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Time Is Horizontal: In memory of John Cage, on his birthday

This year, the Institute for Humanities gallery opens with John Cage’s installation, “Lecture on the Weather,” a multi-media presentation based on the writings of Thoreau that brings together speech, music, lighting, and a weather soundscape. The installation sets the stage for a year of fantastic presentations and programming university-wide that will consider experimental music, dance, and performance, and the value of revisiting and re-creating time-based work.


Volunteer Spotlight: UMS Teacher Advisory Committee

Rather than solely relying on our own ideas, we consult quite a bit with our UMS Teacher Advisory Committee, an invaluable and indispensable resource to us. Its members (about 40 educators from throughout southeastern Michigan) represent the range of K-12 stakeholder and service providers: classroom and retired teachers, administrators, school board members, university faculty and staff, and others.


UMS’s Arts Roundup: September 3

This week’s news includes an update on the Detroit Symphony Orchestra contract negotiations, an interview with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and a debate about the impact of live cinema broadcasts by the Met and others.


UMS’s Arts Roundup: August 27

This week’s news includes a behind-the-scenes look at the folks who make those Steinways sing, a look at Brazilian dance troupe Grupo Corpo, and the announcement of a new ballet company in metro Detroit.


Volunteer Spotlight: Students

UMS had nearly 40 student workers last season, assisting us in all areas of our organization: the ticket office, production, programming, education, marketing, development, and administration.


UMS Staff Picks: Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 selected by Joanne Navarre, Manager of Annual Giving

I am looking forward to experiencing the power and genius of Mahler’s music in the hands of Leonard Slatkin. This piece is Mahler’s magnum opus; in his words, “the greatest thing I have done.” For Mahler enthusiasts, this is the pinnacle


This Day in UMS History: Single Ticket Day

In honor of Single Ticket Day, we dug deep into our photo archive to share photos of past Single Ticket Days with you.


UMS’s Arts Round-up: August 20

This week’s news includes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Renée Fleming’s new album, the restoration of a famous set of jazz recordings from the 1930s and 40s, coverage of the DSO’s contract negotiations, and more.


Summer is the Season of Creativity

For a lot of performing artists, summer is the season of creativity–and it’s brimming with residencies, summer festivals, and the creation and performance of new artistic work.

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