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ums 09|10 131st Season


ums09|10 season

September 13 Sun 26 Sat

Itzhak Perlman violin Grizzly Bear with Beach House — Added Event!

October 2 Fri Bill Charlap Trio 7 Wed Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile 8 Thu Alisa Weilerstein cello 9-10 Fri-Sat The Suzanne Farrell Ballet 10 Sat The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Family Performance 11 Sun NT Live: All’s Well That Ends Well — Added Event! 15 Thu Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar 20-25 Tue-Sun Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London: Love’s Labour’s Lost 27 Tue Stile Antico: Heavenly Harmonies 29 Thu Michigan Chamber Players (free admission) 30 Fri Belcea Quartet November 1 Sun Christine Brewer soprano 6 Fri Keith Terry and the Slammin’ All-Body Band Family Performance 7 Sat Gal Costa and Romero Lubambo 8 Sun St. Lawrence String Quartet 14 Sat Yasmin Levy 17 Tue Berlin Philharmonic Simon Rattle conductor 20 Fri Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda 29 Sun Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna December 5-6 Sat-Sun 12 Sat

Handel’s Messiah Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano

January 8 Fri Souad Massi 22-23 Fri-Sat Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray 27 Wed Chicago Symphony Orchestra Pierre Boulez conductor

Matthieu Defour flute | Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano Falk Struckmann bass-baritone

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February 4 Thu The Bad Plus 6 Sat Sō Percussion 7 Sun NT Live: Nation — Added Event! 10 Wed Angela Hewitt piano 11 Thu Luciana Souza Trio with Romero Lubambo and Cyro Baptista 14 Sun Schubert Piano Trios David Finckel | Wu Han | Philip Setzer 17 Wed Béla Fleck: The Africa Project 21 Sun Swedish Radio Choir Ragnar Bohlin conductor March 13 Sat Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey Family Performance 15 Mon Takács Quartet 17 Wed Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 19 Fri San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Christian Tetzlaff violin 20 Sat San Francisco Symphony: 15th Ford Honors Program Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Michael Tilson Thomas conductor UMS Choral Union

24-25 Wed-Thu Julia Fischer violin J.S. Bach Solo Violin Works 25-28 Thu-Sun Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg: Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya April 7 Wed Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with Lang Lang piano Christoph Eschenbach conductor 8 Thu Danilo Perez & Friends: 21st-Century Dizzy 10 Sat Baaba Maal with NOMO 12 Mon Michigan Chamber Players (free admission) 20 Tue Trio Mediæval 22-24 Thu-Sat Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 25 Sun The Rest is Noise in Performance: Alex Ross and Ethan Iverson piano TBD NT Live: The Habit of Art — Added Event!

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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ITZHAK PERLMAN violin ROHAN DE SILVA piano Sun, Sep 13 4 pm Hill Auditorium Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys a superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Born in Israel, he was introduced to the American public as a young teenager through an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. The rest, as they say, is history. Selected to perform at the inauguration of President Barack Obama and a recipient of both the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors, he returns for his first UMS recital since 2000. “Itzhak Perlman wows the crowd…for warmth of tone and generosity of spirit he remains without peer.” (The Toronto Star) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

$80 / $72 / $66 / $36 $66 / $56 / $10 $44 / $36 / $24 / $10

Season Opening Reception follows the Performance. Sponsored by

Hosted by Jerry and gloria abrams, Ricky and Bernie Agranoff, herb and carol amster, Susan and richard Gutow, and prue and ami rosenthal. MEDIA PARTNERS WGTE 91.3 FM AND WRCJ 90.9 FM.


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GRIZZLY BEAR Ed Droste guitar, vocals, keyboards Daniel Rosen guitar, vocals, keyboards Chris Taylor bass, woodwinds, electronics, vocals Christopher bear drums, vocals

Opening Act: Beach House

Sat, Sep 26 8 pm Michigan Theater “Already a front-runner for 2009’s most gushed-over art-rock record, the third disc from this Brooklyn quartet has a sound that is completely its own: an opulent, intimate rumble built on churning acoustic riffs, haunting croons, and precise string parts.” (Rolling Stone) The Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear employs traditional and electronic instruments, ranging from woodwinds to a laptop. Their sound has been categorized as experimental rock or folk rock and is dominated by the use of acoustic guitars and layered vocal harmonies. Their May release, Veckatimest — named after a small island near Cape Cod — debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Ten chart and #6 on iTunes. The group has had an impressive and hectic few years, including stints with Radiohead, Feist, and performances during a five-night tribute to Paul Simon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The Baltimore-based duo Beach House opens the concert. Main Floor Balcony

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Sponsored by Jane and Edward Schulak. MEDIA PARTNERS Metro Times, Between the Lines, Ann Arbor’s 107one, AND WEMU 89.1 FM.

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BILL CHARLAP TRIO

Bill Charlap piano | Peter Washington bass | Kenny Washington drums

Fri, Oct 2 7 pm & 9:30 pm Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre For more than a decade, pianist/arranger Bill Charlap has been forging a solo career characterized by hard-swinging brio, eloquence, and a rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility. He last appeared in Ann Arbor in 2007 with the legendary Marian McPartland and now leads his trio in unique interpretations of American jazz standards. Featuring the brilliant rhythm dream team of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the Grammy-nominated trio continues its exploration of American composers and Broadway show tunes. One of the Village Vanguard’s most popular performers and the son of Broadway composer Mark “Moose” Charlap (Peter Pan, Alice Through the Looking Glass), Bill Charlap is regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of the Great American Songbook. “When he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession.” (Time Magazine) Main Floor Balcony

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The 7 pm performance is sponsored by Michael Allemang and Janis Bobrin. FUNDED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AS PART OF AMERICAN MASTERPIECES: THREE CENTURIES OF ARTISTIC GENIUS. MEDIA PARTNERS WEMU 89.1 FM AND METRO TIMES.


As the San Francisco Chronicle asks, “Why didn’t someone think about mixing bluegrass, jazz and classical music together sooner? Chris Thile…is doing it with his new outfit, Punch Brothers, and the result is totally mind-blowing.” Formed in 2006, the five young and fiercely talented musicians called Punch Brothers are led by chamber-folk luminary Chris Thile and are already playing to sold-out crowds around the world. Mandolin virtuoso Thile grew up performing in the award-winning bluegrass (and beyond) band Nickel Creek. His new band — whose name is taken from the Mark Twain short story, “Punch, Brothers, Punch!” — combines the talents of five hot young pickers for a fresh, cutting-edge sound that seamlessly blends bluegrass traditions with breathtaking innovation. Program will include Chris Thile’s suite, The Blind Leaving the Blind. “An organic statement that not only starts a fresh branch on the newgrass tree, but on new music, period.” (The Chicago Tribune) Main Floor Balcony

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PUNCH BROTHERS featuring CHRIS THILE Wed, Oct 7 8 pm Power Center

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ALISA WEILERSTEIN violin INON BARNATAN piano Thu, Oct 8 8 pm Hill Auditorium The 26-year-old American cellist Alisa Weilerstein is “arguably Yo-Yo Ma’s heir as sovereign of the American cello,” says New York magazine’s Justin Davidson. A 2004 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Russian history, the intense and passionate player has already racked up an impressive catalog of achievements, including Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal prize for exceptional achievement, the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award in Germany, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2000, not to mention her personal role as a celebrity advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “Whatever she plays sounds custom-composed for her, as if she has a natural affinity with everything,” says New York. “Weilerstein plays classical music, but with the depth of soul and raw emotional energy of a diehard rocker,” adds The Toronto Star. Program

Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 2 in g minor, Op. 5, No. 2 (1796) Britten Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 65 (1961) Stravinsky Suite Italienne (1932) Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 19 (1901) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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tHe SuZAnne FArreLL bALLet SuZAnne FArreLL artistic director

fri-Sat oct 9-10 Sat oct 10

8 pm 1 pm [family performance]

power center PROGRAM (FRI 10/9)

One of George Balanchine’s most celebrated muses, Suzanne Farrell remains a legendary figure in the ballet world. She joined the New York City Ballet in 1961, and by the mid-1960s had become not only one of Balanchine’s most renowned ballerinas but also a symbol of the era. During her 28 years on the stage, she danced a repertory of more than 100 ballets (nearly a third of which were created expressly for her) and pushed the form beyond other dancers’ wildest dreams. She founded The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2000 as a way of preserving Balanchine’s legacy. The company, housed at the Kennedy Center, has been described by The New York Times as “one of the most courageous projects in ballet today.” Performing two different programs, plus an abbreviated family performance, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet brings the full range of Balanchine’s choreography to Ann Arbor. Main Floor Balcony

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Family Performance $20 adults / $10 children tHe 09/10 fAmily SerieS iS SponSored by SponSored by tHe lenore m. delanghe trust. funded in pArt by tHe national endowment for the arts AS pArt of american masterpieces: three centuries of artistic genius. mediA pArtnerS michigan radio 91.3 fm, metro times, And between the lines.

