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Season: Winter/Spring 2009
University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2009 UMS Winter / Spring
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9-11 Fri-Sun Rubberbandance Group
10 Sat Rubberbandance Group Family Performance
11 Sun Guarneri String Quartet
16 Fri TordGustavsenTrio
23-24 Fri-Sat Gilgatnesh Kinan Azmeh composer and clarinet Kevork Mourad painter and live visuals
24 Sat Ford Honors Program honoring Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael Boyd, and Ralph Williams
25 Sun Richard Goode piano
29 Thu Chanticleer
31 Sat Michigan Chamber Players
12 Thu
13 Fri 14-15 Sat-Sun
Lawrence Brownlee tenor
Martin Katz piano
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Batsheva Dance Company
7-8 Sat-Sun New York Philharmonic
Lorin Maazel conductor
10 Tue Wynton Marsalis and
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
11 Wed Brentano String Quartet
Peter Serkin piano
Richard Lalli baritone
12 Thu Aswat: A Multimedia Celebration
of the Golden Age of Arab Music
Simon Shaheen artistic director
13-14 Fri-Sat The Silk Road Ensemble with
Yo-Yo Ma cello
18 Wed Altenberg Trio Vienna
mm Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre:
Richard III An Arab Tragedy
Based on Richard III by William Shakespeare
22 Sun Zakir Hussain tabia
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma santoor
26 Thu The Romeros
29 Sun Dan Zanes& Friends

April Wed John Williams guitar
2 Thu St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor
Anssi Karttunen cello
4 Sat Chick Corea & 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
Marc-Andre Hamelin piano
18-19 Sat-Sun 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
Milana Chernyavska piano
25-26 Sat-Sun Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Winter Sprir

Hill Auditorium (H3)
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Thu Mar 12
Arab Music with Simon Shaheen Chick Corea & John McLiughlin Sat Apr 4
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 I 1 PM [one-hour family performance]
Power Center
An uber-physical hybrid of precision and invention, Rubberbandance Group mixes up explosive hip-hop, contemporary, and classical dance with an energy that pops and sizzles. Founded in Montreal in 2002, RBDG has burst onto the international dance scene with appearances at both hip-hop 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 b-boys 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."lt'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."
In its UMS debut, RBDG presents two full-evening works: Elastic Perspective Redux, a suite of six dances that are audacious settings of hip-hop to classical music and Latin rhythms, and their newest work, Punto Ciego (formerly known as Phase II). Punto Ciego 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 (FR119) Punto Ciego (2008)
PROGRAM (SAT 110 FAMILY PERF & S" ctive Redux (2003)
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Family Perf $16adults$8children
HuS The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts Performing Arts Fund.
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Rackham Auditorium
This venerable ensemble will retire at tne ena or tne uuy season, and UMS will present a farewell concert of Beethoven String Quartets, reminding long-time 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.
String Quartet No. 12... String Quartet No. 15 in.
Sponsored by the Linda and Maurice Binkow Philanthropic Fund.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Media Sponsors WGTE 91.3 FM and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.
Tord Gustsvsn Trio
? Wl VJUJIllYJVl I II iW Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre Tord Gustavsen piano I Mats Eilertsen bass I Jarle Vespestad drums
In the five years that have elapsed since the recording of a debVit album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Norwegian pianist and I composer Tord Gustavsen continues to make music that gently sings, f 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.. .a deeply satisfying, almost
meditative, musical experience...entranced listeners were hanging on
every hurried note."{The Scotsman)
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Kinan Azmeh composer and clarinet I Kevork Mourad painter and
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 7 PM & 9 PM Biomedical Science Research Building Auditorium
The current unrest in the seat of the world's oldes civilization has inspired the Juilliard-trained Syriar clarinetist Kinan Azmeh to embark on a multimedia exploration of the most ancient epic that exists in writing today. The Epic of Gilgamesh is a series of Sumerian legends and poems from Babylonia about the mythological hero-king 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 multi-layered 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 sponsored in part by TAQA New World, Inc.; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington D.C.; the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; and Bustan al-Funun Foundation for Arab Arts.
