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April 14, 2017

UMS in the Classroom: The Knights with Avi Avital, Kinan Azmeh, and Colin Jacobsen


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
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Organizational Studies
  • Political Science
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Conducting
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Business



  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the Purcell, Golijov, Bach, and traditional pieces on the program. What qualities does each piece bring out in the instruments and the musicians? Why do you think the Knights constructed the program in this way?
  • This concert program juxtaposes the Baroque-era music of Henry Purcell and J.S. Bach with original music from Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Klezmer sources. How do the different musical styles represented on this program come together to create a unified concert experience?