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Connecting Audiences and Performing Artists in Uncommon and ngaging Experiences
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The University Musical Society connects audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS serves diverse audiences through a program steeped in music, dance, theater, and educational activities.
In the coming months, we celebrate Mozart's 250th birthday with seven performances that include music he wrote alongside music and dance that his compositions inspired centuries later; continue our cultural survey of Africa; launch our Shostakovich Centennial Festival with two performances of Shostakovich symphonies by the Kirov Orchestra; and celebrate our partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in presenting the only concert opera performance of Rossini's Tancredi with superstar contralto Ewa Podlesin the title role.
We invite you to join us for the events that remain in our 0506 season, and we hope that you too will be inspired by the activities that take place on our stages and throughout our community.
13-15 Fri-Sun Jose Limon Dance Company
14 Sat Jose Limon Dance Company Family Performance
14 Sat Leif Ove Andsnes piano
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 16 Mon Take 6
19 Thu Mozart's Requiem and Mass
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique The Monteverdi Choir
21 Sat Tokyo String Quartet with Sabine Meyer clarinet
22 Sun Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis
A Love Supreme: A Tribute to John Coltrane
5106 UMS Winter Sea
4 Sat Louis Lortie piano
10 Fri Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cane
12 Sun Michigan Chamber Players
15 Wed Louis Andriessen in Concert
19 Sun Soweto Gospel Choir
22 Wed Takacs Quartet with James Dunham v
23 Thu Pappa Tarahumara: Ship in a View
ITICII 1.11 9 Thu Vienna Philharmonic with Ri ccardo M Uti conductor
10 Fri Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Won i Become fs Flesh
11 Sat Belcea Quartet and Ian Bos tridge ten -
17-19 Fri-Sun Kirov Orchestra of St. Peter sburg: Sh ostakovich Festival
23-24 Thu-Fri Children of Uganda j
25 Sat Ewa Podles in Rossini's Tant :redi (coJ cert opera)

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30 Thu The Tallis Scholars Hi
31 Fri lie Hancock
2 Sun Los Angeles Guitar Quartet B
CANi CELED Mory Kante
15 Sat Arab World Music Summit
19 Wed Nrityagram ? I
20 Thu Chanticleer ?
21 Fri Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg violin ?
6 Sat
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506 Season Media Partner
Jose Limon Dance Company
Lar Lubovitch artistic associate
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 8 PM Power Center SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2 PM Power Center
The Jose Limon residency is presented with support from
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
Funded in part by National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts
Jose Limon's choreography brings a dramatic vision of dance to audiences around the world. The Limon technique underscores the body's natural rhythms of fall and recovery -the dynamic, unsettling interplay between weight and weightlessness. The company's dramatic expression, technical mastery, and expansive, yet nuanced, movement illustrate the timelessness of Limon's work and vision. The company balances classic Limon masterpieces with new commissions by contemporary choreographers.
Lar Lubovitch was one of Limon's most accomplished students, and his new work, Recordare, takes its inspiration from the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday honoring the spirits of departed loved ones. "Lubovitch's choreography takes Limon's organic movement language into a new realm of theatricality and magical realism," says the Cleveland Plain Dealer of the work's first public performance.
This presentation is part of UMS's decade-long survey of seminal modern dance companies, which has included the companies of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Trisha Brown, and Alvin Ailey.
Evening Songs (Jiri Kylian, Dvorak songs) (1997)
Angelitos Negros (Donald McKayle, Manuel Alvarez Maciste) (1972)
Chaconne (Jose Limon, J.S. Bach) (1942)
The Moor's Pavane (Jose Limon, Henry Purcell) (1949)
Concerto Six Twenty-Two (Lar Lubovitch, Mozart) (1986)
A Choreographic Offering (Jose Limon, J.S. Bach) (1964) Recordare (Lar Lubovitch, Elliot Goldenthal) (2005) The Moor's Pavane (Jose Limon, Henry Purcell) (1949)
Main Floor $40 $38 $28 $22 Balcony $38 $34 $28 $18
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One-Hour Family Performance
Jose Limon Dance Company
Lar Lubovitch artistic associate
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 1 PM Power Center
The Jose Limon residency is presented with support from
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
Funded in part by National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts
The Jose Limon Dance Company presents a special one-hour family performance that includes both classic Limon repertory and commissions from contemporary choreographers.
Limon was born in Mexico in 1908, moved to Los Angeles as an art major at UCLA, and saw his first dance program in New York in 1928. "What I saw simply and irrevocably changed my life. I saw the dance as a vision of ineffable power. A man could, with dignity and towering majesty, dance as Michelangelo's visions dance and as the music of Bach dances."
Limon's own powerful dancing -he was widely considered one of the great male dancers of his time -shifted the perception of the male dancer's role, and his choreography continues to bring a dramatic vision of dance to audiences around the world. Limon's choreographic works were quickly recognized as masterpieces and his company became a landmark of American dance. Many of his works are considered modern dance classics.
Evening Songs (Jiri Kylian, Dvorak songs) (1997)
Chaconne (Jose Limon, J.S. Bach) (1942)
Angelitos Negros (Donald McKayle, Manuel Alvarez Maciste) (1972)
A Choreographic Offering (Jose Limon, J.S. Bach) (1964)
$16 adults$8 children
This family-friendly event occurs as part of Ann Arbor Family Days, a two-day festival of cultural activities designed especially for families. In addition to the performance, families will have the opportunity to participate in several active dance activities throughout the weekend. For more information, visit www.annarbor.orgfamilydays.
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Leif Ove Andsnes piano Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Terje Tennesen artistic director
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 8 PM ? Hill Auditorium
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Bom in Norway in 1970, Leif Ove Andsnes is captivating the classical music world with deeply imaginative interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. In 1997, he was awarded the Gilmore Artist Award, a non-competitive prize given to a pianist deemed worthy of a global career. Andsnes makes his third UMS appearance (after solo tums with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic) in this concert celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday, conducting two of the composer's piano concertos from the piano. In The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini commented, "Exquisite... As usual, what most moves me about Mr. Andsnes is the self-effacing quality of his artistry. For all the sparkle, joy, and imagination of his playing, these are elegantly restrained performances. Each interpretive turn and pianistic detail is at the service of the music. The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra has always been a top-notch ensemble, but the players sound palpably inspired here."
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K. 449 (1784) Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 135 (arr. by Terje Tonnesen) Mozart Serenade in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine
Nachtmusik" (1787) Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K. 466 (1785)
Main Floor $65 $60 $50 $30 Mezzanine $56$46$10 Balcony $40 $30 $18 $10
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Take 6
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 7:30 PM Hill Auditorium
This award-winning contemporary Christian sextet broke new ground in a cappella music, paving the way for the popular revival of R&B vocal groups. "Classic Black gospel quartet singing is really what Take 6 grew out of when we started back in the mid 1980s," says Detroit native Cedric Dent, a founder of the group. While never losing their grounding in bedrock gospel, over the years Take 6 has built a signature sound that draws from gospel, jazz, doo-wop, R&B, 1960s soul, and hip-hop. Their ministering, urban contemporary, gospel groove is the final event of this season's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities on the University of Michigan campus. The performance will also feature the U-M Gospel Chorale.
Main Floor $30 $26 $22 $14 Mezzanine $26$22$10 Balcony $18 $14 $12 $10
Co-presented with U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, Michigan Radio Michigan Television, Metro Times, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, and Michigan Chronicle Front Page
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Mozart's Requiem and Mass
Orchestre Revolutionnaire
et Romantique The Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner conductor
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 8 PM ? Hill Auditorium
Sponsored by iff
Supported in honor of J. Barry Sloat
Media Partners WGTE 91.3 FM and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique are joined by the Monteverdi Choir for this special concert that celebrates Mozart's 250th birthday. The performance features two of Mozart's most ambitious, though unfinished, choral works: the Mass in c minor (also known as the Grand Mass), which may have been written in celebration of his marriage, and the Requiem, prominently featured in the 1985 film Amadeus, left unfinished by Mozart's untimely death at the age of 35.
Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, versatile conductor John Eliot Gardiner is recognized worldwide for his particular combination of scholarship and inspired musicianship. He most recently won Gramophone magazine's 2005 Record of the Year Award for a recording of Bach Cantatas with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. The ORR and Monteverdi Choir last appeared with Gardiner in 2004 as part of the Hill Auditorium Re-Opening Weekend.
Mozart Mass in c minor, K. 427 ("The Great") (1782-83)
Mozart Requiem, K. 626 (1791)
Main Floor $65 $60 $50 $30 Mezzanine $56$46$10 Balcony $40 $30 $18 $10
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Tokyo String Quartet Sabine Meyer clarinet
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Joined by Sabine Meyer, former solo clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Tokyo String Quartet retums for its first UMS appearance since 1998 as part of the celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday, highlighted by a performance of Mozart's beloved Clarinet Quintet. The performance also includes Antonin Dvorak's "American" string quartet, a work that was penned in only three days while vacationing in a small Bohemian colony in Iowa during his three-year stint in America.
Haydn Quartet in g minor, Op. 74, No. 3 ("The Rider") (1793-95) Dvorak Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 ("American") (1893) Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A Major, K. 581 (1789)
$42 $36 $28 $20
Sponsored by BORDERS
Funded in part by Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation
Media Partner WGTE 91.3 FM
TICKETS: 734-764-2538
A Love Supreme: A Tribute to John Coltrane
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Wynton Marsalis trumpet
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 4 PM Hill Auditorium
LCJO presents the ensemble's new arrangement of John Coltrane's seminal jazz suite, A Love Supreme, originally recorded by the saxophonist at the end of 1964 and widely regarded as one of the most influential and revered recordings in the jazz pantheon. Marsalis and the LCJO adapt this immortal composition for the big band sound. "For years, jazz artists have shied away from A Love Supreme, treating it as somehow too iconic, too hallowed, or at least too uniquely tied to its composer to cover. Who would dare try to improve on the perfection the Coltrane quartet achieved on their legendary recording Wynton Marsalis, that's who. And it's a good thing." (
Main Floor $48 $42 $36 $22 Mezzanine $40$34$10 Balcony $28 $22 $18 $10
Co-Sponsored by
KeyBank McDonald
J Financial Group
Supported by Gilbert Omenn, Martha Darling, and David Omenn
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, WDET 101.9 FM, and Michigan Chronicle Front Page
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Louis Lortie piano
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 8 PM ? Hill Auditorium
Sponsored by
Clnoi Fomol International
Media Partners WGTE 91.3 FM and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
Canadian pianist Louis Lortie is "one of a half-dozen pianists worth dropping everything to hear," says London's Daily Telegraph. He made his UMS debut in January 2005 as soloist with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Lortie has made headlines twice for noteworthy last-minute substitutions: in April 2004, he replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and then rushed across Central Park and performed a long-scheduled recital at the Metropolitan Museum the same evening. And several years ago, he stepped in on a moment's notice for Maurizio Pollini, performing a complete recital of Chopin with a fractured right knee in a brace from a skiing incident. This all-Chopin recital showcases Lortie at his very best. After a recital of Chopin's etudes in London, the Financial Times wrote, "Better Chopin playing than this is not to be heard, not anywhere." And BBC Music Magazine cited his recording of the Chopin etudes as one of "50 Recordings by Superlative Pianists."
PROGRAM: COMPLETE ETUDES OF CHOPIN Twelve Etudes, Op. 10 (1829-32) Trois Nouvelles Etudes, Op. Posth. Twelve Etudes, Op. 25 (1832-36)
Main Floor $50 $44 $38 $22 Mezzanine $40$34$10 Balcony $28 $22 $18 $10
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Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Natividad "Nati" Cano artistic director
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM and Metro Times
Mariachi goes beyond music: it is a musical celebration of life expressed through a group of musicians in traditional clothing, encompassing the essence of Mexico and its people. The eleven-member Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano takes this musical folk tradition from the streets into the concert hall, where it can be rightfully appreciated as an art form of innate beauty and artistry.
A traditionalist and a visionary, Natividad "Nati" Cano has both mirrored and shaped the history of mariachi music, blending traditional rhythms with the more complex harmonies of American and Mexican popular music. Growing up in rural Mexico, he moved to Guadalajara and then Los Angeles, where he founded Los Camperos, the major driving force of the mariachi tradition and the group that is chiefly responsible for its surge in popularity in North America.
To hear their richly operatic voices interwoven with the lush melodies of violins, the complex rhythms of guitar, vihuela (mariachi rhythm guitar) and harp, and the vivid brilliance of trumpets, is to experience mariachi at its best -a triumphant balance of contrasts that is distinctly Mexican yet universal in its appeal.
Main Floor $38 $34 $28 $16 Mezzanine $30$24$10 Balcony $20 $16 $14 $10
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Live Performance with the Composer
Louis Andriessen in Concert
U-M Symphony Band I Cristina Zavalloni vocals Monica Germino violin Michael Haithcock conductor
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7:30 PM Power Center
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One of the world's most distinctive and influential composers, Louis Andriessen is intent on breaking down the barriers between "high" and "low" art to fashion something gritty, powerful, and unique. His lifelong embrace of American jazz, rock 'n roll, and minimalism only serve to deepen his relevance today; his music, propulsively energetic, draws on influences ranging from J.S. Bach and Igor Stravinsky to be-bop rhythms and jazz harmony. Noted for his democratic and genre-bending approach to music, his style is distinctive for blending minimalism with robust harmony and instrumental color.
Andriessen's unique approach places him at the head of the European avant-garde. He is a maverick composer who defies categorization, yet has had a dramatic impact and lasting influence on the music of our time. While in residence at U-M, he will participate in numerous free educational events, including an interview with composer William Bolcom and a chamber music concert with U-M School of Music students.
This concert will begin outside near Burton Tower with a performance of Andriessen's nine-minute carillon work, Arrival of Willibrord, before continuing at the Power Center. The evening ends with Andriessen's M is for Man, Music, Mozart, performed live to the 1991 Peter Greenaway film.
Arrival of Willibrord for Carillon (1995)
La Passione (2002)
M is for Man, Music, Mozart (performed to the Peter Greenaway film) (1991)
Main Floor $32$30$22$16 Balcony $30 $26 $22 $12
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Soweto Gospel Choir
David Mulovhedzi choirmaster
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 4 PM Hill Auditorium
Sponsored by
Funded in part by U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, Metro Times, and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
Every now and then an artist or group comes along that has the rare ability to transcend cultural boundaries and connect with diverse audiences through the power of their music. The South African musical phenomenon Soweto Gospel Choir has proven to be a musical force capable of such wonders. In a contemporary landscape over-crowded with contrived pop confections and over-marketed synthetic music, the heartfelt, exuberant voices of Soweto Gospel Choir fill an important void for audiences around the world, spreading a message of love, joy and hope to audiences regardless of their color, language or faith. Formed to celebrate the unique, inspirational and powerful tradition of African gospel music, the riveting 26-member choir has won support from Nelson Mandela as well as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the choir's patron.
The Soweto Gospel Choir's new program, Blessed, delivers an inviting, warm and exotic mix of moving traditional South African hymns and traditional Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho gospel songs with honey-toned harmonies, rich interwoven vocal textures and driving rhythmic patterns. Each song illustrates Soweto Gospel Choir's unparalleled ability to create sheer aural beauty with their voices, both in powerful solo segments and lush choral harmonies.