The Friday performance is sponsored by Gil Omenn and Martha Darling.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional support provided by the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Visitors Program of the U-M School of Art and Design.
Media Sponsors The Arab American News,, and Between the Lines.
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14th Annual Ford Honors Program, honoring the
Royal Shakespeare Company
Michael BoycL Ralph Williams
artistic director
U-M Professor of English
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 I 6 PM [notetime] Rackham Auditorium [note new venue]
Join us for the 14th Annual Ford Honors Program, which celebrates the partner?ship between the University Musical Society, the University of Michigan, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, whose first UMS appearance in 2001 featured the stunning productions of Shakespeare's rarely-performed History Plays. Michael Boyd, the Olivier Award-winning director of those plays, is now the artistic direc?tor 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. U-M 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. He has collaborated directly with Michael Boyd and the RSC, and has also helped thousands of students and community members approach the works presented on the stage in new and exciting ways.
The 90-minute celebration will animate the partnership that has developed among UMS, the RSC, and the University of Michigan, and the central role UMS education programs have had in the success of the three RSC residencies. The event will feature a performance by RSC actors; Williams's reflections on Shakespeare and theater; Boyd and Williams paying tribute to each other as they have continued to enhance each other's work; and a performance tribute to all of the honorees, all woven together through brief video segments that highlight some of the profound impacts of the RSC residencies and of Williams's career at U-M.
Ticketbuyers may purchase tickets only to the FHP event in Rackham Auditorium or to the event and a gala dinner, which follows the event and raises funds to support UMS education programs.
Made possible by
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
The 2009 UMS Educator and School of the Year Awards are sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation.
$70$60$50$30 Students (with ID) $20
Leadership Donors
Bank of Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Health System
Program Hosts
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Masco Corporation
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
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"This was playing that wrapped the listener in its spell, playing that made no concessions to fad or fancy, playing that approached the status of revelation." (San Francisco Examiner) Acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, 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 and Chopin.
French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816 (1720-22)
Four Mazurkas
Scherzo No. 3 in c-sharp minor, Op. 39 (1839)
Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 (1845-46) J. S. Bach Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Klavier,
BWV 846-893 (1722-42) Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 (1830-33)
Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No .2 (1835)
Waltz in c-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (1846-47)
Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3 (1846-47)
Valse brilliante in F Major, Op. 34, No. 3 (1831-38)
Polonaise-fantasie in A-flat Major, Op. 61 (1845-46)
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Hill Auditorium
4 PM
Wondrous Free
Matthew Oltman music director
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 I 8 PM St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
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 male chorus." (The New Yorker) Named for the "clear singing" rooster in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Chanticleer has a long-
group to commission works from an ever-growing 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. Complete program details are available at
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$45 reserved seating $35 general admission
Lawrence Brownlee
Martin Katz
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7 I 8 PM Hill Auditorium
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Lauded repeatedly for the beauty of his voice, as wel 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, as well as a cantata by John Carter comprised of settings of Black spirituals.
Concert Aria: Misero, o sogno, o son desto K. 431 (1783)
Chanson triste (1868)
"Languir per una bella" from L'ltaliana in Algeri (1813)
Three Petrarch Sonnets, S. 270 (1844-45,1854)
"Ah, mes amis, quel jour de fete"from La Fille du Regiment (l 840)
Cantata (1964)
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Sweet Honey In The Rock
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12 I 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Honey -an ancient substance, sweet and nurturing. Rock -an elemental 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 move?ment, 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, hip-hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvi?sation. 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 I intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey InThe Rock has come in song to communities across the US and around the world, raising their s in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance. Si
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Main Floor
Mezzani Balcorr
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Hill Auditorium (H3)
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Thu Mar 12
Arab Music with Simon Shaheen Chick Corea & John McLiughlin Sat Apr 4
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Hill Auditorium
"Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bra beauty of Kodo...the devil of it is the combination of the discipi of a surgeon's scalpel with the primitive, muscular endurance o cavalry charge. The speed and dexterity are as impressive as tl 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 alobp. transrpnHinn harriers of lanauaae and custom and remindinn
all of our membership in that much larger community, the world. "In this age of exploding populations and lightning-fast 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," says 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 jf a child. The ensemble makes its first UMS appearance since 2005.
