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Pre-Performance Talks

The Society for Disobedient Listeners

2022/23 Series

Doyle ArmbrustJudging by streaming service playlists, Western classical music’s primary function is one of either relaxation, sophistication, or prematurely inflating infant IQs.

Hosted by the “arrestingly unconventional” (The New Yorker) music writer and former Spektral Quartet violist Doyle Armbrust, The Society for Disobedient Listeners is an interactive pre-concert experience reconnecting listeners to the subversive, visceral, and even revolutionary elements of the evening’s program. Conceived as an anti-lecture, The Society for Disobedient Listeners draws the great music of the past into proximity with the felicities and calamities of modern life.

Upcoming Events

Handel’s Messiah
Performance
Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-Performance Talk

Handel’s Messiah

Saturday, December 3 - Sunday, December 4

Ann Arbor’s most beloved holiday tradition with the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony in Hill Auditorium.

Brno Philharmonic
Performance
Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-Performance Talk

Brno Philharmonic

Friday, February 10

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

Join host Doyle Armbrust for “The Society for Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk.

Chineke! Orchestra
Performance
Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-Performance Talk

Chineke! Orchestra

Saturday, March 25

UK-based Chineke! Orchestra makes its UMS debut, in a program featuring Florence Price’s first symphony and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto performed by Elena Urioste.

Program

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

Join host Doyle Armbrust for “The Society for Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk.

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