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Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:00 AM // Rackham Auditorium

Sensory Friendly Open Rehearsal:
Russian Renaissance

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Artist

UMS has teamed up with the Russian Renaissance to make a free and inclusive live classical music experience available for audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed concert environment, including people with autism spectrum disorders, sensory or communication disorders, and their friends and families.

This is a free event. Registration is not required, but is recommended.

Download Social Story

What makes this event sensory friendly?

This sensory-friendly event is modified to accommodate individuals with sensory-input disorders, such as people on the autism spectrum, those with anxiety, and people with a range of cognitive abilities.

At the open rehearsal, you will notice relaxed “house rules.” People may need to get up, move around, and leave the theater during the rehearsal. There is no expectation that the audience will be completely quiet during the event. Our volunteers will be available throughout the rehearsal to help you if you have any questions. Our goal is to create an environment where people with autism or sensory needs, along with their families, can enjoy live world-class music together and will feel comfortable, supported, and free to be themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is this open event taking place?

This sensory-friendly open rehearsal is taking place on Saturday, January 27 from 11 am – 12 noon in Rackham Auditorium.

How long is the event?

The open rehearsal will last about 60 minutes.

What kind of accommodations will be made?

Technical elements will be softened to accommodate sensitive ears and eyes. Lights in the auditorium will remain on during the entire event and will permit safe movement in and out of the space. A quiet room will be available for anyone who needs a break from the event.

Who should attend this event?

The sensory-friendly rehearsal is specially designed for children and adults with sensory-input disorders, autism, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers. We endeavor to deliver a judgment-free, fun experience for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Can people without sensory input challenges attend this event?

Yes, anyone is welcome to attend the open rehearsal and to take advantage of the adaptations that a sensory friendly experience provides.

Will this event be like a concert?

This event is an open rehearsal, not a concert. The quartet is inviting audiences to come observe them as they prepare for a concert later that day, an experience that the public often does not get to see. This means they may be practicing certain sections of music but not always playing pieces in their entirety.

My child/family member/client with autism has difficulty with transitions. Is there anything I can do to prep him/her for this new experience?

The quartet will be rehearsing for their performance that evening, and the auditorium will open a little before 11 am for this special experience. Audience members should plan to arrive by 10:45 am to familiarize themselves with the lobby area, meet the event staff, and ask questions. UMS staff will invite audience members into the Auditorium close to 11 am to join the rehearsal in progress. The artists are delighted to open up their process to the community.

Those who register in advance will be sent a social story with photos and extensive detail about what to expect, allowing audience members to become familiar with the environment before they arrive. The social story will also be available online the week of the event for those who are unable to register in advance.

What if my child/family member talks or makes noise during the event?

No problem! We fully expect that this will not be a completely quiet concert experience, and recognize that audiences attending may talk or make noise. We promise a “shush-free” environment.

If my child/family member is not able to sit through the entire event, will we be able to leave the auditorium? If we decide to, will we be able to return to our seat?

Yes, volunteers will be available to help any travelers to the lobby area. If someone in your family decides they cannot stay through the entire rehearsal, you can absolutely leave the auditorium early. If they simply need a break, we will have a Quiet Room available.

Can I bring fidget toys, headphones or other items that help my child/family member stay calm?

Of course! We encourage you to bring any items that might make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Whom can I contact about the sensory-friendly open rehearsal?

You are welcome to contact the UMS ticket office at umstix@umich.edu. You can also contact our Front of House Coordinator at fohums@umich.edu or 734.615.9398 with any questions about accessibility needs.

Do I need to register in advance to be able to attend?

Registration is not required to gain admittance, although it is recommended. UMS will follow up via email the week of the event with those who register in advance to provide detailed materials that will allow audience members to become familiar with the environment before they arrive.

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1/27/18 11:00 AM
Rackham Auditorium

Sensory Friendly Open Rehearsal:
Russian Renaissance

DETAILS

UMS has teamed up with the Russian Renaissance to make a free and inclusive live classical music experience available for audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed concert environment, including people with autism spectrum disorders, sensory or communication disorders, and their friends and families.

This is a free event. Registration is not required, but is recommended.

Download Social Story

What makes this event sensory friendly?

This sensory-friendly event is modified to accommodate individuals with sensory-input disorders, such as people on the autism spectrum, those with anxiety, and people with a range of cognitive abilities.

At the open rehearsal, you will notice relaxed “house rules.” People may need to get up, move around, and leave the theater during the rehearsal. There is no expectation that the audience will be completely quiet during the event. Our volunteers will be available throughout the rehearsal to help you if you have any questions. Our goal is to create an environment where people with autism or sensory needs, along with their families, can enjoy live world-class music together and will feel comfortable, supported, and free to be themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is this open event taking place?

This sensory-friendly open rehearsal is taking place on Saturday, January 27 from 11 am – 12 noon in Rackham Auditorium.

How long is the event?

The open rehearsal will last about 60 minutes.

What kind of accommodations will be made?

Technical elements will be softened to accommodate sensitive ears and eyes. Lights in the auditorium will remain on during the entire event and will permit safe movement in and out of the space. A quiet room will be available for anyone who needs a break from the event.

Who should attend this event?

The sensory-friendly rehearsal is specially designed for children and adults with sensory-input disorders, autism, or other developmental or cognitive disabilities, as well as their families and caretakers. We endeavor to deliver a judgment-free, fun experience for the entire family. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Can people without sensory input challenges attend this event?

Yes, anyone is welcome to attend the open rehearsal and to take advantage of the adaptations that a sensory friendly experience provides.

Will this event be like a concert?

This event is an open rehearsal, not a concert. The quartet is inviting audiences to come observe them as they prepare for a concert later that day, an experience that the public often does not get to see. This means they may be practicing certain sections of music but not always playing pieces in their entirety.

My child/family member/client with autism has difficulty with transitions. Is there anything I can do to prep him/her for this new experience?

The quartet will be rehearsing for their performance that evening, and the auditorium will open a little before 11 am for this special experience. Audience members should plan to arrive by 10:45 am to familiarize themselves with the lobby area, meet the event staff, and ask questions. UMS staff will invite audience members into the Auditorium close to 11 am to join the rehearsal in progress. The artists are delighted to open up their process to the community.

Those who register in advance will be sent a social story with photos and extensive detail about what to expect, allowing audience members to become familiar with the environment before they arrive. The social story will also be available online the week of the event for those who are unable to register in advance.

What if my child/family member talks or makes noise during the event?

No problem! We fully expect that this will not be a completely quiet concert experience, and recognize that audiences attending may talk or make noise. We promise a “shush-free” environment.

If my child/family member is not able to sit through the entire event, will we be able to leave the auditorium? If we decide to, will we be able to return to our seat?

Yes, volunteers will be available to help any travelers to the lobby area. If someone in your family decides they cannot stay through the entire rehearsal, you can absolutely leave the auditorium early. If they simply need a break, we will have a Quiet Room available.

Can I bring fidget toys, headphones or other items that help my child/family member stay calm?

Of course! We encourage you to bring any items that might make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

Whom can I contact about the sensory-friendly open rehearsal?

You are welcome to contact the UMS ticket office at umstix@umich.edu. You can also contact our Front of House Coordinator at fohums@umich.edu or 734.615.9398 with any questions about accessibility needs.

Do I need to register in advance to be able to attend?

Registration is not required to gain admittance, although it is recommended. UMS will follow up via email the week of the event with those who register in advance to provide detailed materials that will allow audience members to become familiar with the environment before they arrive.

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