Ticketed Events



Michigan Opera Theatre presents<br><em>27</em>
2017-18 UMS
Michigan Opera Theatre presents
27

Travel back in time to the inspired gatherings at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris, where American expatriates Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas hosted luminaries of art and literature such as Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse and Ernest Hemingway. The opera explores themes of love, loss, change and art set throughout two world wars. Presented in partnership with Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.


Stephen Lord – “David DiChiera and I have long shared a dedication to developing the next generation of artists. This opera provides the perfect roles to showcase the talent of our studio artists and continues our commitment to the ‘Opera of Our Time’ initiative.”

Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM Arthur Miller Theatre
Sat 3/3/18 7:30PM Arthur Miller Theatre



2017-18 UMS Education
Exploring African-American History in Ypsilanti
A Workshop
This day-long immersion explores the rich African-American history of Ypsilanti, Michigan. UMS is partnering with community artists, sholars, and activists to guide participants through a series of immersive historic, cultural, and artistic experiences. Participants will visit important historical sites, including places that served as safe houses on the Underground Railroad, as well as the resting places of Ypsilanti's African-American Civil War veterans from the 102nd Troop (an African-American infantry unit of the Union Army), among others. Workshops will feature artistic demonstrations and resources that can be brought back into the classroom. This workshop is recommended for K-12 Educators, Arts Specialists, and Special Education teachers.
Sat 3/3/18 8:00AM General Admission (Education)


<i>Borderline</i><br>
Company Wang Ramirez
2017-18 UMS
Borderline
Company Wang Ramirez

A couple both onstage and in real life, Sébastien Ramirez, a Frenchman with Spanish parents, and Honji Wang, a German woman with a Korean mother, make their UMS debut with Borderline. Their dance backgrounds could hardly be more different — Ramirez was a B-boy while Wang was classically trained — but they share a love of other dance styles and an interest in experimentation. In Borderline, the six dancers toy with the forces of gravity through a subtle and sophisticated use of rigging, creating a powerful evening of breathtaking movement, physical energy, and spiritual serenity. “The contemporary dance revolution is taking place. And dancers like Sébastien Ramirez and Honji Wang are on the frontlines.” (L’Indépendant)

Fri 3/9/18 8:00PM Power Center
Sat 3/10/18 8:00PM Power Center


Elias Quartet
2017-18 UMS
Elias Quartet

After a three-year project exploring all of Beethoven’s string quartets, the Elias Quartet decided to consider how composers after Beethoven lived up to his monumental legacy. Some of them approached their string quartets by expanding his musical language; others took a more poetic and imaginative turn of phrase. This particular program focuses on the freshness and fluidity of the music of Schubert and Dvorák, both of whom had a particular gift for writing melodies that seemed to spring from an endless well of inspiration.

Sun 3/11/18 4:00PM Rackham Auditorium


<i>Path of Miracles</i><br>
Tenebrae
2017-18 UMS
Path of Miracles
Tenebrae

Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles was the first major work commissioned by the professional vocal ensemble Tenebrae, a group that was founded by former King’s Singers member Nigel Short in 2000 and includes members drawn from the choirs of Westminster Abbey, King’s College Cambridge, and Britain’s two major opera houses. The work was supposed to premiere in London on July 7, 2005, but was delayed because of the London bombings that day, which killed over 50 people and injured more than 700. Ten days later, Path of Miracles received its premiere as part of the City of London Festival. Talbot’s composition is based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage, the great Pilgramage to Santiago, and the four movement titles are the four main posts along the route (Roncevalles, Burgos, León, and Santiago). Path of Miracles incorporates medieval texts and Roman Catholic liturgy and is sung in Greek, Latin, Spanish, Basque, French, English, and German. Candlelight and an imaginative use of the St. Francis of Assisi space guarantee a dramatic evening.

Tue 3/13/18 7:30PM St. Francis of Assisi Church


Piedmont Blues: <i>A Search for Salvation</i>
2017-18 UMS
Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation

Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia. Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton (who also holds down the piano chair in the Charles Lloyd Quartet) has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric history, and preserved it in a multimedia project. This music-theater experience features a nine-piece band led by Clayton and combines music with projected film, new and archival photography, and the stories of those few musical elders who are still keeping the tradition alive. It makes a testimony of the struggle endured by African Americans in the Southeast during Jim Crow and chronicles the efficacy of the Piedmont Blues as a salve for suffering.