The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota. Media Sponsor Ann Arbor's 107one.
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Since its founding in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, Batsheva Dance Company has become one of the most influential cultural role models in Israel, internationally renowned for pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge 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.
While Naharin's choreography has been seen by UMS audiences numerous times over the past decade by other dance companies, the Batsheva Dance Company retums for its first UMS visit since 1998 with two full-evening 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. Naharin takes sections of existing works and reorganizes them into a new experience, providing an opportunity to look at Naharin's repertoire over time, from its most extravagant to its most intimate and heartrending.
Please Note: Three contains brief nudity.
Power Center
Dance Compay
PROGRAM (SAT 214) Three (2005)
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The Saturday performance is co-sponsored by
Gloria and Jerry Abrams and Prue and Ami Roienthal.
The Sunday performance is sponsored by The Herbert and Junia Doan Foundation.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Media Sponsors Metro Times, Between the Lines, Michigan Radio 91.7 FM, and Detroit Jewish News.
New York Philharm
Lorin Maazel music director
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SUNDAY, MARCH 8 I 7 PM [notetime] Hill Auditorium
The New York Philharmonic retums for the first time since February 2005 with two concerts and an educational residency that includes dozens of free master classes and educational opportunities for students at the U-M 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 (i 874 arr. 1922)
PROGRAM (SUN 38) Berlioz Tchaikovsky Stravinsky
Roman Carnival Overture (1843-44) Suite No. 3 in G Major, Op. 55 (1884) The Rite of Spring (1913)
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The New York Philharmonic Weekend is sponsored by Brian and Mary Campbell.
The Saturday performance is sponsored by
The Saturday performance is hosted by MainStreet Ventures.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra nd Wynton Marsalis
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 8 PM Hill Auditorium
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This15-memberensembleiscomprised of the finest jazz players on the scene, and their vast repertory -ranging from rare, historic compositions to newly commissioned works to new takes on old classics -makes them a veritable repository of jazz history. Led by the incomparable Wynton Marsalis, who conceived and built this ensemble into the irresistible force it is today, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra 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)
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. 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." {The Philadelphia Inquirer)
Haydn String Quartet in d minor, Op. 76, No. 2 ("Quinten") (Hob. 111:76) (1796-97)
Wuorinen New Piano Quintet (commissioned by the artists)
Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon, Op. 41 (for quartet, piano, and baritone) (1942)
Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (1825-26)
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
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Brentano String Peter Serkin oiano
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
with Yo-Yo Ma
artistic director

Featuring Jeff Beecher bass I Nicholas Cords viola I Sandeep Das tabia I Jonathan Gandelsman violin Joseph Gramley percussion I Rauf Islamov kamancheh(FRioNLY) I Colin Jacobsen violin I Yo-Yo Maceiio AliAsgarMammadov tar (fri only) I AlimQasimov vocals ifri only) I Fargana Qasimova vocals fri only) Shane Shanahan percussion I Mark Suter percussion I Kojiro Umezaki snakuhachi I Alastair Willis conductor (sat only)
Wu Man pipa I Wu Tong sheng
"Yo-Yo 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 Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, the Silk Road Project has been a catalyst for a new kind of conversation, opening avenues of intercultural 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 Yo-Yo 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, Yo-Yo Ma retums with two different performances featuring artists from the Silk Road Ensemble.
The Friday performance is sponsored by Key Bank
The Friday performance is sponsored 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.
Media Sponsors Ann Arbor's 107one, WGTE 91.3 FM, and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.
