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The Creative Process Behind “Fondly Do We Hope…”

One of the wonderful aspects of the Fondly… project is that the company has kept a blog that documents the show’s creative journey. On the blog you can follow the company through the rehearsal process, the premiere, and, now, the tour. The blog provides a rare glimpse into how the art is made, casting light on some of the more mysterious elements in the performance and providing both artistic and historical context.


This Day in UMS History: Debut of the Camerata Orchestra of Salzburg (Jan 20, 1978)

The Orchestra made its UMS debut in January 1978 with a performance of Handel, Boccherini, Mozart, and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins (as a violinist, I don’t think this piece is performed nearly often enough).


This Day in UMS History: Hungarian Folk Ballet of Budapest (Jan 17, 1978)

The audience at the Power Center 21 years ago got to see a real Czardas, which the program says is “a virtuosic dance from northern Hungary.”


This Day in UMS History: The Paganini Quartet (Jan 16 & 17, 1948)

In 1948, Bartók was new music – the composer had died only two years before.


Video: London Phil plays Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle”

A video with the London Philharmonic playing Béla Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle”.


What is Isicathamiya?

Even if you don’t know the name, you have probably heard isicathamiya (pronounced is-cot-a-ME-ya). Isicathamiya choirs are made up of mostly of basses, joined by a couple tenors, an alto, and a…


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The UMS Lobby will expand and redefine what we mean by “the UMS experience.” By combining online and live components in everything UMS does, we’ll enable more people to engage more continuously and more deeply with each other, with the extraordinary history of UMS, with the artists we now present, and with the life of UMS in Ann Arbor and throughout the region.


This Day in UMS History: The Cracow Philharmonic (Jan 11, 1986)

Hill Auditorium saw a remarkable meeting of cultures at this concert: a Polish orchestra gave the Ann Arbor premiere of a Russian symphony, and a Chinese-American cellist played a cello concerto written by a Polish composer for a Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich.


In Hill Auditorium I am

We’re celebrating Hill Auditorium’s 100th birthday during this 2012-2013 season, and we want to know about your experiences in Hill! Check out our gallery of select “In Hill Auditorium, I am…” submissions…

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