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Live the Moment

We invite you to join us next season for our 2022/23 Dance Series — to live the moment and be reminded once again just how special it is to experience incredible live performances together.

We look forward to sharing performances by Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables of Senegal, Ballet Preljocaj, and Step Afrika!

Packages start at just $115 for all three performances, and as a subscriber, your experience will be made easy with perks like:

  • Access to the best seats at the best prices, before individual tickets go on sale to the general public
  • Risk-free ticket returns, refunds, and exchanges
  • Installment billing and payroll deduction options
  • Free parking when you buy at least six events
  • Great discounts on all UMS events all year long!

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The Rite of Spring /
common ground[s]

Friday, October 21 // 8 pm
Saturday, October 22 // 8 pm
Power Center

In this collaboration between the Pina Bausch Foundation (Germany), École des Sables (Senegal) and Sadler’s Wells (UK), Bausch’s pioneering Rite of Spring is danced by a newly assembled company of dancers from more than a dozen African countries. Rite is paired with a new work created, performed, and inspired by the lives of two remarkable women: Germaine Acogny and Malou Airuado.



Ballet Preljocaj
Swan Lake

Friday, February 17 // 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 18 // 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 19 // 2:30 pm
Detroit Opera House

Combining Tchaikovsky’s musical masterpiece with contemporary arrangements, Ballet Preljocaj reinvents the timeless tale of love, betrayal, seduction, and remorse into a contemporary ecological tragedy.



Step Afrika!

Sunday, March 12 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional West and Southern African dances, and an array of contemporary dance and art forms.

Our Choral Union Series Returns!

Remember that feeling you get when the lights go down and the oboe begins tuning? Or when the eagerly-anticipated recitalist comes on stage? And the feeling at the end of a concert, when you and other music lovers leave the hall exclaiming over the heart-stoppingly beautiful performance you just experienced together?

We invite you to join us next season — to live the moment and be reminded once again just how special it is to experience incredible live performances together.

We look forward to sharing performances by some of the world’s most renowned ensembles and soloists, including six great orchestras that will appear on the Hill Auditorium stage.

Packages start at just $184 (for all 11 concerts!) and as a subscriber, your concert-going experience will be made easy with perks like:

  • Same seat renewal for Choral Union subscribers back to the 2019/20 season
  • Access to the best seats at the best prices, before individual tickets go on sale to the general public
  • Risk-free ticket returns, refunds, and exchanges
  • Free parking
  • Installment billing and payroll deduction options
  • Great discounts on all UMS events all year long!

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Sir András Schiff
Sir András Schiff, piano

Friday, October 7 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

Sir András Schiff brings masterful and intellectual insights to his performances which have inspired audiences and critics alike. The program will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, with each selection introduced from the stage.

Principal Sponsors: Susan and Richard Gutow
Supporting Sponsors: Sid Gilman and Carol Barbour and Maurice and Linda Binkow
Patron Sponsor: Ed and Natalie Surovell


Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise

Friday, October 14 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise combines a symphony orchestra, a jazz orchestra, and a chorus in a 12-movement arc built on the structure of the Blues, moving from uplifting and energetic to dark and distressing, and finally to Marsalis’s vision of the “togetherness and ascendance” of humanity.

Residency Sponsors: Elaine and Peter Schwetizer
Supporting Sponsor: Anthony Reffells


City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

Wednesday, October 19 // 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Electrifying conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla brings the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to Ann Arbor as part of a limited US tour with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

PROGRAM

Benjamin Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85
Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel Symphony
Claude Debussy La mer

Permanently Endowed Support: Ilene H. Forsyth Choral Union Endowment Fund

Berlin Philharmonic
Berliner Philharmoniker
in two different programs

Friday, November 18 // 8 pm
Saturday, November 19 // 8:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

The Berlin Philharmonic’s new chief conductor, Kirill Petrenko, makes his UMS debut with this two-concert residency.

FRIDAY PROGRAM

Andrew Norman Unstuck
W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, K. 207
Erich Korngold Symphony in F-Sharp Major, Op. 40

SATURDAY PROGRAM

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 7

Principal Sponsor: Wacker Chemical
Funded in part by Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation

Itzhak Perlman and Friends
Itzhak Perlman & Friends

Saturday, December 10 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

For this special performance in Hill Auditorium, superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman brings together pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet as well as the Juilliard String Quartet for a mixed chamber music program.

