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Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:00 PM // Hill Auditorium

Chineke! Orchestra

Performance
Pre-Performance Talk
 

Founded in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe, the Chineke! Orchestra comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent.

The brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, an ex-sprinter and double bass player who was a founding member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and typically found herself the only Black musician on stage in any concert, Chineke! makes its UMS debut three years after it was originally scheduled.

Florence Price’s first symphony was, in 1933, the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra. Steeped in American folk music, spirituals, and church hymns, her work reflects her experience as a Black woman raised in the post-Civil War South. Sphinx laureate Elena Urioste joins the orchestra for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto. The program opens with a short work by Carlos Simon, a U-M alumnus whose works are now gaining national attention.

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 “Society of Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk, 7 pm in the lower lobby of Hill Auditorium.

 

Meet the Artists

Andrew Grams
Andrew Grams
conductor
Elena Urioste
Elena Urioste
violin
Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

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Chineke! Orchestra
Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

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3/25/23 8:00 PM
Hill Auditorium

Chineke! Orchestra

Performance
Pre-Performance Talk
Buy Tickets
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

Founded in 2015 to provide career opportunities to young Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK and Europe, the Chineke! Orchestra comprises exceptional musicians from across the continent.

The brainchild of Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, an ex-sprinter and double bass player who was a founding member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and typically found herself the only Black musician on stage in any concert, Chineke! makes its UMS debut three years after it was originally scheduled.

Florence Price’s first symphony was, in 1933, the first symphonic work by a Black woman to be played by a major American orchestra. Steeped in American folk music, spirituals, and church hymns, her work reflects her experience as a Black woman raised in the post-Civil War South. Sphinx laureate Elena Urioste joins the orchestra for Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto. The program opens with a short work by Carlos Simon, a U-M alumnus whose works are now gaining national attention.

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 “Society of Disobedient Listeners” — a special pre-performance talk, 7 pm in the lower lobby of Hill Auditorium.

 

Buy Tickets

Chineke! Orchestra
Hill Auditorium
Starting at $14 (+ fees)
$12-20 student tickets available

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Buy Tickets

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Meet the Artists

Andrew Grams
Andrew Grams
conductor
Elena Urioste
Elena Urioste
violin
Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

MEDIA PARTNERS

Andrew Grams
Andrew Grams
conductor

With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for his dynamic concerts, ability to connect with audiences, and long-term orchestra building.

The youngest of a large mixed-race family from Severn, Maryland, Andrew began studying the violin when he was eight years old in the public school system. In 1999 he received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, and in 2003 he received a conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Otto-Werner Mueller. He was selected to spend the summer of 2003 studying with David Zinman, Murry Sidlin and Michael Stern at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and returned to that program again in 2004. Mr. Grams served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.

Learn more at andrewgrams.com

Elena Urioste
Elena Urioste
violin

Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, as well as a lover of nature, food, animals, and connecting with other human beings.

As a violinist, Elena has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota Orchestras; the New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo Philharmonics; the Boston Pops; and the Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Abroad, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Philharmonia, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and National Orchestra of Wales; the Orchestra of Opera North; as well as the Chineke! Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. She has collaborated with celebrated conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, Karina Canellakis, and Gábor Takács-Nagy. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead, Bayerischer Rudfunk Munich, and Mondavi Center. Elena is a former BBC New Generation Artist (2012-14) and has been featured on the covers of Strings, Symphony, and BBC Music magazines.

Learn more at elenaurioste.com

Doyle Armbrust
Doyle Armbrust
Pre-Performance Host

In UMS’s 2022/23 season, Chicago-based music writer and violist Doyle Armbrust hosts “The Society of Disobedient Listeners” — 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, “Disobedient Listeners” draws the great music of the past into proximity with the felicities and calamities of modern life.

Doyle Armbrust has been called “a well-connected pillar of the Chicago new-music scene” by The New York Times and extolled for his “arrestingly unconventional” writing by Alex Ross in The New Yorker.

Learn more at darmbrust.com

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