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Choral Union 2017-18

Hill Auditorium : Sun 1/28/18 4:00PM - Sun 4/22/18 4:00PM

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Choral Union 2017-18

Maxim Vengerov, violin
Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano Sunday, January 28, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Maxim Vengerov, violin <br>
Roustem Saïtkoulov, piano

Universally hailed as one of the world’s finest musicians, Maxim Vengerov made his public debut at age 5 and performed the Mendelssohn Concerto at age 7. Vengerov is inspired by many different styles of music and brings his tireless search for new means of creative expression to his first UMS recital appearance in nearly 20 years.

Estonian National Symphony Saturday, February 3, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Estonian National Symphony

Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Neeme Järvi returns to Southeast Michigan with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Järvi leads the ensemble in its UMS debut with a program steeped in the music of Estonian composers, including the beautiful fifth symphony of Eduard Tubin, who fled to Stockholm in 1944 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia. Garrick Ohlsson, a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, joins the orchestra for Brahms’s first piano concerto.

Joshua Bell, violin
Sam Haywood, piano Saturday, February 10, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Joshua Bell, violin<br>
Sam Haywood, piano

Joshua Bell enchants audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity and charismatic stage presence. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have developed and deepened since he was first spotted plucking tunes with rubber bands stretched around the handles of his dresser drawers at age four. Though unrecognized during a morning rush-hour performance in the DC Metro documented by the Washington Post, his concerts regularly draw rock-concert enthusiasm from audiences, despite — or perhaps because of — his down-to-earth personality.

Opera in Concert
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Saturday, February 17, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Opera in Concert <br>
The Gershwins' <i>Porgy and Bess</i>

UMS and the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) present the first-ever performance of the U-M Gershwin Initiative’s new scholarly edition of this landmark score. Porgy and Bess is without rival as the most famous 20th-century American opera. Since its 1935 debut, this story of a disabled beggar transformed by the unexpected love of Bess has been performed worldwide and features such well-known songs as “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” “Summertime,” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” In addition to the concert, UMS and SMTD will host related symposia and other educational activities as part of an ongoing scholarly examination of the art of George and Ira Gershwin.
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Opera in Concert
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
Apollo's Fire / The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Opera in Concert<br>
Monteverdi's <i>L'Orfeo</i><br>
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.

Murray Perahia, piano Sunday, April 22, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
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.