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Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:30 PM // Hill Auditorium

Canceled: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

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The electrifying young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla makes her UMS debut.

A former Dudamel Fellow and associate conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mirga Gražiyntė-Tyla was appointed music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016, following in the footsteps of Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. She brings the CBSO and Chorus to Ann Arbor as part of a US tour with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto, composed in the aftermath of World War I. The orchestra has a close association with Elgar, who conducted the ensemble’s very first concert in 1920. The second half of the program features Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, a work written after the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in 1938 and in response to the rise of Nazism. Composed for orchestra and chorus, the work integrates African American spirituals in an expression of helplessness in the face of oppression and carries a strongly pacifist message of understanding and reconciliation. Tippett’s work will be presented only in Ann Arbor and at Carnegie Hall.

Please note, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has postponed its US tour to the 2022/23 season. In its place, UMS will present a free digital concert by Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason recorded especially for UMS audiences, available for a 10-day period in late October and including a live chat with the artists after the digital premiere.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is grateful to Mr. John Osborn for his generosity in making its centennial tour of the United States possible. Generous additional support has been provided by the Dunard Fund.

PROGRAM

Elgar Cello Concerto
Tippett A Child of Our Time

10/22/20 7:30 PM
Hill Auditorium

Canceled: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Events
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The electrifying young Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla makes her UMS debut.

A former Dudamel Fellow and associate conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mirga Gražiyntė-Tyla was appointed music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2016, following in the footsteps of Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons. She brings the CBSO and Chorus to Ann Arbor as part of a US tour with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason as soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto, composed in the aftermath of World War I. The orchestra has a close association with Elgar, who conducted the ensemble’s very first concert in 1920. The second half of the program features Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, a work written after the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in 1938 and in response to the rise of Nazism. Composed for orchestra and chorus, the work integrates African American spirituals in an expression of helplessness in the face of oppression and carries a strongly pacifist message of understanding and reconciliation. Tippett’s work will be presented only in Ann Arbor and at Carnegie Hall.

Please note, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has postponed its US tour to the 2022/23 season. In its place, UMS will present a free digital concert by Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason recorded especially for UMS audiences, available for a 10-day period in late October and including a live chat with the artists after the digital premiere.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is grateful to Mr. John Osborn for his generosity in making its centennial tour of the United States possible. Generous additional support has been provided by the Dunard Fund.

PROGRAM (Thu 10/22/2020: Hill Auditorium)

Elgar Cello Concerto
Tippett A Child of Our Time

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