For 100 years, UMS has presented concerts in Hill Auditorium. This year we celebrate the milestone (and the May 14, 2013, “birthday” of Hill) with a series of events that encourage active and engaged reflection on the past, present, and future of the performance venue. This day-long Immersion allows participants an in-depth exploration of the aesthetics and techniques of Hill Auditorium architect Albert Kahn. A tour takes participants throughout Hill Auditorium and other Kahn buildings across southeast Michigan through a guided bus tour. Interactions with experts in architecture and acoustics facilitate hands-on learning about Kahn, the buildings he designed, and their cultural and artistic significance to UMS and our community. The day includes attending an evening concert at Hill Auditorium by Alison Balsom, trumpet, and the Scottish Ensemble.
Immersions are day-long, intensive workshops that focus on a specific culture, community, or art form. They are designed in partnership with subject matter experts both locally and nationally and are connected to UMS season programming.
The “100 Years of UMS in Hill Auditorium” educational programs are funded in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Michigan Humanities Council.