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Series You 2017-18

(Multiple Venues) : Thu 3/22/18 7:30PM - Sun 4/22/18 4:00PM

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Series You 2017-18

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Bubble Schmeisis Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
<i>Bubble Schmeisis</i>

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)

Nederlands Dans Theater Friday, March 23, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
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)

The Music of Chick Corea
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea Saturday, March 31, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<i>The Music of Chick Corea</i><br>
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)

Artemis Quartet Sunday, April 8, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
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.

Tribute to the Jazz Epistles
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
featuring Freddie Hendrix, trumpet Friday, April 13, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<i>Tribute to the Jazz Epistles</i><br>Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya<br>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)

Sorrow — A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony
Colin Stetson Saturday, April 14, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Sorrow</em> — A Reimagining of Górecki’s Third Symphony<br>
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.

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.

Cold Blood Thursday, April 19, 2018 7:30PM - Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Cold Blood</em>

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)

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.