Main Floor $38 $34 $30 $20 Mezzanine $30$26$10 Balcony $22 $20 $14 $10
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Takacs Quartet James Dunham viola
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 8 PM ? Rackham Auditorium
This awesome foursome has become an Ann Arbor chamber music tradition, with unique programs that are probing, revealing, and constantly engaging. Their intellectual curiosity and passion are demonstrated through their performances, which in recent years have ranged from collaborations with Hungarian folk ensembles and poets to the complete Bartok String Quartet cycle. This year, the ensemble, with its new violist Geraldine Walther, presents a more traditional program, celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday with violist James Dunham in a performance of Mozart's Viola Quintet.
Mozart String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 (1785)
Schubert String Quartet in a minor, Op. 29, No. 1, D. 804 (1824)
Mozart Quintet in C Major, K. 515 (1787)
$42 $36 $28 $20
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Ship in a View
Pappa Tarahumara
Hiroshi Koike artistic director
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 8 PM ? Power Center
Media Partner Metro Times
Founded by Hiroshi Koike in 1982, Pappa Tarahumara [pronounced "pa-pa TAH-ruh-hoo-MAH-ruh," or, simply, "Pappa T"] presents a mesmerizing panorama of images and sound, inhabiting the mysterious world that exists between theater and dance.
Named after the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's Copper Canyon but influenced by an Asian sense of time, motion and lyricism, this Japanese dance ensemble captures the enduring wonder and indescribable beauty in all things. Combining the innovation of modern dance with the pacing and intense symbolism of ancient Japanese Noh theater, artistic director Hiroshi Koike creates a beautiful and powerfully evocative milieu.
Ship in a View is set in a seaside town in the 1960s, with the ship representing the link between the town and the world. A chorus of voices punctuates the scene with longing and nostalgia as a ship slowly crosses the stage, the promise of escape just beyond reach.
The presentation of Pappa Tarahumara is part of UMS's ongoing commitment to contemporary Japanese performance art. Over the past decade, UMS has introduced audiences to several Japanese companies, including Sankai Juku, Dairakudakan, Akira Kasai, Kodo, and last season's unforgettable production of The Elephant Vanishes.
Performed without intermission.
Main Floor $36 $32 $24 $20 Balcony $32 $28 $24 $16
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Special IIMS Event
Vienna Philharmonic
Riccardo Muti conductor
Rainer Honeck violin Tobias Lea viola
THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 8 PM Hill Auditorium
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Additional support provided by Dennis and Ellie Serras
Corporate Hosts Ann Arbor News Sesi Lincoln Mercury
Volvo Mazda Thomas B. McMullen Co. TIAA-CREF Tisch Investment Advisory
Individual Hosts
Gardner and Bonnie Ackley
Carl and Charlene Herstein Susan McClanahan and
Bill Zimmerman Ann Meredith Doug and Sharon Rothwell
Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic for its first Hill Auditorium concert since Leonard Bernstein conducted the ensemble in 1988. Widely considered the finest orchestra in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic retums to Ann Arbor for what is sure to be a historic performance marking the 50th anniversary of their Ann Arbor debut in 1956. The Vienna Philharmonic's legendary status stems from the fact that much of the standard repertoire of classical music -including music of Brahms, Liszt, Bruckner, Mahler, and Strauss, among others -was born and honed in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, their home since 1870. Muti, who was last in Ann Arbor in 1983 conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at the 90th May Festival, served as musical director at La Scala for nearly 20 years. The Vienna Philharmonic awarded him the Golden Ring, an honor reserved for the greatest orchestra conductors of the world.
R. Strauss Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24 (1890)
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major,
K. 364(1770) Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944
("Great") (1828)
Main Floor $150$100$80$40 Mezzanine $90$75$10 Balcony $56 $40 $26 $10
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Word Becomes Flesh
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 8 PM Power Center
Especially well-known on the spoken-word circuit, Marc Bamuthi Joseph makes his UMS debut with the extraordinary hip-hop theater piece Word Becomes Flesh. Presented as a series of performed letters to his unborn son, Word Becomes Flesh is a highly personal creation that documents nine months of unplanned pregnancy from the perspective of a young, single father. Named "Cutting-Edge Performer of the Year" by the Seattle Times, Joseph examines family relationships, black male identity, and fatherhood while reevaluating the link between spoken language and body language --all accompanied by a hot, live music trio. "Word Becomes Flesh is at its core a profoundly intimate work. It puts shameful thoughts, secret pleasures, embarrassing truths, and all manner of human messiness under the spotlight, and arranges the jumble into what feels like the most glorious of heroic adventures: the journey by which the birth of a baby becomes the rebirth of a man...The ruthless honesty of this account makes this 75-minute work feel like part of your own soul when it's over." (Washington Post)
Main Floor Balcony
$32$30$22$16 $30$26$22$12
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Ian Bostridge tenor Belcea Quartet
Julius Drake piano
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 8 PM ? Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Named after its founding violinist, Corina Belcea (pronounced BELL-chuh), the Belcea Quartet is one of Europe's most visible young chamber ensembles, with a wide-ranging repertoire and an ongoing interest in less traditional projects. This concert, which is also part of Carnegie Hall's "Perspectives" series by Ian Bostridge, features a chamber music program that includes two song cycles for tenor plus string quartet, as well as a performance of one of Shostakovich's early quartets. The intimacy of Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre recreates the drawing room atmosphere for which many chamber music pieces were originally envisioned.
Faure La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61 (1892-94)
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 (1946)
Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge (1909)
Main Floor $40 $30 Balcony $40 $30
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Shostakovich Centennial Festival Concert 1
Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg
UMS Choral Union I Valery Gergiev conductor
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 8 PM ? Hill Auditorium
Sponsored by
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Born in 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dmitri Shostakovich achieved international fame for his Symphony No. 1, a work composed as a graduation requirement for the St. Petersburg Conservatory. As a composer struggling to reconcile musical and political revolutions, he developed a style that was progressive yet still accessible, marked by wide emotional extremes and often influenced by his tumultuous relationship with the Communist government. Shostakovich's symphonies document much of the century (1924-71) in a way that both commemorates important moments in world history and reveals the inner struggles of an artist caught in the circumstances of his own time.
His Symphony No. 10, considered one of his greatest works, was composed immediately after Stalin's death in 1953. observes that "this massive work does indeed seem to sum up the experience of the Soviet people under the Stalinist yoke, especially in the terrifying 'Allegro,' which evokes a machine that grinds men down..."
Symphony No. 1 in f minor, Op. 10 (1924-25)
Symphony No. 2 in B Major, Op. 14 ("October Revolution") (1927)
Symphony No. 10 in e minor, Op. 93 (1953)
Main Floor $75 $67 $60 $36 Mezzanine $65$56$10 Balcony $46 $36 $24 $10
This weekend includes a Shostakovich symposium that features keynote speaker Alex Ross (The New Yorker) and a showing of the documentary film The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stain (1997). More info:
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Shostakovich Centennial Festival Concert 2
Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg
Valery Gergiev conductor
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 7:30 PM Hill Auditorium
Supported by Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation
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Shostakovich's ninth symphony was penned at the end of World War II and created controversy due to its light and comic, almost Haydn-esque, style -a far cry from his massive wartime symphonies. Shostakovich's reputation plummeted and didn't recover until his monumental Symphony No. 10 premiered some eight years later.
One of the many highlights of the entire Shostakovich Centennial Festival will be Gergiev's interpretation of Shostakovich's overtly political and moving Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad"). Written amidst the Nazi siege of Leningrad in 1941, the symphony was an instant hit with the Soviets and other Allied countries. Conductors such as Toscanini propagated the work internationally, and the composer's image (decorated with a fireman's helmet) made the front cover of Time Magazine in July 1942. Shostakovich became a national and international hero. The work was trumpeted by the Soviet state as a tribute to the heroism of Leningrad and the triumph of communism. In retrospect, many view this epic work as a harsh criticism of Stalin's brutal dictatorship. The Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg (once Leningrad) pays tribute to its own city's darkest moment with this performance.