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Balanchine Balanchine Béjart Balanchine

Pas d’Action from Divertimento No. 15 (1956) / Music by Mozart Contrapuntal Blues Pas de deux from Clarinade (1964) / Gould Scene d’Amour from Romeo and Juliet (1966) / Berlioz Agon (1957) / Stravinsky

PROGRAM (SAT 10/10): THE BALANCHINE COUPLE

Features Balanchine pas de deux presented with live onstage narration by artistic director Suzanne Farrell. The program is presented in loose chronology, following Balanchine’s early interest in Greek drama, the development of his abstract style, and his work establishing himself as an American choreographer. Program includes: Apollo (1928) / Music by Stravinsky La Sonnambula (1946) / Rieti “The unanswered Question” from Ivesiana (1954) / Ives La Valse (1951) / Ravel Agon (1957) / Stravinsky Meditation (1963) / Stravinsky “Pas de Mauresque” from Don Quixote (1965) / Nabokov Diamonds (1967) / Tchaikovsky Chaconne (1976) / Gluck “Grand Pas de Deux” from Stars and Stripes (1958) / Sousa


RAVI SHANKAR and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR Thu, Oct 15 8 pm Hill Auditorium Ravi Shankar, the legendary 89-year-old sitarist and composer, is India’s most esteemed musical ambassador, a singular phenomenon whose artistry crosses all cultural and musical boundaries. As a performer, composer, teacher, and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician and is wellknown for his pioneering work in introducing India’s classical music tradition to the West. The youngest son of a Bengali family, Ravi Shankar was born in 1920 in Varansi, the holiest of Indian cities. He performs in concert with his daughter, Anoushka, whom he began teaching when she was nine. Now one of the leading figures in world music today, Anoushka is deeply rooted in classical music but has also flourished as a performer and composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover between Indian music and a variety of genres, including electronica, jazz, flamenco, and Western classical music. “Most people are musicians simply because they play a certain instrument; when they play that instrument, the music appears. But Ravi — to me, he is the music; it just happens to be that he plays the sitar. And it’s like that with Anoushka. She has that quality — she is the music.” (George Harrison) Ravi and Anoushka Shankar appear in Hill Auditorium for the first time since 2004. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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MEDIA PARTNER Ann Arbor’s 107one.


Added Theater Broadcasts!

National Theatre Live A Partnership between UMS and the Michigan Theater

UMS and the Michigan Theater are joining forces to bring three high definition screenings of live theater broadcasts by the National Theatre, London. NT Live broadcasts performances of plays produced by the National Theatre in London onto cinema screens worldwide. In the US, these screenings are delayed broadcasts to accommodate the time difference. Broadcasts will also feature behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with actors. Tickets for each NT Live event may be purchased at the UMS Ticket Office or online at www.ums.org. $22 adults $18 Michigan Theater members/UMS subscribers and donors $12 students

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare Sun, Oct 11 5 pm Michigan Theater

The feisty but lowly Helena falls in love with Bertram, a haughty count. To gain his hand, she must perform a string of impossible tasks, which, even if accomplished, can hardly guarantee his love. Nevertheless, Helena, whether wisely or not, refuses to give him up. Set against a background of sexism, snobbery, and a battle between the generations, Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well turns fairytale logic on its head. This wondrous, bittersweet story is “so richly conceived, such a pleasure in every details that I’d love to see it all over again.” (Observer) 10

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Nation

based on a novel by Terry Pratchett adapted to the stage by Mark Ravenhill Sun, Feb 7 5 pm Michigan Theater

A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer, and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal raiders, discovers the world is round, and questions the reality of his tribe’s fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation.

The Habit of Art by Alan Bennett

Late April TBD Michigan Theater

Following the huge success of The History Boys, which won Olivier, Evening Standard, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, and the Tony Award for Best New Play/Best Play, playwright Alan Bennett brings his latest work, The Habit of Art, which imagines a meeting between the poet W. H. Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten.


Love’s Labour’s Lost

SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE of LONDON Dominic Dromgoole artistic director

Tue, Oct 20 Wed, Oct 21 Thu-Sat, Oct 22-24 Sun, Oct 25

8 pm 8 pm [special performance for students] 8 pm 2 pm

Power Center Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre, where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas, and it isn’t long before young love has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male ‘academe’. Shakespeare’s boisterous celebration of the claims of young love is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright’s comic arsenal — from excruciating cross-purposes to silly impersonations, drunkenness, bustups, and pratfalls. It’s also his most joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages, and parody. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, with designs by Jonathan Fensom and music by Claire van Kampen, the Globe’s production “mixes bare-faced cheek with bare-cheeked bottoms,” (The Guardian, London), employing Renaissance staging, costumes, and music. 12

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Tuesday/Sunday Main Floor $50 / $44 / $32 / $26 Balcony $44 / $40 / $32 / $18 Thursday/Friday/Saturday Main Floor $60 / $54 / $36 / $30 Balcony $54 / $44 / $36 / $20 a prelude dinner precedes the opening night performance.

Individual performances sponsored by Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling Jane and Edward Schulak participants in the 2002 “shakespeare’s birthday celebration” trip to england Hosted by David and Phyllis Herzig, Mainstreet Ventures, Loretta Skewes and Dody Viola, and Rick and Susan snyder. Funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund. MEDIA PARTNERs Between the Lines, Michigan Radio 91.7 FM, and Ann Arbor’s 107one.


desire of Heavenly Harmonies

StILe AntIcO tue, oct 27

8 pm

St. frAnciS of ASSiSi cAtHolic cHurcH The 12 young singers of the British ensemble Stile Antico (pronounced STEE-lay an-TEE-ko) have quickly established themselves as one of the most original and exciting new vocal ensembles in the field. Working without a conductor, the members perform as chamber musicians, with a repertoire ranging from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque. On the heels of their critically acclaimed US debut this past June in Boston, their UMS debut performance features the program “Desire of Heavenly Harmonies,” which intersperses Thomas Tallis’s concise Nine Tunes from Archbishop Parker’s Psalter with William Byrd’s personal and evocative settings of motets reflecting the persecution and desperation Byrd and his fellow Catholics felt during the religious turmoil of 16th-century England. The group’s second release, Heavenly Harmonies, received astonishing reviews, including a spot on Alex Ross’s “Ten Best Classical Music Recordings of 2008” in The New Yorker. $35 reserved seating / $25 general admission mediA pArtner wrcJ 90.9 fm.

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beLceA QuArtet fri, oct 30

8 pm

rAckHAm Auditorium “Dichotomous sound images — at once emotionally captivating and technically astounding — are the essence of great musical art and the main business of the stunning, unheralded British ensemble the Belcea String Quartet...” (Los Angeles Times) One of the leading quartets of the new generation, the Belcea Quartet continues to take the British and international chamber music circuit by storm. The ensemble returns to UMS after its debut appearance in 2006 with tenor Ian Bostridge. Established in 1994 at the Royal College of Music and recipient of the Gramophone Award for Best Debut Recording in 2001, the ensemble brings a chamber music lover’s dream program of Haydn, Shostakovich, Schubert, and Britten. PROGRAM

Haydn Shostakovich Schubert Britten

String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2 (1772) String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp Major, Op. 142 (1973) Quartettsatz in c minor, D. 703 (1820) String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94 (1975)

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CHRISTINE BREWER soprano CRAIG RUTENBERG piano Sun, Nov 1 4 pm Hill Auditorium The Times (London) raved about American soprano Christine Brewer’s Ediburgh Festival recital: “The finest singing I heard...came from the lustrous throat of the American soprano Christine Brewer, who pinned us all to our seats and threatened to demolish the walls of the Queen’s Hall with her ecstatic new Brünnhilde voice in her selection of Strauss, Wolf, Britten, and spirituals…she was simply devastating.” Brewer’s appearances in both opera and recital are marked with her own unique timbre, at once warm and brilliant, combined with a vibrant personality and emotional honesty reminiscent of the great sopranos of the past. Her range, golden tone, boundless power, and control make her a favorite of the stage, as well as a sought-after recording artist. Program

Gluck “Divinites du Styx” from Alceste Wagner Wesendonk Lieder Songs by R. Strauss, Marx, Britten, and others

Complete program details available at www.ums.org. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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SPONSORED BY THE GARDNER AND BONNIE ACKLEY ENDOWMENT FUND. MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.

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Using any surface for its rhythmic possibilities, Keith Terry “claps his hands, rubs his palms, finger-pops, stamps his feet, brushes his soles, slaps his butt and belly, pops his cheek, whomps his chest, skips and slides, sings and babbles and coughs, building his music out of a surprisingly varied register of sounds and clever rhythmic variations.” (Village Voice) A percussionist/rhythm dancer whose work encompasses music, dance, theater, and performance art, Keith Terry brings together musical colleagues from many different cultural traditions to create the Slammin’ All-Body Band, which brings together globally inspired beatboxing and Terry’s masterful, graceful body with soul-stirring vocalists. Using only their bodies, the group explores, blends, and bends traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive, and movement possibilities in “a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical.” (National Public Radio) This special performance follows a week-long residency for younger children and college students. It will leave audiences creatively exploring new sounds that they can make with the oldest and most accessible instrument in the world — the human body. $10 adults / $5 children tHe 09/10 fAmily SerieS iS SponSored by preSented in collAborAtion witH arts on earth And tHe university of michigan’s center for educational outreach.

