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Students may order student subscriptions of at least five different qualifying events for $20 per ticket. Please note that student subscriptions must be picked up at the Michigan League Ticket Office in person with a student ID after July 31. Seats will be assigned by the Ticket Office. Please note: student subscriptions may be seated in a different section and may not be seated/combined with a non-student subscription. Limit two tickets per performance.


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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.



Jerusalem Quartet
Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello Saturday, October 6, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jerusalem Quartet<br>Pinchas Zukerman, violin<br>Amanda Forsyth, cello

Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht was one of his earliest compositions, a keenly romantic work written in a burst of inspiration over three weeks in the summer of 1899 when he met the woman who would become his wife. Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence was his final chamber music work, a nod to his time in Italy, where he began the work. “As near to perfect as one can possibly find.” (BBC Music Magazine)



An Evening with Pat Metheny Wednesday, October 10, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
An Evening with Pat Metheny

His trademark style reinvented the way a new generation of musicians plays the guitar. Metheny continually embraces new technology to evolve his sounds, even helping to develop new kinds of guitars along the way. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Milton Nascimento, and David Bowie. With brilliant compositions embracing everything from modern jazz to rock to classical, it’s no surprise that he was recently named a 2018 NEA Jazz Master — or that he was the youngest member and only the fourth guitarist to be inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame. He is joined by his longtime drummer Antonio Sánchez, Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock.



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.



Two Different Programs
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Friday, October 19, 2018 8:00PM - Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Two Different Programs<br>Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

One of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has long been known for its exceptionally talented dancers and adventurous choreography. Under Glenn Edgerton’s artistic direction, this contemporary ballet company is arguably at the top of its game.
Friday: Repertory evening drawn from choreography by Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo, Nacho Duato, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Ohad Narahin
Saturday: New evening-length collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Third Coast Percussion, with choreography by Emma Portner and Lil Buck with Jon Boogz; music score composed by Devonté Hynes, aka “Blood Orange”



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.



M-Prize Winner 2018 Aizuri Quartet
Friday, October 26, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
M-Prize Winner 2018
Aizuri Quartet<br>

A date for their UMS concert will be announced in late June. M-Prize is an international chamber arts competition for ensembles of up to eight musicians all under the age of 40. Chamber Arts subscribers will be notified as soon as a date is determined for the winning ensemble’s UMS appearance. Past M-Prize winners included the Calidore String Quartet and Russian Renaissance.



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.



Totalmente Juan Gabriel
Aida Cuevas Friday, November 2, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Totalmente Juan Gabriel</em><br>
Aida Cuevas

The “Queen of Ranchera Music,” Aida Cuevas presents a mariachi spectacle, paying tribute to her dear friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel, who passed way in 2016. With a long-lasting career of nearly 40 years, she was recently awarded the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first time a woman has received the award. This unforgettable concert also features Cuevas’s mariachi band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán.



Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele Wednesday, November 7, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. The encounter shaped his destiny and ultimately gave the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument — and one who has drawn comparisons to musical titans like Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, and Bette Midler and breathes fresh life into everything from covers of hard-driving rock classics and jazz songbook standards to traditional Hawaiian music and his own original songs.



Danish String Quartet Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Danish String Quartet

New Yorker writer Alex Ross said it best about this group: “It was good to encounter the rampaging energy of the Danish Quartet…these shaggy-haired Danes, who look as though they could be manning some inscrutable boutique in deepest Brooklyn, seemed to sing, dance, strut, and glide their way through the music.” The group debuted at the 2002 Copenhagen Festival, and over the past 15 years have developed into “an exceptional quartet, whatever repertory they play.” (New York Times)



Big Band Holidays
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis Wednesday, November 28, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Big Band Holidays</em><br>
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra<br>
with Wynton Marsalis

With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, this concert features swinging JLCO instrumentals as well as imaginative new versions of classics like “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Baby” performed by two special guest vocalists: Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, both distinctive young talents who have been major hits when performing in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s smaller venues in New York. This concert is sure to bring some yuletide cheer to your holiday season.



Handel’s Messiah Saturday, December 1, 2018 8:00PM - Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
Handel’s <em>Messiah</em>

Music director Scott Hanoian conducts the UMS Choral Union and the Ann Arbor Symphony in this annual community tradition.



Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
with special guest Lucinda Williams Saturday, December 8, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels<br>
with special guest Lucinda Williams

Lloyd has recently put together a new band, The Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar and pedal steel guitar master Greg Leisz alongside his longtime collaborators Eric Harland (drums) and Reuben Rogers (bass). He returns to UMS with modern folk icon Lucinda Williams, who fronts the band with selections from their most recent Blue Note release, I Long to See You, a collection of songs that range from traditional hymns to anti-war folk protests to re-envisioned originals that appeared on Lloyd’s earlier recordings.



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.



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.



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.



Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Friday, January 25, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The stellar ensemble of Daniel Hope, Paul Neubauer, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artistic directors Wu Han and David Finckel comes together for an evening of piano quartet classics. Between repertoire favorites of Brahms and Dvorák, the artists offer the warm-hearted piano quartet by the renowned Czech Romantic composer and violinist Josef Suk, a student of Dvorák who eventually became his beloved son-in-law.