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 (1945)
Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 60 ("Leningrad") (1941)
Main Floor $75 $67 $60 $36 Mezzanine $65$56$10 Balcony $46 $36 $24 $10
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Children of Uganda
Peter Kasule artistic director
Sponsored in part by
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts, U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Heartland Arts Fund
The Children of Uganda residency is presented with support from
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Children of Uganda's exhilarating program of East African music and dance features pulsing rhythms, quicksilver movements, powerful drums, lyric flutes, and songs of joy and hope. The 20 young performers (ages 8-18) live together in Kampala, Uganda and combine dance, song, music, storytelling, and costume in an unforgettable performance of the rich cultural traditions of Uganda. The dual crises of civil war and AIDS in Uganda pose a serious threat to family and village life that previously nurtured and depended on a rich oral culture. Originally founded to teach orphaned children traditional songs, dances, and stories, the Children of Uganda now represent the 1.7 million Ugandan children orphaned by AIDS and war. Their memorable UMS residencies in 2002 and 2004 have touched thousands of people through youth performances, church visits, and their Power Center performances.
Please Note: The Thursday evening performance begins at 7 pm to accommodate families.
Main Floor $40 $38 $28 $20 Balcony $38 $34 $28 $18
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 4041
Opera in Concert
Ewa Podles' in Rossini's Tancredi Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Alberto Zedda conductor Ewa Podles contralto (Tancredi)
Laurence Brownlee tenor (Argirio) Mariola Cantarero soprano (Amenaide)
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Supported by Charles H. Gershenson Trust, Maurice Binkow, Trustee and Linda and Maurice Binkow
Media Partners WGTE91.3FM, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, and Michigan Radio Michigan Television
Based on a play by Voltaire, Tancredi tells of the banished 11th-century knight who secretly retums to his homeland, only to discover that his king is now allied with his archenemy, and that he was unwittingly betrayed by his own lover, Amenaide. A showcase for Rossini's glorious music and extraordinary bel canto singing, this concert production stars contralto Ewa Podles in the title role. Podles, whose formidable vocal ability first attracted local notice when she stepped in for an ailing Cecilia Bartoli in March 1997, has since become a regular fixture in Ann Arbor, with recitals, solo appearances in Messah, and a turn in Gluck's Orfeo since that momentous debut. She is joined by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and newcomers Mariola Cantarero and Laurence Brownlee for this special Ann Arbor concert performance. "There is one conspicuous reason for reviving Rossini's Tancredi in our time -the availability of the Polish contralto Ewa Podles..." {The Globe and Mai!)
Main Floor $65 $60 $50 $30 Mezzanine $56$46$10 Balcony $40 $30 $18 $10
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 4243
Mozart's Roots: A CappeHa Music in Germany
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips director
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 8 PM St. Francis Catholic Church
Media Partner Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
The Tallis Scholars have established themselves as the leading practitioners of Renaissance sacred music; their exploration of the depth and variety of this repertoire has reached a worldwide audience. Founder Peter Phillips has worked with the ensemble to create the purity and clarity of sound that best serves the Renaissance repertoire, allowing every detail in the musical lines to be heard. It is the resulting beauty of sound for which the Tallis Scholars have become renowned.
Although Germany produced few famous Renaissance composers, the widespread influence of a cappella polyphony was crucial to the training of Mozart and the composers who came after him. The greatest of these musicians were active in the late 16th century: Hieronymous Praetorius from Hamburg and Hans Leo Hassler from Nuremburg. They were followed by such masters as Heinrich Schutz of Dresden and Johann Sebastian Bach, who together made an unbroken vocal tradition of counterpoint that ultimately influenced many of Mozart's works.
Praetorius Magnificat I
Praetorius Videns dominus
Hassler Ad dominum cum tribularer
Praetorius 0 bone Jesu
Aichinger Salve regina
Praetorius Magnificat II
Senfl Ave Maria
Schutz Die mit Tranen saen
Schutz Selig sind die Toten
Schutz Deutsches Magnificat
J.S. Bach Komm, Jesu, Komm
$40 reserved $30 general admission
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 4445
A Tribute to Herbie Hancock
SFJAZZ Collective
Joshua Redman artistic director and saxophone ! Bobby Hutcherson vibraphone Nicholas Payton trumpet! Andrew Hayward trombone I Miguel Zenon alto saxophone Renee Rosnes piano! Matt Penman bass i Eric Harland drums
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 8 PM ? Michigan Theater
Founded by Joshua Redman, artistic director of the SFJAZZ Festival, the SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star resident jazz ensemble comprised of incomparable artists representing many generations, styles, and cultures. The "west coast" response to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the SFJAZZ Collective explores the last 50 years of jazz repertoire through new compositions written by the band members and new arrangements of great works from modern jazz history. For this UMS debut, the Collective pays tribute to the genius of Herbie Hancock with performances of his works juxtaposed with new pieces composed by each of the eight individual Collective members. Through this innovative approach, the Collective shows that jazz is a living, ever-changing, and ever-relevant art form.
Main Floor $40$36$26$18 Balcony $40 $32 $26 $18
Sponsored by JPMorganChase O
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM and WDET 101.9 FM
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 4 PM ? Rackham Auditorium
Popularly known as the LAGQ, the four virtuosi of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet bring a new energy to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay. Their critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary repertoire and world-music realms continually break new ground. Brought together under the wing of the legendary Pepe Romero, the four members co-founded the group some 25 years ago while studying at the University of Southern California. Although the LAGQ was originally modeled after the Romero Quartet in both style and repertoire, they have since branched out and become their own ensemble, with eclectic, adventuresome, and accessible programs that remind many listeners of the Canadian Brass -equally adept at superb performances of traditional works and irresistible renditions of more light-hearted fare. Their latest recording, Guitar Heroes, won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album. "If there is a supergroup in the classical guitar world, the LAGQ is it." {Acoustic Guitar)
$42 $36 $28 $20
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 4849
Mory Kante
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 8 PM Michigan Theater
The legendary West African singer and kora player Mory Kante comes from a long line of griots, a kind of poet, singer, historian, and journalist wraod :V jB whose role is to tell the stories of familie l.6 their native peoples through music. Aionq .", oalif Keita, Kante was an early membethes:npilRail Band of Bamako, Mali, joining as 3 ringer when he was in his teens. He became the c, c 'ps lead vocalist for a while, and in the 19Kjpinternational pop star, the first Africa s.'apRer to sell a million albums. For thijjjrfc. ?Mfwith his ensemble of 11 singers and musi :o,,:!Petums to his ancestral roots and to the tracPrai sounds and rhythms of the Mande, an empire that existed in modern-day Guinea and Mali from the 13th to 15th centuries. His catchy dance music blends the traditional music of his culture with a Western pop beat.
Main Floor Balcony
$36$30$18$14 $36$26$18$14
TICKETS: 734-764-2538
Music of the Levant [Syria, Lebanon, Palestine]
Arab World Music Summit
Abdullah Chhadeh and Nara qanun I Rami Khalife piano and Bachar Khalife drums Trio Joubran oud trio
SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 8 PM Hill Auditorium

Comerica, together with the Issa Foundation
Funded in part by National Endowment for the Arts
Presented in partnership with Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM and Arab American News
This special concert features artists from the Levant, encompassing the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.