PROGRAM

Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata for Two Violins in e minor, Op. 3, No. 5
W.A. Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 493
Ernest Chausson Concert for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

Supporting Sponsor: Oxford Companies
Funded in part by Samuel and Marilyn Krimm Endowment Fund and Susan B. Ullrich Endowment Fund

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra with Exigence
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
EXIGENCE (Eugene Rogers, music director)

Sunday, January 29 // 4 pm
Hill Auditorium

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra of top Black and Latinx professional musicians from around the country presents its first national tour. Tito Muñoz conducts, and Aundi Moore is the soprano soloist.

PROGRAM

Carlos Simon Motherboxx Connection
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Ballade for Orchestra
Valerie Coleman Seven O’Clock Shout
Michael Abels Delights and Dances
Traditional, arr. Augustus Hill Fix Me, Jesus
Carlos Cordero Holding Our Breath
Joel Thompson Seven Last Words of the Unarmed
John Legend / Common, arr. Eugene Rogers “Glory” from Selma

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell, violin

Tuesday, February 7 // 7:30 pm
Hill Auditorium

Joshua Bell returns for his fifth recital program and ninth appearance under UMS auspices since his 1989 Hill Auditorium debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Program to be announced.

Principal Sponsor: Karl V. Hauser and Ilene H. Forsyth Choral Union Endowment Fund

Dennis Russell Davies
Brno Philharmonic

Friday, February 10 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

Dennis Russell Davies and the Brno Philharmonic perform works from Leoš Janáček and William Bolcom alongside the UMS Choral Union, brass players from SMTD, and organist Christian Schmitt.

PROGRAM

Leoš Janáček Sinfonietta
William Bolcom Humoresk for Organ and Orchestra
Leoš Janáček Glagolitic Mass

Supporting Sponsor: Frances Mauney Lohr Choral Union Endowment Fund

Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hope, violin
Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Friday, March 17 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

After its stunning performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons along with Max Richter’s version of the same, violinist Daniel Hope returns with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in a new program that takes a deep dive into the rich repertoire of American music, exploring its roots and distinctive qualities.

PROGRAM

Aaron Copland “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
Duke Ellington “Come Sunday” from Black, Brown and Beige
Florence Price Adoration
Kurt Weill American Song Suite
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Aaron Copland “At the River” from Old American Songs
Philip Glass Echorus
George Gershwin Song Suite

Chineke! Orchestra
Chineke! Orchestra

Saturday, March 25 // 8 pm
Hill Auditorium

Founded in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe, the Chineke! Orchestra makes its UMS debut. Andrew Grams conducts, with Elena Urioste as violin soloist.

PROGRAM

Carlos Simon Fate Now Conquers
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Violin Concerto in g minor
Florence Price Symphony No. 1 in e minor

5 Reasons to Choose Series:You

 

We are excited to welcome audiences to UMS’s just-announced 2022/23 season! Season ticket packages are on sale now (before individual events go on sale in August), and while we offer many ways to become a season ticket holder, Series:You is our most popular option.

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1. It’s as Unique as You

Series:You gives UMS audiences the flexibility to create a performance series that’s as unique as you are — all while saving 10% off published ticket prices. Just choose 5 or more events to get started. Any performance. Any genre. Any venue.

2. Risk-Free Returns and Exchanges

We always offer season ticket holders fee-free exchanges up to 48 hours before a performance. During the pandemic, we are extending that policy, and season ticket holders will be able to exchange their tickets any time before the performance begins with no exchange fee into future programs, ticket donations, and refunds.

3. Choose Your Own Adventure

When you subscribe to Series:You, you get to choose your own section for each event and venue, allowing for more flexibility as you plan and budget your performance season.

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Series:You ticket buyers can add extra tickets for guests at each event, at the time of initial subscription purchase or at a later date. And still with a 10% discount.

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Series:You payments are also easier than ever, with three installments spaced throughout the summer for those with a minimum order of $300 (credit card only). We’ve been able to upgrade the process so that you are able to request installment billing online or by phone. The first installment will be processed upon receipt of your order, with subsequent installments billed to your credit card on July 13 and August 10.

