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UMS Ovation Celebrating Ken Fischer

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at our Ovation Spring Gala we honored Ken Fischer and his 30 years of leadership at UMS, while raising important funds for UMS Education and Community Engagement programs. Explore a selection of photos from the celebration below, or view the complete gallery.
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UMS will host an official retirement reception on Thursday, June 1, the 30th anniversary of Ken’s first day on the job at UMS. The event will take place at Rackham Assembly Hall from 4-6 pm and is free and open to the public. RSVP requested. Join us!

Memorable Moments from 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, all of us at UMS would like to thank you for being an essential part of a remarkable year filled with exceptional performances and inspiring moments.

Here are some of our favorite UMS moments from 2016 — from performance artist Taylor Mac to the Berlin Philharmonic’s November Residency.

We can’t wait to kick off the New Year with many extraordinary performances. Take a peek. A reminder that the UMS ticket office is closed for the holidays through January 2, 2017, though ticket sales continue online.

There’s also still time in 2016 to make an annual gift to UMS. Your generosity ensures UMS can continue to unleash the power of the performing arts to engage, educate, and transform — inspiring people of all ages and enriching communities through uncommon and engaging experiences. The future vibrancy of our region depends on it.

From all of us at UMS, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year filled with uncommon and engaging experiences.

Outlier: Hauntings of the Avant-Garde

One night, long, long ago (about 10 days heretofore, to be exact), UMS and “experimental film happening,” HOTT LAVA, took over the former UMMA Off/Site space on the corner of S. University and Forest in Ann Arbor for an evening of performance, experimental film, music, and general merriment.  Monikered OUTLIER: Hauntings of the Avant-Garde, this gathering was the culminating event of the much anticipated three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ONCE Festival, and featured: Patient to Patient (Ryan Howard and Sean Patrick), Laurel Halo, Todd Osborn, Forest Juziuk, Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen, Jacob Mendel, Tom Buckholz, B. Thomas Hunter, Ted Kennedy, and others. 

Herein, find a photo album of the evening’s activities.  Thanks to Mark Gjukich for capturing these images.

(For those in attendance during the memorable/infamous/collective-scratching-of-heads moment better known in some circles as the “Gallon Challenge,” fear not…I have only included action shots of the milk in its native plastic jug.  For those of you who are wondering what I’m talking about…ask me in person sometime.  Or just Google it at your own peril.  You should know in advance of your query that a true Gallon Challenge generally affords its contender a full 60 minutes to safely accomplish the feat.  This was NOT the case at OUTLIER.  Yikes.)

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