Abdullah Chhadeh is the Arab world's most innovative qanun (an 81-string Arabic zither) player, whose music reflects his journey from growing up in the Golan Heights and Damascus to his current home in the United Kingdom. A relentless musical adventurer, Chhadeh has developed a sound that blends the unmistakably Arabic qanun with jazz double bass and Western percussion, as well as more traditional instruments. He performs music from his new album, Seven Gates, inspired by the seven historic gates of Damascus.
Lebanese pianist Rami Khalife, who appeared last year with his father, Marcel, studied at The Juilliard School and recently released his second recording. Khalife performs avant-garde jazz compositions and improvisations that weave the classical, world, and Arabic music genres together. His younger brother, Bachar, joins him on percussion.
Trio Joubran, hailed as "the world's first oud power trio" [Global Rhythm) is made up of three brothers from the biblical city of Nazareth in Galilee. The trio of oud players reflects their family's musical heritage: their father is a master craftsman of the oud, an Arabic lute that conveys the subtle microtones and modal shifts of the classical Arabic repertoire. Trio Joubran's music is arrestingly fresh, yet rooted in the Arab tradition.
Main Floor $40 $36 $30 $16 Mezzanine $34$30$10 Balcony $20 $16 $14 $10
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 5253
Sacred Space
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Surupa Sen artistic director
cunded in part by National Endowment for the Arts and National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts
Media Partner Michigan Radio Michigan Television
"I dream of building a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine dance." (Protima Gauri, founder)
The radiant Nrityagram Dance Ensemble operates as a "living archive" whose mission is to document, perform, preserve, and embellish the seven primary classical Indian dance forms. The all-female dance company lives in an artist commune in Bangalore, India, where they participate in intensive dance training and learn Indian literature, mythology, poetry, Sanskrit, music, philosophy, spiritual thought, and dance theory, as well as martial arts, yoga, and other disciplines.
Dressed in ornate costumes of flowing, colorful fabrics and silver jewelry, Nrityagram uses an elaborate movement vocabulary to tell stories based on ancient myths, folk tales, and love ballads. Accompanied by live music, Sacred Space explores the power of dance to create "sacred space" through the movement language of a 2,000-year-old Indian classical dance, Odissi. Originally performed in temples as a sacred ritual dedicated to the gods, Odissi is a dance of love and passion, an everlasting synthesis of divinity and humanity. Marked by a sculpturesque sensuousness, Sacred Space transports viewers to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality.
Main Floor $36 $32 $24 $20 Balcony $32 $28 $24 $16 Family Performance $16 adults $8 children
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 5455
Joseph Jennings music director
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 8 PM ? St. Francis Catholic Church
German Romantic poet Heinrich Heine wrote, "When words leave off, music begins." No subject has inspired poets and composers more than the beauty and power of nature. With EarthSongs, the acclaimed 12-man ensemble Chanticleer pairs poets' words with music to celebrate the grace of earth's creatures, the voices of the seasons, and the very rhythms of our planet. From delicate madrigals to contemporary settings and evocations of native cultures, EarthSongs will resonate long after the final note has been sung. Composers include Palestrina, Monteverdi, Saint-Saens, Hindemith, Jackson Hill, Chen Yi, and more.
$40 reserved $30 general admission
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 5657
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg violin Anne-Marie McDermott piano
Media Partners WGTE 91.3 FM and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 8 PM Hill Auditorium
A master musician at the height of her career, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg makes her first UMS appearance in 15 years with her longtime friend, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Celebrated as one of the most original and fearless artists on the concert stage today, Salerno-Sonnenberg is a maverick, renowned for her electrifying performances, passionate interpretations, and musical depth. An American citizen, Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the US at the age of eight to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. McDermott, a luminous, boldly emotive pianist who conveys great sensitivity and spirituality through her playing, partners with Salerno-Sonnenberg in her first UMS appearance since her debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2000.
Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 78 ("Regenlied")
Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Sonata No. 3 in d minor, Op. 108
Main Floor $65 $60 $50 $30 Mezzanine $56$46$10 Balcony $40 $30 $18 $10
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 5859
Sweet Honey in the Rock
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, WDET 101.9 FM, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, and Michigan Chronicle Front Page
With singular creativity and emotional depth, Sweet Honey in the Rock has performed for over 30 years, raising powerful voices against injustice and to promote positive change. Rooted in a cultural history that spans slavery, the foundations of the Black church, and the civil rights movement, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble of six African-American women imparts the essence of the African musical legacy in America. Through their a cappella song, which celebrates and integrates spirituals, hymns, gospel, blues, jazz, rap, and traditional West African songs, Sweet Honey in the Rock brings the world a unique form of music -steeped in storytelling, full of humor, and gracefully expressed in American Sign Language -that transcends all boundaries of race and ethnicity. Recipients of the 2004 UMS Distinguished Artist Award, the women who comprise Sweet Honey in the Rock are more than just entertainers. They are artists dedicated to preserving and celebrating African-American culture and singing traditions. They are poets and activists who express the desire for positive social change through the strength and grace of their music.
American Sign Language interpreted
Main Floor $46 $42 $36 $22 Mezzanine $40$34$10 Balcony $28 $22 $18 $10
TICKETS: 734-764-2538
The Neutral Zone and (IMS Present
Breakin' Curfew
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 8 PM Power Center
Ann Arbor area youth raise the curtain to offer a rare glimpse into the performance art they create in their basements, garages, schools, and Ann Arbor's teen center, the Neutral Zone. Curated, produced, and marketed by local high school students, this annual event allows entrance into the colorful and innovative minds of talented young performers. Existing only in Ann Arbor, this special show blends spoken word, dance, ska, rock-and-roll, hip-hop, classical music, jazz, and more for a single blow-out extravaganza of thought-provoking musical, lyrical, and visual art. This event is the ultimate reflection of the jaw-dropping artistic diversity that thrives in our teen community.
$10 general admission
(not available on online purchases)
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 6263
Ford Honors Program
Dave Brubeck
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 6 PM Hill Auditorium
Made possible by
Ford Motor Company Fund
The University Musical Society honors jazz legend and composer Dave Brubeck with the 2006 UMS Distinguished Artist Award at the 11th Annual Ford Honors Program.
It has been said that Dave Brubeck is both a visionary and an exponent of his own era.
An NEA Jazz Master, he has certainly achieved legendary status as a jazz improvisor and composer. Born in 1920, he very nearly sidestepped a career in music to continue his father's career as a cattle rancher. But the lure of music proved too strong, and he began playing professionally as a teenager in local dance bands. After participating in the US Army's campaign in World War II, where he served under General Patton, he formed a quartet whose daring improvisations caused a stir in the jazz world, launching what became known as "West Coast" or "cool" jazz. By 1954, his popularity was such that he was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. The recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Brubeck has become a jazz icon who continues to challenge and excite new generations of jazz lovers.
This performance will serve as a retrospective of Brubeck's illustrious career as a world ambassador of improvised and composed music. He will be joined onstage by members of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and conductor Russell Gloyd, as well as members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Main Floor $60 $54 $48 $28 Mezzanine $48$42$10 Balcony $34 $28 $22 $10
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 6465
Ford Honors Gala Dinner
Immediately Following the Dave Brubeck Performance Michigan League
The 11th Annual Ford Honors Program Gala Dinner, UMS's largest fundraiser for its education programs, will take place immediately following Dave Brubeck's performance in Hill Auditorium on Saturday, May 13. All proceeds from the event support UMS's nationally-acclaimed arts education program.
Guests at last year's Ford Honors Program Gala Dinner raved about the concert, having the opportunity to meet the artists, the musical selections performed by talented local youth artists, and the wonderful gala dinner and celebration.
Gala evening packages include tickets to both the Ford Honors Program concert and the Gala Dinner. To be part of this extraordinary event honoring jazz legend and composer Dave Brubeck, call 734-647-8009. Premium seating in Hill Auditorium have been reserved for Gala attendees. For complete details of other benefits, visit
Leadership Donor ? $10,000 PER TABLE OF 8 (S8,120 tax deductible donation The tax-deductible portion at this level sponsors two youth performances, reaching more than 5,000 students.
