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

JAM3A
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:
Spektral Quartet x Tarek Yamani

Wednesday, October 27 - Saturday, November 27, 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.

Program

Works by Tarek Yamani:

Berytus (world premiere for string quartet)
Skylines Ahead (for string quartet and Lebanese percussion)

Preview

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.

Iconic trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra welcome students back to Hill Auditorium for our return to in-person School Day Performances.

The Takács Quartet returns for a special collaboration with accordion and bandoneon player Julien Labro, including new works by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner.

Program

Bryce Dessner Circles *
Julien Labro Meditation No. 1
Dino Saluzzi Minguito
J. S. Bach (arr. Labro) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Julien Labro Astoración
Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F Major
Clarice Assad Clash *

* UMS co-commission / World-premiere performance

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

Join artists from A.I.M by Kyle Abraham for a 75-minute exploration of the company’s signature movement style.

No dance training or experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

Now celebrating over two decades of dynamic, adventurous, and imaginative music-making, Imani Winds is a groundbreaking ensemble deeply committed to education.

Now celebrating over two decades of dynamic, adventurous, and imaginative music-making, Imani Winds is a groundbreaking ensemble deeply committed to education.

The Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet present a program called (im)migration: music of change, commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times we live in.

Program

Ramón Mongo Santamaria (Arr. V Coleman) Afro Blue
Florence Price Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint
Jessie Montgomery Sergeant McCauley (UMS Co-Commission)
Roberto Sierra Concierto de Cámara

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.

Join fellow readers and engage in a three-part discussion exploring Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, part of the Parable Path A2Ypsi Community Read.

UMS and the Copernicus Center for Polish Studies are proud to present a collection of Polish posters of Fiddler on the Roof from the last four decades. Each creation, by some of the most significant artists of the Polish School of Poster Design, uniquely captures an aspect of this rich musical play.

Join artists from Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández for a 75-minute exploration of the company’s signature movement style.

No dance training or experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

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.

You’ll experience the explosion of colors, movement, and music that celebrates the vibrant tapestry of Mexican culture in this exciting livestream from Hill Auditorium.

Return to Hill Auditorium to experience the explosion of colors, movement, and music that celebrates the vibrant tapestry of Mexican culture.

Explore some of the signature movements and roots of this colorful and dynamic art form in this 90-minute UMS 101 workshop that correlates with the February 6, 2022 UMS performance of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández.

Electronic music producer Jlin performs tracks from her new EP album, Embryo, in a stunning DJ set immersed with live projections.

Lebanese choreographer and theater maker Ali Chahrour draws inspiration from Arabic stories, legends, and poems relating to love. Performed in Arabic with English supertitles.

Join artists from Ali Chahrour’s Layl (Night) for a 75-minute exploration of the company’s signature movement style.

No dance training or experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

This roundtable features scholars of the Jewish experience in Eastern Europe and specialists in Yiddish who will provide the historical context and geo-political setting of the play, discuss the translation and adaptation of the original Yiddish text into the English-language play, explore the role of the play in representations of Jews and Jewish culture in North America and Europe, and analyze some of the key themes of the play.

A discussion exploring the current crisis taking place in the corner of Europe where the fictional shtetl of Anatevka was set, as well as concurrent crises, showing the ongoing relevance of a key theme of Fiddler on the Roof, that of people forced from their home into desperate circumstances.

Professional Broadway singers Chuck Cooper (Tevye) and Loretta Ables Sayre (Golde) star alongside phenomenally talented U-M Musical Theatre students in this lightly-staged concert performance.

Back by Popular Demand!

Join fellow readers and engage in a three-part discussion exploring Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, part of the Parable Path A2Ypsi Community Read.

Recognized as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers” (Boston Globe), lyric tenor and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance alumnus Nicholas Phan leads a digital-exclusive recital of songs written by women composers.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Matias Tarnopolsky and Doris Parent join a discussion about the value of orchestral programming today, ways exclusionary history is being addressed, and the development of new frames and contexts.

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.

Fri Program

conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Wynton Marsalis Tuba Concerto
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68

Sat Program

conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann

Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (“The Great”)

Join Hai-Ye Ni, Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for a masterclass with students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Join Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for a masterclass with students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Join Dara Morales, Assistant Principal Violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for a masterclass with students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Join Ricardo Morales, Principal Clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for a masterclass with students at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Back by Popular Demand!

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.

Through a series of monthly workshops intended to build vaccine confidence held from February through May 2022, Washtenaw County youth are invited to learn new skills as means of self-expression, communication, and self-care.

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.

