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University of Michigan I Ann Arbor
130th Season
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But at UMS, we believe that it's moreNTiportant to fake a broader approach. That's why, in our 130th season, you'll find an astonishing variety of events: traditional Western classical music; innovative jazz, unique choral sounds from South Africtonia, and international theater productions that look at the relationship between mathematicHrlife's larger questions and that overlay the controversial contemporary political world agaflnakespeare's view of 15thcentury England. We have dance companies that rangHhe joyful to the provocative. And we present a global vision of aT that celebrates its differences while recognizing the similarities among us.
We at UMS bring the artists to Ann Arbor. But you are the other essential piece of these performances. Without your impressive enthusiasm and desire to be both challenged and entertained, without your willingness to embrace the work we present and own it as something special in your own life, the moments of connection between artists and audience simply wouldn't happen. And those moments of connection can leave an enduring impression long after the immediacy of the actual performance.
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1014 WedSun CompUdie: A Disappearing Number 1920 FriSat Mark Morris Dance Group j
27 Sat Wayne Shorter Quartet and 1
the Imani Winds
4 Sat The Art of the Oud:
Remembering Munir Bashir and the :
Baghdad Conservatory of Music
12 Sun Sphinx Chamber Orchestra ;
12 Sun Tokyo String Quartet i
Sabine Meyer clarinet
15 Wed Compagnie Heddy Maalem:
The Rite of Spring
17 Fri Soweto Gospel Choir
18 Sat Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Tri
Celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova
19 Sun AnneSophie Mutter violin
Camerata Salzburg
24 Fri Andras Schiff: Beethoven Concert 5
26 Sun Andras Schiff: Beethoven Concert 6
27 Mon Michigan Chamber Players i
7 Fri Joe Lovano "Us Five" Quintet
and Jason Moran j
8 Sat Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman pian
13 Thu Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Cho
T6nu Kaljuste founding director and condu
16 Sun Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Leon Botstein conductor
Robert McDuffie violin J
67 SatSun Handel's Messiah
911 FriSun Rubberbandance Group
10 Sat Rubberbandance Group Family Perform
11 Sun Guarneri String Quartet
16 Fri TordGustavsenTrio
19 Mon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day '
Event TBA
2324 FriSat Gilgamesh I
Kinan Azmeh clarinet {
Kevork Mourad MaxMSP ]
24 Sat Ford Honors Program honoring the
Royal Shakespeare Company,
Michael Boyd, and Ralph Williams i
25 Sun Richard Goode piano '
29 Thu Chanticleer '
31 Sat Michigan Chamber Players
7 Sat Lawrence Brownlee tenor
Martin Katz piano
12 Thu Sweet Honey in the Rock
13 Fri Kodo
1415 SatSun Batsheva Dance Company
78 SatSun New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel conductor
10 Tue WyntonMarsalisand
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
11 Wed Brentano String Quartet
Peter Serkin piano fl a
Richard Lalli baritone M
12 Thu Aswat: Celebrating the Gold)
of Arab Music with Simon SI and the Golden Age Orch
March continued )
1314 FriSat The Silk Road Ensemble with
YoYo Ma cello 18 Wed Altenberg Trio Vienna
1922 ThuSun Sulayman AlBassam Theatre: Richard III An Arab Tragedy Based on Richardlll by William Shakespeare
22 Sun Zakir Hussain tabia
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma santoor
26 Thu The Romeros
29 Sun Dan Zanes & Friends
i Wed John Williams guitar
2 Thu St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor
Anssi Karttunen cello
4 Sat Chick Corea and John McLaughlin:
Five Peace Band
9 Thu Andras Schiff: Beethoven Concert 7
11 Sat Andras Schiff: Beethoven Concert 8
16 Thu Kurt Elling Sings the
ColtraneHartman Songbook
17 Fri Takacs Quartet
MarcAndre Hamelin piano
1819 SatSun Mohammed Bennis and the
Hmadcha Ensemble
(from the Fez Festival of Sufi Culture)
23 Thu UMS Choral Union
Jerry Blackstone conductor
24 Fri Julia Fischer violin
L Milana Chernyavska piano
2SM SaS Compagnie Marie Chouinard 7647642538
130th beason
A Disappearing Number
Conceived and Directed by Simon McBurney
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Following its triumphant production of The Elephant Vanishes in 2004, the theater company Complicit (pronounced kumPLIHsitay) retums to Ann Arbor for the exclusive US presentation of its awardwinning : hit, A Disappearing Number.
In the chilly English surroundings of Cambridge on the cusp of the First World War, the English mathematicianG.H. Hardy unexpectedly receives a letter filled with mathematical theorems from a young Indian
visionary, Srinivasa Ramanujan, whose idiosyncratic and creative approach to mathematics ultimately led
to some of the most complex and beautiful mathematical patterns of all time.
Complicite's innovative, multimedia approach frames past, present, and future simultaneously, with the HardyRamanujan collaboration serving not only as a central aspect of the narrative, but also as a window into a larger world of ideas: about the awesomeness of infinity and its relationship to human mortality, about the beauty of science and our quest for meaning and knowledge, about who we are and how we connect to one another and ultimately about what is permanent and what disappears forever.
"With touching emotion and unnerving disquietude, A Disappearing Number forces the spectator to consider the facts of love, death, and belonging, within the space of his or her own personal universe." {New Statesman)
Contains strong language. Performed without intermission.
This production is sponsored by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation.
Individual performances are sponsored by Made possible in part by the UM Institute f
Michael Allemang and Janis Bobrin
All of the participants of the 2002 RSC trip
Made possible in part by the UM Institute for the Humanities. Funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund. Media Sponsors Metro Times, Between the Lines, and Ann Arbor's 107one.
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Mark Morris
Mark Morris artistic director
The Washington Post called Mark Morris "our Mozart of modern dance. There is that same sense of easy fecundity, his air of an aging, congenial enfant terrbe, the sheer brilliance and wealth of hischoreographic invention." Morris has changed the way that audiences see modern dance, animating through movement his profound and sophisticated love of music. He tes_77ie Los Angeles Times said, "intensely musical, deceptively cerebral, insinuatingly sensual, fabulously funky." Morris's company of exuberant dancers lives up to its reputation of wit and grace. Their refined musicality is further reinforced by the use of live musicians in every performance. dl

New Love Song Waltzes (Brahms: Neue Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 65) (1982) Love Song Waltzes (Brahms: Liebesliederwalzer, Op. 52) (1989) Grand DUO (Lou Harrison: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano) (1993)
Italian Concerto (JS Bach: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971) (2007)
Candleflowerdance (Stravinsky: Serenade in A) (2005)
Bedtime (Schubert: Wiegenlied, Standchen, and Erlkbnig) (1992)
Grand Duo (Lou Harrison: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano) (1993)
The Saturday performance is sponsored by Dennis and Ellie Serras.
Funded in part by the American MasterpiecesPresenting program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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"In my experience, after 35 years of concerts, I've never attended a concert so full of life, intelligence, reactive participation, and reciprocated love." (Jazzman) Just six months after the SFJAZZ Collective's tribute to saxophonist Wayne Shorter, Shorter himself takes the stage in a celebration of his 75th birthday. Universally regarded as a living legend in jazz, Shorter's great body of work as a composer for such illustrious groups as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis's famous quintet from the 1960s, and the fusion group Weather Report is enough'to ensure him a spot in the Jazz Hall of Fame.
Blowing past the boundaries between jazz and contemporary music, the Imani Winds, an unabashedly adventurous African American quintet, start off the night with a sampling of their eclectic repertoire. The acclaimed Wayne Shorter Quartet expands the program's trajectory with its sizzling dynamics and improvisational unpredictability. The two groups then unite as a ninepiece ensemble, covering a vast range of musical territories. Shorter says, "A lot of musicians worry about protecting what I call their musical foundation.They want to...put their best foot forward, play their best runs, and try to impress people. But I'm at a point where I'm just going to say, To hell with the rules.'That's all I'm doing with the music now... I've got nothing to lose now. I'm going for the unknown."
SAXURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Wayne Snorter Quartet
and the Imani Winds
Wayne Shorter saxophones I Danilo Perez piano I John Patitucci bass I Brian Blade drums
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The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is supported in part by TAQA New World, IncThe Mosaic Foundation, Washington DC; and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts.
Made possible in part by the UM Center for World Performance Studies and the UM Islamic Studies Initiative.
Funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund.
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Remembering Munir Bashir and the Baghdad Conservatory of Music
Omar Bashir I Farida and the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble I Rahim AlHaj
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 8 PM Rackham Auditorium f
Oud player Munir Bashir (19301997) was one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century. His 1972 album, The Art of the Vd, brought worldwide acclaim to the oud as a solo instrument, distinguished by a novel style of improvisation that reflected his study of Indian and European music. Born in Mosul, Bashir studied at the famous Baghdad Conservatory from age six and migrated to Budapest in the early 1960s. He returned to Iraq for several years, where he championed traditional Iraqi folk music and taught at the Baghdad Conservatory before returning to Hungary after the First Gulf War.
The Baghdad Conservatory was the preeminent institution for studying the unique Iraqi style of oud performance and Iraqi maqam. In 2004, the Conservatory was bombed, and
many of its faculty and students fled the country, threatening the continuation of the Iraqi
oud tradition.