KeItH terrY And HIS SLAmmIn’ ALL-bOdY bAnd fri, nov 6

7 pm

Hill Auditorium


GAL COSTA and ROMERO LUBAMBO Sat, Nov 7 8 pm Hill Auditorium “Gal Costa’s melting, sensuous voice has been a Brazilian pop archetype since she was the muse and advocate of the Tropicália movement.” (The New York Times) The great female vocalist Gal Costa makes her area debut as part of UMS’s ongoing exploration of the superstars of Brazilian music, which has brought Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento to Ann Arbor in recent years. Costa’s professional career was launched in 1964 when she performed alongside Veloso, Gil, Maria Bethânia, and Tom Zé on the concert Nós, por exemplo, which opened a new theater in Salvador, Bahia. An essential force in the Tropicália movement, she had two early nationwide hits, “Baby” and “Divino, Maravilhoso,” both of which appeared on her self-titled solo debut album, now considered a Tropicalismo classic. For many years, Costa has been interested in interpreting the beautiful music of Antônio Carlos Jobim and American jazz standards. She is joined in this evening of duets by the impeccable guitarist and Rio de Janeiro native Romero Lubambo. Main Floor Mezzanine

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Alex Ross of The New Yorker writes, “The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.” Performing together for 20 years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has been involved in numerous inventive collaborations, including projects with Pilobolus and the Emerson Quartet. The foursome, which regularly performs traditional quartet repertoire, is also fervently committed to performing and expanding the works of living composers. They recently gave the world première of a new quartet by American composer John Adams, which will be performed on this program. “An almost disturbing intensity that held the audience spellbound. The performance bristled with the electricity the ensemble has become known for…This was an almost impeccable, powerful performance with entrances coordinated with absolute precision, sharply etched phrases, and carefully judged silences…remarkable.” (The New York Times) Program

Haydn Ravel Adams

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2 (1799) String Quartet in F Major (1902-03) Second Quartet (2008)

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ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET Sun, Nov 8 4 pm Rackham Auditorium


YASMIN LEVY Sat, Nov 14 8 pm Hill Auditorium London’s Guardian proclaims, “Here surely is the next world music superstar.” Yasmin Levy was born in Jerusalem in 1975 and was introduced to Ladino singing and culture from a very young age. Her father, who passed away when she was only a year old, was the leading figure in the world of research into and preservation of the Judeo-Spanish culture, dating back to 15th-century Spain. Today, Ladino remains one of the most moving and romantic traditions of all time. In her deep, spiritual, and moving style of singing, Levy preserves and revives the beautiful songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalucian Flamenco. This US debut tour follows her highly acclaimed appearances at the international World Music Expo (WOMEX) and World of Music, Arts, and Dance (WOMAD) festivals. “[Yasmin Levy’s CD] Mano Suave blends her mixture of flamenco, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Sephardic Jewish Ladino traditions to somewhere near perfection. If you’re looking to plunge into a deep pool of exquisite yearning and heartbreak, then just dust off your trunks and dive right in.” (fRootsmag.com) Main Floor Mezzanine

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BERLIN PHILHARMONIC Simon Rattle conductor

Tue, Nov 17 8 pm Hill Auditorium Founded during UMS’s third season in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic has long been considered one of the world’s finest orchestras. Hans von Bülow catapulted the group into one of the leading orchestras in Germany in the late 19th century, and lengthy tenures by Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Sergiu Celibidache, and Herbert von Karajan further cemented its stature. The orchestra’s most recent UMS appearance, in 2001, was under Claudio Abbado’s leadership; a year later, the musicians voted Sir Simon Rattle as their new music director after a 15-year collaboration. Born in Liverpool, Rattle has conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and served an 18-year tenure as head of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England. In addition to his duties in Berlin, he regularly guest conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other celebrated ensembles. Rattle makes his UMS debut with this appearance, which features Brahms’s final two symphonies as well as film music composed by Schoenberg. This exclusive tour will include only a handful of US cities — New York, Chicago, Boston, and Ann Arbor. Program

Brahms Schoenberg Brahms Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 (1883) Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene, Op. 34 (1929-30) Symphony No. 4 in e minor, Op. 98 (1884-85) $125 / $100 / $80 / $48 $80 / $70 / $10 $56 / $48 / $30 / $10

A prelude gala dinner precedes the performance. CO-SPONSORED BY FOREST HEALTH SERVICES AND RANDALL AND MARY PITTMAN. HOSTED BY BANK OF ANN ARBOR.


Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

PATTI LUPONE Fri, Nov 20 8 pm Hill Auditorium

Fresh off her rapturously received, role-defining stint as Mama Rose in Gypsy, Tony Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone — the original Evita — takes us on a high-spirited tour of songs and roles that she “could have played, should have played, did play, and will play,” with selections from Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Evita, Anything Goes, and more. Earning an Olivier Award for her performances of Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock in London’s West End, she has also headlined solo Broadway concerts and received a Tony nomination for her role in the 2006 smash hit revival of Sweeney Todd. “You don’t want to miss it when Patti LuPone throws a party, which is essentially what she did with her concert Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, less a consideration of what LuPone coulda been than a celebration of the singular stage force she is.” (The Washington Post) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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A Cabaret prelude dinner precedes the performance. co-sponsored by Robert and pearson macek. hosted by THOMAS B. MCMULLEN COMPANY AND LORETTA SKEWES AND DODY VIOLA. MEDIA PARTNER Between the Lines.

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Six years after Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians, including six singing boys, to Vienna. That date is now etched in history as the founding of the famous Vienna Boys Choir, which alongside the Lipizzaner stallions, sacher torte, and wienerschnitzel, are the very essence of the city. The Choir’s long existence is evidenced by its relationships with Franz Schubert (a former chorister), Mozart, Salieri, and Bruckner, each of whom wrote for the group. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court; after the breakdown of the Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian government allowed the boys choir to flourish as an independent, private institution. The boys were soon giving concerts outside the chapel and doing worldwide tours, including their first UMS appearance more than 75 years ago in 1933. Today, around 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14 are divided into four touring choirs, which continue to delight music lovers with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and a diverse, crowd-pleasing repertoire. Long a subject of fascination, the Vienna Boys Choir will be featured in a 2009 documentary film entitled Silk Road – Songs Along the Road and Time, showcasing the globetrotting choristers during a year in their home in Vienna and on tour, working with artists from Central Asia, China, and India. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

$36 / $30 / $24 / $14 $26* / $22* / $10 $18 / $14 / $12 / $10

*Families will be seated in the mezzanine. Adults attending with children (ages 4+) may purchase mezzanine tickets for $20 adults / $10 children. This offer is not valid online. tHe 09/10 fAmily SerieS iS SponSored by mediA pArtner wrcJ 90.9 fm.

christmas in vienna

vIennA bOYS cHOIr GerALd WIrtH artistic director

Sun, nov 29

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HANDEL’S MESSIAH UMS CHORAL UNION ANN ARBOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Jerry Blackstone conductor Ava Pine soprano Anthony Roth Costanzo countertenor Robert Bracey tenor Kyle Ketelsen baritone Edward Parmentier harpsichord

Sat, Dec 5 8 pm Sun, Dec 6 2 pm Hill Auditorium The Grammy Award-winning UMS Choral Union (2006 Best Choral Performance for William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience) launches the holiday season with its signature work, Handel’s glorious oratorio Messiah. An Ann Arbor tradition in the beautiful surroundings of Hill Auditorium, these performances are ultimately the heart and soul of UMS, connecting audiences with the talented people on stage, but also with the friends and family who attend each year. Those who have been coming for decades say that the chorus has never sounded better. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

$32 / $26 / $22 / $14 $26 / $22 / $10 $18 / $14 / $12 / $10

Sponsored by the carl and isabelle brauer fund. MEDIA PARTNERs WRCJ 90.9 FM, MICHIGAN RADIO 91.7 FM, AND ANN ARBOR’S 107ONE.

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JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET piano Sat, Dec 12 8 pm Hill Auditorium “Every note he fashions as a pearl…the joy, brilliance, and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” (The New York Times) A master of color, nuance, and interpretation, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is recognized for his sophisticated performances and poetic soul. Born in Lyon, France, Thibaudet began piano studies at age five and entered the Paris Conservatory at age 12 to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. Considered one of the great pianists of our time, he has been praised by the press as “a musical treasure of this age.” His absolute artistry, virtuosity, and charisma will be on display in Hill Auditorium just a few days before his Carnegie Hall recital. Program

Ravel Ravel Brahms

Pavane pour une enfante defunte (1899) Miroirs (1904-05) Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5 (1853)

Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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co-sponsored by Natalie MatovinoviĆ and Donald Morelock. MEDIA PARTNER Wgte 91.3 FM.


SOUAD MASSI Fri, Jan 8 8 pm Michigan Theater The Algerian singer/songwriter/guitarist Souad Massi grew up in an impoverished Muslim household in a suburb of Algiers. The country’s civil war made guitar lessons for the young woman difficult, but she used the curfew to her advantage at home, creating narratives through song that liberated her imagination. She began her career fronting the Algerian rock band Atakor, who were influenced by Led Zeppelin and U2, but left her country and moved to Paris following a series of death threats in response to the band’s political lyrics and rabblerousing popularity. Her music, which prominently features the acoustic guitar, now displays Western musical influences such as rock, country, and the Portugese fado, but also incorporates oriental musical influences and instruments such as the oud. She performs in many languages, including Algerian-Arabic, French, English, and Berber dialects, even within the same song. Her three solo albums delve into the personal rather than the political, expanding on themes of love and loss. Main Floor Balcony

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MEDIA PARTNERS METRO TIMES AND Michigan chronicle.

