a group order.


This performance may connect meaningfully with courses in the following schools and disciplines:

  • Comparative Literature
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Chamber Music
  • Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
  • Musicology
  • Strings
  • Wind & Percussion
  • Social Work
  • Medicine
  • Nursing


  • Pitchfork analyzes Stetson’s adaptation of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony into Sorrow,¬†and Stetson talks to Fact magazine about the work.
  • Learn more about the original composer in Thomas Adrian’s Gorecki (1997, Oxford University Press).


  • Listen to excerpts from Gorecki’s Third Symphony. How does it differ from Stetson’s Sorrow? How are they similar? How do the differences between the works shape your experience of each? Why do you think Stetson made the adaptive choices that he did?
  • Stetson says that black metal music was an influence on him as he was developing Sorrow. Where do you hear that influence in the final work?