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2021-2022 Season


UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Presented by the Arab American National Museum

Thursday, September 23 - Sunday, September 26, 2021
JAM3A, which is Arabic for “gathering,” is a free virtual music and arts festival celebrating Arab talent, community, and identity.

BLISS is a Michigan Opera Theatre production that replays three sublime minutes of The Marriage of Figaro with the same cast and the same orchestra, without pause, for 12 hours.

UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Join our world premiere documentary film exploring the creation of a new work for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Hailed as “the world’s greatest tenor” by The Telegraph, Jonas Kaufmann has been an international star since his sensational breakout appearance in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera, performing over 70 different roles in the world’s leading opera houses.

Digital Artist Residency:
Tarek Yamani & Spektral Quartet

Wednesday, October 27 - Wednesday, November 3, 2021

As the culmination of their collaborative 2020/21 UMS Digital Artist Residency, the Spektral Quartet performs the world premiere of a new four-movement suite composed by Tarek Yamani.

Audiences everywhere simply love Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, known as the greatest mariachi in the world!

UMS champion and iconic trumpeter Wynton Marsalis welcomes audiences back to Hill Auditorium this Thanksgiving Weekend, when his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings its fun, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza to brighten up the season.

With 25 UMS performances since its 1984 debut, the Takács Quartet returns after its complete Beethoven cycle in the 2016/17 season and its digital concert during the pandemic for a special collaboration with the extraordinary French-born accordion and bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro.

Choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and electronic music pioneer Jlin have come together to create a new work through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor.

In this special digital performance, bass-baritone and activist Davóne Tines intersperses a group of readings with musical selections for a powerful, expressive sermon on themes of social justice.

Originally scheduled for January 2021, the Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet present a joint program called (im)migration: music of change.

As Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its performances as part of the Sphinx Competition.

Mexico’s national dance company returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in over 15 years in a special Hill Auditorium performance that showcases the cultural richness of México.

Fiddler on the Roof in Concert

Saturday, February 19 - Sunday, February 20, 2022

As we emerge from the pandemic, Fiddler on the Roof provides a unique opportunity to explore the impact of how our communities and traditions are impacted by surrounding socio-political upheavals.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Ann Arbor for a two-performance residency, with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the first night and principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann the second.

Founded a decade ago by Detroit-born conductor Michael Ibrahim, the National Arab Orchestra is dedicated to preserving and performing classical and contemporary Arab music.

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Friday, March 25 - Saturday, March 26, 2022

Based on the post-apocalyptic novel written in 1993 by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying work that harnesses two centuries of Black music.

Benjamin Grosvenor makes his UMS debut — two years after it was originally scheduled and then postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by Caleb Teicher

Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to the concert stage!

UMS’s Arab World focus closes with Sahra, which is Arabic for “soiree” or “evening.” This event — held at a new performance and gallery space in Detroit — brings together three wildly different performances.

Mezzo-soprano and UMS Digital Residency Artist Joyce DiDonato turns her creative vision and artistry to her next great passion: EDEN.


Friday, April 22 - Saturday, April 23, 2022

After a year spent examining the interiors of our own homes in excruciating detail and fantasizing about others through Zillow, a theater piece that explores the idea of “home” may seem counterintuitive. Yet this piece, which premiered in 2017, takes a completely different look at these structures that not only house us but, in many ways, define who we are.

The sibling duo of Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason return to Ann Arbor for a recital to close out the 2021/22 season.

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