This performance celebrates the opening of the Performing Arts of the Arab World series and the end of Ramadan. Paying tribute to the legacy of Munir Bashir and the Baghdad Conservatory of Music, as well as the historic Iraqi maqam tradition, the concert features Munir Bashir's son, Omar, and Rahim AlHaj. Iraq's most distinguished female singer, Farida, who studied at the Baghdad Conservatory, also performs with the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble. "This concert is only a small token of our deep gratitude and appreciation for Munir Bashir, a true hero of the 20th century," says AlHaj. "He was a wonderful musician and human being, who will be present in our lives, hearts, and music."
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 Orchestra Hall, Detroit
Chelsea Tipton II conductor
The University Musical Society and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra copresent this concert on the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra's firstever national tour, which culminates in a Carnegie Hall concert by the allAfrican American and Latinoa ensemble. Comprised of top professionals from around the country, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra includes past and current members of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, MET Opera Orchestra, and the Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Puerto Rico Symphonies, as well as faculty members of leading music institutions. Its members , serve as mentors to the young musicians who compete in the Sphinx Competition for African American and Latinoa string players and also promote works by Black and Latino composers.
Mozart Divertimento in D Major, third movement, K. 131 (1772) I
Piazzolla Winter in Buenos Aires for Solo Violin and Orchestra (1970) kf
Villa Lobos Fugue
Marsalis Hellhound Highballfrom4ftheOcforoon8as(HarlemQuartet)(1995)
Vivaldi Concerto No. 10 in b minor for Four Violins and Orchestra
from L'EstroArmonico, Op. 3, RV 580 (1711)
Abels "Delights and Dances"for String Quartet and Orchestra (2007)
Funded in part by the American Masterpieces
Presenting program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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I clarinet
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Rackham Auditorium
Since its beginnings in 1969 as a young firebrand quartet out of Juilliard to its current ', i stature as one of the world's supreme chamber ensembles, the Tokyo String Quartet has ' . captivated audiences and critics alike with its finesse and elegance. The ensemble will be joined by one of today's most indemand soloists, the acclaimed clarinetist Sabine Meyer. Since her departure from the Berlin Philharmonic in 1983, where she served as the venerated ensemble's solo clarinetist and first female member, Meyer has established herself as an eminent soloist and a committed chamber musician. Their stunning joint appearance in the 0506 season left audiences wanting more, and we're delighted to bring them back as part of their twoweek US tour together this season, featuring the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Please note the program change since this concert was announced last spring.
Beethoven Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 (i 7981800)
Bartok Quartet No. 5 (1934) ,
Brahms Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115 (1891)
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The Rite of Spring_________
Ccfmpagnie Heddy Maalem
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HeddyMaalem artistic director
s with words
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extensive training in boxing and Aikido continue to influence his choreography, which is marked by precision, sparse vocabu! lary, and clarity.
? ' Fourteen utterly distinctive dancers from Mali, Benin, Nigeria,
it.. and Senegal come together for Maalem's explosive interpre
): tation of Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Stravinsky's f:' story of a pagan spring ritual is transported to Africa, inspired by Maalem's time in Lagos, Nigeria, where the cacophony of a city of 12 million people is echoed by Stravinsky's music. Highly dynamic dance sequences and overwhelming group scenes are interlaced with atmospheric film projections and intense scenes of silence that provide provocative contrast to the music. Male and female dancers each one urgent and unflinching meld i intn one unit, pulsating with sex and energy. "There have been '
erous versions of Le Sacre du Printemps since Nijinsky's 1913 original to the Stravinsky score, but none more powerful than rjeddy Maalem's...Everything to do with rites and little to do ; with spring, this gripping dance lasts only an hour but is rivet ; xo its last convulsive shake." (Financial Times)
ofmed without intermission.
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Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, the 26member Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. Under the direction of David Mulovhedzi, this choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world. Their performances feature a mixture of tribal, traditional, and popular African gospel, with earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, and charismatic performances that uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes for the future. With both a cappella songs and a fourpiece band and percussion section, the Soweto Gospel Choir performs in six of South Africa's 11 official languages with traditional songs sung in Zulu and Sotho, traditional American songs, and new works by contemporary African composers. The choir's meteoric rise to international recognition during its brief sixyear history includes two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional World Music Album [Blessed in 2007 and African Spirit ' in 2008), the 2003 American Gospel Music Award for "Best Choir" just one year after its founding, and charttopping CDs on the Billboard World Music Chart. But no amount of glittering international recognition and praise has diverted the ensemble from the mission it holds close at heart: to support South Africa's sick and impoverished families and children through an AIDS orphans foundation that it founded. Their two previous UMS performances have been near sellouts.
African Spirit
Soweto Gospef Choir
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 8 PM Hill Auditorium
David Mulovrvedzi and Beverly Bryer

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Celebrating 50 Years dfSefsScfNova
Milton Nascimento a
the Jobi
, OCTOBER 8 '[ Auditorium
During the past two seasons, UMS audiences have had the pleasure of hearing GilbertoGil and Caetano Veloso. Now, another Brazilian legend makes his UMS debut Milton NaScimento, whose extraordinary, soaring voice and sopcjwriting genius have made him one of the bestknown Brazilian pop musicians. Born in Rio de Janeiro, in 1942, Nasdmento has returnatffHftd again to the introspective, spiritual music of Minas Gerais, a state north of Rio where"he moved when he was two. ThougRiessTnownror his politics than his cbm patriot musicians, he advocated for the rights of black" Brazilians and involved himself in the struggle for native land rights years before it became fashionable. Nascimento's extensivediscography dates back more than 40 years, and his eponymous 1998 album won the . " Grammy for "World Music Recording of theYear."Nascimento perfofms'alongside the JobimTrio, featuring the son and grandson of the internationally celebrated songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim ("The Girl from Ipanema"). Paulo Braga, the father of modern Brazilian drumming who performed and recorded with Antonio Carlos jQpim for more than 15 years, rounds out the trio. Together they pay tribute to 50 years of Bossa Nova, which was invented by Jobim in the iate 1950s and became an international craze in the 1960s after American jazz musicians began performing it more frequently. Don't miss this marvelous tribute to one of the richest periods in Brazilian music. .
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=phie Mutter has been one of the greatest violin virtuosos
? w.our time, her musicmaking driven by both passion and simplicity. After embarking on a major Mozart project two years ago, she now tums her attention to J.S. Bach,] j: performing all of the composer's violin concertos as soloist and leader of the brilliantly j I highspirited Camerata Salzburg. Founded in 1952, Camerata Salzburg has a rich 1 tradition of both musical excellence and infectious joy. Led by Roger Norrington from f 19972006 and now under the artistic direction of Leonidas Kavakos, the ensemble ' is made up of young, motivated musicians of 20 different nationalities who come together for 80 concerts each year in Salzburg and throughout Europe. The second solo part of the Bach Double Concerto will be performed by the young violinist Vilde _ Frang, a scholarship recipient from the AnneSophie Mutter Foundation, which offers support to promising young musicians.
J.S. Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in a minor, BWV1041 (1717)
J.S.Bach Concerto for Two Violins in d minor, BWV 1043(1717) K
J.S. Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042 (1717)
jyjini Sonata in g minor for Violin and Continuo ("The Devil's Trill") (ca. 1749)
AY, OCTOBER 19 7 PM [notetime] Hill Auditorium
AnneSophie Mutter violin Camerata Salzburg
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Beethoven Sonata Project Concerts & 6
Andras Schiff piano
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 I 4 PM Rackham Auditorium
Among the highlights of the 0708 season were the four concerts by pianist Andras Schiff as he launched his Beethoven Sonata Project in Ann Arbor, a cycle being repeated in its entirety only in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. "Heroism is an important part of Beethoven's character," Schiff told The New York Times last year. "But there are so many other sides to him. He can be incredibly personal and lyrical and tender. And also the element of humor and fun: apart from Haydn, no one has this earthy humor." The 32 sonatas were written between 1795 and 1822 and provide an overview of Beethoven's stylistic development as he progressed through his early, middle, and late periods, marked in part by his increasing deafness. This second year of the cycle concentrates on his middle period, when he had partial hearing, and his late period, when he was profoundly deaf.
PROGRAM (FRI 1024) Beethoven SonataNo. 16inGMajor,Op.31,No. 1 (180102) Beethoven Sonata No. 17 in d minor, Op. 31, No. 2 ("Tempest") (1802) Beethoven Sonata No. 18 in Eflat Major, Op. 31, No. 3 (180102) Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstem") (180304)
Beethoven Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54 (1804)
Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57 ("Appassionata") (180405)
Beethoven Sonata No. 24 in Fsharp Major, Op. 78 (1809)
Beethoven Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79 (1809)
Beethoven Sonata No. 26 in Eflat Major, Op. 81 a ("Les Adieux") (180910)
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Joe Lovano's lush, inimitable saxophone sound will be on display within the contexts of both his virtuosic, twodrummer quintet and in duets with the exciting pianistcomposerimproviser Jason Moran. Featuring young bass phenom Esperanza Spalding, classic straightahead drummer Otis Brown III, and the Latin dance rhythms of Cubanborn drummer Francisco Mela, Lovano's new "Us Five" Quintet is reaching special heights where offthecuff ideas rooted in jazz tradition meet serious fun. The first half of the evening features solo piano ruminations from Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran in addition to a musical conversation with Lovano. Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 1990s, pianist Jason Moran has become a man to watch in modern jazz. In almost every category that matters improvisation, composition, repertoire, technique, and technological experimentation Moran has challenged the status quo each time out. He makes I his UMS debut with this performance.
