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2021/22 Season Virtual Preview

Looking Forward

Thank you for being a loyal subscriber and/or donor to UMS! Enjoy watching a special virtual preview of our 2021/22 season, originally streamed Tuesday, May 4. Learn about UMS’s in-person performances, as well as safety plans, ticketing, and more.

You can also preview a listing of all 2021/22 season events below. The full season will be publicly announced at on Thursday, May 13, with season tickets going on sale on Monday, May 17.


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2021/22 Season Lineup

Event pages with more information about each event will be published online at on Thursday, May 13.


Big Band Holidays
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Sun Nov 28 // 6 pm
Hill Auditorium


UMS Co-Commission
Takács Quartet with Julien Labro, accordions
Fri Dec 3 // 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium
Program to include new works by Bryce Dessner and Claudia Assad, Ravel’s String Quartet, and a solo set with Julien Labro

Handel’s Messiah
UMS Choral Union
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Scott Hanoian, conductor
Sat Dec 4 // 7:30 pm
Sun Dec 5 // 2 pm
Hill Auditorium


UMS Co-Commission
A.I.M.: Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth
A new work by Kyle Abraham and Jlin
Fri Jan 7 // 8 pm
Sat Jan 8 // 8 pm
Power Center

UMS Co-Commission
Imani Winds and The Catalyst Quartet
Sat Jan 29 // 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium

Program: (im)migration
Mongo Santamaria Afro Blue (Imani)
Heitor Villa-Lobos String Quartet No. 1 (Catalyst)
Jessie Montgomery Sergeant McCauley (Imani + Catalyst)
Roberto Sierra Concierto de Camára (Imani + Catalyst)

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Janai Brugger, soprano
Sun, Jan 30 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

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


Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernández, artistic director
Sun Feb 6 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

Night • Layl
A Performance by Ali Chahrour
Sat Feb 12 // 8 pm
Power Center

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
With Orchestral Arrangements by John Williams
Original NY stage production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins
Originally produced on the New York stage by Harold Prince
Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arthur Perl
Grand Rapids Symphony
Andy Einhorn, music director and conductor
Matthew Ozawa, director
Sat Feb 19 // 8 pm
Sun Feb 20 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium


The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor and music director
Nathalie Stutzmann, principal guest conductor
Carol Jantsch, tuba
David Kim, violin
Davóne Tines, baritone (digital concert only)
Fri Mar 11 // 8 pm
Sat Mar 12 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

Program (Fri 3/11, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin)
Wynton Marsalis Tuba Concerto
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68

Program (Sat 3/12, 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”)

National Arab Orchestra
Michael Ibrahim, conductor and oud
Abeer Nehme, vocals
UMS Choral Union (Scott Hanoian, music director)
Sat Mar 19
Hill Auditorium

Parable of the Sower
Creation, Music, and Lyrics by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon
Directed by Eric Ting
Based on the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, by Octavia E. Butler
Fri Mar 25 // 8 pm
Sat Mar 26 // 8 pm
Power Center

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Sun, Mar 27 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

César Franck Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
Robert Schumann Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
Isaac Albéniz Iberia (Book 1)
Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau
Maurice Ravel La valse


Swing Out
Caleb Teicher, choreographer with
Lindy Hop champions Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, and Nathan Bugh
Eyal Vilner’s Big Band
Fri Apr 1 // 8 pm
Sat Apr 2 // 8 pm
Power Center

Sahra: An Evening of Performance
Tawil & Khoury: Zombie Frequencies of the Palestinian Diaspora
Tammy Lakkis
Kabareh Cheikhats
Sat Apr 9 // 8 pm
Spot Lite (2905 Beaufait Street, Detroit)

UMS Co-Commission
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev, conductor
Marie Lambert, director
Thu Apr 14 // 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Redman / Mehldau / McBride / Blade
A MoodSwing Reunion
Thu Apr 21 // 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Created by Geoff Sobelle
Scenic design by Steven Dufala
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Fri Apr 22 // 8 pm
Sat Apr 23 // 8 pm
Power Center

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
Tue Apr 26 // 7:30 pm
Rackham Auditorium

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