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Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray

BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANY Bill T. Jones artistic director

Fri-Sat, Jan 22-23 8 pm Power Center Recognized as a cultural trailblazer, Bill T. Jones has crafted his life, philosophy, and art-making by asking questions that resist definitive answers. He commemorates the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial with a production exploring the life and legacy of this complex figure. The dancetheater evening features the sophisticated movement of his diverse dancers, accompanied by an original live score for cello, guitar, piano, and voice. The films of Janet Wong fill a striking, modern stage design, while the conflicts that defined Lincoln’s time are embodied in the dance as the swirling forces of a maelstrom. Singers and an actor deliver a probing and uplifting libretto drawn from Shakespeare, the Old Testament, the poems of Walt Whitman, and Lincoln’s own words. The phrase taken from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address to title the work, Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray, captures the vision of the piece: an examination of what Lincoln and his time mean today, and our hopes for the future. Main Floor Balcony

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FUNDED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AS PART OF AMERICAN MASTERPIECES: THREE CENTURIES OF ARTISTIC GENIUS; arts midwest’s performing arts fund; and the metlife community connections fund of the national Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. MEDia partners between the lines, metro times, michigan radio 91.7 fm, Ann arbor’s 107one and michigan chronicle.


Opera in Concert: Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Pierre Boulez conductor Matthieu Defour flute Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano Falk Struckmann bass-baritone

Wed, Jan 27 8 pm Hill Auditorium UMS’s history with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra dates back to 1892, when the ensemble was in its second season and UMS in its 14th. Now, some 107 years and more than 200 performances later, the relationship continues to grow. The CSO’s emeritus conductor, Pierre Boulez, returns to Ann Arbor for the first time since 1972, when he conducted the New York Philharmonic. Boulez, a composer, conductor, tireless advocate for new music, and one of the most important musical and intellectual figures of our time, was born in 1925. He was invited to the US by George Szell and subsequently held posts with The Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, where he succeeded Leonard Bernstein. The founder of one of the world’s finest contemporary music ensembles, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez conducts a stunning program that includes a rare performance of Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, in which the lovely Judith opens the seven doors in her new husband’s castle, discovering something horrible and terrifying behind each. Program

Ravel Dalbavie Bartók

Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17) Flute Concerto (2006) Bluebeard’s Castle (1911)

Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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A Prelude Dinner precedes the performance. Sponsored by THE LINDA AND MAURICE BINKOW PHILANTHROPIC FUND AND THE CHARLES H. GERSHENSON TRUST, AND AN ANONYMOUS DONOR. MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.

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Since Paul Simon’s Graceland catapulted Ladysmith Black Mambazo to worldwide fame in 1986, the vocal group has remained true to the idea of opening doors to South African culture through music, dance, and singing. For more than 30 years, the eight-member group has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural, and ethnic landscape. Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph Shabalala, a young farmboy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo — Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala’s hometown; Black a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo the Zulu word for ax, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. The group borrows heavily from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa, where black workers toiled far from their homes and their families. “It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” (Paul Simon) A UMS debut! Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, Ann Arbor’s 107one, Metro Times, Michigan Chronicle, and Between the Lines.

LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO Sun, Jan 31 4 pm Hill Auditorium


THE BAD PLUS

Reid Anderson bass | Ethan Iverson piano | David King drums

Thu, Feb 4 7 pm & 9:30 pm Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre “The Bad Plus are the Coen Brothers of jazz: Midwesterners, both ironic and dead earnest, technically brilliant, beyond versatile, a little chilly sometimes, but funny, surprising, and pretty hard to pin down.” (The New Yorker) Forget categories and catch phrases — the sound of The Bad Plus is distinctive, eclectic, and formidable. The group dug its roots in the wood-paneled, sump-pumped basements of the Midwest: drummer David King and bassist Reid Anderson hooked up as teens in their native Minnesota, bouncing between junior high rock bands and long nights listening to John Coltrane and The Police. Soon after, Anderson met Wisconsin-reared pianist Ethan Iverson and formed an alliance — sort of. The threesome played for the first time in 1990, then went their separate ways for the better part of the decade. Thrilled by the instant chemistry from a one-off club date when they reunited in Minneapolis in 2000, the group decided to make a recording, which was hailed by The New York Times as one of 2001’s best releases of the year. Ever since, The Bad Plus have expelled all notions of what a jazz piano trio should sound like, proudly recognizing and respecting the rules while ripping them to shreds. “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets,” says Rolling Stone. Main Floor Balcony

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Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, Sō Percussion has been creating music that is by turns raucous and touching, barbarous and heartfelt. Realizing that percussion instruments can communicate all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility, it has not been easy music to define. Called “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard and “brilliant” by The New York Times, the Brooklyn-based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career. With an audience comprised of “both kinds of blue hair...elderly matron here, arty punk there” (as The Boston Globe described it), Sō Percussion makes a rare and wonderful breed of music that both compels instantly and offers vast rewards for engaged listening. Edgy (at least in the sense that little other music sounds like this) and ancient (in that people have been hitting objects for eons), perhaps it doesn’t need to be defined after all. $40 general admission

SŌ PERCUSSION Sat, Feb 6 7:30 pm U-M Museum of Art


ANGELA HEWITT piano Wed, Feb 10 8 pm Hill Auditorium “The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day. You sit entranced…it would have been more accurate to say I was floating just below the ceiling.” (The Times, London) Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years, not least through her superb, award-winning recordings. Her 11-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach, completed in 2005, won her a huge following and has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Times). She has been hailed as “the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time” (The Guardian) and “nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come” (Stereophile). Hewitt was named Gramophone’s “Artist of the Year” in 2006. Program

J.S. Bach Italian Concerto, BWV 971 (1735) Beethoven Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3 (1798) Brahms Sonata No. 3 in f minor, Op. 5 (1853) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

$50 / $44 / $36 / $22 $40 / $34 / $10 $28 / $22 / $18 / $10

A Prelude Dinner precedes the performance. Co-sponsored by Robert and marina Whitman and Clayton and Ann Wilhite. MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.

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Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Luciana Souza grew up in a family of Bossa Nova innovators and is now one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters. Her work transcends traditional boundaries around musical styles, offering solid roots in jazz, a sophisticated lineage in world music, and an enlightened approach to classical repertoire and new music. “[Her] singing bridges with breathtaking finesse the not-sowide gap between Brazilian pop and American jazz. Souza’s voice is low, soft, and as agile as an otter in water…” (The Washington Post) “Souza phrases with the wisdom of an old soul. With a refined, fluid voice, she’s a master of rhythm and pitch and knows how to get to the core of a melody — her interpretive sensibility projects clarity, emotional openness, and keen, almost detached, self-knowledge.” (Downbeat) $42 / $36 / $28 / $20 MEDIA PARTNER WEMU 89.1 FM.

LUCIANA SOUZA TRIO Luciana Souza vocals | Romero Lubambo guitar | Cyro Baptista percussion

Thu, Feb 11 8 pm Rackham Auditorium


A true Valentine’s Day love-fest when two members of the Emerson String Quartet, cellist David Finckel and violinist Philip Setzer, join forces with Finckel’s wife, pianist Wu Han, for an all-too-rare performance of Schubert’s piano trios. Schubert, who died in 1828 at the untimely age of 31, wrote the two piano trios around the same time that Beethoven was working on his final series of quartets. Program

Schubert Schubert

Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898 (1828) Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100, D. 929 (1827)

$48 / $40 / $32 / $24 sponsored by Gilbert Omenn and Martha Darling. MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.

SCHUBERT PIANO TRIOS Wu Han piano | Philip Setzer violin | David Finckel cello

Sun, Feb 14 4 pm Rackham Auditorium

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BÉLA FLECK: THE AFRICA PROJECT Bela Fleck banjo

Featuring Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba (Mali) John Kitime guitar (Tanzania) Anania NgoLiga multi-instrumentalist (Tanzania) Collaborating with other African musicians

Wed, Feb 17 8 pm Hill Auditorium

In his most ambitious project to date, renowned musician Béla Fleck explores the origins of the banjo. During his travels to Africa, Fleck discovered that while the banjo is traditionally considered an American instrument that conjures feelings of the American South, its origins lie far from her shores. Throw Down Your Heart, the award-winning film, documents Fleck’s travels and explorations of music in Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali. With the Africa Project, Fleck brings to the stage his collaborations with some of Africa’s most talented musicians, including ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba from Mali; guitarist John Kitime from Tanzania; Anania Ngoliga, a blind thumb piano player and vocalist from Tanzania; and other African artists to be announced. Main Floor Mezzanine

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Co-sponsored by Dennis and Ellie Serras. MEDIA PARTNERs Metro Times, Michigan Chronicle, Ann Arbor’s 107one, and WEMU 89.1 FM.


SWEDISH RADIO CHOIR Ragnar Bohlin conductor

Sun, Feb 21 4 pm Hill Auditorium Comprised of 32 professional singers, the Swedish Radio Choir returns after its stunning Verdi Requiem with the Swedish Radio Orchestra in 2001. Recognized as one of the world’s leading a cappella choirs performing the full spectrum of choral repertoire, the group began some 80 years ago and has served under the leadership of the famed choral conductors Eric Ericson and Tõnu Kaljuste, among others. This tour is led by conductor Ragnar Bohlin, a Stockholm native who also serves as choral director for the San Francisco Symphony. Program

David Wikander Förvårskväll Lars Johan Werle Trees Anders Hillborg Mouyayuom (1983-85) Sven-David Sandström Lobet den Herrn J.S. Bach Singet dem Herr nein neues Lied, BWV 225 (1726-27) Mahler Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (1901-02) Ned Rorem In Time of Pestilence (1973) Frank Martin Mass for Double Chorus (1922-26) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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co-sponsored by Supported by The Medical Community Endowment fund. MEDIA PARTNERs WGTE 91.3 FM AND WRCJ 90.9 FM.