Leadership Host S5.000 PER HOST
($4,060 tax deductible donation)
The tax-deductible portion of this level
fills Hill Auditorium with the sound of
children's applause and cheering at a youth
Bravo Supporter $1,000 PER PERSON $765 tax deductible donation) The tax-deductible portion of this level provides the opportunity for UMS to take artists to area schools, churches and other venues in Southeast Michigan.
Encore Supporter $500 PER PERSON
($275 tax deductible donation)
The tax-deductible portion of this level
covers all expenses -tickets, transportation
and chaperones -for one underserved
classroom to attend a UMS youth
Kudos Supporter $200 PER PERSON
(no tax deductible donation)
Includes Mezzanine tickets for performance.
Save the Date!
Michigan Chamber Players
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 4 PM ? Rackham Auditorium
Each winter, UMS hosts a free concert by the Michigan Chamber Players, showcasing the talent of faculty members of the University of Michigan School of Music. The program and artists for this performance will be announced closer to the date. Visit the UMS website at for more details.
The 9th Annual Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players
Sphinx Competition
The Sphinx Competition showcases the top young Black and Latino string players in the country. Each year, 18 semi-finalists come o southeastern Michigan o compete for cash prizes jnd scholarships totaling over $100,000. Both concerts are accompanied by the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra with Maestro Chelsea Tipton II conducting.
Junior Division Honors Concert
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9,12 NOON Rackham Auditorium
This free performance features the three Junior Division finalists (under age 18) competing for their final placement. For tickets, contact Tania McGee at 313-877-9100 x116 or
Senior Division Finals Concert
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2 PM Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
This nationally-broadcast concert 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 tickets, call 313-576-5111.
Royal Shakespeare Company 2006
A Festival of Shakespeare's Classics
Presented by UMS with major support from the University of Michigan. Additional support provided by the Power Foundation.
OCTOBER 24 NOVEMBER 12, 2006 Power Center
The Royal Shakespeare Company retums to Ann Arbor for three weeks in October and November 2006, with 21 public performances of Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. The plays are part of the RSC's recently announced year-long "Complete Works" festival, which begins in April 2006.
British actor Patrick Stewart, an honorary associate artist with the RSC and Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek fame, performs the leading roles of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (with Harriet Walter as Cleopatra) and Prospero in The Tempest. As in past residencies, the plays will utilize ensemble casting, with approximately 28 actors performing in all three titles.
A series of educational activities for adults and children alike will provide context and background for the plays. Activities will take place throughout the fall and will include interviews, lectures, workshops, and behind-the-scenes events. A complete schedule of related residency activities will be available this summer.
Subscription packages (all three titles) will go on sale in February 2006. Sign up for the UMS E-Mail Club at for regular updates as additional information about casting and tickets becomes available.
RSC Priority
Subscription Ticket Window
Week of Jan 30
UMS Donors of $2,500+
UMS past theater series subscribers
Week of Feb 6 UMS Donors of $500+ UMS current subscribers
Week of Feb 13 General Public
Photos are from past RSC residen?ces: the 2001 History Plays Cycle and the 2003 performances of Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.
Antony and Cleopatra
Directed by Gregory Doran Starring Patrick Stewart as Antony and Harriet Walter as Cleopatra
A tempestuous love affair struggles to survive as power politics and the demands of Ancient Rome and Egypt tear these two great leaders apart.
Julius Caesar
Directed by Sean Holmes
The earliest of Shakespeare's Roman plays, this gripping political thriller explores the complexities of power as Caesar's assassination sees a nation descend into civil violence and instability, with the play portraying opposing dynamics of democracy and tyranny.
The Tempest
Directed by Robert Goold
Starring Patrick Stewart as Prospero
Shakespeare's magical last play, his poignant farewell to the stage, has love, tragedy and comedy combined in equal measure as the usurped Prospero draws his enemies to his enchanted island to exact his revenge, yet ultimately finds peace and the ability to forgive.
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 66)69
Important Info for Families
Ann Arbor Family Days
Now in its third year, Ann Arbor Family Days features events by many Ann Arbor area cultural organizations, all devoted to families. The 2006 Ann Arbor Family Days moves to January this year and coincides with the UMS Family Performance by the Jose Limon Dance Company on Saturday, January 14. For more information, see page 7 or visit www.annarbor.orgfamilydays.
Family-Friendly Events
Ages 4 and up
Jose Limon Family Performance
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Children of Uganda
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble Family Performance
Ages 9 and up (4th Grade)
Jose Limon Dance Company (full-length performances)
Take 6
Soweto Gospel Choir
Ages 14 and up (High School)
Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraWynton Marsalis
Louis Andriessen in Concert
Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Word Becomes Flesh
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
SF Jazz Collective
Arab World Music Summit
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Photos from Ann Arbor Family Days 2003
UMS Classical
Classical Kids Club
The Classical Kids Club is a new initiative by UMS that gives parents the opportunity to introduce their children to world-renowned classical music artists. Designed to nurture and create the next generation of musicians and music lovers, the Classical Kids Club allows students in grades 1-12 to purchase tickets to all concerts on the UMS Choral Union Series at a significantly discounted rate. Eligible concerts include:
Sat Jan 14 Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Thu Jan 19 Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
and the Monteverdi Choir
Sat Feb4 Louis Lortie, piano
Fri Mar 17 Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev
Sun Mar 19 Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev
Sat Mar 25 Ewa Podles in Rossini's Tancredi
Fri Apr 21 Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Here's how it works:
Membership is free. Parents are encouraged, but not required, to register in advance at or by calling the UMS Ticket Office at 734-764-2538. Membership cards will be mailed for use throughout the 0506 season or may be picked up at the Ticket Office.
Ninety minutes prior to any performance listed above, parents may purchase up to two children's tickets for $10 each with the purchase of each full-price adult ticket. Seating is subject to availability, and Classical Kids Club tickets may not be available in the case of a sellout. Parents may call the Ticket Office to check on availability of Classical Kids Club tickets. Classical Kids Club tickets will generally be available in the mezzanine and balcony of Hill Auditorium. Tickets will be available only at the Hill Auditorium Ticket Office, and children must be present when purchasing the tickets.
Each child who attends at least four different events will receive a UMS Classical Kids Club t-shirt.
TICKETS: 734-764-2538 I 7071
African American Arts Advocacy Committee
The NETWORK was a new initiative launched by UMS during the 0405 season to create an opportunity for African Americans and the broader community to celebrate world-class artistry by today's leading African and African American performers and creative artists. NETWORK members connect, socialize, and unite with the African American community through attendance at UMS events and free preor post-concert receptions. Members receive discounted tickets for all NETWORK events.
Membership in the NETWORK is easy:
Simply gather a group of friends, or members of an organization to which you already belong, to attend one or more NETWORK receptions and performances.
Each person can call the UMS Ticket Office individually or as a group at 734-764-2538 and say, "I'm with the NETWORK." UMS holds seats for NETWORK members in all price categories, and NETWORK members receive a 15 discount (discount not available for tickets purchase at the venue the day of the performance).
Attend the NETWORK preor post-concert events to meet, socialize, and network with community members.
Enjoy the performance -and your new community of arts lovers.