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Camille A. Brown & Dancers Saturday, January 26, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
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Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. Making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern female perspective, Brown leads her dancers through dazzling excavations of ancestral stories. For this one-night-only presentation, she presents ink, the final installation of the company’s trilogy built on the common theme of identity. ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora, from generation to generation.



Echo in the Valley
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Echo in the Valley</em><br>
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Echo in the Valley is the follow-up to acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the duo a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, their mission was to take their double-banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer styles to the next level. Their rules for the recording: all sounds must be created by the two of them, the only instruments used were banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo), and they had to be able to perform every recorded song live. Echo in the Valley connects us to our past through wild re-imaginings of traditional Appalachian tunes, with original songs inspired by a man who ferried Syrian refugees to safety and by Native American voices lamenting a distancing from nature.



Past Tense
Carrie Mae Weems, director, writer, video artist Friday, February 15, 2019 8:00PM - Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Past Tense</em><br>
Carrie Mae Weems, director, writer, video artist

The origins of Past Tense lie in Weems’s powerful work Grace Notes, which was inspired by President Obama singing “Amazing Grace” in the wake of the 2015 shooting that killed nine African-American members of a church in Charleston, SC. Weems says, “While working on Grace Notes for months it occurred to me that I was telling the story of Antigone, wherein an innocent man dies by unjustified means, and his sister fights for the right to bury him honorably. But the wider community refuses her; her right to justice, and to peace, is denied.” Weems, looking for permission to “bury our brothers,” incorporates video of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Eric Garner, among others, into this work that mourns those lives of unknown potential that were ended by those who were supposed to protect them.



Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem Saturday, February 16, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Benjamin Britten’s <em>War Requiem</em>

The work, dedicated to four of Britten’s friends who were killed during World War I, mixes the Latin words of the Mass for the Dead with poetry of Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action just one week before World War I ended. The work, which has never been performed on a UMS concert, requires huge forces, including large orchestra and chorus, two organs, a chamber orchestra that accompanies the soloists, and a boys’ choir.



Las Cafeteras Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Las Cafeteras

Born and raised east of Los Angeles, the six-piece band is remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. They create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message, a mix-and-match of styles and sources that deliver socially conscious lyrics in both English and Spanish. Their wildly vibrant Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes document stories of a community looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.



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.



Two Different Programs
Philharmonia Orchestra Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:30PM - 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



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.



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.



La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall)
Ballet Preljocaj Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:30PM - Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall)</em><br>
Ballet Preljocaj

Created in 2016 and based on a traditional and fantastical Chinese tale, La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall) is “infused with sensual beauty.” (Le Figaro) The piece tells the story of a painting come to life and a journey into another dimension, where the picture becomes a place of transcendence and a person can become part of the picture. The ballet seeks to explore the mysterious relations between representation and reality, fixed image and movement, immediacy and duration, the live and the inert.



William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Théâtre National de Bretagne
Arthur Nauzyciel, director Friday, April 5, 2019 7:30PM - Saturday, April 6, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
William Shakespeare’s <em>Julius Caesar</em><br>
Théâtre National de Bretagne<br>
Arthur Nauzyciel, director

Centered around three of Shakespeare’s most vivid characters — Caesar, Brutus, and the young Mark Antony — the play contrasts a vast historical canvas with the private fears and dreams of men whose words can change the world. In this production, French director Arthur Nauzyciel adopts the look and style of the late 1960s, when the world is in flux and the national psyche is in turmoil after President Kennedy’s assassination.



Takács Quartet
Anthony McGill, clarinet Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Takács Quartet<br>
Anthony McGill, clarinet

Now entering its 44th season, this perennial favorite is back after its six-concert exploration of the complete Beethoven quartets in the 2016-17 season. Joined by New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill, the Takács Quartet performs Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet. Brahms had retired from composing when he wrote this piece in 1891, but enthusiastically took it up again when he heard Richard Mühlfeld, the clarinetist who premiered the work. Brahms subsequently composed several additional chamber pieces for clarinet, including a clarinet trio and two sonatas.



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.”



Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
Cécile McLorin Salvant Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour<br>
Cécile McLorin Salvant

A young jazz star with an old soul and the hottest voice in American jazz right now, Cécile McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami, the daughter of a French mother and Haitian father. In 2010, she took time off from her studies as a French law major with a promising career in Baroque opera to audition for the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition as a complete unknown. With her gorgeous, plummy sound and her innate ability to embody the lyrics she is performing, she won the contest hands down. Wynton Marsalis became a champion, hiring her to front the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra shortly thereafter, and her latest album, Dreams and Daggers, won the 2018 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.



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.



Two Different Programs
Martha Graham Dance Company Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00PM - Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Two Different Programs<br>
Martha Graham Dance Company

As the oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in America, the Martha Graham Dance Company exemplifies its founder’s timeless and uniquely American style of dance, one that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
Friday: Secular Games (Martha Graham), New Work (Maxime Doyle & Bobbi Jean Smith), Lamentation Variations (Aszure Barton), Chronicle (Graham),
Thursday: Diversion of Angels (Graham), Ekstasis (Graham), Woodland (Pontus Lidberg), Herodiade (Graham), I used to love you (Annie B. Parson)