Joe Lovano "Us Five" Quintet and Jason Moran
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Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the mos talented virtuoso pianists performing today. Born in Russia, he emigrated to Israel at age 14. He "bucks the stereotype of the Russian soloist as merely a technical wizard of large sound and emphatic personality. He has technique to burn, but he also has a chameleonlike ability to subsume himself in the music." (The New York Times) Returning for the first time since his UMS debut in 1994, Bronfman is joined by the great American pianist Emanuel Ax, renowned not only for his poetic temperament and unsurpassed virtuosity but also for the exceptional breadth of his performing activity. The Chicago Tribune called their 2002 recording of Rachmaninoff's rarely recorded piano duos "a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jawdropping bravura."
Brahms Variations for Two Pianos on a Theme by Haydn,
Op. 56b (1873) Recuerdos(i99i)
Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448 (1781) Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (1940)
uel Ax and
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 8 PM Hill Auditorium
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y UMS and Lincoln Center collaborated to bring the Estonian I Philharmonic Chamber Choir to the US for the first time in 1995, and in numerous subsequent tours they have reaffirmed their I reputation as one of the very best choirs in the world. This dynamic f ensemble performs repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to the ' 20th century and is especially admired for its performances of Arvo Part's music, which has served as the centerpiece for the ensemble's previous two UMS appearances (in 1995 and 1997). This particular program features music by two Estonian composers: Arvo Part and ErkkiSven Tuiir. "The choir's performances inspired a transporting awe..." (The New York Times).
Part Occident Orient (2000) Sponsored by Carl and Charlene Herstein.
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Part TeDeum (1985, rev. 1992)
Estonian Philharmonic
T6nU KaljllSte founding director.andconductor
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 8F St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
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eftisalem Syrri Orchestra ,
Leon Botstein music director I Robert McDuffievioiin I
Leon Botstein has perhaps one of the most unusual resumes in the business: th"e Bard College president is founder and coartistic director of the Bard Music Festival, which focuses on one composer each season; directs the American Symphony Orchestra wijh its focus on thematically organized concerts that link the visual arts, literature, politics, and history; and now leads the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, originally founded in the 1940s as Israel's national radio orchestra. He has addressed the United Nations on "Why Music Matters" as part of Kofi Annan's lecture series and is widely praised for both i his tirelessly creative approach to programming and his inspired performances.This UMS 1 debut program features works by three JewishAmerican composers. "
PROGRAM Sternberg Bernstein
The Twelve Tribes of Israel (1941)
Serenade for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp, and Percussion
(after Plato's "Symposium") (1954) Symphony No. 3 (194446)
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UMS Choral Union
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Blackstone conductor
Mary Wilson soprano I Claudia Huckle mezzosoprano
John Tessier tenor I Joshua Hopkins bass
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 of UMS, connecting audiences with the talented people on stage, but also with the friends and family who Mend each year.
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An iiberphysical hybrid of precision and invention, Rubberbandance Group mixes up explosive hiphop, contemporary, and classical dance with energy that pops and sizzles. Founded in Montreal in 2002, RBDG has burst onto the international dance scene with appearances at both hiphop and contemporary dance festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
Choreographer Victor Quijada is a total original who grew up on the streets of Los Angeles and was nicknamed Rubberband by bboys and rappers for his unusually elastic dancing style. He went on to work with Twyla Tharp and Eliot Feld, honing a style that combines the freedom of breakdance, the profoundness of modern storytelling, and the nuances and technique of contemporary dance. "It's really like a genetic experiment," Quijada says, "taking genes from two different forms so that those forms don't stay the same, but have been informed by each other and changed." """""
Rubberbandance Group
Victor Quijada and Anne Plamondon co artistic director
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 I 1 PM [onehour family performance] SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 I 2 PM [note new date & time] Power Center
In its UMS debut, RBDG presents two fullevening works: Elastic Perspective Redux, a suite of six dances that are audacious settings of hiphop to classical music and Latin rhythms, and their newest work, Phase II. Phase II explores whether there is a loss of time and self in our "virtual" universe, answering with a contemporary dance work influenced by ballet
and break, and laced with AV feeds, street demeanor, and an ardor for violence and
tenderness together.
PROGRAM (FRI 19 & FAMILY PERFORMANCE ON SAT 110) Elastic Perspective Redux (2003)
Phase II (2008)
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The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Performing Arts Fund.
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Guarneri Striri
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 f.4PM Rackham Auditorium
This venerable ensemble will retire at the end of the 0809 season, and UMS will present a farewell tour concert of Beethoven String Quartets, reminding longtime UMS concertgoers of the Guarneri's complete Beethoven cycle in Ann Arbor over 30 years ago. This performance will mark the ensemble's 32nd UMS concert since its 1971 debut.
Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 in Eflat Major, Op. 127 (182324)
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in a minor, Op. 132 (1825)
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Tord Gustavsen Trio,
Tord Gustavsen piano I Harald Johnsen bass I JarleVespestad drums {fa.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 I 8 PM Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
In the five years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Norwegian pianist and composer Tord Gustavsen continues to make music that gently sings, as evidenced on his most recent album for ECM Records, 2007's Being There. While relating to genres like Scandinavian folk music, American gospel, Caribbean music, and cool jazz, the trio presents a unique universe of lyricism, luminescence, and subtle funkiness. "Gustavsen sometimes appeared ecstatically wired to the keyboard as he picked out his sublimely spare yet lyrical melodies, eased along by drummer Jarle Vespestad's flickering brushwork and Harald Johnsen's richtoned and ruminative double bass...a deeply satisfying, almost meditative, musical experience... entranced listeners were hanging on every hurried note." (The Scotsman)
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Kinan AzmeftLdarinet I Kevork Mourad MaxMSP
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 7 PM & 9 PM Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium
The current unrest in the seat of the world's oldest civilization has inspired the Juilliardtrained Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh to embark on a multimedia exploration of the most ancient epic that exists in writing today. TheEpicofGilgamesh is a series of Sumerian legends and poems from Babylonia about the mythological heroking Gilgamesh, thought to have ruled in the third millennium BC.This unique event, developed as part of Juilliard's"Beyond the Machine" Festival, explores the epic through both music and visual art, using original composition on the clarinet inspired by spontaneous drawings projected live by SyrianArmenian painter Kevork Mourad. While improvising freely in different Arabic modes on top of a multilayered virtual ensemble, Azmeh and Mourad create a shockingly different take on one of the world's oldest literary texts.
The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is supported in part by TAQA New World, Inc; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington DC; and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts.
The Friday performance is sponsored by Gil Omenn and Martha Darling.
Additional support provided by the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Program of the UM School of Art and Design.
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Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd J
and Kdlph Wl 11 iamSuM Professor of EnglishT,
Hill Auditorium
n us for the 14th Annual Ford Honors Program, which celebrates the part sTTip between the University Musical Society, the University of Michigan, and tl. Royal Shakespeare Company, whose first UMS appearance in 2001 featured the stunning productions of Shakespeare's rarelyperformed History Plays. Michael Boyd, the Olivier Awardwinning director of those plays, is now the artistic director of the RSC.The company's three Ann Arbor residencies (2001,2003, and 2006) have included nine of Shakespeare's plays as well as the US premiere of a stage adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, not to mention hundreds of free contextual education events. UM Professor Ralph Williams, who is retiring at : the end of the 0809 academic year, has been a driving force behind the success of these residencies. Not only has he collaborated with Michael Boyd and the RSC through numerous visits to Stratford and London at the RSC's request, but he has helped thousands of students and community members approach the works presented on the stage in new and exciting ways. .y'sapgrt. i
This Ford Honors Program is unique in that it honors a theater company an artistic director alongside a UM faculty member. Because students have bee the heart of all three RSC residencies and hold Prof. Williams in such high reg the event will be held in January (rather than May) to ensure student access to the
event. The evening's celebration will include music and readings, with specific
program details announced this fall.
Ticketbuyers may purchase tickets only to the FHP event in Hill Auditorium (prices listed at right), or to the event and a gala dinner, which follows the event and raises funds to support UMS education programs.
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"It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of [Richard] Goode's recitals without having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played, or about pianism itself." (The New York Times) Acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Beethoven and Mozart, Goode probes the inner reaches of works by any composer, infusing every measure with the utmost expressivity. He makes his musicianship an exciting combination of grandness and humility, boldness and depth. Returning for the first time since 1997, Goode will perform a recital program of Bach, Mozart, and Chopin.