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Family performances — not Just for Kids!

cYrO bAptIStA’S beAt tHe dOnKeY Sat, mar 13

1 pm & 4 pm

power center There is an undeniable aura of fun and humor whenever Cyro Baptista takes the stage, and this is particularly true with Beat The Donkey, his eight-person band that takes rhythms beyond their natural frontiers to create an innovative brand of music. The group’s name comes from the Brazilian expression “Pau Na Mula,” which means “Let’s go! Let’s do it!” It is a wild, unstoppable and torrid world-beat percussive ensemble that blends a bewitching brew of untamed percussion, tap dance, martial arts, samba, jazz, rock, and funk. They accomplish this by mixing instruments from all over the globe with unusual percussion inventions of Cyro’s own creation. The musicians wear wild, elaborate costumes and frequently leave their instruments to break into spontaneous dance, making the group fun to watch as well as listen to. Cyro himself roams the stage, conducting his troupe with fiendish glee and keeping the audience captive for the whole show. As someone who has both composed music for Nickelodeon and become the “go-to” person for Yo-Yo Ma, Cassandra Wilson, Kathleen Battle, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, The Chieftains, and a host of other stars looking to add a Brazilian beat and an otherworldly mix to their projects, Cyro Baptista delivers performances that people talk about for years to come. $16 adults / $8 children tHe 09/10 fAmily SerieS iS SponSored by mediA pArtner wemu 89.1 fm.


TAKÁCS QUARTET Mon, Mar 15 8 pm Rackham Auditorium One of the highlights of UMS’s Chamber Arts Series over the past decade is the near-annual visit by the Takács Quartet, whose dazzling performances never cease to amaze. The ensemble returns with two Beethoven quartets bookending a brief new work by the New Zealand composer John Psathas. Psathas has worked closely with a variety of musicians ranging from percussionist Evelyn Glennie to late tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker. Program

Beethoven Psathas Beethoven

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 (1798-1800) A Cool Wind (2008) String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 (1806)

$46 / $38 / $30 / $22 MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.

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A St. Patrick’s Day treat for fans of this incredible ensemble! The 15-member Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is comprised of the finest jazz players on the scene, and their vast repertory — ranging from rare, historic compositions to newly commissioned works to new takes on old classics — makes them a veritable repository of jazz history. Led by the incomparable Wynton Marsalis, who conceived and built this ensemble into the irresistible force it is today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns for another stunning concert. Despite one of the most aggressive touring schedules in the business, they make each concert seem fresh, drawing in audiences who are continually energized and amazed by the group’s depth of outrageous talent. “[The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra] is not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz.” (Downbeat) Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

$54 / $46 / $40 / $26 $44 / $38 / $10 $32 / $26 / $20 / $10

co-sponsored by Rachel Bendit and Mark Bernstein. Media Partners wemu 89.1 fm, Metro Times, ann Arbor’s 107one, and Michigan Chronicle.

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA and WYNTON MARSALIS Wed, Mar 17 8 pm

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SAn FrAncIScO SYmpHOnY mIcHAeL tILSOn tHOmAS conductor

The San Francisco Symphony and music director Michael Tilson Thomas kick off their two-day educational and performance residency with a concert that features violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Tetzlaff, who performed a recital of solo violin works in 2008, is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists of his generation whose musical integrity, technical assurance, and intelligent, compelling interpretations have set the standards by which violin performances are measured.

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The Symphony gave its first concerts in 1911, the same year that Mahler died. Ever since, the orchestra has been known as a vibrant ensemble that offers a kaleidoscope of classics and new music. Leonard Bernstein protégé Michael Tilson Thomas’s relationship with the orchestra dates back to 1974, when the young conductor led the ensemble in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Now regarded as an important interpreter of Mahler’s works, MTT conducts the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, featuring Ann Arbor’s own Grammy Award-winning UMS Choral Union.

Sponsored by

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas have been named recipients of the 2010 UMS Distinguished Artist Award. The Saturday concert has been designated the 2010 Ford Honors Program. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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with cHrIStIAn tetZLAFF violin

fri, mar 19

8 pm

Hill Auditorium PROGRAM

Kissine Tchaikovsky Ravel Liszt

New Work Commissioned by SFS (2009) Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878) Valses nobles et sentimentales (1912) Symphonic Poem No. 2: Tasso — Lament and Triumph, S. 96 (1849)

co-SponSored by the catherine s. arcure and herbert e. sloan endowment fund, James and nancy stanley, And Jay and mary kate zelenock. funded in pArt by tHe national endowment for the arts AS pArt of american masterpieces: three centuries of artistic genius. mediA pArtnerS wgte 91.3 fm And wrcJ 90.9 fm.

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Sat, mar 20

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Hill Auditorium PROGRAM

Mahler

Symphony No. 2 in c minor (“Resurrection”) (1888-94)

mAde poSSible in pArt by AdditionAl Support provided by the mosaic foundation (of r. & p. heydon) mediA pArtner wgte 91.3 fm.

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15Th FORd hOnORS PROgRaM On March 20, UMS will present its Distinguished Artist Award to both the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in a brief ceremony before the concert. The evening will also include a Gala Dinner before the concert and a post-concert Afterglow, both organized by UMS’s Advisory Committee and held at the Michigan League. The Ford Honors Program raises funds for UMS education programs and recognizes Ford Motor Company’s longtime and generous support of UMS. Tickets for the concert are available now; information about purchasing tickets for the dinner and afterglow will be available later this fall at www.ums.org. mAde poSSible in pArt by


Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

MALY DRAMA THEATER OF ST. PETERSBURG Lev Dodin artistic director

Wed, Mar 24 8 pm [special performance for students] Thu-Sat, Mar 25-27 8 pm Sun, Mar 28 2 pm Power Center

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The legendary Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg, which Peter Brook has described the Maly as “the finest ensemble theater in Europe,” was created in 1944 and has become one of the great theaters of the world under artistic director Lev Dodin. Dodin has led the company since 1983 and also directs this definitive interpretation of Chekhov’s classic play. With costumes inspired by the very first production of Uncle Vanya by the Moscow Arts Theatre in 1899, the Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg captures the very essence of Chekhov, born 150 years ago in 1860.

for the Professor, whom he once revered, but is now filled with regret for lost time, a pain made worse by the arousing presence of Elena. An acutely observed study of humanity, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya remains a classic of Russian theater, a play of tragic and tangled love combining comic scenes of the everyday with a scathing attack on the idle provincial life of the upper classes. “[Uncle Vanya] leaps with the greatest ease across the boundaries of language and centuries to resonate in the here and now.” (Evening Standard) Performed in Russian with projected English translations.

Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love, and eternal longing begins as Professor Serebryakov and his young wife, Elena, arrive at the family’s remote country estate that has been looked after by Sonya (the Professor’s daughter from his first marriage) and her Uncle Vanya, the Professor’s brother-in-law. Vanya has sacrificed his life managing the estate

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The 26-year-old German violinist Julia Fischer is recognized for her uncommon talent and exceptional performances in effusive reviews throughout the world. Winning the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at age 11 catapulted her career as a soloist, and she now holds the distinction of being Germany’s youngest professor (at the Academy for Music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt). She made her UMS debut in November 2007 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, then returned in April 2009 for her UMS recital debut. BBC Music Magazine describes her as a “soulful musician who doesn’t let an ounce of ego come between the music and the listener.” Her recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin earned worldwide critical praise, including the rare distinction of winning three of France’s most prestigious awards, as well as the BBC Music Magazine’s “Best Newcomer” Award in 2006. These two concerts feature Fischer in the complete solo violin works of J.S. Bach. Program (Wed 3/24)

J.S. Bach J.S. Bach J.S. Bach

Sonata No. 1 in g minor, BWV 1001 (1720) Sonata No. 2 in a minor, BWV 1003 (1720) Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (1720)

Program (Thu 3/25)

J.S. Bach J.S. Bach J.S. Bach

Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (1720) Partita No. 1 in b minor, BWV 1002 (1720) Partita No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1004 (1720)

$42 / $36 / $28 / $20 MEDIA PARTNERs WGTE 91.3 FM AND WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Solo Violin Works of J.S. Bach

JULIA FISCHER violin Wed-Thu, Mar 24-25 8 pm Rackham Auditorium 44

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SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA with LANG LANG piano Christoph Eschenbach conductor

Wed, Apr 7 8 pm hill Auditorium Selected from among the world’s finest musicians under the age of 27, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra has enjoyed a superb reputation worldwide. Imbued with the spirit of Leonard Bernstein’s founding precepts — mutual understanding, respect, tolerance, the universality of music, and a vital focus on their role as global citizens — these passionate and dedicated musicians work with experienced teachers and outstanding conductors from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, and other notable ensembles. The charismatic 26-year-old pianist Lang Lang, heralded as the “biggest, most exciting keyboard talent encountered in many years” by The Chicago Tribune, appears as soloist alongside his longtime artistic collaborator Christoph Eschenbach, who conducts the inspiring program of Prokofiev and Brahms. Program

Prokofiev Prokofiev Brahms Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (“Classical”) (1917) Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 (1917-21) Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73 (1877) $75 / $68 / $60 / $34 $60 / $50 / $10 $40 / $34 / $22 / $10

a prelude dinner precedes the performance. Co-sponsored by Dennis and Ellie Serras. MEDIA PARTNER WGTE 91.3 FM.