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Announcing the 2021 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year

UMS and the DTE Energy Foundation are pleased to honor King Elementary and A2V+ Virtual Academy’s Laura Wayne as the 2021 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award ceremony was postponed to the spring of 2022.

The award recognizes and celebrates educators who value the importance of arts education and create a culture for the arts to flourish in their school communities.

A teacher at King Elementary and, during the 2020-21 school year, the A2V+ Virtual Academy, Ms. Wayne, was nominated through a public nomination process.  UMS and the DTE Foundation are thrilled to recognize Ms. Wayne’s exemplary work at both King Elementary and the A2V+ Virtual Academy. The DTE Foundation is sponsoring the award as part of its annual grant support for UMS Youth Education Programs.

Described by colleagues as an open-minded, calm, and inclusive presence who truly believes in her students’ creativity, Ms. Wayne implements a teaching philosophy that centers art and exploration:

“I try to provide a creative, safe, and compassionate environment. I trust what my students can do. There are no mistakes, only learning.”

Her philosophy and work with students inspire faculty and administrators in her school and beyond to emulate her approach to art-centered lessons. Partnering across schools, Ms. Wayne collaborated with the music teacher at STEAM/Northside to have students create a “Musicscape” in the school garden. Using clay and a variety of design techniques, Ms. Wayne helped students create mobiles that were hung in and around the garden. The beautiful sounds were heard by everyone in the school and neighborhood and inspired Carpenter Elementary administrators to replicate the project at their school.

During the 2020-21 school year, as teachers everywhere looked for innovative ways to build community over screens, Ms. Wayne continually created intricate, exciting, and engaging ways for students to connect through art. When the annual fifth grade trip to Space Camp was canceled due to COVID-19, Ms. Wayne facilitated the re-allocation of those funds towards a commemorative bench that she painted, incorporating a design from every student, and placed on the school playground.

Integrating the arts into the curriculum and building community with her students is Ms. Wayne’s life work.

Edmund Fitzgerald Project

Amongst her colleagues, Ms. Wayne is lauded for her Edmund Fitzgerald project, in which third-grade students researched the details of the ship The Edmund Fitzgerald; illustrated posters with diagrams, photographs, and information; painted pictures of the ship; and presented their work to the school and family community.

Ms. Wayne is a quintessential example of what Ann Arbor Public Schools strive for in educators.

“UMS is proud of its service to educators across Southeast Michigan who make arts-integrated learning a priority in the classroom,” said UMS Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Cayenne Harris. “We are thrilled that this year’s Educator of the Year distinction will go to Laura Wayne who truly exemplifies the spirit of the award.”

“We are thrilled to honor Laura with this well-deserved award! At the DTE Foundation, we are motivated by teachers like her who inspire our next generation of leaders,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Foundation. “Our goal is to expand educational opportunities across Michigan and encourage those who are on the ground making it happen. Through passionate teachers like Laura, we know that our future is bright as we lean into education to improve our future.”

Laura Wayne accepts DTE Educator of the Year Award

UMS and DTE Foundation surprised Laura Wayne with the Educator of The Year award at King Elementary School.

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🌎 Earth Day Reflections: ‘EDEN’ with Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato in EDEN

Joyce DiDonato, Maxim Emalyanychev, and il Pomo d’Oro in EDEN. All photos by Peter Smith.

It Begins with a Seed…

One year ago today, UMS announced that Joyce DiDonato’s visionary EDEN project would come to Ann Arbor in the 2021/22 season.

“EDEN is a call to action to build a paradise for today: to fertilize, nourish, and protect the pure bliss that the deepest part of us knows and yearns for: the unpolluted perfume of a linden branch; the comforting shade of a towering tree; the breathtaking sanctity of pure love; the generosity of the endless light that breaks open for us every single morning; the dying to the world we have known, only to embrace and live aloud in our heaven, our love, and our song.”
—Joyce DiDonato

With an album, a concert tour, and collaborative activities that celebrate the majesty, might, and mystery of nature, EDEN inspires audiences in thought-provoking beauty on and off the stage.