J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugues from The WellTempered Klavier, BWV 846893
J.S. Bach French Suite No.6 in E Major, BWV 817
Mozart "Allemande"and "Courante"from the Suite in C Major, K. 399
Mozart Gigue in G Major, K. 574
Mozart Fantasia in c minor, K. 475
Chopin Polonaisefantasie in Aflat Major, Op. 61
Chopin Nocturnes and Muzurkas
Chopin Scherzo No.3 in csharp minor, Op. 39
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 I 4 PM Hill Auditorium
Richard Goode
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Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and from gospel to venturesome new music. With its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from countertenor to bass, the ensemble is"the world's reigning malechorus"(7ieAew Vorcer) Named forthe"dear singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer has a longstanding commitment to developing the choral repertoire, leading the group to commission works from an evergrowing list of important composers. Chanticleer concerts are designed to appeal to audiences of all backgrounds and levels of music appreciation. The men of Chanticleer often speak to the audience from the stage, giving background and a personal touch to the glorious sounds they make. Their program will include early American hymns, Mexican Baroque choral works, European madrigals, new works, and pieces drawn from American folk songs, jazz, and gospel.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
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Lauded repeatedly for the beauty of his voice, as well as his seemingly effortless technical agility, Lawrence Brownlee is "on the brink of a major career...without doubt, the most impressive addition to the American tenor roster in many years." (San Francisco Chronicle, 2006) Brownlee first appeared at UMS in March, 2006 in the concert opera Tancredi the same year that he was awarded both the Richard Tucker Award and the Marian Anderson Award, two of the biggest prizes for rising singers. A bel canto specialist, he frequently collaborates with pianist Martin Katz, with whom he partners on his UMS recital debut. The program will include songs and arias of Rossini, as well as assorted French and Italian songs.
Lawrence Brownlee Martin Katz
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 I 8 PM Old DO Hill Auditorium
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Sweet IHpney In
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 I 8 PM! _ Hill Auditorium
Honey an ancient substance, sweet and nurturing. Rock an elemental
1 strength, enduring the winds of time. The metaphor of "sweet honey in the
rock" captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the Civil Rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere. Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hiphop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 at the DC Black Repertory Theater Company, Sweet Honey's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock has come in song to communities across the US and around the world, raising their voices in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. Sign language interpreted.
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"Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo... the devil of it is the combination of the discipline of a surgeon's scalpel with the primitive, muscular endurance of a cavalry charge. The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking."(Chicago Tribune) In ancient Japan, the taiko drum was a symbol of the rural community, and it is said that the limits of the village were defined not by geography, but by the furthest distance from which the taiko could be heard. With its "One Earth"tour, Kodo brings the sound of the taiko to people around the globe, transcending barriers of language and custom and reminding all of our membership in that much larger community, the world. "In this age of exploding populations and lightningfast communication, it is more important than ever that these diverse cultures learn to recognize and accept each other so that all may share our increasingly shrinking planet in harmony," according to Kodo's primary philosophy. The Japanese characters of the company's name convey two meanings: "heartbeat," the primal source of all rhythm, and "children of the drum," a reflection of Kodo's desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child. The ensemble makes its first UMS appearance since 2005.
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, founding in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, Batsheva Dance Company has become one of the most influential cultural role models iri"' Israel, internationally renowned for pushing the boundaries of ; cuttingedge dance with intense energy, rich sensuality, and a culturally diverse dance language. Led by Ohad Naharin since 1990, this contemporary dance company reels with energy,. : adrenaline, and force.
I While Naharin's choreography has been seen by UMS audiences numerous times over the past decade, the Batsheva Dance Company retums for its first UMS visit since 1998 with two fullevening works. On Saturday, the company presents Three, a bewitching work from 2005 that tests the dancers' individual :
boundaries in a powerful composition of force, speed, and
passion. The Sunday performance features Deca Dance, a celebration of 10 years of Naharin's work with Batsheva that M was first performed in 2000. Naharin takes sections of existing V
works and reorganizes them into a new experience, providing an opportunity to look at Naharin's repertoire over time, from its 'i j extravagant to its most intimate and heartrendin"
harili artistic director
Power Center
ce is cosponsored by Gloria and Jerry Abrams and Prue and Ami Rosenthal.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 8 I 7 PM [notetime] Hill Auditorium
New York Philhar
Maazel music director
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The New York Philharmonic retums for the first time since the 0506 season with two concerts and an educational residency that includes dozens of free master classes and educational opportunities for students at the UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The concerts are conducted by Lorin Maazel, who finishes his last season as music director of the New York Philharmonic before Alan Gilbert assumes the post. Maazel, who has led more than 150 orchestras in over 5,000 opera and concert performances, became music director of the New York Philharmonic in September, 2002 after more than 100 performances as guest conductor.
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture (1826)
Schumann Symphony No. 4 in d minor, Op. 120(1841)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, arr. Ravel (1874 arr. 1922)
Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture (184344)
Tchaikovsky Suite No. 3 in G Major, Op. 55 (1884)
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (1913)
The New York Philharmonic Weekend is sponsored by Brian and Mary Campbell.
The Saturday performance is sponsored by
The Saturday performance is hosted by Main Street Ventures.
Funded in part by the American Masterpieces Presenting program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 8 PM Hill Auditorium
This15memberensembleiscomprised of the finest jazz players on the scene, and their vast repertory ranging f0 from rare, historic compositions to jgr 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 retums for another stunning concert. "[The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra] is not just a band on tour, but a religious congregation, spreading the word of jazz." (Down Beat)
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Brentano String Quartet Peter Serkin piano Richard Lalli baritone
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," the intended recipient of his famous love confession, the Brentano Quartet transcends Beethoven to explore music both very old and very new, performing musical works that predate the string quartet as a medium and commissioning new works from some of the most important composers of our time. The ensemble is joined by Peter Serkin, who first appeared with UMS in 1963 as a teenager in a May Festival concert with his father (Rudolf), and the baritone Richard Lalli for a program that balances quartet standards with contemporary masterpieces. "The overall effect wasn't that the group was playing music, but releasing it." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
String Quartet in d minor, Op. 76, No. 2 ("Quinten") (Hob. 111:76) (179697) New Piano Quintet (commissioned by the artists) Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41 (for quartet, piano, and baritone) (1942) Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (182526)
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The Silk Road Ensemble
with YoYo Ma ceik
SATURDAY, MARCH 14 I 8 PM Hill Auditorium
"YoYo Ma is part modern Marco Polo, an explorer of cultures far beyond his own; part musical missionary, eager to share ideas and make vital connections between peoples." {Chicago Tribune) Founded by YoYo Ma in 1998, the Silk Road Project has been a catalyst for a new kind of conversation, opening avenues of inter cultural communication and collaborative thinking.
For about 2,000 years, the Silk Road was the main conduit for the spread and exchange of goods, ideas, religions, and culture, connecting people from Asia to the Mediterranean. The collective is drawn from internationally renowned musicians interested in exploring the relationships between tradition and innovation in music from the East and West.
"When I started the Silk Road Project," says YoYo Ma, whose 25 years of touring influenced his view and understanding of the world, "I began to understand the geographical and musical connections between all of these incredible cultures all these'other'classical musics, the Persian classical music, the Indian classical music, and so on. I got a sense that at one time these connections were much closer, and over time that certain things got split off and developed independently." After last season's stunning solo recital, YoYo Ma retums with two different performances featuring artists from the Silk Road Ensemble.
The Friday performance is sponsored by KeyBank
The Friday performance is made possible by the Catherine S. Arcure and Herbert E. Sloan Endowment Fund.
The Saturday performance is sponsored by Robert and Pearson Macek.
The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota.
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Gabriela Lena Frank Evan Ziporyn Sapa Perapaskero Alim Qasimov
Ritmos Anchinos
Loyla and Majnun
Silk Road Suite featuring works by KimUmezakiTong, Karhan Kalhor, Zhao Jiping, and Shane Shanahan
Rabih AbouKhalil Angel Lam
Dmitry YanovYanovsky Colin Jacobsen
Arabian Waltz
Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain Paths of Parables Ascending Bird
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Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music
Aswat (Voices)
Simon Shaheen artistic director, oud, and violin
Featuring Ibrahim Azzam, Sonia M'barek, Khalil Abonula,
Rima Khcheich, and The Aswat Orchestra
THURSDAY, MARCH 12 8 PM Hill Auditorium
The period from the 1920s to the 1950s is considered the "golden age" of Egyptian cinema, but it was also a golden age of song in many parts of the Arab world. The beloved diva Urn Kulthoum and Mohammad Abdel Wahhab from Egypt, Farid and Asmahan AlAtrash from Syria, and Wadi AlSafi and Fairuz from Lebanon all represent the very best this era had to offer and added to the impressive canon of Arabic music. Now Simon Shaheen, one of today's leading Arab composers and instrumentalists, is . bringing this era back to life. Working with a traditional Arab orchestra and some of the leading singers in the Arab world today, Shaheen directs this evening of classic, unforgettable melodies, soulstirring voices, and lush orchestral arrangements, authentically recreating and interpreting the sights and sounds of this magical time with songs made famous by Um Kulthoum, Fairuz, and Asmahan AlAtrash. Shaheen's international search for the top Arab singers of today features vocalists from Tunisia, Lebanon, and Palestine. The Aswat Orchestra includes virtuoso instrumentalists who deliver a rich musical experience for devotees and new fans alike. As a backdrop to the live performance, a projection screen flashes images and film footage of the great jfc singers of the Golden Age, creating a multimedia experience of historical depth and lasting emotional impact.
The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is supported in part byTAQA New World, Inc.The Mosaic Foundation, Washington DC; and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts.
