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What Are YOUR Most Memorable UMS Performances?

We’re dying to hear from you — what are some concerts that have left a lasting impression on you over the years?  Whether it was last week or 50 years ago, tell…


This Day in UMS History: “Paderewski’s Piano Recital” (Feb 15, 1892)

February 15, 1892 University Hall, Ann Arbor During my time at UMS, I’ve become used to seeing the ghosts of famous musicians.  I’ve stumbled across signed photos of Jascha Heifetz (for whose…


This Day in UMS History: New York City Opera , The Marriage of Figaro (Feb 13-15, 1991)

February 13-15, 1991 Power Center, Ann Arbor New York City Opera The Marriage of Figaro Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte While Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro may be…


When the Bela Fleck performance ends, we hope you’ll stick around…

Join us in the Hill Auditorium lobby after the Bela Fleck concert this coming Wednesday, Feb 17th, for our first live UMS LOBBY event!


What Makes a Great Jazz Trio?

What do the Bad Plus, Luciana Souza Trio, and the Schubert Piano Trios have in common? They are a trio of trios coming to Ann Arbor in February, but that’s where the similarities end. While one of these trios plays the chamber music of 19th-century composer Franz Schubert, the other two might be classified as jazz trios. Yet, neither fits traditional notions of a jazz trio. In this blog post I set out to explore “the art of the trio.” Specifically, I set out to ask: what makes a great jazz trio?


What are UMS LOBBY events?

The UMS LOBBY is all about having great conversations with other people who enjoy the performing arts. As we get to know each other through comments and conversation on, we’ll also have the chance to meet face-to-face in a series of meet-ups over the remainder of the 09/10 season.


This Day in UMS History: Kiri Te Kanawa and Martin Katz (Feb 10, 1987)

Soprano legend Kiri Te Kanawa and U-M Professor of Piano Martin Katz gave a recital of Handel, Mozart, R. Strauss, and arrangements of folk songs by Canteloube and Gamley.


Exclusive Video: Backstage with THE BAD PLUS

When the jazz trio The Bad Plus arrived in Ann Arbor last week for their two-set show at the Mendelssohn Theatre, we gave them a Flip Cam and asked them to shoot…


Traveling to Africa…by way of Detroit

As UMS plans these Global Series, we are able to make new community connections, and have the pleasure of getting to know new parts of Southeastern Michigan. This is especially true in the Detroit area, where we continue to explore new neighborhoods, working with leaders to determine how UMS can make meaningful contributions to community life.

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