Wed 3/14/18 7:30PM Michigan Theater


Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone
2017-18 UMS
Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone

Though hip-hop and jazz are clearly no strangers to one another, Sélébéyone takes the conversation between jazz and hip-hop to “feverish new heights” (The WIRE), drawing from Senegalese rap, modern jazz, live electronics, and underground hip-hop to create a unique form of urban experimentalism. Composer and saxophonist Steve Lehman, a “quietly dazzling saxophonist” (New York Times), has built a career creating innovative new music that packs a visceral wallop. He leads this international ensemble, which includes rappers HPrizm, a legend of New York’s underground hip-hop scene, and Gaston Bandimic, one of Senegal’s most distinctive young rap stars, in a unique hybrid that juxtaposes English and Wolof against changing meters and asymmetrical rhythms, giving rise to the development of a whole new musical universe. In Wolof, “sélébéyone” refers to an intersection, where two fixed entities meet and transform themselves into something previously unknown. “The international jazz-rap project Sélébéyone is a rare case of two genres mixing at their most far-out, abstract corners.” (Pitchfork) A co-presentation with El Club.

Sat 3/17/18 9:00PM El Club


<i>Bubble Schmeisis</i>
2017-18 UMS
Bubble Schmeisis

Welcome to the steam baths! The word bubbemeises is a Yiddish term meaning “a grandmother’s story” or “an old wives’ tale.” Writer and street performer Nick Cassenbaum, along with his klezmer musicians, invite you into the warmth of the Schvitz in Detroit, one of the country’s few remaining traditional bath houses, which has been in operation for over 85 years. Among the steam and the ritual, Nick will take you on a journey of discovery to find the place where he belongs. Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home, and getting schmeised (washed) by old men. “It is by far the funniest thing I have seen in Edinburgh so far… Bubble Schmeisis is also beautiful in its depiction of male friendship and shared routines.” (Exeunt)

Thu 3/22/18 7:30PM The Schvitz
Fri 3/23/18 7:00PM The Schvitz
Fri 3/23/18 9:00PM The Schvitz
Sat 3/24/18 2:00PM The Schvitz
Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM The Schvitz
Sun 3/25/18 2:00PM The Schvitz
Sun 3/25/18 6:00PM The Schvitz


Nederlands Dans Theater
2017-18 UMS
Nederlands Dans Theater

Widely considered the Berlin Philharmonic of the dance world, Nederlands Dans Theater has forged a path between classical ballet and American modern dance, creating a modern ballet style that is widely admired across the world. Many NDT members have gone on to found companies around the world, including Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, and Crystal Pite. Pite’s 2016 work, “The Statement,” features two men and two women dealing with a conflict in a boardroom setting, with Jonathan Young (from the 2016-17 season’s Betroffenheit) providing the script/score. “Shoot the Moon” is a heartbreaking view of three different love stories deteriorating behind closed doors in a revolving set of three rooms, set to music by Philip Glass. “Think ballet line and virtuosity fused with modern dance weight and power. Think a commitment to the deepest European art-making traditions with no pandering to pop culture. Above all, think a super-ensemble: dancers who can form a superb corps one moment and perform just as superbly as principals the next.” (Los Angeles Times)

Fri 3/23/18 8:00PM Power Center
Sat 3/24/18 8:00PM Power Center


<i>The Music of Chick Corea</i><br>
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea
2017-18 UMS
The Music of Chick Corea
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea

Surprise! This perennial favorite is back, but this time with jazz pianist Chick Corea at the helm. Corea’s staggering career, spanning more than 50 years, is a torrent of creative and professional highlights. His last UMS appearance, with Herbie Hancock, was a sellout, and demonstrated why the New York Times called him “a luminary, ebullient and eternally youthful.” Corea’s fearless creative spirit has earned him a slew of accolades along the way, including the country’s highest honor for a jazz artist when he was named an NEA Jazz Master in 2006. “The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is ridiculously tight, executing tricky maneuvers like a fighter jet.” (DownBeat)

Sat 3/31/18 8:00PM Hill Auditorium


Artemis Quartet
2017-18 UMS
Artemis Quartet

Named after the Greek goddess of hunt and wilderness, the Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989 but took a full 10 years before it performed its first concerts for a live audience. This dedication to excellence has not wavered, and their playing is known for its “apparently effortless grace and effervescent athleticism.” (BBC) Based in Berlin, it programs its own series at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Vienna Konzerthaus, as well as in Munich and Amsterdam.