Funded in part by the American Masterpieces Presenting program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Altenberg Trio Vienna
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Since its "official" debut during the Salzburg Mozart Week in January, 1994, the Altenberg Trio Vienna has earned a reputation as one of the most daring and consistent ensembles of its kind. When forming their ensemble, pianist ClausChristian Schuster, violinist Amiram Ganz, and cellist Alexander Gebert chose as their namesake the revered 19thcentury Viennese writer and poet Peter Altenberg, a contemporary and compatriot of renowned Viennese artists at the turn of the 19th century (Schoenberg, Berg, Mahler, Schiele, Klimt, and others). Their choice illustrated perfectly the values captured in the Trio's musicmaking: love of beauty, venture toward life, precision of style, and a sense of humor. The trio members have impressive individual reputations in chamber music circles and take great pride in remaining faithful to the style and tradition of the "Viennese sound" so often admired in reviews.
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Takemitsu Between Tides (1993)
Haydn Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:21 ("Pastoral") (l 794)
Dvorak Piano Trio in f minor, Op. 65 (1883)
Sulayman AlBassam Theatre
Rithard III .
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 I 2 PM Power Center
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Based on Richard III by WilliaHTChakespeari Directed by Sulayman AlBassam
Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of its "Complete Works" Festival, this engrossing Arab adaptation of Richard III comes from Kuwait. The play unfolds within the hothouse, feudal atmosphere of desert palaces in an unidentified oilrich kingdom. In this world of tribal allegiances, family infighting, and absolute power, the questions of leadership, religion, and foreign intervention that are at the heart of Shakespeare's play take on powerful new meanings in a modern ArabIslamic context.
The evil Richard of Gloucester is interpreted as the aspirant king of a Middle Ea peninsula. Backed by foreign interests, in the form of a French Buckingham, he falls with them once he has grasped control of the crown. Eventually, his tyrannical behav; leaves him open to an external invasion backed by dissident internal forces."Viewed; history, Richard becomes a product of his society; perverse, irrational, and inexplicabl he remains, but he is also the product of endless cycles of violence, revenge, an civil war," explains AlBassam. "The play can also be read as an urgent prophecy or a cautionary tale with particular relevance to the Gulf region today." ,
Filled with exhilarating multimedia interventions and theatrical displays, this eng
ing adaptation gives a window into the often misunderstood world of the Arabian (
in all its richness: its social customs, musical heritage, and some of its darker mysti'
rituals. Performed by a company of actors from England and across the Arab world, t1
work is accompanied by a live Arab musical score.
Performed in Arabic with English supertitles.Two hours, no intermission. '
The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is ] supported in part by TAQA New World, Inc; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington DC; and Community Foundation for Southeast Michlj and Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab A
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Zakir Hussain tabia
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma santoor
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 7 PM [NOTETIME] Rackham Auditorium
Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but earned him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity. The favorite accompanist for many of India's greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there, but is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement with historic collaborations including Shakti (which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar in the 1970s), Sangam (with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland), and performances and recordings with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Van Morrison, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo Drummers of Japan. Hussain, who last appeared in Ann Arbor with AN Akbar Khan in March, 2000, is joined by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, who singlehandedly transformed the santoor from an instrument of accompaniment to one that deserves center stage.
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THURSDAY, MARCH 26 8 PM __ Rackham Auditorium
The "Royal Family of Guitar" retums to Ann Arbor ' for the first time since 2000. A veritable institution
in the world of classical music, the Romeros ' celebrate their 50th anniversary this season. Celedonio Romero, founder and creator of the Romeros guitar dynasty, was a renowned i soloist in Spain who began teaching his sons as they approached the age of two or three. He died in 1996, but his sons and grandsons continue Celedonio's legacy. This unparalleled family ensemble has become the international , emissary for guitar chamber music, their name synonymous with style, elegance, and technique. To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of classical guitar it is absolutely unprecedented. The Romeros are "Guardians of the Holy Grail of the Classical Guitar." (Leipzig)
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Special OneHour Family Performances
Dan Zanes & Friends si:
I Kidrock revolutionaries Dan Zanes and Friends bring their wild and festive family dance party to town! As seen on Playhouse Disney and Sesame Street, these allages folk heroes create a unique and joyous 21stcentury sound with a rich blend of traditional American folk songs, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, and soulful originals from their new Spanish album jNueva York! and the Grammy Awardwinning CD, Catch That Train! Zanes and his band create a rollicking "Woodstock for Kids" that is filled with rootsy, whimsical songs brimming with warmth, wisdom, and wonderful music. "Dan Zanes has quietly become the best new thing to happen to family music in the nearly four decades since Woody Guthrie's death." {Houston Chronicle)
The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota. Sponsored by Rachel Bendit and Mark Bernstein.
Funded in part by the American Masterpieces Presenting program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
One of the most versatile and respected guitarists in the world, John Williams has explored, expanded, and personally inspired a modern renaissance for the classical guitar through his international concert appearances and prolific bestselling recordings. Best known as a classical guitarist, he has nevertheless explored many different musical traditions with a wide range of noteworthy collaborators, including his 2007 UMS appearance with juitarist John Etheridge.
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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor I Anssi Karttunen cello Hill Auditorium
The American conductor David Robertson makes his UMS debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he has served as music director since 2005. Recognized for his impeccable musicianship and imaginative programming, he inspires and enthralls audiences and musicians alike. A recognized expert in 20th and 21 stcentury music, he conducts a program of Wagner, John Adams, and Sibelius. The program also features the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen, an ardent advocate of contemporary music who has given over 90 world premieres and performs Bernd Zimmermann's postWorld War II piece for cello and orchestra, Canto diSperanza (Song of Hope).
Wagner "Good Friday Music"from Parsifal (1882)
Adams Guide to Strange Places (2001)
B.Zimmermann Canto diSperanza (1957) :j
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in Eflat Major, Op. 82 (1915):
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John McLaughlin and Chick Corea created two of
the most explosive live fusion bands in the 1970s. McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra and Corea's Return to Forever were two of the most popular instrumental groups of all time. Their music went far beyond the ordinary, fusing energy, spirituality, and emotion with improvisation and hard rock. These groups inspired a new generation to expand their own musical horizon. This concert tour will be the first time that these virtuoso improvisers join forces since they were both members of Miles Davis's Bitches Brewera band over 40 years ago. Playing music from then and now, this concert features Detroit native Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and the incomparable Vinnie Colaiuta.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 8 PM Hill Auditorium
CoreaJohn Five Peace Band
Chick Corea piano and keyboards I John McLaughlin guitar
Christian McBride bass I Kenny Garrett alto saxophone I Vinnie Col
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On performing Beethoven, Andras Schiff says, "In my mind, there is no such thing as a born Beethoven interpreter you have to learn how to approach this work, and much of that comes from life's lessons." Schiff closes out his twoyear, eightconcert cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas _ with these final two concerts in Hill Auditorium. The concerts feature " Beethoven's late sonatas, including the "Hammerklavier," widely considered one of the most important works of Beethoven's late period and one of the most challenging solo works in the entire piano repertoire to this day. "Thefeeethoven cycle has become one of the most important events in my lire, if not the most important, "said Schiff in an interview in England, where tie began his first complete Beethoven cycle in 2004. "There is no other sequence of works that is so varied. It is like asking an actor to play all the mlin Shakespearean roles, but also acting the other roles with them."
Beethoven Sonata Project Concerts 7 & 8 Series Finale
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Beethoven Sonata No. 27 in e minor, Op. 90 (1814)
Beethoven Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101 (1816)
Beethoven Sonata No. 29 in Bflat Major, Op. 106("Hammerkiavier") (181718)
Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (1820)
Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in Aflat Major, Op. 110 (182122)
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111 (182122)
The Saturday performance is sponsored by The Medical Community.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 16 8 PM Michigan Theater
ling Sings the neZHartman Songbook
@@@@Kurt Elling vocals I Ernie Watts tenor saxoph Ethel I Laurence Hobgood Trio
Kurt Elling brings tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and the Ethel String Quartet aboard for "Dedicated to You," Elling's creative reimagining of John Coltrane's seminal collaboration with romantic balladeer Johnny Hartman. Hartman was the only singer ever to record with Coltrane, and their 1963 album of ballads is considered a masterpiece. Elling takes a cue from Coltrane's ingenuity, creating new storytelling and harmonies and adding lush layers and atmospheres to what has roundly been dubbed one of the most romantic albums ever recorded. "Only a daring and confident artist would revisit the indelible performances of baritone Johnny Hartman and saxophonist John Coltrane, look to Walt Whitman for lyrics, or decide a string quartet is the touchperfect complement to his expert working band. Kurt Elling is that artist." (Howard Mandel) "You can't help but see Elling as the descendant gfj (
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Tak?cs Quartet
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1 me Dniiiant Lanaaian pianist iviarcAnare nameun joins the Takacs Quartet, an ensemble renowned for its ability to fuse four distinct, expressive musical personalities into gripping unified interpretations, fhe Quartet's intellectual curiosity and passion are lemonstrated through collaborations with a variety of rtists, ranging from classical pianists to Hungarian folk usic groups and poets.
String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. 111:81 (1799)
String Quartet No. 1 in a minor (1909)
Piano Quintet in Eflat Major, Op. 44 (1842)
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Fez Festival of Sufi Culture irrtez,
Mohammed Bfennis and the Hmadcha Ensemble
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 8 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 19 7 PM [notetime] Location TBA (general admission)
A champion for preserving Moroccan Sufi traditions, artistic director Mohammed Bennis founded the Hmadcha Ensemble I as a way to preserve traditional Sufi chanting in the Hmadcha tradition of Fez. This performance will attempt to recreate an authentic, latenight performance that is featured at the Fez
f Festival of Sufi Culture in Fez, Morocco. Instead of a theatrical stage, UMS is placing this performance in an appropriate general admission venue (to be announced). Specific Fez traditions and customs will be honored as part of this event.