Gabriela Lena Frank
Evan Ziporyn
Sapa Perapaskero, arr. GolijovLjov
Ritmos Anchinos
Layla and Majnun

Kayhan Kalhor, arr. Ljova
Shane Shanahan
Rabih Abou-Khalil
Angel Lam
Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky
Colin Jacobsen
Wandering Winds Mountains are Far Away Sacred Cloud Music Saidi Swing Arabian Waltz Empty Mountain, Spirit
Paths of Parables Ascending Bird
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A Multimedia Celebration of the Golden Age of Arab Music
Hill Auditorium
Simon Shaheen artistic director
The period from the 1920s to the 1950s is considered the "golden ag Egyptian cinema, but it was also a golden age of song in many parts of the Arab world -in particular, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. Many of these coun?tries'greatest singers and composers reached unprecedented heights of artistry and stardom throughout these years. Now, one of today's leading Arab composers and instrumentalists, Simon Shaheen, is bringing this era back to life. With a traditional, 12-piece Arab orchestra and special guest vocalists, Shaheen directs this evening of classic, unforgettable melodies, soul-stirring voices, and lush orchestral arrangements, authentically re?creating and interpreting the sights and sounds of this magical time.
Shaheen conducted an international search for the top Arab singers of today, and Palestinian singers Ibrahim Azzam and Khalil Abonula, Sonia M'barek from Tunisia, and Rima Khcheich from Lebanon join Shaheen in presenting some of the most beloved songs of all time by composers like Mohammad Abdel Wahhab, Farid Al-Atrash, and the Rahbani Brothers. 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 preserved images and film footage of the great 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 sponsored in part by TAQA New World, Inc.; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington D.C.; the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; and Bustan al-Funun Foundation for Arab Arts.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Media Sponsors The Arab American News and
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rahim Azzam Sonia M'barek KhalilAbonula Rima Khcheich Simon Shaheen and the Aswat Orchestra
Altenbera Trio Vienna
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Takemitsu Between Tides (1993)
Haydn Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:21 ("Pastoral") (1794)
Dvorak Piano Trio in f minor, Op. 65 (1883)
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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 Claus-Christian Schuster, violinist Amiram Ganz, and cellist Alexander Gebert chose as their namesake the revered 19th-century 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 music-making: 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.
Zakir Hussain tabia
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
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 Ali 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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50th Anniversary Concer

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Rackham Auditoriui
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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 soloist in Spain who began teaching his sons as they approached the age of two or three. Although Celedonio died in 1996, his sons and grandsons continue the Romero 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. Their program features works by Rodrigo.Gaspar Sanz, Boccherini, Villa Lobos, Albeniz, Gimenez, and more; complete details are available at
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Special One-Hour Family Performances
FHonrlc sunday,march29Mpm&4pm
AO RackhamAuditorium
Kid-rock revolutionaries Dan Zanes and Friends bring their wild and festive family dance party to town! As seen on Playhouse Disney and Sesame Street, these all-ages folk heroes create a unique and joyous 21 st-century sound with a rich blend of traditional American folk songs, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, and soulful originals from their Grammy Award winning CD, Catch That Train! and their new Spanish album jNueva York!, which features a collection of songs from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic and other parts of the Spanish-speaking Americas.Their downright homespun performance style gives the cozy feeling that a bunch of wildly talented friends and neighbors just got together to have some fun -and you're invited.
The 0809 Family Series is sponsored by Toyota. Sponsored by Rachel Bendit and Mark Bernstein.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.
Media Sponsors Ann Arbor's 107one and Metro Times.
$20 adults $10 children
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 guitarist John Etheridge.
John William
PROGRAM VivaldiJ. S. Bach
D. Scarlatti Granados Albeniz
J.Williams A. B. Mangore P. Sculthorpe J.T.Williams
E. Morricone S. Myers J.Williams
Concerto in D Major, Op. 3, No. 9 ("L'estroarmonico')
Two Sonatas
Valses poeticos, H. 147
Torre Bermeja (Serenata) from
12 Piezas caracteristicas, Op. 92, No. 12
Notes in the Margin
La Catedral
Theme from Schindler's List
Theme from Cinema Paradiso
Cavatina from The Deer Hunter
Prelude to a Song
Open End
Song without Words
Hello Francis
Carolan's Concerto and Irish Tunes
Sponsored by Frank Legacki and Alicia Torres.
