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Joyce DiDonato Sings “Silent Night”

“My hope is that in silence, we can find peace. And in that peace, we might be able to ignite some light and hope. Wishing you a deep sense of peace as we go into the New Year.” —JoyceDiDonato

Enjoy this very special arrangement of “Silent Night” performed by Joyce DiDonato and Àlex Garrobé. Joyce’s #SingForToday series is co-produced by UMS and Princeton University Concerts.

Listening Parties with Spektral Quartet & Tarek Yamani

On two consecutive evenings, the Spektral Quartet and Tarek Yamani opened up their creative process as they began their UMS Digital Artist Residency together. They shared music with each other — and our audiences — that has shaped their artistic backgrounds and formed their artistic identities.

Enjoy both listening party experiences on demand below, as well as our accompanying playlist on Apple Music & Spotify:

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Part 1

The Many Faces of the String Quartet

Featured Music:

Thomas Adès, Arcadiana, Op 12 (1994)
III. Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Performers: Danish String Quartet
Album: ADÈS / NØRGÅRD / ABRAHAMSEN
Released on ECM Records, 2016
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music

Ruth Crawford Seeger, String Quartet (1931)
III. Andante
Performers: Spektral Quartet
Album: Experiments in Living
Released on New Focus Recordings, 2020
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

György Ligeti, String Quartet No. 2 (1968)
III. Come un meccanismo di precisione
Performers: Parker Quartet
Released on Naxos, 2009
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music 

Christopher Trapani, Isolario: Book of Known Islands
Book II: Mamoiada (2019)
Performers: Spektral Quartet w/ Max Bruckert, electronics
Live Concert Performance
Available on: Vimeo

Felipe Lara, Corde Vocale (2005)
Performers: Mivos Quartet
Album: Reappearances
Released on Carrier Records, 2013
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

Miguel Zenón, Milagrosa (2016)
Performers: Miguel Zenón and Spektral Quartet
Album: Yo Soy la Tradición
Released by Miel Music, 2018
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

Part 2

On Both Sides of the Quarter-Tone

Featured Music:

Al Qorbi Nasnas
Performer: Abu Bakr Salem
Album: unknown
Released: unknown
Available on: YouTube

Rashiq Al Qad
Performer: Ensemble Morkos
Album: Cedre – Arabo-Andalusian Muwashah
Released: 1999
Available on: YouTube

Huseini Saz Eseri
Performer: Goksel Baktagir (qanun) with Yurdal Tokcan (oud), Ozer Arkun (violin), Baki Kemanci (keman)
Album: Sounds from the Ocean
Released: Hayalgibi Müzik Yapım, 2000
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

Vent de la Montagne / Six Sous
Performer: Houria Aichi
Album: Hawa
Released: Auvidis, 1993
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

El Sira
Performer: Dina El Wedidi
Album: Turning Back
Released: Basement Records, 2016
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

Hala Land
Performer: Tarek Yamani, Elie Afif, Khaled Yassine, Wahid Mubarak
Album: Peninsular
Released: Edict Records, 2017
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music | YouTube

La Tinsani
Performer: Yousif Yaseen
Album: Visions
Released: 2016
Available on: Spotify | Apple Music| YouTube

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A Conversation with No Safety Net Theater-Makers

UMS’s Michael Kondziolka (VP, Programming and Production) and Mary Roeder (Programming Manager) joined No Safety Net artists Javaad Alipoor, Lee Minora, and Tina Satter at the Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan, for a discussion of theater as an artistic medium for social change.

Announcing the 2019 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year

UMS and the DTE Energy Foundation are pleased to honor Scarlett Middle School band teacher Caroline Fitzgerald as the 2019 DTE Energy Foundation Educator of the Year!

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. Ms. Fitzgerald’s focus on the arts has extended beyond her work in the music classroom with a passion that permeates throughout the entire school, the Ann Arbor Public School system, and the greater community. She demonstrates an incredible investment in her students and believes that through music she can support her students becoming confident, self-assured young adults. Her work at Scarlett highlights the important role of music instruction in supporting students’ overall engagement and academic success.

Ms. Fitzgerald was nominated through a public nomination process. As part of the award, UMS will provide complimentary tickets and transportation for Ms. Fitzgerald to bring one class to a UMS School Day Performance next season, additional complimentary tickets to a mainstage UMS performance, and a $200 award honorarium. UMS will also work with Ms. Fitzgerald to bring a UMS touring artist to Scarlett for a class visit or school assembly.

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Introducing the 2019/20 UMS Season

“UMS’s 2019/20 season was conceived with an eye toward the familiar and the disruptive, the traditional and the uncommon, and the emotional and the provocative — sometimes even within a single work or performance.”

