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2021-2022 Season


UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Presented by the Arab American National Museum

Thursday, September 23 - Sunday, September 26, 2021
JAM3A, which is Arabic for “gathering,” is a free virtual music and arts festival celebrating Arab talent, community, and identity.

BLISS is a Michigan Opera Theatre production that replays three sublime minutes of The Marriage of Figaro with the same cast and the same orchestra, without pause, for 12 hours.

UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Join our world premiere documentary film exploring the creation of a new work for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.

UMS is proud to announce the return of You Can Dance – Outside!, a free, outdoor dance workshop for all.

Hailed as “the world’s greatest tenor” by The Telegraph, Jonas Kaufmann has been an international star since his sensational breakout appearance in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera, performing over 70 different roles in the world’s leading opera houses.

Digital Artist Residency:
Spektral Quartet x Tarek Yamani

Wednesday, October 27 - Saturday, November 27, 2021

As the culmination of their collaborative 2020/21 UMS Digital Artist Residency, the Spektral Quartet performs the world premiere of a new four-movement suite composed by Tarek Yamani.


Works by Tarek Yamani:

Berytus (world premiere for string quartet)
Skylines Ahead (for string quartet and Lebanese percussion)


Audiences everywhere simply love Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, known as the greatest mariachi in the world!

UMS champion and iconic trumpeter Wynton Marsalis welcomes audiences back to Hill Auditorium this Thanksgiving Weekend, when his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings its fun, one-of-a-kind holiday extravaganza to brighten up the season.

The Takács Quartet returns for a special collaboration with accordion and bandoneon player Julien Labro, including new works by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner.


Bryce Dessner Circles *
Julien Labro Meditation No. 1
Dino Saluzzi Minguito
J. S. Bach (arr. Labro) Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
Julien Labro Astoración
Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F Major
Clarice Assad Clash *

* UMS co-commission / World-premiere performance

Choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and electronic music artist Jlin have come together to create a new work through a reimagining of Mozart’s Requiem in d minor.

In this special digital performance, bass-baritone and activist Davóne Tines intersperses a group of readings with musical selections for a powerful, expressive sermon on themes of social justice.

The Imani Winds and the Catalyst Quartet present a program called (im)migration: music of change, commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times we live in.


Ramón Mongo Santamaria (Arr. V Coleman) Afro Blue
Florence Price Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint
Jessie Montgomery Sergeant McCauley (UMS Co-Commission)
Roberto Sierra Concierto de Cámara

As Detroit’s Sphinx Organization celebrates its 25th anniversary, UMS presents the full orchestra on its first-ever national tour, immediately after its performances as part of the Sphinx Competition.

Mexico’s national dance company returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in over 15 years in a special Hill Auditorium performance that showcases the cultural richness of México.

Electronic music pioneer and producer Jlin incorporates tracks from her new EP album, Embryo, in a stunning DJ set immersed with live projection.

Lebanese choreographer and theater maker Ali Chahrour draws inspiration from Arabic stories, legends, and poems relating to love. Performed in Arabic with English supertitles.

Professional Broadway singers Chuck Cooper (Tevye) and Loretta Ables Sayre (Golde) star alongside phenomenally talented U-M Musical Theatre students in this lightly-staged concert performance.

Recognized as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers” (Boston Globe), lyric tenor and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance alumnus Nicholas Phan leads a digital-exclusive recital of songs written by women composers.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Friday, March 11 - Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Ann Arbor for a two-performance residency, with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the first night and principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann the second.

Fri Program

conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Wynton Marsalis Tuba Concerto
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68

Sat Program

conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann

Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Max Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (“The Great”)

Founded a decade ago by Detroit-born conductor Michael Ibrahim, the National Arab Orchestra is dedicated to preserving and performing classical and contemporary Arab music.

The Infinite Detail of this Place & Time is a participatory microcinema for the here and now. Revel with us in dreamlike projections and sonic interpretations of the world around us.

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27, 2022

Based on the post-apocalyptic novel written in 1993 by the late Afro-futurist and science fiction author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying work that harnesses two centuries of Black music.

Young piano sensation Benjamin Grosvenor makes his UMS debut in an electrifying recital program.


César Franck Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
Franz Liszt Sonata in b minor, S. 178
Isaac Albéniz Iberia (Book 1)
Maurice Ravel Jeux d’eau
Maurice Ravel La valse

Directed by Caleb Teicher

Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to the concert stage!

Acclaimed choreographer Caleb Teicher brings the best of the swing dance world to the concert stage in this special one-hour family performance!

UMS’s Arab World focus closes with Sahra, which is Arabic for “soiree” or “evening.” This event — held at a new performance and gallery space in Detroit — brings together three wildly different performances.

Mezzo-soprano and UMS Digital Residency Artist Joyce DiDonato turns her creative vision and artistry to her next great passion: EDEN.


Friday, April 22 - Saturday, April 23, 2022

After a year spent examining the interiors of our own homes in excruciating detail and fantasizing about others through Zillow, a theater piece that explores the idea of “home” may seem counterintuitive. Yet this piece, which premiered in 2017, takes a completely different look at these structures that not only house us but, in many ways, define who we are.

Sibling cello and piano duo Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason return to Ann Arbor and close the 2021/22 season.


Karen Khachaturian Cello Sonata
Dmitri Shostakovich Sonata in d minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40
Frank Bridge Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, H. 125
Benjamin Britten Cello Sonata, Op. 65

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