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Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:00 PM // Rackham Auditorium

Sensory Friendly Open Rehearsal:
Takács Quartet

Photo credit: Ellen Appel
 

UMS has teamed up with the Takács Quartet 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 families.

This season, the world-renowned Takács Quartet is performing all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets in only four venues worldwide. In Ann Arbor, the complete cycle will be performed over six concerts in the 2016-17 UMS season.

During this free open rehearsal, the ensemble will present excerpts from the Beethoven string quartets that will be performed that weekend in two public performances at Rackham Auditorium.

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

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.

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 noon for this special experience. Audience members should plan to arrive by 11:45 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 noon 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 talks or makes noise during the event?
No problem! We expect that there will be noise in the audience. Your child may not be the only one who talks or makes noise. If the noise gets to be too much, you are welcome to step out of the auditorium and visit our quiet room if you like, but this is not necessary.

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.

When and where is this open event taking place?
This sensory-friendly open rehearsal is taking place on Saturday, January 21 from 12 noon – 1 pm in Rackham Auditorium.

How long is the open event?
The open rehearsal will last about 60 minutes.

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 Willie Sullivan, 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.

1/21/17 5:00 PM
Rackham Auditorium

Sensory Friendly Open Rehearsal:
Takács Quartet

DETAILS

UMS has teamed up with the Takács Quartet 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 families.

This season, the world-renowned Takács Quartet is performing all 16 of Beethoven’s string quartets in only four venues worldwide. In Ann Arbor, the complete cycle will be performed over six concerts in the 2016-17 UMS season.

During this free open rehearsal, the ensemble will present excerpts from the Beethoven string quartets that will be performed that weekend in two public performances at Rackham Auditorium.

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

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.

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 noon for this special experience. Audience members should plan to arrive by 11:45 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 noon 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 talks or makes noise during the event?
No problem! We expect that there will be noise in the audience. Your child may not be the only one who talks or makes noise. If the noise gets to be too much, you are welcome to step out of the auditorium and visit our quiet room if you like, but this is not necessary.

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.

When and where is this open event taking place?
This sensory-friendly open rehearsal is taking place on Saturday, January 21 from 12 noon – 1 pm in Rackham Auditorium.

How long is the open event?
The open rehearsal will last about 60 minutes.

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 Willie Sullivan, 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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