UMS is proud to be a co-commissioner of this groundbreaking artistic work. After touring Europe to rave reviews, EDEN in Concert sprang to life in Ann Arbor on April 14, 2022. And today, on Earth Day, we are proud to share some of our favorite reflections of this memorable performance:

Starting with An Unanswered Question

Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'
With the audience in darkness, conductor Maxim Emelyanychev and ensemble il Pomo d’Oro began the program with the opening chords of Charles Ives’s haunting The Unanswered Question. Joyce emerged from the audience singing the piece’s iconic soaring line, making her way to the Hill Auditorium stage.

Four Centuries of Song

Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'
The musical selections of EDEN spanned four centuries of song — from Handel, to Mahler, to a stunning new composition by Rachel Portman titled “The First Morning of the World.”

Set and Lighting

Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'
The UMS production team and EDEN creative team, including stage director Marie Lambert-Le Bihan, scenic and costume designer Vita Tzykun, and lighting director John Torres, transformed Hill Auditorium into an unforgettable visual masterpiece.
Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'
Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'

Engaging local singers

Joyce DiDonato with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale
Inspired by the idea “If trees could sing…”, Joyce invites local choirs in every city on tour to join her on stage to sing a special song of hope. “Seeds of Hope” was written by 11-13-year-olds from one of the first EDEN workshops in London. Watch UMS teaching artist Karilú Alarcon Forshee work with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale in preparation for their performance:

A Call for Peace

Joyce DiDonato in 'EDEN'
As a final encore, Joyce ended the performance with Handel’s beloved “Ombra mai fù” from Serse, in a poignant moment of reflection amid the current crisis in Ukraine. The aria’s powerful words brought the program full circle:

Tender and beautiful fronds
of my beloved plane tree,
let Fate smile upon you.
May thunder, lightning, and storms
never disturb your dear peace,
nor may you by blowing winds be profaned.

What seed will you plant today?

Audience members received packets of native seeds, graciously provided by the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, as a reminder that we all have the potential to create beauty in our communities.

Continue the journey at eden.joycedidonato.com as this remarkable program travels the world.


Joyce DiDonato’s EDEN project is co-commissioned by UMS; the Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City; Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation; Cal Performances at University of California, Berkeley; and Stanford Live.

UMS’s performance was presented with permanently endowed support from the Ilene H. Forsyth Choral Union Endowment Fund.

Introducing the 2022/23 Season

Watch our 40-second trailer: Live the Moment

A season opener with Trevor Noah. The Berlin Philharmonic and a lineup of international ensembles. A week-long residency with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The return of our curated series and the No Safety Net renegade festival. And so much more to discover…

“We invite you to join us next season. Live the moment and be reminded just how much we’ve all missed the beauty and wonder of great artistry, and the power it holds for us as human beings to be able to share it with one another.”

— UMS President Matthew VanBesien

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For Our Patrons & Season Ticketholders

Season Tickets will be available online starting Tuesday, May 10 at 10 am. Renewing subscribers will have early access starting Thursday, April 28. Learn more or flip through our interactive season brochure.

Individual event tickets will go on sale Tuesday, August 2.

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Season Highlights

Season Launches with Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah

On Friday, September 16, Trevor Noah opens UMS’s 144th season with a bang, bringing his “Back to Abnormal” tour to Hill Auditorium.

Following his widely-viewed virtual talk with U-M students in 2020, the host of Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show comes to Ann Arbor for his first live UMS stand-up set.

Trevor Noah’s visit to UMS and U-M is made possible with special support from Michigan Engineering.

 

Wynton Marsalis Returns for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Week-long Residency

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to Ann Arbor for a week-long residency that will include two public concerts, a School Day Performance for K-12 students, connections with students at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance — and a halftime appearance with the Michigan Marching Band!

On Friday, October 14, the ensemble will be joined by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, as well as the UMS Choral Union, for Marsalis’s epic blues suite, All Rise (Symphony No. 1).

And on Sunday, October 16, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns in its big band format for an afternoon of jazz.