In celebration of the UMS presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, Booksweet is proud to partner with Northside to explore the book’s themes of self-reliance and embracing change.

A participatory microcinema. A ritual for worlds present in the now.

Take a journey with the characters from Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower and join the Institute for the Humanities’ Public Intern’s Scavenger Hunt!

An exploration of Afrofuturism in a variety of art forms, including music, literature, film, video, and the visual arts. Featuring Naomi Andre, Tananarive Due, John Jennings, and Susana Morris. Moderated by Christopher Audain. 

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27, 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.

Young piano sensation Benjamin Grosvenor makes his UMS debut in an electrifying recital program.

Program

César Franck Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
Franz Liszt Sonata in b minor, S. 178
Isaac Albéniz Iberia (Book 1)
Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau
Maurice Ravel La valse

Join fellow readers and engage in a three-part discussion exploring Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, part of the Parable Path A2Ypsi Community Read.

UMS 101: SW!NG OUT

Thursday, March 31, 2022

SW!NG OUT
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!

This digital concert features three world premieres by Clarice Assad, Bryce Dessner, and Julien Labro, all written for string quartet plus bandoneón and co-commissioned by UMS as part of the Music Accord commissioning consortium.

Program

Bryce Dessner Circles
Julien Labro Meditation No. 1
Clarice Assad Clash

Dance Party! Twelve extraordinary dancers will show how much fun it can be to celebrate the history and tradition of Lindy Hop, an American dance form, in this special one-hour family performance.

Join artists from Caleb Teicher & Company for a 75-minute exploration of their signature movement style.

No dance training or experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

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 wildly different performances.

Joyce DiDonato explores the majesty, might, and mystery of Nature in EDEN, joined by original instrument ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro in a night of evocative music and theatrical effects.

Featuring music from Clay in the Woods and Karen Jane Ludwig and poetry from Malin Andersson.

HOME

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.

From Ash Arder, UMS/U-M Flint Artist in Residence, rock garden is a presentation of in-progress physical forms and conceptual ideas exploring the relationship between Black musical performance and ecological belonging.

Sibling cello and piano duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason return to Ann Arbor and close the 2021/22 season.

Program

Frank Bridge Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, H. 125
Benjamin Britten Cello Sonata, Op. 65
Karen Khachaturian Cello Sonata
Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40

The Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet join forces for a special digital presentation, featuring a UMS Co-Commission that was composed by the Catalyst Quartet’s former violinist, Jessie Montgomery.

UMS Live Session:
Tammy Lakkis

Friday, May 13 - Monday, June 13, 2022

Singer, songwriter, producer, and DJ Tammy Lakkis performs a digital-exclusive set, filmed and recorded at Spot Lite in East Detroit.

We know it’s been a challenging year. UMS and our partners at UMMA want to show our appreciation for all that you do!

All singers are welcome to this popular choral reading session!

Experience Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, in his first live UMS appearance!

The Emerson String Quartet returns to Ann Arbor as part of its farewell tour.

Program

Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Johannes Brahms String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67
George Walker Lyric for Strings
Antonin Dvořák String Quaret No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105

Sir András Schiff brings masterful and intellectual insights to his performances which have inspired audiences and critics alike. The program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, with each selection introduced from the stage.

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra kick off our season of in-person School Day Performances with a Big Band concert tailored for young people.

Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise combines a symphony orchestra, a jazz orchestra, and a chorus in a 12-movement arc built on the structure of the Blues, that moves from uplifting and energetic to dark and distressing to Marsalis’s vision of the “togetherness and ascendance” of humanity.

Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra honor the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, while presenting a stunning variety of new works from illustrious names.

Electrifying conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to Ann Arbor as part of a limited US tour with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Program

Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85
Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel Symphony
Claude Debussy La mer

Pina Bausch’s pioneering work, one of the first that established her iconic approach to dance theater, is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from more than a dozen African countries. Rite is paired with a new work created, performed, and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny, the founder of the Senegalese company École des Sables who is widely considered “the mother of contemporary African dance,” and Malou Airuado, who performed leading roles in many of Bausch’s early works as a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

In its third UMS appearance, The Danish String Quartet brings its Doppelgänger project, an ambitious four-year international commissioning project in which composers create new works in response to a masterwork by Franz Schubert.

Program

Franz Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)
Lotta Wennäkoski Pige
Franz Schubert “Death and the Maiden” (Schubert song arranged by the Danish String Quartet)

For this School Day Performance Aida Cuevas, known as the “Queen of Ranchera Music,” exhibits her stunning vocals and her unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music.

