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UMS’s Arts Roundup: October 8

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories  and share them with you.  Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

  • The DSO isn’t the only performing arts organization in financial trouble. The Dutch government has proposed closing the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, dismantling the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Metrople Orchestra, and the Netherlands Radio Choir.

Artist Updates

  • Time has run out at 3711 Woodward Ave, and the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra are on strike.
  • The Metropolitan Opera opens fifth season of live high-def broadcasts this weekend with Wagner’s Das Rheingold.
  • Riccardo Muti cancels his fall Chicago Symphony appearances due to illness, but violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was up to the task, directing the season-opening Symphony Ball.

UMS News

  • Barbara Hoover of The Detroit News and Susan Nisbett of Ann Arbor.com offer a glimpse at this weekend’s Paul Taylor performances
  • And the AnnArbor.com review of Thursday night’s opening performance appeared this morning.
  • Valergy Gergiev and the orchestra formerly known as the Kirov (now the Mariinsky) visit Ann Arbor on Sunday with a program of Rachmaninoff and Mahler.
  • Japanese butoh troupe Sankai Juku, appearing as part of the UMS dance season in late October, opened their residency at New York City’s Joyce Theater this week.
  • Murray Perahia cancels fall tour (including Nov 10 UMS concert) due to hand problems; Vladimir Feltsman takes his place with program of Mozart, Schubert and Chopin
  • Takacs Quartet Schubert Concert: AnnArbor.com preview, Kahane out, Feltsman in (again!) for Schubert’s last piano sonata.

Local Shout-Outs

  • This is the last weekend to head west to see Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize finalists. The winner of the $250,000 top prize was announced yesterday!

Just For Fun

  • Think dance is just for the world’s clubs and stages? Check out this choreographed in-flight safety demonstration by Cebu Pacific. Look out Southwest, somebody’s trying to up the fun quotient!

UMS’s Arts Roundup: September 17

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories  and share them with you.  Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

Artist Updates

  • Pianist Glenn Gould:  Nut or Genius? A fresh look through a new documentary.
  • NPR talks with Patti LuPone about life on Broadway and her new memoir
  • A reflective Riccardo Muti starts his tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

UMS News

  • Don Calamia reviews opening theater production, Susurrus, for Encore Michigan

Local Shout-Outs

Just For Fun

  • Guess there can be only one Graceland:  the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas is closing

UMS’s Arts Roundup: September 10

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories  and share them with you.  Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

Artist Updates

  • And the winner is…The Kennedy Center announces its 2010 honorees
  • Former Boston Symphony Orchestra onductor Seiji Ozawa on life and work after cancer
  • Answering questions about the origins of the universe:  a look at choreographer Liz Lerman’s new work
  • Leonard Slatkin extends contract as guest conductor with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

UMS News

  • Ann Arbor.com previews UMS’s opening production, Susurrus
  • And the first review is in!

Local Shout-Outs

  • Michigan State steps up with new music program for Detroit students
  • U-M faculty member Evan Chambers and the University Symphony Orchestra celebrate the release of The Old Burying Ground


UMS’s Arts Roundup: September 3

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

  • “Soundcheck Smackdown” looks at the impact and value of live cinema broadcasts.
  • The New York Times asks, “Does music make you exercise harder?”

Artist Updates

Local Shout-Outs

  • No Labor Day Weekend plans? Head downtown to the 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival.

Just For Fun

  • Graduating from Kindergarten hardly an accomplishment for this 6-year-old piano prodigy.
  • Need to kickstart your workday? Flashmob-turned-flashdance got things jumping at Liverpool Station.

UMS’s Arts Roundup: August 27

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

  • Pianomania puts the wishes of the world’s greatest pianists in the spotlight from the perspective of their Steinway technician
  • The Wall Street Journal takes a look at how a new generation of leadership is changing the role of art museums

Artist Updates

  • Just who is  Grupo Corpo? Here’s a primer from UK’s The Guardian
  • And now that you know them,  check out a review of Grupo Corpo’s  latest work, Parabelo
  • In tough times, the Seattle Symphony opts for a “new” approach, commissioning 18 new works for the 10/11 season
  • The New York Times reviews a new biography about Ballets Russes master Serge Diaghilev

Local Shout-Outs

  • Introducing a new ballet troupe in metro Detroit – crazy talk or toast of the town?

