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April 30, 2020

Introducing the 2020/21 Season


Purpose. Perspective. Possibilities. Welcome to our 142nd season.

“UMS has served as a present and positive force within our community throughout its 142-year history, providing purpose, perspective, and a sense of possibility for all of us in trying times.” — UMS president Matthew VanBesien.

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For Our Patrons & Season Ticketholders

2020/21 Season Tickets are available now.

You are our top priority. UMS is fully committed to the health and safety of our audiences, and will provide all flexibility and accommodation possible in the months ahead. See Season Ticket FAQs

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Season Highlights

Berlin Philharmonic
UMS proudly welcomes the next chapter of the Berlin Philharmonic‘s magnificent legacy with the Ann Arbor debut of maestro Kirill Petrenko. UMS is the only stop on their US tour to have an artistic residency as part of their appearance.

South Pacific
UMS turns from presenter to producer in a new theatrical concert experience of South Pacific, featuring University of Michigan Musical Theatre students working alongside a Broadway cast and creative team.

'Night' by Ali Chahrour
The 2020/21 season introduces an all-new UMS series, The Arab World and its Diaspora. One of four programs is Ali Chahrour’s Layl (Night), which draws inspiration from Arabic stories, legends, and poems relating to love.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
Paul Taylor Dance Company opens the 2020/21 season in the Power Center, with two different programs that celebrate the choreographer’s legacy and innovation in movement.

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster
Curious audiences will continue to discover unexpected ideas in UMS Renegade, which includes two acclaimed works from the United Kingdom: Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster and Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation.

Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade
In A MoodSwing Reunion, saxophonist Joshua Redman reunites his original group — Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Brian Blade — for an unforgettable performance of new and signature works.

Itzhak Perlman
Celebrating 50 years of performances in Hill Auditorium after his UMS debut in 1970, revered violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman returns in recital with pianist and collaborator Rohan De Silva.

Bela Fleck
Banjo virtuoso and 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck brings together a veritable “who’s who” of bluegrass masters in an extremely limited tour.

Imani Winds
Imani Winds joins forces with the Catalyst Quartet in a program titled (im)migration: music of change — featuring a UMS commission by composer and Catalyst violinist Jessie Montgomery.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in 15 years, for a special Hill Auditorium performance with the cultural richness of Mexico in each dance.


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Dive deeper into the new season with our sampler playlist, featuring 20 selections from artists across our Choral Union, Chamber Arts, Jazz, and Arab World and its Diaspora series.

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