2016-17 Annual Report: See our year in Review
I’m delighted to share with you the UMS 2017 Annual Report, which looks back on extraordinary moments from the 2016-17 season — reflecting the wide array of artistic brilliance we bring to the stage and the creative learning that engages audiences off the stage. Whether you attend a single performance or subscribe to the season, volunteer, and/or support our work with a gift, please know we value your engagement and all that you make possible at UMS.
As we look back, we are also leaning forward as we envision and create the next chapter for UMS. The performing arts have always played an important and unique role in engaging the world — one we believe is more vital than ever. I look forward to meeting all of you in the coming months as we share another season of innovative artistry and extraordinary experiences. Thank you for helping UMS bring the world to Michigan.
UMS has given me so many incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities...from watching the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to seeing Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, every performance has been absolutely exquisite. I firmly believe that music and the arts add so much vibrancy to a community...
Fantastic jazz from a stellar performer + watching the talented skateboarders was a real treat. This is the sort of event that makes one a lifetime supporter of UMS and the great programming you all continue to deliver. Thank you very much for a great time!
I've heard a lot of other performances of Beethoven's 9th but this was the best one ever...a truly incredible evening. What an incredible group of artists! Thank you for giving us this glorious evening.
I made an eight-hour round-trip to see the Sunday concert...What a fantastic experience to see and hear them in person! Still pinching myself that I saw the world's best orchestra so close to home!
This production was very moving and inspirational! Attendance should be mandatory for all who live in USA.
As an immigrant...I am grateful this creative community-based art project is being done...It is empowering to hear the stories of individuals and groups that are never heard, [and] to affirm, acknowledge, and embrace one another’s identities...Thank you ALL who are part of this work but more important, I APPRECIATE the cast for being brave to share your stories!!!!
Never really be so quick to judge and be judgmental of people because you really don’t know their circumstances...or even what they’re going through at that time...I just hope this opens people’s eyes to just be kind.
I thought this is what the Renegade series should be about! Three performers filled the space for an hour...it worked! Loved the Detroit / Ann Arbor connection! ...I feel proud that UMS provided an actual boxing ring for this performance.
Your work was honestly the perfect show for me in this specific moment of time. My cheeks were literally sore from smiling so much...Not only was it a feel-good show, but being surrounded by the lively audience had such an impact on the performance as well. I mean the little boy in the front row, you can’t beat that...
Music For 18 Musicians is my all-time favorite contemporary classical piece and seeing it performed live was a dream come true. The ensemble was impeccable and as always, Hill Auditorium is a fantastic place to see such a show...to see it performed live was amazing...For one hour and eight minutes I was spellbound, living in musical heaven...Thank you so much UMS for helping me to live a dream!
Incredible immersive theater. The use of such intimate 3-D sound brought everyone into the Amazon rain forest...Simon McBurney’s acting helped shape the world in which we were immersed. Complicite does it again.
Outstanding. Thanks so much for the broadcast!
|UMS Endowment Interest||8%|
|Foundations and Government||7%|
|Administration & Development||15%|
I LOVE ushering students to UMS musical events, where they share an incredibly creative, mind expanding, inspiring experience!!! The energy they exude before and after the performance is such a transformation. As a former teacher, I leave UMS events feeling so grateful that OUR TOWN truly gives to the Arts and gives Art to our community! And for our future generations!
Because of UMS's incredible commitment to bringing incredible artists here and making them extremely accessible to students, I have experienced much more here than any of my friends who are students in other major "art" cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
UMS goes above and beyond when it comes to making the arts deeply meaningful to the young people in our region. Without exception, each performance my students attended through UMS was far more than simply seeing a show. In addition to developing arts appreciation in young people, their education team thinks broadly about how the arts can act as a catalyst to opening hearts and minds...remarkable learning takes place.
It was a life changing moment to have had the opportunity to conduct for Sir Simon Rattle. His insight and love of the music was an inspiration for me. He was very generous and encouraging to us...It is truly remarkable that I can say that I worked with him...I can’t wait for the next time something like this happens here at the University of Michigan!
Dear DakhaBrakha, Thank you for the performance. It was amazing. It was awesome the way you took Ukrainian style and mixed it with all types of other styles from all over the world...I heard you do things on YouTube that I will be sure to watch. Thank you very much for the performance and keep on going! PS: Will our class and all the others be able to come to another UMS performance? (I hope so.)
Thank you for the awesome classes. My farvite [sic] part is tap dancing. Ms. Jennie and Ms. Suzin [sic] let us make sounds on the tap board. I liked math, reading, writing, and science...Everything I did was fun. I want to be in a tap dance class to show what I already know, and learn even more every time.
Thank you for inviting us to the Dorrance Dance performance...I am thankful because you invited us even tho we didn’t have enough money to buy tickets...and for all the tap dance teachers and especially Michelle Dorrance.
At the University of Michigan Credit Union, we're thrilled that in its first year the UMCU Arts Adventures Program has already increased access to extraordinary arts experiences and exceptional learning opportunities for hundreds of students.
It’s a pleasure to give thanks to Ken Fischer for his amazing 30 years of service to UMS, U-M, Ann Arbor, and the Southeast Michigan community. Ken and the UMS team have built something in Ann Arbor that is absolutely priceless – and he’s built it for everybody.