I’m delighted to share with you the 2017-18 Annual Report, with highlights from our 139th season that reflect both the wide array of performing artists we present and all the ways we connect artists and audiences off the stage.
My first season here at UMS has been remarkable, and I knew it would be. Artists who know UMS, from Wynton Marsalis to legendary conductor Sir Simon Rattle, have shared how much they appreciate the innovative ways UMS inspires and engages people of all ages — from our most seasoned subscribers to K-12 students who might be seeing a live performance for the first time.
Whether you attend a single performance or subscribe to the season, volunteer, sponsor a performance, and/or support our work with an annual or endowed gift — we appreciate your continued engagement and all that you make possible at UMS. The artists we present would agree, that what you have helped build here in Ann Arbor — and for Southeast Michigan — is simply extraordinary. Thank you.
Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9 were great. Loved the venue... We're longtime Henry Butler fans, but this collaboration brought out new dimensions in his composing and playing. Thanks, UMS, for taking the chance.
Wonderful experience... Nine amazing musicians — including two of the world’s greatest guitarists... I think they really gelled at the UMS venue and appreciated the audience participation. They clearly played their hearts out! One for the ages.
The performance of [Leonard Bernstein’s] Kaddish on Sunday was chilling, uplifting, remarkable — transcendental!... I had goosebumps... Once-in-a-lifetime experience... Unforgettable!
The tuba master class was spectacular — amazing insight nicely delivered; huge range of knowledge. LOVED the opportunity to attend! Thank you.
IT WAS AMAZING. Truly inspiring and a unique experience... I loved being able to have such an intimate experience with these incredible musicians... Absolutely adored the event; thank you!
Words cannot express how wonderful that experience was for the youth! None of them had ever listened to classical music outside of your workshop, and they were very captivated that all of those instruments together produced such beautiful music. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce them to the New York Philharmonic.
This was such a phenomenal performance! Edgy jazz mixed with other cultures. A refreshing performance. El Club is a good venue for UMS.
Loved it! An unforgettable one-man show, amazing story-telling, with lots of nuances and wonderful energy. The performance was fun from beginning to end. The [bath house] venue couldn't have been more perfect.
The most stunning performance I have seen EVER at UMS!... The statement was powerful and poignant. I'm still thinking about it and remembering moments days later... I was captivated, amazed... moved! I’m so glad I took the chance and attended.
I am so, so glad that No Safety Net is being presented now, while we are trying to stimulate conversations on campus about free speech... The performance pushed, provoked, and stimulated me in all the ways theater should. It was incredibly uncomfortable, but also inspiring in so many ways.
Thank you all so much for this amazing event — a preview and follow-up to the performance of Us/Them. We are all blown away. My students are still talking about the power of this experience, plus, they feel bonded.
My 16-year-old daughter and I attended last night's performance and both loved it... It was such a treat to see Misty Copeland dance... The trio of Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio just drew us in; their swagger, humor, friendship, and banter were infectious... The venue, costumes, and music were magical.
It's so inspiring to see a woman of color be successful and work with a top organization.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime performance, amazing and unforgettable on every level... The major soloists were astonishing in their power and beauty. And the chorus added immeasurably to the overall powerful effects.
I had an unforgettable experience singing through Porgy and Bess in its entirety for the first time at UMS! To be onstage with an incredible group of artists who’ve sung this great piece many times, was truly inspiring. From day one the bond and connection we all had was like being at a family gathering!
UMS hosting Kaleidoscope was such a great opportunity because it gave Shaunie and I the chance to work on material we would normally never be able to explore.
The fact that Jillian came and visited with the girls in person was so meaningful and powerful. The fact that she actually looks like them, that she went to college, and that she’s studying and working in New York was really amazing for them to see... Jillian represented and shared all that we teach at Girls Group.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host an intimate conversation with Abdullah Ibrahim for Detroit-area scholars, activists, and leading jazz artists, including Marian Hayden and James Carter. Abdullah is a legendary musician with an immense spiritual presence, which was quite evident as he reflected on his experiences resisting apartheid in South Africa. Our collaborative partnership with UMS is instrumental in building a cultural bridge between Ann Arbor and Detroit.
These performances have opened up a world for me. I grew up in a poor household, so I did not have the luxury to attend many cultural performances. The fact that we, as students, get discounted, often free, tickets to performances has allowed me to explore some parts of my identity.
UMS unsettles us in the best way and shakes up our narratives and assumptions, whether you are a 21st Century Artist intern or a sophomore in mechanical engineering... [their] integrative and immersive approach to presenting the arts opens the door for students to change the way they view the world, and their own potential, at a pivotal point in their education
What strikes me as pretty extraordinary is the way UMS extends opportunities for U-M faculty to engage students in reflection and conversation, in a safe and inclusive way, around performances that cover important and timely topics. It's quite remarkable what UMS brings to our community — both to Ann Arbor and to the University of Michigan.
UMS School Day Performances, coupled with the pre- and post-show in-class workshops, provided an enormous service... As a teacher of severely emotionally impaired students, this opportunity to prepare, experience, and process a live arts performance is, for many, a first-time event... Gerald Clayton [Piedmont Blues] and his work inspired us all in the power of art to provide a medium for tough conversations and forgiveness.
Thank you for working with our students at Eastpointe High School. They really appreciated your time and enjoyed meeting students from other schools and viewing their work. At this time, in particular, it makes a huge impact on these students to show them their voices are being heard. Thank you again!
Though my students were shy at first, they warmed up and really appreciated working with people who looked like them... They gave students permission to tell their own stories and helped them realize that even grown adults deal with the same issues they do. It made a big impression.
A community of nearly 1,500 donors contributed gifts of all sizes: annual gifts of $50 to $100,000, a new endowment, and a $1.6 million bequest — helping to ensure the creative, intellectual, and cultural vibrancy on campus and in our community is as vibrant as ever. And over 40 named endowment funds at UMS will continue to generate important annual operating support each season, giving forward for future generations.
|Foundation & Government Grants||9%|
|Education & Community Engagement||13%|
|Administration & Development||15%|