Things to Come: 21st-Century Dizzy

DANILO PEREZ & FRIENDS

Danilo Perez piano | David Sanchez tenor saxophone Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone Amir ElSaffar trumpet | Jamey Haddad percussion Ben Street bass | Adam Cruz drums

Thu, Apr 8 8 pm Hill Auditorium Panamanian-American pianist Danilo Perez pulls together a global “all-star” band that celebrates the music and bountiful inspiration of his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie. As the youngest member of the final edition of The United Nation Orchestra, Perez learned first-hand how Gillespie embraced musical and personal collaborations throughout the world. His band performs new arrangements of classic Gillespie tunes in addition to original group compositions. Dizzy’s bands were a constant melting pot of styles, genres, and pan-global collaborations. Danilo’s hand-picked band, with roots in Afro-Cuban, bebop, Indian, African, and Middle Eastern music, will more than honor Dizzy’s legendary vision. Main Floor Mezzanine Balcony

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FUNDED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AS PART OF AMERICAN MASTERPIECES: THREE CENTURIES OF ARTISTIC GENIUS. MEDIA PARTNERS WEMU 89.1 FM, METRO TIMES, AND MICHIGAN CHRONICLE.

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BAABA MAAL Opening Act: NOMO

Sat, Apr 10 8 pm Michigan Theater “Baaba Maal opened his mouth, and beautiful pearls and lilies and songbirds came flying out. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.” (Michael Stipe, R.E.M.) One of the true stars to rise from the African continent, Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal has been making music for the world to enjoy for nearly two decades. With critically-acclaimed releases ranging from contemporary Afropop to expressions of traditional West African music, he is renowned worldwide for fiery performances that fuse funk, rock, and blues with the beats and melodies of West Africa, continually reinforcing his role as a seminal artist in the world music arena. With nearly constant touring, he has honed and enriched an already phenomenal stage show into an explosion of sound, singing, and dancing. Aside from being a remarkable musician, he represents the United Nations Development Program as a spokesman on the issue of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Opening for Baaba Maal is NOMO, an Afropop, Fela Kuti-inspired nonet formed in Ann Arbor by graduates of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Main Floor Balcony

$42 / $38 / $22 / $18 $42 / $30 / $22 / $18

Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, Metro TImes, Michigan Chronicle and Ann Arbor’s 107one.


The mesmerizing voices of Oslo’s Trio Mediæval have captivated the concert world with their breathtaking performances and recordings. Their diverse polyphonic repertoire includes medieval music from England and France, contemporary works written for the ensemble, and traditional Norwegian ballads and songs. “Singing doesn’t get more unnervingly beautiful,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. “To hear the group’s note-perfect counterpoint — as pristine and inviting as clean, white linens — is to be astonished at what the human voice is capable of.” The New York Times added, “These three voices blended with a supernatural clarity and beauty that might cause even a confirmed agnostic to contemplate a spark of divinity in these centuries-old manuscripts.” Program

Musical fragments from the Benedictine cathedral at Worcester, combining plainchant and complex polyphonic works, as well as contemporary settings by Gavin Bryars. The program is a reconstruction of a Mass for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. $40 reserved seating / $30 general admission Sponsored by Carl and Charlene Herstein. MEDIA PARTNER WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Fragments: A Worcester Ladymass

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO Glenn Edgerton artistic director

Thu-Sat, Apr 22-24 8 pm Power Center This innovative and exciting American dance company presents sophisticated work by both American and international choreographers with an energy that literally jumps off the stage and into the audience. The company’s unconventional and innovative repertory by choreographers such as Jírí Kylián, Nacho Duato, Lar Lubovitch, and William Forsythe breaks down preconceptions about dance by juxtaposing pieces based on a variety of dance traditions and genres. The result? An engaging, seductive, human, and often edgy performance that inspires audiences to think, but also to have fun — in short, a terrific introduction to dance. The company performs a variety of distinct repertory over the course of the three-night run, including dances by Alejandro Cerrudo, Jorma Elo, Jírí Kylián, and others. Main Floor Balcony

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The Saturday performance is sponsored by

Funded in part by Arts Midwest’s performing arts fund. MEDIA PARTNERs Between the Lines, Metro Times, Michigan Radio 91.7 FM, and Ann Arbor’s 107one.


Two of today’s most interesting and respected cultural forces present a dynamic tour of the 20th century. Recreating a show they developed for a sold-out performance at the Paris Bar in New York, New Yorker writer Alex Ross and pianist Ethan Iverson join forces to present a unique exploration of 20th-century music. Ross reads vivid portraits of the 20th-century’s iconic composers from his universally acclaimed and best-selling book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. After each selection, Iverson, the pianist in the postmodern jazz trio The Bad Plus and former musical director of Mark Morris Dance Group, performs a piano interlude related to the reading. The performance includes piano works of Debussy, Schoenberg, Bartók, Jelly Roll Morton, Ives, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Webern, Charlie Parker, Shostakovich, Babbitt, and Ligeti. $44 / $40 / $32 / $24 FUNDED IN PART BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AS PART OF AMERICAN MASTERPIECES: THREE CENTURIES OF ARTISTIC GENIUS. MEDIA PARTNERs WGTE 91.3 FM and WEMU 89.1 FM.

The Rest is Noise in Performance

ALEX ROSS & ETHAN IVERSON piano Sun, Apr 25 4 pm Rackham Auditorium

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Your support of UMS makes this exciting season possible. Ticket revenues cover about half of the cost of presenting world-class performances; the other half comes from contributions given by individuals, corporations, government agencies, foundations, and the University of Michigan. You can support UMS by sponsoring a concert or youth performance, making a gift to the annual fund or endowment fund, attending the On the Road with UMS auction at Barton Hills Country Club on Friday, September 11, or attending the Ford Honors Program gala dinner and afterglow on Saturday, March 20 at the Michigan League.

Former U-M Football Coach Lloyd Carr with Wynton Marsalis, Jim and Nancy Stanley with Yo-Yo Ma.

You Make It Happen

Your gift, when combined with many others, brings the very best in music, dance, and theater to our community. UMS provides priority to donors in purchasing tickets to individual performances. Donors of $250 or more are able to purchase tickets one week before tickets go on sale to the general public. In addition, UMS donors enjoy:

 Discounted tickets to select performances  Acknowledgement in UMS program books

and donor listings ($250 and above)

 Advance notice of performances and advance

purchasing privileges

 Invitations to special events


Other Events of Interest Free Concerts!

On the Road with UMS A Fundraiser for UMS Education Programs Fri, Sep 11 6 pm

Barton Hills Country Club (730 Country Club Road, Ann Arbor)

The University Musical Society Advisory Committee invites you to On the Road with UMS, a fun-filled evening of silent and live auctions, delicious food, music, and merriment. Proceeds from the evening benefit UMS’s education programs, which reach up to 35,000 adults and children each year through a diverse mix of initiatives and educational events. Last year’s auction netted more than $72,000 for these UMS programs. Fabulous auction items include cultural and culinary getaways, with a particular emphasis on local treasures and getaways that are “less than a tank of gas” from Ann Arbor. The evening includes a sit-down dinner, held in conjunction with the live auction.

Michigan Chamber Players Faculty Artists of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance Each year, UMS hosts two free concerts by the Michigan Chamber Players, showcasing the talents of faculty members of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Michigan Chamber Players Fall Concert Thu, Oct 29 8 pm

Stamps Auditorium (in the Walgreen Drama Center on North Campus) Featuring William Campbell trumpet | Diana Gannett bass | Jeffrey Lyman bassoon Louis Nagel piano | Amy Porter flute | Steven Shipps violin | Logan Skelton piano Stephen West baritone | Steven Whiting narrator | Adam Unsworth horn with The Phoenix String Quartet Gabriel Bolkosky violin | Alicia Doudna violin | Rebecca Albers viola | Mary Ann Ramos cello Program

For reservations, contact the UMS Development Office at 734-764-8489. A preview list of auction items will be available online at www.ums.org in late August.

Liszt Bolcom Deak HK Gruber

The Second Mephisto Waltz (1880) Graceful Ghost Rag (1979) Lucy and the Count…Love Letters from Transylvania (1981) Frankenstein!! (1976-77)

$100 per person, advance registration required.

Presented by UMS and Arts on Earth.

Michigan Chamber Players Spring Concert Mon, Apr 12 8 pm

Stamps Auditorium (in the Walgreen Drama Center on North Campus) Featuring William Campbell trumpet | Phillip Kerr narrator | Jeffrey Lyman bassoon Carmen Pelton soprano | Amy Porter flute/piccolo | Plus additional artists TBA Program

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Ravel Martinů Walton

Chansons madécasses (1925-26) La Revue de Cuisine (1927) Façade (1922)


The 13th Annual

Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players The Sphinx Competition showcases many of the best young Black and Latino string players in America. Each year, 18 semi-finalists come to southeastern Michigan to compete for cash prizes and scholarships totaling over $100,000. Both concerts are accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Elliott.

UMS Choral Union

UMS’s Grammy Award-winning chorus, the UMS Choral Union, is best known locally for its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The volunteer ensemble also performs throughout southeastern Michigan each year under the direction of Jerry Blackstone and other guest conductors. To audition for this celebrated ensemble, contact 734-763-8997 or choralunion@umich.edu.

Presented by DTE Energy Foundation.

Junior Division Honors Concert Fri, Feb 5 12 noon

Rackham Auditorium

Ann Arbor Performances

Detroit Performances

Tickets: 734-764-2538 or www.ums.org

Tickets: 313-576-5111

Handel’s Messiah

Walton’s Henry V: Suite for Chorus and Orchestra

This free performance features the three Junior Division finalists (under age 18) competing for their final placement. This concert encourages participation by young audiences from around the state of Michigan. For tickets, contact the UMS Education Department at 734-615-0122 or umsyouth@umich.edu.

