Renegade Series

(Multiple Venues) : Wed 10/24/18 7:30PM - Sat 3/16/19 8:00PM

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Renegade Series

Where Curious Audiences Meet Unexpected Ideas
Artists engage daily in a creative enterprise full of risk-taking, experimentation, and boundary-pushing. Renegade is about artists who, in their own time and context, color outside of the lines and change our expectations.


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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.



In Plain Air
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>In Plain Air</em><br>
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

The group’s UMS debut features mechanical instruments that have had a place in music history: organ (in this case, Hill Auditorium’s Frieze Memorial Organ), harmonium, harpsichord, music boxes, carillons, and electronic instruments. In Plain Air is a composition in four movements for organ, ensemble, electronics, and customized instruments designed to bring the sonic properties of a large organ into a contemporary concert context, with ICE members providing sonic liaisons to the organ and its rich color combinations.



The Great Tamer
Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou Friday, January 18, 2019 8:00PM - Saturday, January 19, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>The Great Tamer</em><br>
Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

Its 10 performers grapple with reveries of life, death, and the mysteries in between. The ingenious and multi-talented Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou creates productions that can be seen as moving still lifes, always with a strong, distinct visual intensity. Papaioannou does not see himself as a dancer or a choreographer, but as a visual artist, a painter on the stage who creates worlds of astounding beauty from the human body, imbuing life with magic. While he became widely known as the creator of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, his poetic, wordless allegory on the passage of time is a different kind of spectacle.
Please Note: The Great Tamer contains frontal male and female nudity.



World Premiere
American Wedding Friday, March 15, 2019 8:00PM - Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
World Premiere<br><em>American Wedding</em>

Thirty years after photographer and visual artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s untimely death, we still cannot turn away from the compelling emotional complexity of his influential body of work. In American Wedding, music, poetry, and photography come together in a theatrical context, exploring the impact of the work Mapplethorpe had on the lives and careers of composer Bryce Dessner (The National) and librettist Robert O’Hara, both natives of Cincinnati.