UMS Arts Roundup: October 15
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 Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike continues, and the DSO has canceled orchestral concerts through November 7. Non-orchestral concerts, education programs, and rentals continue as scheduled.
- Soprano Joan Sutherland died Sunday at age 83. Leave your memories of her three UMS performances here.
- Rudresh Mahanthappa launched his new website this week, where you can stream his latest album, Apex.
- Muti update: Riccardo Muti is out of the hospital, recovering from extreme exhaustion from prolonged stress.
- Name the seasons! Stream Philip Glass’ American Four Seasons and follow the Venice Baroque Orchestra/Robert McDuffie Seasons Project Tour on GoogleMaps.
- The Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev opened our Choral Union Series on Sunday afternoon. You can also read comments from the audience.
- Review of last night’s Schubert concert by the Takács Quartet.
- If you’ve never been to the U-M Halloween Concert, it’s a real treat (with some tricks too)! Members of the University Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras perform in this annual event on October 31 at Hill Auditorium.
Just For Fun
- Ok, maybe not “for fun”…but bedbugs were found last week in dressing rooms at Lincoln Center! They’ve turned up so far at the David H. Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet, and have spread to the Met.
- The YouTube Symphony Orchestra returns for its second year! Get out your instruments: audition submissions close on November 28.
In Memoriam: Joan Sutherland
This week, we were sad to hear the news of soprano Joan Sutherland’s passing on Sunday.
Ms. Sutherland appeared at UMS three times throughout her career. She opened the 1964 May Festival as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy, performing arias from La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor, and returned twice for recital appearances in January 1970 and October 1979.
Were you at any of her UMS performances, or did you enjoy performances by her in other cities? Feel free to share your memories here.