The UMS 0506 Winter Season's NETWORK performances include:
Soweto Gospel Choir Children of Uganda Rossini's Tancredi Sweet Honey in the Rock
Choral Union
Recently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for the recording of William Bolcom's Songs of innocence and of Experience, the UMS Choral Union is best known locally for its annual performances of Handel's Messiah. The ensemble, under the musical direction of Jerry Blackstone, also performs many other concerts each year. The remainder of the 0506 season is an exceptionally busy one for these volunteer singers, who will be featured on the following programs:
Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony
University Symphony Orchestra TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Hill Auditorium Free Admission
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 2
Kirov Orchestra
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 Hill Auditorium
Tickets: 734-764-2538 or
Rossini's Tancredi (men only) Detroit Symphony Orchestra SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Hill Auditorium Tickets: 734-764-2538 or
Mahler's Symphony No. 2
Detroit Symphony Orchestra FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JUNE 2-4 Orchestra Hall, Detroit Tickets: 313-576-5111
UMS Education
UMS's Education and Audience Development Program deepens the relationship between audiences and art and raises awareness of the impact the multi-disciplinary performing arts and education have by enhancing the quality of life in our community. The program creates and presents the highest quality arts education experiences to a broad spectrum of community constituencies, proceeding in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.
Details about all educational events and residency activities are posted at one month before the performance date. Join the UMS Email Club to have updated event information sent directly to you.
UMS Community Education Program
Call 734-647-6712 or email
Public Programs
UMS provides context and informs audiences about the
artists, art forms, and cultures we present through a wide
variety of educational opportunities, including:
PREPs pre-performance lectures
Meet the Artists post-performance Q&A with the artists
Artist Interviews public dialogues with performing artists
Master Classes interactive workshops
Panels and Roundtable Discussions in-depth adult
education related to a specific artist or art form Artists-in-Residence extended visits during which artists teach, create, and meet with community groups, university units, and schools
UMS Partnership Program
UMS partners with over 100 university and community-based organizations annually. If you would like your organization to be more involved with the many different programs offered by UMS, please contact us at 734-764-6179.
The NETWORK -African American Arts Advocacy Committee
A regional advisory group dedicated to supporting African American audiences and art forms. See page 72 for more information.
VIS Youth Education Program
Call 734-615-0122 or email umsyouth?
UMS has one of the largest K-12 education initiatives in the State of Michigan. Designated a Best Practice" program by ArtServe Michigan and the Dana Foundation, UMS is dedicated to --along world-class performance opportunities
: professional development activities available to K-12 students and educators.
06 Youth Performance Series
ese daytime performances serve pre-K tnrough high school students. The 0506 winter ieason features presentations of Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Word Becomes Flesh, Jose Limon Dance Company, Nrityagram Indian Dance Theater, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and the Children of Uganda. Tickets are $6, and each school receives free curriculum materials.
Events on the 0506 Youth Performance Series ie sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer, : Toyota Technical Center with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Whitney Fund.
Teacher Workshop Series
UMS offers two types of professional development activities for K-12 educators: ?forming Arts Workshops and Kennedy Center .Vorkshops. Both focus on teaching educators echniques for incorporating the arts into classroom instruction.
ie Kennedy Center Workshops are sponsored by : ykema Gossett, PLLC.
K-12 Arts Curriculum Materials
UMS Educational materials are available on line at no charge to all educators. All materials are designed to connect the curriculum via the Michigan State Benchmarks and Standards.
Teacher Advisory Committee
This group of regional educators, school administrators, and K-12 arts education advocates advises and assists UMS in determining K-12 programming, policy, and professional development.
K-12 Teacher Appreciation Month!
March 2006 is UMS Teacher Appreciation Month. K-12 teachers will be able to purchase tickets for 50 off at the venue on the night of the performance (subject to availability). Limit of two tickets per teacher per event. Teachers must present their official school ID when purchasing tickets. Seating is subject to availability and box office discretion. Check out the UMS website at for March events!
School FundraisersGroup Sales
Raise money for your school and support the arts. UMS offers a wide range of fundraising opportunities and discount programs for schools. It is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to raise money.
TEEN Ticket
Teens may purchase tickets for $10 the day of the event at the Michigan League or for 50 off the published price at the venue 90 minutes before the performance begins. One ticket per student ID.
Breakin' Curfew
In a special collaboration with the Neutral Zone, Ann Arbor's teen center, UMS presents this yearly performance highlighting the area's best teen performers. For more information, see page 63.
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make a difference
UMS is counting on your contribution to help present this exciting season. Ticket revenues cover just half of our program costs. Your generosity makes a vital difference in the ability of UMS to bring the world's greatest music, dance, and theater to Ann Arbor.
Donor Privileges
UMS provides priority to donors in purchasing tickets to individual performances. The fall single ticket brochure is mailed to donors first, and donors of $250 or more are able to purchase tickets one week before tickets go on sale to the general public in August. In addition, UMS donors enjoy:
? Discounted tickets to select performances
? Discounts at area restaurants and shops ?Acknowledgment in UMS program books
(for donors of $250 or more)
? Advanced notice of performances and advanced purchase privileges
? Invitations to special events
Sponsoring a Concert
Many donors have inquired about increasing their support to honor a family member or colleague, or to commemorate a milestone event in their lives. You can support UMS while celebrating your special occasion and receive the benefits of sponsorship at the same time. UMS staff will work with you to create a package of benefits that meets your individual needs. To discuss sponsorship and related benefits, call UMS's Director of Development at 734-764-8489.
Supporting UMS's Education and Audience Development Program
Make a gift to UMS's Education and Audience Development Program, and you will bring the world of the performing arts to thousands of schoolchildren in southeastern Michigan. Your gift will help:
? Provide bussing for underserved students to attend youth performances
? Invite world-renowned teaching artists for residencies or multiple visits throughout the school year
? Provide subsidies for the cost of tickets for students in Title I schools
? Enable UMS performing artists to visit area schools
Matching Gifts
Do you work for a company that matches charitable contributions You may be able to double the impact of your gift to UMS and increase your donor level and benefits at the same time. Ask your employer for a matching gift form, which you can complete and include with your gift.
UMS is participating in The Michigan Difference campaign. For more information, please see the inside back cover.
Thank you!
'relude Dinners
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Join us throughout the season for camaraderie, fine cuisine, and musical insights at our delude Dinners, which take place before each Choral Union series performance. Park early, dine with friends, and learn about the evening's program from guest speakers who share their expertise about the artists or the performance.
Catered by Food Art, the dinners are held at the U-M Alumni Center, just steps from the concert at Hill Auditorium. The dinner buffet and cash bar open two hours before the performance and are available until 15 minutes before the concert begins. Valet parking is complimentary to donors of $3,500 or more, or for $20 per car.
3relude dinners cost $40 per person. Call 734-764-8489 for reservations.
Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
SPEAKER: Richard Crawford, U-M Professor Emeritus of Music
Orchestre Revolutionnare et Romantique
and The Monteverdi Choir
SPEAKER: Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choirs and Chair, Conducting Department, U-M School of Music; Director of the UMS Choral Union
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6 PM Louis Lortie: Chopin Piano Etudes
SPEAKER: Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Entertainment Writer for the Ann Arbor News
Shostakovich Centennial Festival Concert No. 1
Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg
SPEAKER: Laura Kennedy, Instructor, U-M School of Music
Shostakovich Centennial Festival Concert No. 2
Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg
SPEAKER: Laura Kennedy, Instructor, U-M School of Music
Ewa Podles in Rossini's Tancredi
SPEAKER: Michael Kondziolka, UMS Programming Director
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
SPEAKER: UMS President Ken Fischer 0607 Choral Union Series Announcement
Vienna Philharmonic Special Event
SPEAKER: Steven M. Whiting, U-M Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of International Studies
Join us for the pre-concert strolling supper and wine bar at the Michigan League Ballroom. $75 per person, black tie optional. Call 734-764-8489 for reservations.
tickets & info
Important Notes from the Ticket Office
Subscription Ticket Exchanges
Subscribers may exchange tickets free of charge. 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 fax a copy of your torn tickets to 734-647-1171.
