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Keepin’ up with the Joneses: BTJAZ Dance Co. in Residence

When asked to write this blog, I have to admit, I was more than a little anxious. I was stoked but I couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling about doing something way outside the job description. I was handed the opportunity to leave my usual post in the UMS Ticket Office to work closer than I ever have with our artists. I was to follow the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company during their educational residency with UMS.


UMS and the Grammys

Artists presented by UMS had a great showing at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night…


History – In the Making!

Exciting news! After dreaming for years of digitizing the UMS archive, this massive project is finally underway! UMS has teamed up with the Ann Arbor District Library to digitize the UMS archive in all of its many forms: programs, photos, publications, and more.


Happy Birthday, Anton!

Anton Chekhov’s was born January 29, 1860. UMS is celebrating his sesquicentennial in March…


Chicago Symphony Orchestra & UMS: The Ultimate Long-Term Relationship

Editor’s note: Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns to Ann Arbor on October 29, 2015. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s January 27, 2010 appearance in Hill Auditorium is the 202nd in a series of performances…


This Day in UMS History: Mummenschanz (Jan 26 & 27, 1987)

In 1972, Swiss actors Bernie Schürch and Andres Bossar and Italian-American actress Floriana Frassetto formed their now celebrated visual theatre group. They gave themselves an original name, Mummenschanz (roughly meaning masquerade), and set out with a sense of fun and imagination to invent a new form of theatre.


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: A Personal Reflection by Michael Kondziolka, UMS Director of Programming

I had such a formative concert experience as a 22-year-old with a performance by the Chicago Symphony that every time they come back to UMS, I relive it…and get really excited and…


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: A Personal Reflection by Sara Billmann, UMS Director of Marketing

Growing up as an active musician in a small town in Wisconsin, the names of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra section leaders were practically as well known to us as the neighbors down…


Seven Doors of UMS and the Chicago Symphony

In Bluebeard’s Castle, seven doors are opened, revealing something terrifying behind each. What’s behind seven doors in Ann Arbor? You tell us!

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