The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is supported in part by TAQA New World, Inc; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington DC; and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts.
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Added Event! St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Jerry Blackstone musicdirectonaconductor I Jean Schneider andicott Van Ornum pianists
ibers from
Michigan, the UMS Choral Union annually performs Handel's Messiah and is also regularly featured with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Last season, they presented J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion in a gorgeous Good Friday performance that will not be forgotten by the sellout house of 3,500 people who braved a late March snowstorm to experience the glories of Bach's music. Now the UMS Choral Union performs works of Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Jonathan Dove, and Carl Orff in the more intimate setting of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
PROGRAM Mendelssohn Rachmaninoff Jonathan Dove Orff
Three Psalm Settings (184344) AilNight Vigil, Op. 37 (excerpts) (1915) The Passing of the Year (2000) "O fort u na" from Carmina Burana (1937)
$30 reserved seating $20 general admission
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The young German violinist Julia Fischer made h UMS debut in November, 2007 as soloist with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. Born in Munich in 1983, she Rjeceived a hailstorm of superlative reviews. Named nrtist of the Year" at the 2007 Gramophone Awards c (voted on by more than 14 million individuals), she has Iso been featured as a major emerging artist by several distinguished music publications. She started off 2008 with a bang: performing Saint Saen's Violin Concerto . 3 before intermission at a concert in Frankfurt, then making her professional piano debut with Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor after intermission. Fischer .'makes her UMS recital debut with her Stradivarius kinhand.
Julia Fischer Milana Chernyaska
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 8 PM Hill Auditorium
"Sonata for Violin and Piano in C,
K. 296 (1778) Sonata No. 1 in f minor for Violin
and Piano, Op. 80 (193846) Sonata No. 8 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 30, No. 3 (180102)
tSonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano; I. H. 303(1944)
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Marie Chouinard artistic director
SUNDAY, APRIL 26 4 PM [notetime] Power Center
Marie Chouinard believes that dance is a sacred art and the body a spiritual force to be celebrated. Ever since e presented her first work in 1978, which immediately earned her a reputation as an exceptionally original artist, "she has been noted for her astonishing innovation. Her travels she has lived in New York, Berlin, Bali, and Nepal V her eclectic studies, and her understanding of various techniques allow her to explore the body in different ways, and her works convey a raw, honest, and gritty expression of our human form. In 1990, she formed the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, and in the dozen works she has created since then she has explored the poetics of the body in shockingly immediate, intelligible, and eversurprising ways, prompting The New York Times to call her "a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness." For this UMS debut, she presents two different programs: on Saturday, her new work Orpheus and Eurydice and on Sunday, her 1993 piece The Rite of Spring (along with Prelude to the Afternoon of a ' Faun). Chouinard's Rite, unlike Heddy Maalem's earlier in the season, is constructed around solos, seeking to awaken strong, clear movements in the intimate mystery of each dancer. Notfor the faint of heart, these programs reveal the complex, desirous, wild, and cerebral nature of our being.
Performances contain nudity.
PROGRAM (SAT 425) Orpheus and Eurydice (2008)
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1994)
The Rite of Spring (1993)
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Make A Difference
JMS 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.
UMS provides priority to donors in purchasing tickets ttf 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 addition, UMS donors enjoj
(As Discounted tickets to select performances
civ Acknowledgement in UMS program '
books and donor listings ($250 or more)
A Advance notice of performances and
advance purchasing privileges '
dv 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 Susan McClanahan, Director of Development, at 7347648489.
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 contribution.
Prelude Dinners
Learn more about our presentations by attending Prelude Dinners before select Choral Union concerts and other performances. The dinners are held in convenient locations so you can park early, dine with friends, and learn from guest speakers who share their expertise about the artists, composers, and topics related to the programs. A complete listing of the Prelude Dinners will be mailed with subscription tickets in August and posted at Call the Development Office at 7347648489 for more information, or to make reservations. I 7347642538 55
Al Nettles, Ken Fischer, and Toni Hoover, a member of the UMS National Council.
Free Concerts!
Michigan Chamber Players
Faculty Artists of the UM 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.
Stamps Auditorium (in the Walgreen Drama Center on North Campus)
Nancy Ambrose oboe I William Campbell trumpet I Anthony Elliott cello Daniel Gilbert clarinet I Diana Gannett bass Joseph Gramley percussion David Jackson trombone I Jeffrey Lyman bassoon I Steven Shipps violin Donald Sinta saxophone I Ellen Rowe piano
Evan Chambers
Come Down Heavy (1994, rev. 1996) Le Bal Masque L'Histoire du Soldat (1918)
Creative Imaginations
Michigan Chamber Players with The Phoenix String Quartet
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Katherine Collier piano Daniel Gilbert clarinets Anthony Elliott cello David Jackson trombone I Andrew Jennings violin I Carmen Pelton soprano KathrynVotapek viola
Octet in Eflat Major, Op. 20 (1825) Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912)
On the Road with UMS
A Fundraiser for the UMS Education Program
Sesi Lincoln Mercury Volvo, 3990 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
The University Musical Society Advisory Committee invites you to "On the Road with UMS,"a funfilled 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 $73,000 for these UMS programs.
Fabulous auction items include cultural and culinary getaways to Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Chicago; other exotic destinations for relaxation; performing arts events; special cooking and group dining opportunities; and many more. The evening includes a sitdown dinner, held in conjunction with the live auction.
For reservations, contact the UMS Development Office at 7347648489. A preview list of auction items will be available online at in early September.
$100 per person, advanced registration required.
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The 12th Annual
Sphinx Competition
for Young Black and Latino String Players
The Sphinx Competition showcases young Black and Latino string players in the country. Each year, 18 semifinalists 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 Chelsea Tipton II.
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Junior Division Honors Concert
FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 12 NOON Rackham Auditorium
This free performance features the three Junior Division finalists (under age 18) competing for their final placement. This concert focuses on participation by young audiences from around the state of Michigan. For tickets, contact the UMS Education Department at 7346150122 or
Senior Division Finals Concert
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 2 PM Orchestra Hall, Detroit
This nationallybroadcast concert features the three Senior Division Laureates (ages 1826) 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 or call the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at 3135765111.
joral Union
UMS's Grammy Awardwinning chorus, the UMS'CrToral Union, is best known locally for its annual performances of Handel's Messiah. However, the volunteer ensemble performs throughout southeastern Michigan each year under the direction of Jerry Blackstone.
[o audition for this celebrated ensemble, contact 7347638997 or choralunion@umicrv
UMS Choral Union at UMS
Tickets: 7347642538 or
Handel's Messiah
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Blackstone conductor ,:
Hill Auditorium
UMS Choral Union Concert
Featuring works of Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff; Jonathan Dove, and Carl Orff '
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 8 PM St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
UMS Choral Unio.. in Detroit
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Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
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About UMS
UMS is committed to connecting audience with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences.
One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, the University Musical Society enters its 130th season in September, 2008.
With a program steeped in music, dance, and theater performed at the highest international standards of quality, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 6075 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season.
UMS also commissions new work, sponsors artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.
While audience members see what UMS puts on the stages in Ann Arbor, they may not always be aware of the happenings behind the scenes, the activities that help to make UMS a distinctive partner within the southeastern Michigan community, but also within the field of performing arts institutions. We've put together some information about UMS that we hope you'll find interesting.
Relationship to the University of Michigan
UMS has a unique "independent but affiliated" status with the University of Michigan. We are a separate, independent 501 (c)3 organization with a 34member board of directors, including the UM President, other UM executives, and the Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public Schools as exofficio members.
UMS has received annual support from the University of Michigan Office of the President since FY2002 as part of the UMUMS Partnership Program, in addition to support for the three Royal Shakespeare Company residencies. Other UM departments and offices also contribute to special projects at UMS. Overall, this support has ranged from 49 of our annual budget. For a breakdown of revenues, please see the graph at right.
UM students are active consumers of UMS events; in the 0708 season, students comprised more than 21 of our total audience (as measured through special student discount programs). Students purchased more than 17,000 tickets to UMS events last year and collectively saved over $325,000 through halfprice student ticket sales, rush tickets, the UMS Student Card, and the popular monthly Arts & Eats events, which combine tickets, a free pizza dinner and brief talk by someone knowledgeable ahouLthe performance. ,
ung fan presents YoYo Ma with a portrait .e artist after his November, 2007 recital.
West Bloomfield resident Wei Shen held a reception in her home for the Chinese community, honoring the Chinese pianist Yuja Wang in January, 2008.
Members of the UMS Student Committee Amy Fingerle, Liz Stover, and Leonard Navarro help out at Festifall in September, 2007. I 7347642538
Annual Contributions
Commissioning of New Work
While UMS is not presenting any new commissions in the 0809 season, we maintain an active role in Music Accord, a ninemember commissioning consortium that has helped develop nearly 25 new works in the past 10 years, most recently William Bolcom's Double Quartet, which was premiered by the Guarneri and Johannes String Quartets in February, 2008.
