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May 6, 2021

2021/22 Season Preview: The Philadelphia Orchestra Returns


UMS will present our schedule for 2021/22 in-person performances on May 13! Each week until then, we will offer a special sneak peek…

The Philadelphia Orchestra

UMS is proud to announce a new creative partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2022.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s rich history with UMS dates back more than a century, first performing in Hill Auditorium in 1913 and serving as the orchestra-in-residence for the Ann Arbor May Festival for nearly 50 years from 1936-1984.

We are thrilled to begin a new 21st-century residency in the 2021/22 season, featuring two live concerts in Hill Auditorium, a digital presentation, and a series of master classes and student engagement events with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Enjoy a preview of what’s to come before our full concert details are announced on May 13:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Nathalie Stutzmann

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann

Two Exciting Programs in Hill Auditorium

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor Nathalie Stutzmann (in her UMS debut) will each lead a unique program in Hill Auditorium. Soloists include Concertmaster David Kim and Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch (a proud U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance alumna), who premieres a new concerto by Wynton Marsalis.

Carol Jantsch

U-M SMTD alumna Carol Jantsch

While in Ann Arbor, members of the orchestra will participate in a series of master classes and educational opportunities.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in concert

UMS and The Philadelphia Orchestra are collaborating on a new semi-staged theatrical concert performance of Fiddler on the Roof, featuring the world premiere live performances of John Williams’s Academy Award-winning 1971 adaptation of the beloved musical score by composer Jerry Bock. The production, which will feature both Broadway stars and students from the University of Michigan’s celebrated Department of Musical Theatre, will begin in Ann Arbor in February with the Grand Rapids Symphony and then transfer to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s subscription series at the Kimmel Center.

Free Digital Presentation

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines and The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a suite of arias by John Adams (“Shake the Heavens” from El Niño) and Anthony Davis (Malcolm’s Aria from X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X), as well as a work that he co-wrote with Igee Dieudonné in memory of Breonna Taylor, in a digital program available to UMS audiences. Watch a preview:


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