UMS’s Arts Roundup: October 1
Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. Each week, we pull together a list of interesting stories and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Round-up, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!
- The orchestral world continues to change as Zarin Mehta steps down as President of the NY Philharmonic.
- And so does the opera world — Placido Domingo is also reducing his commitments.
- But James Levine is finally back after months of health issues that curtailed his ability to conduct.
- Arts jobs count too–NEA chief advocates the legitimacy and worth of creative jobs in the arts during hard economic times.
- Is opera worth the expense? Alex Ross voices his opinion regarding the Met’s $16 million Wagner opera cycle.
- Stephen Sondheim at 80: An interview with the man who revolutionized the world of musical theater.
- Dancer/choreographer Trisha Brown featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art in program of her seminal works.
- Rosanne Cash brings superb voice and new depth to classic and new country tunes alike during her performance of “The List” at Hill Auditorium on Saturday night [review].
- Jordi Savall brings music of Spain and Mexico to St. Francis Church [review].
- Play the piano? Always wanted to try? Now’s your chance! Pull up a seat and try out any of the seven Pianos ‘Round Town, located on the sidewalks of Depot Town and Downtown Ypsilanti.
- And you can play your own melody for UMS — at intermission of the Mariinsky Orchestra and Takacs Quartet concerts (Oct. 10 and Oct. 14 respectively).
- A potential sign of hope emerges for struggling arts institutions in Michigan with the Detroit Institute of Arts likely to get $10M from the state.
JUST FOR FUN
- Once again, the hills will be alive with the sound of music, as Oprah reunites the original Sound of Music cast members.
- Dancers morph into human sculptures around Manhattan as part of the Bodies in Urban Spaces project.