Single Ticket Exchanges
Non-subscribers may exchange tickets for a $5 per ticket exchange fee. 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 fax a photocopy of your torn tickets to 734-647-1171. Lost or misplaced tickets cannot be exchanged.
Ticket DonationsUnused Tickets
Unused tickets may be donated to UMS for a tax-deductible contribution up to 15 minutes prior to the performance. Unused tickets that are returned after the performance are not eligible for UMS credit or for a tax-deductible contribution.
Will CallTicket 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. .
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. In the event of a double seating situation with duplicate tickets, priority will always be given to the holder of the original tickets.
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.
Start Time
UMS makes every effort to begin concerts at the published time. Most of our events take place in the heart of central campus, which does have limited parking and may have several events occurring simultaneously in different theaters. Please allow plenty of extra time to park and find your seats.
ParkingParking Tips
Detailed directions and parking information will be mailed with your tickets and are also available at
If you have a blue or gold U-M permit with the gate controlled access feature, please consider using the new structure that has opened off of Palmer Drive! There is a light at the intersection of Palmer and Washtenaw, making it easier to access the structure. This option is available only to U-M employees with bluegold permits and AVI access. There will not be an attendant for visitor parking to the Palmer Drive structure.
UMS also recommends parking at the off-campus Liberty Square structure (entrance off of Washington Street, between Division
;nd State). About a two-block walk from most performance venues, $2 after 3 pm .',;ekdays and all day SaturdaySunday.
1 tecomers
Latecomers will be asked to wait in the lobby until seated by ushers. Most lobbies have been outfitted with monitors andor
peakers so that latecomers will not miss
he performance.
he late seating break is determined by he artist and will generally occur during . suitable repertory break in the program i.g., after the first entire piece, not after idividual movements of classical works). There may be occasions where latecomers are not seated until intermission, as determined by the artist. 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.
Children and Families
Children under the age of three will not be admitted to regular, full-length UMS performances. Children of all ages are welcome to attend UMS Family Performances.
All children must be able to sit quietly in their own seats throughout the performance. Children unable to do so, along with the adult accompanying them, may be asked by an usher to leave the auditorium. Please use discretion in choosing to bring a child. Remember, everyone must have a ticket regardless of age.
See page 71 for information about the new UMS Classical Kids Club presented by ProQuest Company. For more information about the family-friendliness of specific UMS performances, please call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538.
How to Order Tickets
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
With Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
Outside the 734 area code and within Michigan, call toll-free 800-221-1229. There is a $5 service charge per order for all phone, fax, and mail orders.
Per-ticket service fees apply.
In Person
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 productions and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
UMS Ticket Office Burton Memorial Tower 881 North University Avenue Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1011
Group Sales Office
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, call the UMS Group Sales Hotline at 734-763-3100.
All sales are final. Refunds are available only when an event is canceled or rescheduled, Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.
seat maps
General Admission Venue
St. Francis of Assisi (SF)
The Tallis Scholars Thu Mar 30
Chanticleer Thu Apr 20
Hill Auditorium Orchestra
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Main Floor
Hill Auditorium (H)
Leif Ove AndsnesNorwegian
Chamber Orch Orchestre Revolutionnaire
Monteverdi Choir Vienna Philharmonic
Riccardo Muti
Kirov OrchShostakovich Festival Ewa Podles in Rossini's Tancredi
Sat Jan 14 Thu Jan 19 Thu Mar 9
Fri Mar 17 & Sun Mar 19 Sat Mar 25
Auditorium Recitals & Jazz
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Take 6 Mon Jan 16
Wynton Marsalis Sun Jan 22
Balcony Lincoln Center Jazz Orch
Louis Lortie Sat Feb 4
Mariachi Los Camperos Fri Feb 10
de Nati Cano
Mezzanine Soweto Gospel Choir Sun Feb 19
Arab World Music Summit Sat Apr 15
Nadja Salemo-Sonnenberg Fri Apr 21
Sweet Honey in the Rock Sat Apr 22
Ford Honors Program: Dave Brubeck Sat May 13
Main Floor
ckham Auditorium
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Tokyo String Quartet Sat Jan 21
Michigan Chamber Players SunFeb12
Takacs Quartet Wed Feb 22
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Sun Apr 2
Power Center
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-Balcony Jose Limon Dance Company Fri Jan 13-Sun Jan 15
Louis Andriessen Wed Feb 15
Pappa Tarahumara Thu Feb 23
Marc Bamuthi Joseph Fri Mar 10
Children of Uganda Thu Mar 23 & Fri Mar 24
Main Floor Nrityagram Wed Apr 19
Michigan Theater
Main Floor
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
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Michigan Theater (MT)
"JAZZ Collective lory Kante
Fri Mar 31
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (LMT)
Belcea QuartetBostridge Sat Mar 11 ?
UMS is a member of the University of Michigan Public Goods Council.
The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or handicap.
Special thanks to 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.
Heartland Arts Fund. Children of Uganda is funded in part by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land 0' Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. UMS's 0506 season is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
National Dance Project. The Jose Limon Dance Company and Nrityagram are funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Ford Foundation.
National Endowment for the Arts. Select artist residencies in the winter 2006 season are funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
University of Michigan. The University of Michigan provides special project support for many educational activities in the 0506 season. Additional project support is provided by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research and the U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Whitney Fund. The Whitney Fund provides project support for many educational activities in the 0506 season.
JMS is grateful to the University of Michigan for its
: jpport of many educational activities scheduled in .??' . JUL --
0506 season. These programs further a mutual "." ommitment to providing opportunities for students and members of the University community to appreciate more fully the artists on the UMS series.
MS is in partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the
ishtenaw Immediate School District as part of the Kennedy Center: Partners in Education Program. UMS also participates in the Ann Arbor Public Schools "Partners in Excellence" program.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Jniversity of Michigan
Arts at Michigan
Linda and Maurice Binkow
Borders Group, Inc.
Chamber Music America
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
DTE Energy Foundation
Dykema Gossett, PLLC
Heartland Arts Fund
Dr. Toni Hoover in memory of Dr. Isaac Thomas III
JazzNet Endowment
JPMorgan Chase
Masco Corporation
National Dance Project of the New England
Foundation for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Pfizer Global Research and Development,
Ann Arbor Laboratories ProQuest Company Prudence and Amnon Rosenthal
K-12 Education Endowment Fund
)yota Technical Center
MS Advisory Committee
diversity of Michigan Credit Union --M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
-M Office of the Vice President for Research Vallace Foundation
";tney Fund
Campaign for UMS
Invest in UMS. Invest in the Future.
Music, dance and theater express our deepest urges to create works of life-sustaining beauty. For more than 125 years, no institution in Ann Arbor has done more to foster these art forms than UMS. Now, our three-fold mission -to present world-class performances; to sponsor eye-opening education in the performing arts; and to nurture both aspiring and renowned artists in the creation of new works -requires a new level of support from our friends. Our goal is to build a foundation for UMS so sturdy that no financial crisis could threaten our ability to bring the performing arts to the audiences of today and those of coming generations.
Please give to the Campaign for UMS You can do so in two ways:
1. Make a gift or multi-year pledge to our annual fund. If you are a current donor to UMS, we hope that you will consider an increase over your previous level.
2. Make a gift to the UMS Endowment Fund. This, too, can be a multi-year pledge, or it can take the form of a planned gift or bequest. Your gift to endowment will be matched by the Wallace Foundation Challenge
Our goals are ambitious; we hope to raise:
? $15 million to support programming between 2000-2008 -to ensure the highest level of excellence in each season,and
? $10 million for endowment -to give UMS a sturdy foundation for the future, a gift to our children, their children, and the generations beyond
To discuss giving opportunities, please contact the UMS Development Office at 734-764-8489 or
We thank you in advance for your generosity.
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