In addition to commissions of musical works, UMS has helped in the creation of dance and theater productions, helping to commission a total of more than 50 works since 1990. Partners in these efforts include internationally prominent presenters (e.g., Chatalet of Paris, SchleswigHolstein Festival, South Bank Centre, etc.) as well as major US presenters (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,Tanglewood, and other universitybased presenters).
UMS's popular "Arts & Eats" program draws more than 200 students each month who get together to enjoy a performance with free pizza and a brief talk before the concert.
Education & Community Engagement
Each season, UM5 hosts over 100 educational events, " providing background and context to the work that appears on the stage. Nearly all of these events are frei and open to the public.
In addition, UMS's active youth performance program serves up to 25,000 youngsters from 65 school districts, as well as private and home schools.
These efforts are possible because of UMS's work with more than 100 community partners each season, including arts organizations, humanservice organizations,' culturallyspecific community partners, educational institutions, and corporate partners. UMS works with over 50 UM academic units and more than 150 individual UM faculty members as partners in our educational programming.
In recognition of these efforts, UMS received the first Arts PresentersMetLife Foundation Award for Arts Access in Underserved Communities in January, 2007. i The award specifically recognized our partnerships with the Arab, African American, Latinoa, and Asian communities, developed in conjunction with our global programming cycles.
These efforts also reinforce UMS's commitment to diversity, from the artists and educational programs we present to the communities with whom we work ";
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UMS Education
UMS Youth, Teen, Family, Adult, and Community Programs a central to UMS's mission and core values. We are committed sustaining these efforts for generations to come.
Youth, Teen and Family Program
UMS has one of the largest K12 education initiatives in the State of Michigan and is dedicated to making worldclass performance opportunities and professional development activities available to K12 students and educators.
With public school cultural educational opportunities being cut at an extraordinary rate, UMS continues to take a leadership role in advocating for the support of transformative arts education programs for our community.
Serving up to 25,000 schoolchildren and educators in southeastern Michigan each year, the UMS Youth Program gives many students their first opportunities to experience the live performing arts. The UMS 0809 Youth Performance Series, which includes nine performances by artists on the UMS season, is sponsored by the Esperance Family Foundation.
The UMS Youth Education Program is overseen by a 35member Teacher Advisory Committee and enhanced by official partnerships with the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, as well as UMS's affiliation with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. The UMS Youth Education Program was awarded "Best Practice"status in 2004 by the Dana Foundation and ArtServe Michigan.
Adult & Community Engagement
The UMS Adult and Community Engagement Program serves many different audiences through a variety of educational events. With over 100 unique regional, local, and universitybased partnerships, UMS has launched initiatives for the area's ArabAmerican, African, Mexican Latinoa, Asian, and AfricanAmerican audiences. Among the initiatives is the creation of the NETWORK, a program that celebrates worldclass artistry by today's leading African and AfricanAmerican performers (see next page for details).
UMS has earned national acclaim for its work with diverse cultural groups, thanks to its proactive stance on partnering with and responding to individual communities. Though based in Ann Arbor, UMS Audience Development programs reach the entire southeastern Michigan region.
UMS also hosts a wide variety of educational events to inform the public about arts and culture. These events include lectures, study clubs, symposiums, and receptions. Education events will be posted at throughout the season.
Eric Booth leads a "very open rehearsal" at the Alumni Center, where audience members were invited to interrupt a rehears to ask questions of the musicians, November, 2007. m
Local Chinese musicians led a session at t China Immersion forTeachers in February,
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The Indonesian ensemble (Judamani worked with students from the University of Michigan and Bowling Green University. _
Dianne Reeves greets fans at a NETWORK reception after her concert in October, 2007.
UMS African American Arts Advocacy Committee Celebrate. Socialize. Connect.
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The NETWORK also known as UMS's African American Arts Advocacy Committee was launched during the 0405 season to create an opportunity for African Americans and the broader community to celebrate worldclass artistry of today's leading African and African American performers and creative artists. NETWORK members connect and socialize with the African American community through attendance at UMS events and free pre or postconcert receptions. NETWORK members receive ticket discounts for selected UMS events.
Membership in the NETWORK is free. For more information, or to join the NETWORK, please contact the UMS Education Department at 7346150122 or email
200809 NETWORK Performances
The Rite of Spring Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Soweto Gospel Choir
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 I 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Rubberbandance Group
Lawrence Brownlee tenor Martin Katz piano SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Sweet Honey in the Rock
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Wynton Marsalisand
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Education Program Supporters
Reflects gifts received during the 0708 fiscal year.
' '" " , Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs ;
University of Michigan
Arts at Michigan
Bank of Ann Arbor
Borders Group, Inc.
Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts
The Dan Cameron Family FoundationAlan and Swanna Saltiel
CFI Group
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
DTE Energy Foundation
The Esperance Family Foundation
GM Powertrain Willow Run Site
The David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
JazzNet Endowment
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Masco Corporation Foundation
The Mosaic Foundation, Washington, DC
National Dance Project of the New England
Foundation for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Fund Pfizer Global Research and Development,
Ann Arbor Laboratories Prudence and Amnon Rosenthal K12 Education
Endowment Fund TAQA New World, Inc. Target
Tisch Investment Advisory UMS Advisory Committee University of Michigan Credit Union University of Michigan Health System UM Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs UM Office of the Vice President for Research Wallace Endowment Fund I 7347642538 61,
All Ages
Rubberbandance Group Family Performance Dan Zanes& Friends
Ages 9 and up (4th grade)
Soweto Gospel Choir
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Silk Road Ensemble with YoYo Ma
Ages 12 and up (middle school)
Mark Morris Dance Group
AnneSophie Mutter, violin and Camerata Salzburg
Andras Schiff, piano: Beethoven Sonata Project (four concerts)
Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman, pianos
Jerusalem Symphony
Handel's Messiah
Rubberbandance Group (FridaySunday performances)
Richard Goode, piano
Batsheva Dance Company (Sunday performance)
New York Philharmonic
Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The Romeros
Ages 14 and up (high school)
Complicite: A Disappearing Number
Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Gilgamesh: Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music
Sulayman AlBassam Theatre: Richard III An Arab Tragedy
(based on Richard III by William Shakespeare) Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma St. Louis Symphony Fez Festival of Sufi Culture: Mohammed Bennis :
and the Hmadcha Ensemble Julia Fischer violin
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Classical Kids Club
Designed to nurture and create the next generation of musicians and music lovers, the Classical Kids Club allows students in grades 19 and their parents to purchase tickets to all classical music concerts at significantly discounted prices.
Two weeks before any UMS classical music performance (see listing at right), parents can purchase up to two kids' (ages 514) 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 7347642538 with any questions.
Students over age 14 are welcome to purchase $10 rush tickets to most UMS events the day of the performance ($15 at the door) through UMS's Teen Ticket Program, subject to availability.
Membership is Free! There's no membership Ofee and no need to register in advance. However, if you'd like to receive reminders about upcoming Classical Kids Club performances, join UMS ENews and check the box for Classical Kids Club.
Great Prizes. After kids attend three different events in the 0809 season, they'll receive a UMS Classical Kids Club tshirt.
200809 Classical Kids Club performances
Tokyo String Quartet and Sabine Meyer Sun, Oct 12
AnneSophie Mutter and Camerata Salzburg Sun, Oct 19
Andras Schiff Beethoven Concert 5 Fri, Oct 24
Andras Schiff Beethoven Concert 6 Sun, Oct 26
Emanuel Ax and Yehm Bronfman Sat, Nov 8
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Thu, Nov 13
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Sun, Nov 16
Handel's Messiah SatSun,Dec67
Guarneri String Quartet Sun, Jan 11
Richard Goode Sun, Jan 25
Chanticleer Thu, Jan 29
Lawrence Brownlee and Martin Katz Sat, Feb 7
New York Philharmonic SatSun, Mar 78
Brentano String QuartetSerkinLalli Wed, Mar 11
Silk Road Ensemble with YoYo Ma FriSat, Mar 1314
Altenberg Trio Vienna Wed, Mar 18
John Williams Wed, Apr 1
St. Louis Symphony Thu, Apr 2
Andras Schiff Beethoven Concert 7 Thu, Apr 9
Andras Schiff Beethoven Concert 8 Sat, Apr 11
Takacs Quartet and MarcAndre Hamelin Fri, Apr 17
UMS Choral Union Thu, Apr 23
Julia Fischer and Milana Chernyavska Fri, Apr 24

Tickets & Info
Please Make Sure We Have You Email Address on File!
UMS regularly sends relevant, updated j concertrelated parking and late seating : information via email a couple of days befoi the event. Please be sure that the Ticket Offk has your correct email address on file.
Ticket Exchanges
Subscribers may exchange tickets free of charge. Nonsubscribers may exchange tickets for a $6 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 also j fax a copy of your torn tickets to 734647 1171. Lost or misplaced tickets cannot be j exchanged. UMS Credit must be redeemed t Sunday, April 26,2009. j
The UMS Ticket Office will accept subscription ' ticket exchanges after subscription tickets are mailed in August. j
Ticket DonationsUnused Tickets ] Unused tickets may be donated to UMS forj taxdeductible contribution up to 15 minute prior to the performance. Unused tickets tha are returned after the performance are not eligible for UMS Credit or for a taxdeductibli contribution. i
Call the Ticket Office at 7347642538 to have duplicate tickets waiting for you at WillCall. Duplicate tickets cannot be mailed.
