140th Annual Choral Union Series

Hill Auditorium : Thu 9/27/18 7:30PM - Thu 4/25/19 7:30PM

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140th Annual Choral Union Series



11 concerts in Hill Auditorium


Philadelphia Orchestra Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Philadelphia Orchestra

For nearly 50 years, the Philadelphia Orchestra was the orchestra-in-residence for the Ann Arbor May Festival. They performed in Hill Auditorium first in 1913, shortly after the hall opened, and most recently in 1994. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings the orchestra back to Ann Arbor with a stunning program: a suite from Nico Muhly’s sensational opera Marnie, which receives its US premiere this fall at the Metropolitan Opera; Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, the composer’s final piece, written for the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1940; and Tchaikovsky’s spectacular Violin Concerto, performed by the Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili in her UMS debut.



Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Berlioz wrote Symphonie fantastique to woo a talented young actress who repeatedly toyed with his affections; his description of the hero of the work — “a young musician of unhealthily sensitive nature and endowed with vivid imagination” — was a reasonable image of himself at the time. Obsession, madness, murder, and redemption are all portrayed in this richly Romantic score. Berlioz’s rarely-heard Lélio uses many of the same melodic themes to tell of the hero’s awakening and his ultimate triumph as a composer.



Yuja Wang, piano
Martin Grubinger, percussion Wednesday, October 24, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Yuja Wang, piano<br>Martin Grubinger, percussion

Yuja Wang, a phenomenal young pianist who made her UMS debut 10 years ago, exudes a dramatic sense of style and flair.
For the 2018-19 season, she was selected to anchor one of two Carnegie Hall “Perspectives” series and given free rein to program five concerts of her choosing. Her UMS concert is a warm-up for the first of these, featuring daring arrangements of Stravinsky and Bartók with the creative percussionist Martin Grubinger and the Percussive Planet Ensemble.



Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

This legendary Czech orchestra, whose very first concert was conducted by Antonin Dvorák, comes to Ann Arbor under the baton of Semyon Bychkov, who was recently named music director and chief conductor of the ensemble. Alisa Weilerstein joins the pantheon of great cellists in UMS history who have performed the Dvorák Cello Concerto, including Piatigorsky, Rostropovich, and Yo-Yo Ma.



Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano Sunday, December 16, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano<br>
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, piano

Contemporary opera composer Jake Heggie enthused in Gramophone magazine, “The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants…Those who know her repertoire are in awe of her gifts, and those who know nothing of it are instantly engaged…Joyce sings, and the world is suddenly brighter.” DiDonato brought the house down with her luminous, 24-carat voice in her UMS debut at the end of the 2016-17 UMS season in Handel’s Ariodante. She is joined for this very special duo recital by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, who trades in his baton for a piano.



Lagrime di San Pietro Sunday, January 20, 2019 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Lagrime di San Pietro</em>

Twenty-one singers transform this sweeping Renaissance masterpiece — committed to memory and dramatically staged by acclaimed director Peter Sellars — into an overwhelmingly emotional performance piece, which depicts the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus Christ on the day of his arrest and prior to his crucifixion. Sellars approaches Lagrime through a contemporary lens, suggesting that by taking responsibility and facing our pasts head-on, we can forge a more resolved and fulfilling future.



Two Different Programs
Philharmonia Orchestra Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Two Different Programs<br>
Philharmonia Orchestra

Former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and now the principal conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen carefully balances his time between conducting and composing works that know no limits in either technique or imagination. He makes his UMS debut with this year’s orchestral residency, which includes his Cello Concerto, recently premiered by Yo-Yo Ma.
Tuesday: Sibelius - Oceanides, Salonen - Cello Concerto, Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra
Wednesday: Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete), Additional repertoire to be announced



Two Different Programs
Philharmonia Orchestra Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Two Different Programs<br>
Philharmonia Orchestra

Former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and now the principal conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen carefully balances his time between conducting and composing works that know no limits in either technique or imagination. He makes his UMS debut with this year’s orchestral residency, which includes his Cello Concerto, recently premiered by Yo-Yo Ma.
Tuesday: Sibelius - Oceanides, Salonen - Cello Concerto, Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra
Wednesday: Stravinsky - The Firebird (complete), Additional repertoire to be announced



Duo Recital
Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Duo Recital<br>
Eric Owens, bass-baritone<br>
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Powerhouse bass-baritone Eric Owens was recently named Musical America’s 2017 Vocalist of the Year and called an “American marvel” who “speaks to you even in his silences…and shakes you when he sings” by the Chicago Sun-Times. Alex Ross, in the New Yorker, noted, “With his sweet tone, fastidious pitch, and poetic phrasing, [Lawrence] Brownlee made familiar fare sound intriguingly fresh, banishing, for a moment, the ghosts of Caruso and Pavarotti.” Together, these two artists, friends for over two decades, share an ease and rapport that is evident through every piece on their program. Program will include opera arias and duets, as well as traditional spirituals, American popular song, and Gospel favorites.



Opera in Concert
Handel’s Semele Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Opera in Concert<br>
Handel’s <em>Semele</em>

Handel never wrote anything more sensuous than Semele, and he tells the story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses about the ill-fated love between Semele and Jupiter in brilliant arias of irresistible theatricality and dazzling coloratura. Harry Bicket and The English Concert are lauded for their Handel presentations, including two previous UMS performances (Radamisto in 2013 and Ariodante in 2017). The New York Classical Review called The English Concert’s Ariodante “a performance so stunning it was liable to make even the most jaded of early-music skeptics take note.”



Murray Perahia, piano Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:30PM   ·   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. After his tour cancellation in spring 2018, we are pleased to be able to add this recital to the 2018-19 Choral Union Series.



Pricing Details Choral Union  
Gold Main Floor L1 $800.00
Gold Main Floor R2 $800.00
A Main Floor $710.00
B Main Floor F1 $660.00
B Main Floor R2 $640.00
C Main Floor F1 $414.00
C Main Floor R2 $414.00
A Mezzanine House L1 $640.00
A Mezzanine House R2 $640.00
B Mezzanine $540.00
E Mezzanine $146.00
B Balcony House L1 $420.00
B Balcony House R2 $420.00
C Balcony Front $350.00
C Balcony Back L1 $350.00
C Balcony Back R2 $350.00
D Balcony $265.00
E Balcony $146.00
Main Floor Accessible N/A
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Main Floor Accessible N/A
Please contact the ticket office at (734) 764-2538 for up-to-date availability.
Main Floor Accessible N/A
Please contact the ticket office at (734) 764-2538 for up-to-date availability.
Main Floor Accessible $420.00
Main Floor Accessible $350.00
Mezzanine Accessible $350.00
Mezzanine Accessible $265.00
Mezzanine Accessible N/A
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