With a career of over 40 years and nearly as many albums, Grammy Award-winner Aida Cuevas, “the Queen of Ranchera Music, “is joined by Mariachi Aztlán, one of the top collegiate mariachi bands in the country.

Berliner Philharmoniker
in two different programs

Friday, November 18 - Saturday, November 19, 2022

The Berlin Philharmonic’s new chief conductor, Kirill Petrenko, makes his UMS debut with this two-concert residency.

Fri Program

Andrew Norman Unstuck
W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 207
Erich Korngold Symphony in F-Sharp Major, Op. 40

Sat Program

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7

Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 4, 2022

Ann Arbor’s most beloved holiday tradition with the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony in Hill Auditorium.

For this special performance in Hill Auditorium, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman brings together pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Juilliard String Quartet for a mixed chamber music program.

Program

Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
Ernest Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

When Punch Brothers and Béla Fleck come together in this special double-bill evening, one thing is certain: audiences benefit from their lifelong devotion to bluegrass as much as the musicians.

The Takács Quartet and Jeremy Denk return to Rackham Auditorium with a program featuring Fanny Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Schumann.

Program

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 1
Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet in E-Flat Major
Robert Schumann Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44

Climate change — an issue that is frequently cited by youth as one of the most pressing issues of our time — takes center stage in this ingenious theatrical presentation.

Are we not drawn onward to new erA
Ontroerend Goed

Friday, January 20 - Saturday, January 21, 2023

Like its title, this performance is a palindrome that you will be able to see both forwards and backwards. A visual metaphor for this crucial moment in our future history, tracing the process of human moving towards their downfall — or their salvation.

Diehl’s new project, Mirror, showcases his fluency in both classical repertoire and dynamic jazz improvisation, connecting Bach’s counterpoint with the vocabulary of bebop.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra of top Black and Latinx professional musicians from around the country presents its first national tour.

Program

Carlos Simon Motherboxx Connection
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Ballade for Orchestra
Valerie Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout
Michael Abels Delights and Dances
Traditional, arr. Augustus Hill Fix Me, Jesus
Carlos Cordero Holding Our Breath
Joel Thompson Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
John Legend / Common, arr. Eugene Rogers “Glory” from Selma

Joshua Bell, violin

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

With a discography of more than 40 albums and a career spanning over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and music director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era.

Brno Philharmonic

Friday, February 10, 2023

Dennis Russell Davies and the Brno Philharmonic perform works from Leoš Janáček and William Bolcom alongside the UMS Choral Union, brass players from SMTD, and organist Christian Schmitt.

Program

Leoš Janáček Sinfonietta
William Bolcom Humoresk for Organ and Orchestra
Leoš Janáček Glagolitic Mass

Ballet Preljocaj
Swan Lake

Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19, 2023

Contemporary dance superstar Angelin Preljocaj tackles the Mount Everest of the ballet world with his new take on Swan Lake.

“Maria Schneider is a national treasure,” proclaims National Public Radio. The 2019 NEA Jazz Master, 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist (for her 2020 album Data Lords), and seven-time Grammy winner brings her 18-member collective to Hill Auditorium for their UMS debut.

Step Afrika!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Step Afrika! introduces audiences to the importance of stepping in cultural identity and the use of body percussion as a means of communication.

Step Afrika! integrates song, dance, storytelling, humor, and audience participation in highlighting the importance of stepping in cultural identity and the use of body percussion as a means of communication.

Violinist Daniel Hope returns with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in a new program that takes a deep dive into the rich repertoire of American music, exploring its roots and distinctive qualities.

Program

Aaron Copland “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
Duke Ellington “Come Sunday” from Black, Brown and Beige
Florence Price Adoration
Kurt Weill American Song Suite
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Aaron Copland “At the River” from Old American Songs
Philip Glass Echorus
George Gershwin Song Suite

Farida Mohammad Ali was born in 1963 in Kerbala, Iraq, and has established a reputation throughout the Arab world for her brilliant performances of the classical maqam, a form of Arab art music traditionally sung by men.

Chineke! Orchestra

Saturday, March 25, 2023

UK-based Chineke! Orchestra makes its UMS debut, in a program featuring Florence Price’s first symphony and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto performed by Elena Urioste.

Program

Carlos Simon Fate Now Conquers
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto in g minor
Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in e minor

A UMS favorite since her 2017 debut, Cécile McLorin Salvant continues to defy expectations with her genre-obliterating virtuosity.

American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer Julius Eastman was young, gay, and Black when it was even more difficult to be young, gay and Black in America. The Los Angeles music collective Wild Up is carrying the music of Julius Eastman forward, performing his chamber work Femenine.

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