Sun 4/8/18 4:00PM Rackham Auditorium


<i>Tribute to the Jazz Epistles</i><br>Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya<br>featuring Freddie Hendrix, trumpet
2017-18 UMS
Tribute to the Jazz Epistles
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
featuring Freddie Hendrix, trumpet

“Hugh Masekela creates an instant party, leading from vocals and flugelhorn like a South African Louis Armstrong.” (Guardian) The two iconic South African jazz legends Abdullah Ibrahim and Hugh Masekela reunite and perform on the same stage for the first time in 56 years. They come together for a historic concert to tell the story of The Jazz Epistles, the first all-black jazz group in South Africa and arguably the most important jazz (bebop) recording in the country’s history. This music was almost lost forever — only 500 copies were pressed in 1959, buried, and rediscovered decades later after the tyranny of apartheid. These giants of South African jazz perform music from the seminal Jazz Epistles recording alongside music from both of their illustrious careers. “[Ibrahim] glowed with a sound reminiscent of that of [his] most famous patron, Duke Ellington.” (Guardian)

Fri 4/13/18 8:00PM Michigan Theater


<em>Sorrow</em> — A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony<br>
Colin Stetson
2017-18 UMS
Sorrow — A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony
Colin Stetson

Henryk Górecki’s iconic third symphony, often called “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” made a huge impact on listeners in the early 1990s and was a musical touchstone for virtuoso saxophonist Colin Stetson. The original work’s three movements centered around three laments, each focused in some way about a child being taken away from a mother. Celebrated for the way he “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, expected energies,” (Pitchfork) Stetson takes on the mammoth task of reimagining Górecki’s symphony for an expansive and contemporary sonic palate. Sorrow, his imaginative new interpretation of the heartbreaking work, is “timeless and of the moment,” (PopMatters) drawing on a uniquely constructed 12-member ensemble that employs electric guitars, synthesizers, drums, strings, woodwinds, and soprano to create transformative extensions of the emotional core of the piece.

Sat 4/14/18 8:00PM Michigan Theater


Opera in Concert<br>
Monteverdi's <i>L'Orfeo</i><br>
Apollo's Fire / The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
2017-18 UMS
Opera in Concert
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
Apollo's Fire / The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra

“It’s hard to say who wrote the very first opera, but there’s little doubt about the first, truly great one — it’s Monteverdi’s 1607 masterpiece, L’Orfeo.” (National Public Radio) As one of the earliest examples of the form, and certainly the earliest that still has a place in the present repertoire 400 years later, L’Orfeo sets to music the famous myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, whose long-awaited wedding night ends in tragedy when Eurydice is bitten by a poisonous snake and Orfeo storms the gates of hell to rescue her. Jeannette Sorrell leads a company of 40 performers in this semi-staged production with period dancers. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Sun 4/15/18 4:00PM Hill Auditorium


<em>Cold Blood</em>
2017-18 UMS
Cold Blood

After the resounding success of Kiss & Cry (2014-15 season), the magnificent creative team of Charleroi Danses in Belgium brings Cold Blood, a poetic journey that is filmed before your very eyes. The performance explores the miniscule, surveying the worlds where life is viewed through a kaleidoscope, with fingers cavorting in a delightful miniature setting. In a hypnotic story laced with offbeat humor, Cold Blood explores the uncertain, yet inevitable, last moments we experience before we die. Cold Blood is neither a sequel nor an epilogue to Kiss & Cry but utilizes the same storytelling techniques, combining film, dancing fingers, music, and theater in brilliant and surprising ways. “If the team came back to Quebec ten times, we would rush to see them ten times. And would encourage you to do the same. Because their work is absolutely masterful.” (Le Devoir, Montreal)

Thu 4/19/18 7:30PM Power Center
Fri 4/20/18 8:00PM Power Center
Sat 4/21/18 8:00PM Power Center


Murray Perahia, piano
2017-18 UMS
Murray Perahia, piano

Murray Perahia’s place in the pantheon of great musicians is indisputable. With 12 UMS appearances since his debut over 40 years ago, he is one of the most treasured artists to appear on our series and consistently delivers performances that audiences remember years, or even decades, later. With his particular kind of magic, each and every performance is a revelation.

Sun 4/22/18 4:00PM Hill Auditorium


NT Live: Julius Caesar
2017-18 UMS Films
NT Live: Julius Caesar

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome, and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated elite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral, and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Starring Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall) as Brutus; Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as Cassius; David Calder (The Lost City of Z) as Caesar; and David Morrissey (Hangman, The Walking Dead) as Mark Antony. Broadcast live from the Bridge Theatre, London.

Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

Sun 5/6/18 7:00PM Michigan Theater