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Jerry Blackstone conductor

Senior Division Finals Concert

Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”)

Sun, Feb 7 2 pm

Orchestra Hall, Detroit

This concert, which is broadcast nationally, features the three Senior Division Laureates (ages 18-26) competing for their final placement and the $10,000 first prize. The Junior Division Laureate also performs. For information on admission to the Finals Concert, please visit www.sphinxmusic.org or call the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at 313-576-5111.

Sat, Dec 5 8 pm Sun, Dec 6 2 pm Hill Auditorium

San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas conductor

Sat, Mar 20 8 pm Hill Auditorium

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neville Marriner conductor Christopher Plummer narrator

Thu, Mar 4 8 pm Sat, Mar 6 8:30 pm Orchestra Hall, Detroit

Mozart’s Requiem Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hans Graf conductor

Thu-Fri, Apr 22-23 8 pm Sat, Apr 24 8:30 pm Orchestra Hall, Detroit


10 Things to Know About UMS 1. The University Musical Society is much more than U, M, or S. The name dates back to 1879 but isn’t necessarily reflective of the organization. While affiliated with the University of Michigan, UMS is a separate, independent 501(c)3 organization with its own board of directors. About 20 years ago, UMS expanded its musical programming scope to include significant dance and theater. As for society — well, let’s just say that the word “society” carries its own level of baggage, and you don’t need to “belong” to participate. The long and short of it is that UMS welcomes everyone to enjoy the transformative power of the live performing arts. 2. UMS ranks among the top performing arts presenters in the United States. UMS stands in good company, frequently partnering on international tours with Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barbican, Théâtre du Châtelet, and other leading university presenters. Few communities of the size of Ann Arbor can support this breadth of programming, making our community a hub for international performing arts tours.

3. UMS is closely aligned with the University of Michigan. In recent seasons, our education department has worked with 57 academic units and 175 individual U-M faculty members. Through these collaborations, we present contextual programming that enriches audience engagement with the performances on our stages. In addition, the University of Michigan provides annual support through the President and Provost, the University of Michigan Health System, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and other units that support specific work. We are extraordinarily grateful and appreciative of this collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship. 4. UMS is committed to student participation in arts and culture. Each year, UMS offers discounted tickets to university and high school students for regular UMS performances through a variety of programs. In a typical year, more than 17,000 student tickets are sold, representing over 21% of the audience at UMS events. Through these discount programs, students save over $325,000 each season. In addition to the many students who attend our events, we work closely with a group of about 30 students each year who develop skills in arts management through jobs and internships in all departments of UMS, as well as a volunteer student committee. 5. Ticket revenues cover only half of our total costs. Twenty years ago, ticket revenues covered about 80% of our total costs. In the past two decades, however, touring has changed, and expenses have risen much faster than income, in part due to the expansion of our free educational offerings. We rely on generous support from individual donors, corporations, foundations, government grants, and the University of Michigan to continue to bring the finest performing artists in the world to Michigan. We know that people choose to

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donate for any number of reasons: engaging more deeply in the arts, networking with others, and providing memorable arts experiences for children are just a few of the frequently stated motivations. We’re grateful to all of our generous donors! 6. The UMS education program reaches the entire region. Since 2000, UMS has served 345 schools and nearly 100,000 students through our popular youth education program, which includes live performances, in-class visits, teacher workshops, and more. UMS recognizes outstanding programs with its Educator of the Year and School of the Year Awards. 7. Volunteers are central to everything we do. A 500person usher corps, a 150-voice chorus, a 90-member Advisory Committee, a 34-member Board of Directors, student interns, a Teacher Advisory Committee, and countless others help us with strategic planning, special event planning, project-based assistance, backstage support, promoting performances, and putting up posters around town. We simply couldn’t do business without the support of volunteers, who collectively offer over 45,000 hours each year volunteering for UMS programs. 8. UMS is committed to nurturing and developing artists. Over the past 20 years, UMS has committed funds to help keep creativity alive and well, with commissions of 25 new musical works, and funding to support the creation of new dance and theater productions. In all, more than 50 new works or productions have been supported by UMS, and many of these works have been seen in Ann Arbor. We believe that to create a healthy artistic ecology, we need to become patrons of the arts as well as programmers, by giving artists the resources to imagine and create.

UMS audiences sing the “Hallelujah” Chorus at a performance of Handel’s Messiah, Students attend an Arts & Eats event before a UMS performance.

9. UMS has been recognized by major national foundations for its distinctive programming. The Wallace Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation have given UMS major gifts for its distinctive programming and widely-emulated education and community engagement programs. These gifts include significant endowment support, which keeps on giving through annual allocations that continue to support these programs. 10. UMS is a key player in southeastern Michigan’s revitalization efforts. UMS representatives serve on economic development task forces throughout the region. With arts and culture as a key driver of quality of life, and thus a prime motivator for companies recruiting new talent, UMS is often a major draw for newcomers to the area.


UMS education programs provide engaging experiences with arts, culture, and creativity for the entire southeastern Michigan community. As part of UMS’s mission and core values, we are committed to sustaining these efforts for generations to come.

www.ums.org/education Youth, Teen, & Family Program 734-615-0122 umsyouth@umich.edu Each year, the UMS Youth Education Program serves nearly 25,000 schoolchildren, parents, and educators in southeastern Michigan, giving many students their first opportunities to experience the live performing arts. UMS is proud to have the largest series of diverse, artistically-driven youth performances in the state. The performances, extensive teacher training and curriculum development, a yearly teen-driven performance (Breakin’ Curfew), and specially designated family performances comprise the award-winning program, designated as a “Best Practice” in 2004 by ArtServe Michigan and the Dana Foundation. The UMS Youth Education Program is enhanced by official partnerships with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program, Neutral Zone, and many other area youth and family organizations.

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Adult & Community Engagement 734-615-4077 umsed@umich.edu The UMS Adult Education and Community Engagement Program enriches and contextualizes the arts, artists, cultures, and ideas presented on the UMS season. Numerous educational and social events provide points of entry for diverse audiences. Specifically, over 100 unique regional, local, and university-based partnerships each season have helped UMS launch initiatives for Arab American, African, Mexican/Latino, Asian, and African American audiences. UMS is proud of its educational and residency programs, created for general audiences to engage more deeply in the arts. Through artist interviews, panel discussions, symposiums, social receptions, workshops, and informal dialogues, UMS creates a rich assortment of value-added programs. Over 100 events each season inspire creativity, enhance knowledge, promote connections with friends and family, and inform each audience member’s individual experience with the arts.


education Program Supporters Reflects gifts received during the 08/09 fiscal year.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs University of Michigan dan Zanes & friends visit children at mott’s children’s Hospital for a special performance, clague middle School students after a umS youth performance.

Anonymous Arts at Michigan Arts Midwest’s Performing Arts Fund Bank of Ann Arbor Bustan al-Funun Foundation for Arab Arts The Dan Cameron Family Foundation/Alan and Swanna Saltiel Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art DTE Energy Foundation David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund The Esperance Family Foundation Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP JazzNet Endowment W.K. Kellogg Foundation Masco Corporation Foundation Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION (of R. and P. Heydon) The Mosaic Foundation [Washington, DC] National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Prudence and Amnon Rosenthal K-12 Education Endowment Fund Rick and Sue Snyder Target TCF Bank UMS Advisory Committee University of Michigan Credit Union University of Michigan Health System U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs U-M Office of the Vice President for Research Wallace Endowment Fund


Important Info for Families Family-Friendly UMS Events

Classical Kids Club

All Ages The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Family Performance Keith Terry and the Slammin’ All-Body Band Vienna Boys Choir (recommended for ages 4+) Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey

Designed to nurture and create the next generation of musicians and music lovers, the Classical Kids Club allows students in grades 1-9 and their parents to purchase tickets to all classical music concerts at significantly discounted prices.

Ages 9 and up (4th grade) Ladysmith Black Mambazo Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Ages 12 and up (middle school) The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Patti LuPone Handel’s Messiah Jean-Yves Thibaudet Sō Percussion Angela Hewitt Béla Fleck: The Africa Project Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra San Francisco Symphony Julia Fischer Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra with Lang Lang Ages 14 and up (high school) Itzhak Perlman Grizzly Bear with Beach House Alisa Weilerstein Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre/Love’s Labour’s Lost Yasmin Levy Berlin Philharmonic Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Chicago Symphony Orchestra The Bad Plus Luciana Souza Trio Maly Drama Theatre / Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya Danilo Perez & Friends Baaba Maal with NOMO

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Two weeks before any UMS classical music performance (see listing at right), parents can purchase up to two kids’ (ages 5-14) tickets for $10 each with the purchase of an adult ticket for $20. Seating is subject to availability. UMS will reserve a limited number of Classical Kids Club tickets for each eligible performance — even those that sell out. Parents are encouraged to call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538 with any questions. Membership is Free! There’s no membership fee and no need to register in advance. However, if you’d like to receive reminders about upcoming Classical Kids Club performances, join UMS E-News and check the box for Classical Kids Club.

Teen Rush Tickets Students over age 14 are welcome to purchase rush tickets to most UMS events for $10 the day of the performance ($15 at the door) through UMS’s Teen Ticket Program, subject to availability.