 

The Return of Our Choral Union Series

Berlin Philharmonic

Berliner Philharmoniker with Chief Conductor Kirill Petrenko

UMS is thrilled to bring back our curated Choral Union Series! The 11 concert series will feature six orchestras, including two different programs with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

  • Pianist Sir András Schiff, with works by works by W.A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Franz Schubert (Fri Oct 7)
  • Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise (Symphony No. 1) with University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Choirs and the UMS Choral Union, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler (Fri Oct 14)
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, featuring Sheku Kanneh-Mason performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (Wed Oct 19)
  • Berliner Philharmoniker – with Noah Bendeix-Balgley on violin and conductor Kirill Petrenko, featuring works by Andrew Norman, W.A. Mozart, and Erich Korngold (Fri Nov 18)
  • Berliner Philharmoniker – second program, featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 (Sat Nov 19)
  • Violinist Itzhak Perlman performs selected chamber works with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emanuel Ax, and the Juilliard String Quartet (Sat Dec 10)
  • Sphinx Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 25th anniversary in this rescheduled concert from the 2021/22 Season (Sun Jan 29)
  • Violinist Joshua Bell returns for his fifth recital program and ninth appearance with UMS (Tue Feb 7)
  • Brno Philharmonic with Dennis Russell Davies performs William Bolcom’s Humoresk for Organ and Orchestra, as well as Leoś Janáček’s monumental Glagolitic Mass with the UMS Choral Union (Fri Feb 10)
  • Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra dive deep into the rich repertoire of American music (Fri Mar 17)
  • Chineke! Orchestra with conductor Andrew Grams and violinist Elena Urioste performs works by Carlos Simon, Florence Price, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Sat Mar 25)

 

Six-Concert Chamber Arts Series Balances Old and New

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet; Photo Credit: Jurgen Frank

The Chamber Arts series returns to Rackham Auditorium with a mix of UMS favorites and exciting new projects.

  • Emerson String Quartet, embarking on its farewell tour, brings works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, George Walker, and Antonín Dvořák (Sat Oct 1)
  • Danish String Quartet features Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and performs a new work by Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski inspired by the same (Fri Oct 28)
  • Takács Quartet and pianist Jeremy Denk perform Schumann’s Piano Quintet and quartets from Franz Joseph Haydn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (Wed Jan 18)
  • Aaron Diehl and his trio showcase his fluency in both classical repertoire and dynamic jazz improvisation, interspersing solo sections from The Well-Tempered Clavier with bebop tunes in corresponding keys (Fri Jan 27)
  • Farida and the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble perform classical maqam, a form of Arab art music traditionally sung by men (Sun Mar 19)
  • The Los Angeles music collective Wild Up performs Julius Eastman’s Femenine, a long-ignored masterpiece of minimalism (Sun Apr 16)

 

Dance Series Features Performances in Ann Arbor and Detroit

Pina Bausch's 'The Rite of Spring'

École des Sables of Senegal; Photo Credit: Maarten Vanden Abeele

UMS’s dance series will take place in three beloved venues across Southeast Michigan: the Power Center, the Detroit Opera House, and Hill Auditorium.

  • Pina Bausch Foundation and École des Sables of Senegal present The Rite of Spring/ common ground[s], which pairs Pina Bauch’s pioneering version of The Rite of Spring with a new work created, performed, and inspired Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo (Fri–Sat Oct 21–22 // Power Center)
  • French company Ballet Preljocaj tackles the Mount Everest of the ballet world with a new take on Swan Lake that reinvents the timeless tale of love, betrayal, seduction, and remorse as a contemporary ecological tragedy (Fri–Sun Feb 17–19 // Detroit Opera House)
  • Step Afrika!, the country’s first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional West and Southern African dances, and an array of contemporary dance and art forms (Sun Mar 12 // Hill Auditorium)

 

Jazz Series Includes Five Wide-Ranging Performances

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

In five wide-ranging performances, this season’s Jazz Series features performers at the forefront of the genre.

  • Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform Wynton’s All Rise (Symphony No. 1) with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Choirs and the UMS Choral Union, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler (Fri Oct 14)
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to the big band format for an afternoon of jazz (Sun Oct 16)
  • Aaron Diehl and his trio showcase his fluency in both classical repertoire and dynamic jazz improvisation, interspersing solo sections from The Well-Tempered Clavier with bebop tunes in corresponding keys (Fri Jan 27)
  • NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider and her 18 member Orchestra make their UMS debut (Sat Mar 11)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant brings her quintet and genre-obliterating virtuosity to Hill Auditorium  (Fri Apr 14)

 

No Safety Net 3.0 Creates Space for Community Dialogue on Socially-Engaged Art

Are we not drawn onward to new erA

Are we not drawn onward to new erA, Ontroerend Goed; Photo Credit: Mirjam Devriendt

UMS’s renegade festival, No Safety Net, returns for its third installment in January–February 2023.

The festival launches with the Belgian theater company Ontroerend Goed with a uniquely palindromic work about the environment — a piece that uses creative stagecraft to give hope that we can undo some of the damage that has already been done.

Details on the remaining productions and artists, along with a robust set of contextual activities, will be announced in Fall 2022.

 

Plus Much More!

Including the great Mexican ranchera singer Aida Cuevas (Friday, November 4); the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah (Saturday-Sunday, December 3-4); and a double bill of Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart and Punch Brothers (Friday, December 16).

 

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UMS Connect: ‘HOME’ with Geoff Sobelle and Creative Team

Welcome to UMS Connect, a new digital series that invites audiences to dive deeper into the season’s performances in casual conversations with artists and creators.

In this Episode

Programming manager Mary Roeder speaks with HOME creator Geoff Sobelle, scenic designer Steven Dufala, and performer Jennifer Kidwell. They discuss their roots in Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre, how the magic of HOME comes to life, and what audiences can expect.

UMS Connect: A MoodSwing Reunion feat. Joshua Redman

Welcome to UMS Connect, a new digital series that invites audiences to dive deeper into the season’s performances in casual conversations with artists and creators.

 

In this Episode

UMS senior programming manager Mark Jacobson interviews saxophonist Joshua Redman about how the original MoodSwing quartet came together in the 1990s, and what inspired their new album and reunion tour.

Get tickets to A MoodSwing Reunion, Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Hill Auditorium.

Beyond the Stage: UMS Community & Audience Programs 2021/22 Rewind

Each year UMS Education & Community Engagement programs invite audiences and Southeast Michigan community members to participate in context-building events, including workshops, panel discussions, and post-performance Q & A sessions with the artists. Experiences like UMS 101 and the You Can Dance series invite lifelong learning and creative exploration.

Ali Chahrour Q&A

Post Performance Q&A with choreographer and theater maker Ali Chahrour, hosted by Mike Khoury

UMS 101

Developed and presented in partnership with Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation, UMS 101 is a 90-minute workshop tailored for audience members who want to familiarize or deepen their understanding of a particular genre and/or performing artist in a fun, casual learning environment. Each UMS 101 workshop is facilitated by a professional, community-based practicing artist/educator and features conversation, engaging activities, and live demonstrations that enhance each participant’s experience with the correlating performance.

Ballet Folklorico UMS 101

UMS 101 workshop for Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández at Cahoots in Ann Arbor

Our 2021/22 UMS 101 series took place at Cahoots in Downtown Ann Arbor, where artist-educators Susana Quintanilla, founder and director of El Ballet Folklórico Estudantil of Flint, and Paulette Brockington, Michigan State lecturer and Swing dance champion, generously shared historical background, contextual learning, participatory activities, and live demonstrations, all celebrating the vibrant culture of Mexico, Lindy Hop, and Swing in two separate sessions.

You Can Dance!

You Can Dance workshop for Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti

Previously offered in partnership with the Ann Arbor YMCA, You Can Dance moved to the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, where dozens of curious movers of all ages and interests gathered to learn some of the signature dance styles of visiting companies from the UMS performance season. Professional artists like Carlos Flavio Antunez Tiburcio, company director of Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Lebanese choreographer and theater maker Ali Chahrour, and SW!NG OUT dance artist Laura Glaess shared their time, energy, and movement vocabularies in hour-long dance workshops.

As our season concludes, UMS staff is planning for the return of our popular You Can Dance – Outside! series in late summer/early fall. To ensure you receive the details about these exciting events, be sure to sign up for our Community Newsletter.

You Can Dance – Outside! Celia Benvenutti

You Can Dance – Outside! with Celia Benvenutti at Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park

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