UMS’s Arts Round-up: August 20

arts roundupMany members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories  and share them with you.  Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

Artist Updates

Local Shout-Outs

  • Detroit’s Music Hall announces 2010/11 season
  • A remembrance on how the Barton organ saved the Michigan Theater in 1979

Just For Fun

  • Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto. But can they really act?

UMS’s Arts Round-up: August 13

arts roundupMany members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories  and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

  • Just how do recording artists get paid? A look at the love/hate relationship with music copyright enforcers
  • Cleveland music critic loses lawsuit against The Plain Dealer and Cleveland Symphony Orchestra
  • Tales from the Fringe:  A different kind of theater experience

Artist Updates

Local Shout-Outs

Just For Fun

  • Wondering what to do with those extra office supplies? Post-It Brand hosted the 30th annual Student Design Contest for the world’s largest artistic billboard made entirely of, you guessed it, Post-Its. Check out the winner!

UMS Arts Round-up: August 6

arts roundupMany members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

National Issues

Artist Updates

  • Alec Wilkinson of The New Yorker sits in on Wynton Marsalis’s latest project
  • Politics as unusual? Wyclef Jean contemplates run for Haitian presidency
  • A match made in heaven or a shotgun wedding? The Wall Street Journal discusses a possible merger between the Kennedy Center and the National Opera
  • Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart takes the helm at the BBC Concert Orchestra

Local Shout-Outs

  • Ann Arbor theater troupe Performance Network announces its 2010/11 season.
  • Blackbird Theatre, another Ann Arbor theater company, spreads its wings with a move to the Kerrytown District

Just for Fun

“Flash Opera” at the Reading Terminal by the Philadelphia Opera Chorus!

UMS’s Arts Round-up: July 30, 2010

arts roundupMany members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national and international arts issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

Arts Issues

  • Ever wonder just what goes into bringing international artists to the US? For the first time since 9/11, the Federal Government is about to expedite part of the process.
  • Writers, composers, painters, and inventive scientists have all suffered from it. Find out how some of the world’s greatest artists fought creative block.
  • Check out the new trend in theater:  an audience of one.

Artist Updates

  • Chris Lydon of the Huffington Post sits down with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer to talk about about his heritage, growing up in New York, and the spaces in between.
  • Bill T. Jones and others pay tribute to Merce Cunningham with original performances commemorating the first anniversary of this death.
  • Nathaniel Ayers, whose life was the basis for the movie The Soloist,  continues his inspirational battle with Schizophrenia with a triumphant performance at the White House to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • It’s the year 2010, and the Vienna Philharmonic is  in more hot water with the public and government funders and the public over issues of gender equality in hiring practices.

Local Shout-Outs

  • Congrats to the DSO and the DIA, who were both recently awarded major grants by Detroit foundations.
  • U-M’s Residential College celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Shakespeare in the Arb program with performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last month. Here’s a look at this year’s event through a photo gallery.

Just For Fun

UMS’s Arts Round-Up: July 23, 2010

arts roundupMany members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-Up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

National Issues

  • You’ve come a long way, baby. NPR asked hundreds of women working in the music business what it’s like to be working as a female musician today. Hear from Deborah Voigt, Janis Ian, Sarah McLaughlin, Jennifer Higdon, and more.
  • The New York Times asks why it’s called incidental music if it’s not so incidental.

Artist Updates

  • The Washington Post offers a delightful profile of Paul Taylor on the eve of his 80th birthday.
  • Philip Glass’s The American Four Seasons received its US premiere at the Aspen Music Festival. Check out the trailer for a sneak peak!
  • Wondering what’s coming to Ann Arbor next year as part of NT Live’s high-definition broadcast theater series? Check out this review of the new hit musical, FELA!

Local Shout-Outs

  • Looking for some outdoor fun after the Art Fairs? Check out the new Land of Nod music and camping festival in Jackson, featuring plenty of local acts including The Ragbirds, Macpodz, and The Satin Peaches.

Just For Fun

  • Curious about just what goes into those elaborate costumes at the Met? The New York Times has the inside scoop.
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