09/10 Classical Kids Club performances Itzhak Perlman

Sun, Sep 13

Alisa Weilerstein Stile Antico Belcea Quartet

Thu, Oct 8 Tue, Oct 27 Fri, Oct 30

Christine Brewer Sun, Nov 1 St. Lawrence String Quartet Sun, Nov 8 Berlin Philharmonic Tue, Nov 17 Vienna Boys Choir* Sun, Nov 29 [also available with special family pricing] Handel’s Messiah Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Sat-Sun, Dec 5-6 Sat, Dec 12

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Wed, Jan 27

Angela Hewitt Schubert Piano Trios Swedish Radio Choir

Wed, Feb 10 Sun, Feb 14 Sun, Feb 21

Takács Quartet San Francisco Symphony Julia Fischer

Mon, Mar 15 Fri-Sat, Mar 19-20 Wed-Thu, Mar 24-25

Schleswig-Holstein/Lang Lang Trio Mediæval The Rest is Noise

Wed, Apr 7 Tue, Apr 20 Sun, Apr 25

*Please Note: Mezzanine tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir tickets are available now at a discounted price for children (ages 4+) as part of our family series. See page 23 for details.


TICKETS & INFO Please Make Sure We Have Your E-mail Address on File! UMS regularly sends relevant, updated concert-related parking and late seating information via e-mail a couple of days before the event. Please be sure that the Ticket Office has your correct e-mail address on file.

Ticket Exchanges Subscribers may exchange tickets free of charge up until 48 hours prior to the performance. Non-subscribers may exchange tickets for a $6 per ticket exchange fee up until 48 hours prior to the performance. Exchanged tickets must be received by the Ticket Office (by mail or in person) at least 48 hours prior to the performance. The value of the tickets may be applied to another performance or will be held as UMS Credit until the end of the season. You may also fax a copy of your torn tickets to 734-647-1171. Lost or misplaced tickets cannot be exchanged. UMS Credit must be redeemed by Sunday, April 25, 2010. NEW THIS YEAR! UMS will begin to accept ticket exchanges within 48 hours of the performance for a $10 per ticket exchange fee (applies to both subscribers and single ticket buyers). Tickets must be exchanged at least one hour before the published performance time. Tickets received less than one hour before the performance will be returned as a tax-deductible contribution. The UMS Ticket Office will accept subscription ticket exchanges after subscription tickets are mailed in August.

Ticket Donations/Unused Tickets Unused tickets may be donated to UMS for a taxdeductible contribution until the published start time of the performance. Unused tickets that are returned after the performance begins are not eligible for UMS Credit or for a tax-deductible contribution.

Lost or Misplaced Tickets Call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538 to have duplicate tickets waiting for you at Will-Call. Duplicate tickets cannot be mailed.

Refunds Due to the nature of the performing arts, programs are subject to change. Refunds are given only in the case of event cancellation or date change. Handling fees are not refundable.

Will-Call/Ticket Pick-Up All ticket orders received less than 10 days prior to the performance will be held at Will-Call, which opens in the performance venue 90 minutes prior to the published start time.

Access for Persons with Disabilities All UMS venues are accessible for persons with disabilities. Call 734-764-2538 for more information.

Start Time & Latecomers UMS makes every effort to begin concerts at the published time. Most of our events take place in the heart of central campus, which has limited parking and may have several events occurring simultaneously in different theaters. Please allow plenty of extra time to park and find your seats. Latecomers will be asked to wait in the lobby until seated by ushers. Most lobbies have been outfitted with monitors and/or speakers so that latecomers will not miss the performance entirely. The late seating break is determined by the artists and generally occurs during a suitable repertory break in the program. This could be as late as intermission or, for classical music concerts, after the first piece (not after individual movements). UMS makes every effort to alert patrons in advance when we know that there will be no late seating. UMS works closely with the artists to allow a more flexible late seating policy for family performances. Notices about start times and late seating will be sent via e-mail. Please make sure that the UMS Ticket Office has your e-mail address on file.

Parking/Parking Tips Detailed directions and parking information will be mailed with your tickets and are also available at www.ums.org/ parking. Construction of the University of Michigan’s North Quad residence hall will increase traffic congestion and require occasional lane and street closures in the block surrounding the construction area, which may affect access to the performance venues. However, all parking structures will remain open during construction. To reduce the likelihood of congestion, we suggest that you consider accessing the Power Center structure from the Palmer Drive entrance. There’s a light at the intersection of Palmer and Washtenaw, making it easier to access the structure. You’ll save time both entering and exiting the structure and avoid sitting in traffic too. UMS also recommends parking at the off-campus Liberty Square structure (entrance off of Washington Street, between Division and State), about a two-block walk from most performance venues. $2 after 3 pm weekdays and all day Saturday/Sunday.

Children and Families Children under the age of three will only be admitted to designated UMS Family Performances. This year’s Family Performances include: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Sat Oct 10 Keith Terry/Slammin’ Body Band Fri Nov 6 Vienna Boys Choir (ages 4+ only) Sun Nov 29 Cyro Baptista’s Beat the Donkey Sat Mar 13 For these performances, please call the Ticket Office if you are bringing a child under the age of two. Children under two will be admitted at no charge, but do need to be assigned a seat due to fire marshall capacity limitations. All children attending UMS performances must be able to sit quietly in their own seats without disturbing other patrons. Children unable to do so, along with the adult accompanying them, may be asked by an usher to leave the auditorium. Please use discretion when choosing to bring a child. Remember, for regular UMS performances, everyone must have a ticket, regardless of age. For more information about the family-friendliness of specific UMS performances, please call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538.


Seat Maps

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825 North University Avenue

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All Tickets On Sale Beginning Monday, August 24 at 10 am! Donors of $250+ may order tickets by phone beginning Monday, August 17 at 10 am. Internet Sales begin at www.ums.org on Thursday, August 20 at 10 am.

Don’t Miss These Important Dates! Mon Aug 17 Donor Single Ticket Day (for donors of at least $250) Wed Aug 19 Last Day to Order Monogram Series Thu Aug 20 Internet Sales Begin Mon Aug 24 Single Ticket Day — all tickets to individual events on sale now

How to Order Tickets Phone

In Person

With Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express

Please visit the Ticket Office on the north end of the Michigan League building (911 North University Avenue). The Ticket Office also sells tickets for all U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance productions.

734-764-2538

Outside the 734 area code and within Michigan, call toll-free 800-221-1229.

Fax 734-647-1171

There is a $6 service charge per order for all phone, fax, and mail orders.

Mail

Internet

www.ums.org Per-ticket service fees of $2.50$4.50 apply. Please Note: the per-ticket fee is set and retained by tickets.com as a usage fee for their internet ticketing software.

All sales are final. Refunds are available only when an event is canceled or rescheduled. Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.

UMS Ticket Office Burton Memorial Tower 881 North University Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1011

Student Tickets UMS has several programs offering discounted tickets to high school and college students in accredited degree programs. For information, visit www.ums.org/students.

Hours Beginning Tue, Sep 8: Mon-Fri: 9 am to 5 pm Sat: 10 am to 1 pm Before Tue, Sep 8: Mon-Fri: 10 am to 5 pm

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Fri Sep 11

Last Day to Order UMS Choral Union Series

Fri Sep 18

Last Day to Order All Other UMS Series

Group Sales Office Bring your friends and save! When you bring a group of 10 or more people to a UMS event, you’ll save 15-25% off the regular ticket price for most performances. For more information, contact UMS Group Sales at 734-763-3100 or umsgroupsales@umich.edu. Photo Credits Cover/Back Cover: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre/Love’s Labour’s Lost by John Haynes. Interior Pages: Itzhak Perlman by Akira Kinoshita, Grizzly Bear by Tom Hines, Bill Charlap by Carol Friedman, Punch Brothers by Autumn De Wilde, Alisa Weilerstein by Christian Steiner, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet by Carol Pratt, Ravi Shankar by Ken Howard, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre/Love’s Labour’s Lost by John Haynes, Stile Antico by B. Ealovega, Belcea Quartet by Sheila Rock, Christine Brewer by Christian Steiner, Keith Terry by Rick Der, St. Lawrence String Quartet by Marco Borggreve, Patti LuPone by Ravah Segev, Vienna Boys Choir by Lukas Beck, Handel’s Messiah by Peter Smith, Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Kasskara, Souad Massi by Carol Bellaîche, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company by Paul B. Goode, Pierre Boulez by Harald Hoffmann, The Bad Plus by Mike Dvorak, Sō Percussion by Janette Beckman, Angela Hewitt by Eric Richmond, Schubert Piano Trios by Tristan Cook, Takács Quartet by Peter Smith, Wynton Marsalis by Clay McBride, Maly Drama Theatre/Uncle Vanya by Viktor Vassiliev, Julia Fischer by Kasskara, Lang Lang by Detlaf Schneider, Baaba Maal by Tyrone Le Bon, Trio Mediæval by Asa Mikkelsen, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/Extremely Close by Todd Rosenberg.


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Special thanks for the following supporters: arts at Michigan. Arts at Michigan provides the programs and services that enable students to integrate arts and culture into their undergraduate experience at the University of Michigan. doris duke charitable Foundation endowment Fund. Special project support for several components of the 2009/10 UMS season is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund, established with a challenge grant from the Leading College and University Presenters Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. national dance Project. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company is funded in part by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project (NDP), a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. national endowment for the arts. Project support for several components of the 09/10 UMS season is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through its American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius program. The NEA believes that a great nation deserves great art.

umS is a member of the university of michigan public goods council and the cultural Alliance of Southeastern michigan.

Performing arts Fund. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are funded in part by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. University of Michigan. The University of Michigan provides special project support for many activities in the 2009/10 season through the U-M/UMS Partnership Program. Additional support is provided by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research, the U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and many other individual academic units. wallace endowment Fund. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund, established with a challenge grant from the Wallace Foundation to build public participation in arts programs.

the university of michigan is an equal opportunity employer and provides programs and services without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


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