— UMS President Matthew VanBesien

Welcome to UMS’s 141st season

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2019/20 Season Tickets

Press Resources

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Season Highlights

Is This a Room
No Safety Net 2.0 is three-week festival of four provocative theater productions that foster timely conversations around topical social themes.

Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma returns in a program with Emanuel Ax and Leonidas Kavakos, performing Beethoven Piano Trios.

Snarky Puppy
The season launches with a performance by jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy.

Amadeus film
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union will perform the live film score to a screening of Amadeus.

As Far As My Fingertips Take Me
Starting in 2019/20 and for the next few seasons, UMS is pleased to renew a focus on artists, institutions, and ensembles from the Arab World — including Tania El Khoury’s As Far As My Fingertips Take Me and a performance by the Tarek Yamani Trio.

Teac Damsa
Two Swan Lakes. American Ballet Theatre returns to the Detroit Opera House in a co-presentation with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Irish dance-theatre company Teaċ Daṁsa makes its UMS debut in an acclaimed contemporary and dark deconstruction of the classic tale.

Zauberland
The biennial UMS Song Remix series returns with a focus on the art of the song in its diverse forms — including a co-commission of Zauberland with international partners.

yMusic
UMS will present a co-commissioned work by Andrew Norman in a “composer’s evening” with yMusic, also featuring music by contemporary luminaries such as Caroline Shaw, Michigan natives Andrew Norman and Shara Nova (also known as My Brightest Diamond), Missy Mazzoli, and Gabriella Smith.

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How to Order Season Tickets

Current season ticketholders can renew their series with priority seating starting Monday, April 15 at 9 am.

Season Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, April 22 at 9 am. Choose five or more concerts and save when you create your own Series:You package, or select from one of UMS’s 10 fixed series packages, specially curated by genre.

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Individual event tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 7.

Watch & Listen: Eric Owens and Lawrence Brownlee Duo Recital

Performance and live webcast from March 16, 2019 in Hill Auditorium.

Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Myra Huang, piano

Full Program

Mozart “Se vuol ballare” from Le Nozze di Figaro (Mr. Owens)
Mozart “Il mio tesoro” from Don Giovanni (Mr. Brownlee)
Verdi “Infelice! E tuo credevi” from Ernani (Mr. Owens)
Donizetti “Voglio dire, lo stupendo elisir” from L’elisir d’amore (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)
Donizetti “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore (Mr. Brownlee)
Faust “Le veau d’or” from Faust (Mr. Owens)
Donizetti “Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!” from La fille du regiment (Mr. Brownlee)
Bizet “Au fond du temple saint” from Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)

— Intermission —
(featuring interviews with great American tenor George Shirley and the evening’s soloists)

Traditional Spirituals
arr. Damien Sneed “All Night, All Day” (Mr. Brownlee)
arr. Hall Johnson “Deep River” (Mr. Owens)
arr. Damien Sneed “Come By Here” (Mr. Brownlee)
“Give Me Jesus” (Mr. Owens)
arr. Margaret Bonds/Craig Terry “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)

American Popular Songs
Harold Vicars and Clarence Lucas, Arr. Terry “Song of Songs” (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)
Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Arr. Terry “Lulu’s Back In Town” (Mr. Brownlee)
Frank Loesser and Louis Alter, Arr. Terry “Dolores” (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)
Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific (Mr. Owens)
Vincent Youmans “Through the Years” (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)

Gospel Favorites
“I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired” (Mr. Brownlee)
“Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (Mr. Brownlee, Mr. Owens)

Interview: Emmanuel Pahud, flute

 

A star flutist only comes around once or twice in a generation — and it’s fair to say that this generation’s strongest candidate is the Swiss-born Emmanuel Pahud. We sat down with the Berlin Philharmonic principal flutist last year about his upcoming Ann Arbor recital.

Emmanuel Pahud performs in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Meet two artists performing in No Safety Net festival

Artists Becca Blackwell and Jennifer Kidwell chat with each other about their work and why they are excited to be part of No Safety Net.

Learn more about the No Safety Net theater festival, taking place in Ann Arbor January 16 – February 3.

Behind the Scenes: St. Lawrence String Quartet

On Sunday, January 14, 2018, the St. Lawrence String Quartet performs all six of Haydn’s Op. 20 string quartets in a special immersive concert. We set down with members of the quartet to chat about what makes these quartets special and what concertgoers can look forward to at this performance.

The SLSQ perform in the Haydn Mega-Concert on January 14, 2018.

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