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November 13, 2019

3 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with UMS


From the Christmas decor fanatic to the ultimate shopping skeptic, UMS offers something for everyone this holiday season! Discover three different ways to celebrate with the performing arts this December…

Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
1. Bring the Whole Family…

Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

(Recommended for ages 8+)

Sun Dec 1 at 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

Kick off the most wonderful time of the year with the entire family! Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bring seasonal confections that put the heart and soul into the holidays, featuring smooth-as-silk baritone Denzal Sinclaire and teen phenom Alexis Morrast, a recent first-place winner of Showtime at the Apollo.

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handel's messiah
2. Start a Tradition…

Handel’s Messiah

(Recommended for ages 12+)

Sat-Sun Dec 7-8
Hill Auditorium

UMS’s beloved annual presentation of Handel’s oratorio returns, with Hill Auditorium decked out in full festive flair! Scott Hanoian leads the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union, joined by star debuts including soprano Jeanine De Bique and bass-baritone Philippe Sly.

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Taylor Mac
3. Leave it to the Grown-Ups…

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

(For ages 16+; contains provocative adult themes)

Sat-Sun Dec 14-15
Power Center

Theater artist Taylor Mac reframes the songs you love and the holidays you hate, taking aim at Santa’s lap, nativity scenes, consumerism, and more in a dazzling, and at times shocking, take-down of the sentimentality of the holidays. Stay after the show for a souvenir from the “Naughty or Nice” photo station with fabulous members of the company!

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