Refunds i
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
WillCallTicket PickUp I
All ticket orders received less than 10 days prl to the performance will be held at WillCall, which opens in the performance venue 90 minutes prior to the published start time.
Access for Persons with Disabilities sj
All UMS venues are accessible for persons with disabilities. Call 7347642538 for more , information. i
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 hi limited parking and may have several events occurring simultaneously in different theater: 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 andor speakers so that latecomers will not miss ; the performance entirely. J
The late seating break is determined by the artists and generally occurs during a suitabl repertory break in the program. This could be as late as intermission or, for classical music concerts, after the first piece (not afte 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 w. be sent via email. Please make sure that tht UMS Ticket Office has your email address , on file.
ParkingParking Tips j
Detailed directions and parking informatiof will be mailed with your tickets and are also available at www.ums.orgparking. ,
Construction of the University of Michigan's " North Quad residence hall over the next two seasons will increase traffic congestion and ;'' require occasional lane and street closures i the block surrounding the construction are which may affect access to the performance; venues. However, all parking structures wif remain open during construction.
To reduce the likelihood of congestion, we . suggest that you consider accessing the Power Center structure from the Palmer Drii entrance. There's a light at the intersection
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 offcampus Liberty Square structure (entrance off of Washington Street, between Division and State), about a twoblock walk from most performance venues. $2 after 3 pm weekdays and all day SaturdaySunday.
Children and Families
Children of all ages are welcome to attend UMS Family Performances. Please call the Ticket Office at 7347642538 if you are bringing a child under the age of two to a UMS Family Performance.
Children under the age of three will not be admitted to regular, fulllength UMS performances. All children attending such 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 in choosing to bring a child. Remember, for regular UMS performances, everyone must have a ticket regardless of age. !
See page 62 for information about the UMS Classical Kids Club. For more information about the familyfriendliness of specific UMS performances, please call the Ticket Office at 7347642538. I 7347642538 63
Seat Maps
Detailed seat maps are available on our website atwww.ums.orgticketsseat_maps.asp
Hill Auditorium
825 North University Avenue
Map 1 Orchestras
Hill Auditorium (H1)
AnneSophie MutterCamerata Salzburg Sun Oct 19
Jerusalem SymphonyBotstein Sun Nov16
Handel's Messiah Sat Dec 6 & Sun Dec 7
New York PhilharmonicMaazel Sat Mar 7 & Sun Mar 8
St. Louis SymphonyRobertson TtiuApr2

Map 2 Classical Recitals & JazzWorld

Hill Auditorium (H2)
Soweto Gospel Choir
Emanuel Ax andYefim Bronfman
Ford Honors Program
Richard Goode
Lawrence BrownleeMartin Katz
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Wynton MarsalisJazz at Lincoln Center
Silk Road Ensemble with YoYo Ma
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 7
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 8
Julia FischerMilana Chemyavska
Map 3 Main Floor & Mezzanine Only
Sec 6
Sec 8
Sec 9
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Hill Auditorium (H3)
Wayne Shorter Quartet & Inuni Winds Sat Sep 27
Milton Nascimento & Jobim Trio Sat Oct 18
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Thu Mar 12
Arab Music with Simon Shaheen
Chick Corea & John Mclaughlin Sat Apr 4
Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street
Michigan Theater (MT)
Joe Lovano and Jason Moran Fri Nov 7
Kurt Elling Sings ColtraneHartman Thu Apr 16
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Power Center
121 Fletcher Street
Power Center (P)
Complicity A Disappearing Number
Mark Morris Dance Group
Compagnie Htddy Maalem: The Rite of Spring
Rubberbandance Group
Rubberbandance Group Family Performance
Batsheva Dance Company
Richard IllAn Arab Tragedy
Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Fri Jan 9 & Sun Jan 11
Sat Jan 10
Thu Mar 19Sun Mar 22
Sat Apr 25 (Sun Apr 26
General Admission Venues
St. Francis of Assisi(SF)
2250 East Stadium Boulevard Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Thu Nov 13
Chanticleer Thu Jan 29
UMS Choral Union Thu Apr 23
Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Kinan Azmeh: Gilgamesh Fri Jan 23 & Sat Jan 24
Location TBA
Fez Festival of Sufi Culture: Sat Apr 18 & Sun Apr 19 Mohammed Bennis
Rackham Auditorium
915 East Washington Street
Rackham Auditorium (R)
The Art of the Oud: Remembering Munir Bashir Sit Oct 4
Tokyo String Qu jrtetSabine Meyer Sun Oct 12
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 5 Fri Oct 24
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 6 Sun Oct 26
Guarneri String Quartet Farewell Tour Sun Jan 11
Brentano String QuartetPeter Serkin Wed Mar 11
Altenberg Trio Vienna Wed Mar 18
Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Sun Mar 22
The Romeros Thu Mar 26
Dan Zanes & Friends Sun Mar 29
John Williams Wed Apr 1
Mies QuartetMarcAndre Hamelin Fri Apr 17
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
911 North University Avenue
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (LMT) Tord Gustavsen Trio Fri Jan 16
Pricing scheme applies to all venues.
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Price Level (B)
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Price Level (D) 1
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How to Order Tickets
Beginning Tuesday, September 2: MondayFriday: 9 am to 5 pm Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
Before Tuesday, September 2: MondayFriday: 10 am to 5 pm
With Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
Outside the 734 area code and within Michigan, call tollfree 8002211229.
There is a $6 service charge per order fo all phone, fax, and mail orders.
Perticket service fees of $2.50$4.50 ap Please Note: The perticket charge is set collected by as a usage feel their internet ticketing software.
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 UM School of Music, Theatres Dance productions and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
UMS Ticket Office Burton Memorial Tower 881 North University Avenue Ann Arbor, Ml 481091011
Student Tickets
UMS has several programs offering discounted tickets to high school and college students in accredited degree programs. For information, visit www.ums.orgstudents.
Photo Credits
CoverBack Cover Compagnie Heddy Maalem by Ben Rudick, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow.
Interior Pages: Complicite's A Disappearing Number by Robbie Jack, Mark Morris Dance Group's Grand Duo by Royce, Wayne Shorter Quartet by Ronnie Wright, Rahim AlHaj by Douglas Kent Hall, Tokyo String Quartet by J.i Henry Fair, Compagnie Heddy Maalem by Ben Rudick (courtesy of Jacob's Pillow), Soweto Gospel Choir by Po Heinrich, AnneSophie Mutter by Harald HoffmannDG, Andras Schiff by Sheila Rock, Joe Lovano and Jason Mi bvJotMOJtPhoto, Yefim Bronfman by Dario Acosta, Emanuel Ax by J. Henry Fair, Rubberbandance Group
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 1525 off the regular ticket price for most performances. For more information, call UMS Group Sales at 7347633100.
UMS accepts group reservations before individual events go on sale to the general public. Act quickly to guarantee access to great seats!
All sales are final. Refunds are available only when an event is canceled or rescheduled. Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.
Natalie Galazka, Guarneri String Quartet by Dorothea von Haeften.Tord GustavsenTrio by ChrisTribble, Gilgamtsh drawing by Kevork Mourad, Richard Goode by Michael Wilson, Chanticleer by Michel Gamier, Lawrence Brownlee by Dale Pickett, Sweet Honey In The Rock by Dwight Carter, Kodo by Taro Nashita, Lorin Maazel by Chris Lee, Wynton Marsalis by Clay Patrick McBride, Brentano String Quartet by Peter Schaaf, Silk Road Ensemble by David ; O'Connor, The Romeros by Sandy Scheller, Dan Zanes & Friends by Gala Narezo, John Williams by Janusz Kawa, John McLaughlin and Chick Corea by C. Taylor Crother, Andras Schiff by Fritz Etzold, Kurt Elling by Christian Lantry, Takacs Quartet by Peter Smith, Jerry Blackstone by Peter Smith, Compagnie Marie Chouinard's The Rite of Spring by MarieChouinard. , .,:, ..,.. ?
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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.
Bustan alFunun Foundation for Arab Arts and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Special project support for the Performing Arts of the Arab World Series is provided by Bustan alFunun for Arab Arts in America, promoting awareness and ap
preciation for Arab culture in the United States through the sup '
port of the creation, development, and presentation of Arab and Arab American arts, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Special project support for many components of the 0809 UMS season is provided by the Leading College and University Presenters Program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. UMS's 0809 season is made possible with support from Michigan Council for An and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Dance Project. Compagnie Heddy Maalem,
Rubberbandance Group, Batsheva Dance Company, and Compagnie ' Marie Chouinard are funded in part by the National Dance Project : of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided
by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and MetLife Foundation.
Performing Arts Fund. Compagnie Heddy Maalem and Rubberbandance Group 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 by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, General Mills Foundation, and Land 0'Lakes Foundation.
University of Michigan. The University of Michigan provides special project support for many activities in the 0809 season through the UMUMS Partnership Program. Additional support is provided by the UM Office of the Vice President for Research and the UM Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Wallace Endowment Fund. CompWate's A Disappearing Number and The Art of the Oud: Remembering Munir Bashir and the Baghdad Conservatory of Music are funded in part by the Wallace Endowment Fund, established with a challenge grant from the Wallace Foundation to build public participation in arts programs.
UMS is a member of the University of Michigan Public Goods Council and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan.
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. I 7347
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