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Matthew’s Picks: Must-See Events in the 2019/20 Season



UMS President Matthew VanBesien shares six programs he is particularly excited to bring to Ann Arbor in our 2019/20 season. Use his recommendations to create your own Series:You performance series, or dive deeper into each performance below:

AmadeusAmadeus Live

Sun Sep 15
Hill Auditorium

“The best-selling event of our season on subscription features the iconic 1984 film with live music by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the UMS Choral Union.”

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Thu-Fri Oct 24-25
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

“Julia Bullock is a one-of-a-kind artist who is electrifying the classical music world with her ambitious and socially conscious programming. She brings her newest song/theater work, which premiered in Paris in April, juxtaposing Schumann’s Dichterliebe with new songs by Bernard Foccroulle that focus on a woman trying to emigrate to Europe from Syria.”

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Angélique Kidjo

Sun Feb 16
Michigan Theater

“Global pop star Angélique Kidjo reclaims rock for Africa with her version of the Talking Heads’ landmark album, Remain in Light.”

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New York Philharmonic String Quartet

Sun Mar 22
Rackham Auditorium

“It’s a pleasure to welcome my former colleagues from NYC back to Ann Arbor, in a special opportunity to experience their incredible virtuosity up close.”

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Fri-Sat Apr 3-4
Power Center

“Through illusion, stagecraft, and choreography, this meditation on our relationship with our living spaces and the relentless passage of time explores what it takes to make a house a home.”

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Swan Lake

Thu-Sun Apr 16-19
Detroit Opera House

“American Ballet Theatre’s stunning production is set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score, with five performances at the Detroit Opera House.”

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