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.
UMS’s Arts Round-Up: July 16, 2010
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. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Arts Roudup, 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!
- Feeling a little less creative? You’re not alone, as a new study shows a dramatic decline in creativity among US citizens.
- The Big Read just got a lot smaller, as the NEA slashed funds to the nation’s largest book club program.
- Can you carry a tune? Here are two new reasons to sing. First, putting words to music appears to dramatically help stroke patients who have lost speech skills recover. Second, singing together encourages cooperation. Looks like Maria Von Trapp got it right with those kids!
- Remember Gustavo Dudamel’s rise to fame through Venezuela’s El Sistema? A group of hand-picked music educators on fellowship at the New England Conservatory is now attempting to bring its principles to the US with El Sistema USA. Here’s the first in a series of articles and videos about the incredible phenomenon.
Artist Updates & New Companies to Watch
- Rumors abound that Pierre Boulez may be writing an opera based on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
- Simon McBurney’s A Disappearing Number disappeared from Ann Arbor nearly two years ago, but it’s been found again — at the Lincoln Center Festival this weekend, and coming to a theater near you as part of the National Theater of London’s live broadcast series this fall. Stay tuned for an announcement about a local screening…
- What’s that up in the sky? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s Ameba Acrobatic and Ariel Dance.
- Congratulations, Ann Arbor! Our college town was noted as a “mecca of arts and culture” as it was named one of CNNMoney’s top 100 best small cities in which to live.
- The annual Ann Arbor Art Fairs run next Wednesday-Saturday, and the line-up of live music has been announced. Check out the performers on the lawn outside our offices at Burton Tower and the Sesi Mazda Ann Arbor’s 107one stage on South University.
- Detroit’s 17th annual Concert of Colors, an free festival of international music, takes place this weekend at the DIA and the Max. A complete line-up was announced by the Detroit Free Press earlier this week.