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 Rackham Auditorium
8 PM
THURSD.. Hill Auditorium
ony Orchestra

e American conductor David Robertson makes his UMS debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he has served as music director since 2005. Highly regarded for his impeccable musicianship and imaginative programming, he inspires and enthralls audiences and musicians alike. A recognized expert in 20thand 21st-century 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 post-World War II piece for cello and orchestra, Canto diSperanza (Song of Hope).
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'agner "Good Friday Music"from Parsifal(1882)
Adams Guide to Strange Places (2001)
B. Zimmermann Canto di Speranza (1957) ibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat 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 horizons. This concert tour will be the first time that these virtuoso improvisers have joined forces since they were both members of Miles Davis's Bitches Brew-era band over 40 years ago. Playing music from then and now, the concert features Detroit native Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade.
SATURDAY, APRIL 4 Hill Auditorium
8 PM
Chick Core$&John McLaughlin
Five Peace Band
Chick Corea piano and keyboards
John McLaughlin guitar Christian McBride bass
Kenny Garrett alto saxophone Brian Blade drums
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Co-Sponsored by Jane and Edward Schulak. Media Sponsors WEMU 89.1 FM and Metro Times.
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Beethoven Sonata Project Concerts 7 & 8 -Series Finale
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 8 PM Hill Auditorium
"The Beethoven cycles have become one of the most important events in my life, if not the most important," said Andras Schiff in an ' interview in England. "There is no other sequence of works that is so varied. It is like asking an actor to play all the main Shakespearean roles, but also acting the other roles with them." Schiff closes out his two-year, eight-concert cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas with the second half of Beethoven's profoundly innovative output. These later sonatas are the meteoric measure of Beethoven's genius unfolding, recounting in sound his personal and public riumphs and trials -the advancing introversion of deafness, the of his public life and his heart, and his artistic progression from mcerns of the world to the awareness of eternity and the immortal.
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 B-flat Major, Op. 106 ("Hammerklavier") (1817-18)
Beethoven Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109 (1820) Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 (1821-22) Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111 (1821-22)
The Saturday performance is sponsored by The Medical Community.
Media Sponsors WRCJ 90.9 FM, WGTE 91.3 FM, and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers.
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"You can't help but see Elling as the descendant of Sinatra and Bennett." ( Kurt Elling brings tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts and the Ethel String Quartet aboard for "Dedicated to You,"Elling's creative re-imagining of John Coltrane's seminal collaboration with the 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 touch-perfect complement to his expert working band. Kurt Elling is that artist."(Howard Mandel)
Kurt Elling Vocals I Emie WattS tenor saxophone
Ethel I Laurence Hobgood Trio
"Dedicated to You"
Kurt Ellin Coltrane
THURSDAY, APRIL 16 I 8 PM Michigan Theater
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Sponsored by BORDERS
Media Sponsors WEMU 89.1 FM, Metro Times, and Between the Lines.
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The brilliant Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, who "ranks among the small handful of performers in every generation whose abilities defy the imagination," (Toronto Star) joins the Takacs Quartet, an ensemble renowned for its ability to fuse four distinct, expres?sive musical personalities into gripping unified interpretations. The Quartet's intellectual curiosity and passion are demonstrated through collaborations with a variety of artists, ranging from classical pianists to Hungarian folk music groups and poets.
Takacs Quartet
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Haydn String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. 111:81 (1799)
Bartok String Quartet No. 1 in a minor (1909)
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (1842)
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and the
Hmadcha Ensemble I
Fez Festival of Sufi Culture in Fez, Morocco
A champion for preserving Moroccan Sufi traditions, artistic director Mohammed Bennis founded the Hmadcha Ensemble as a way to preserve traditional Sufi chanting in the Hmadcha tradition of Fez, which dates back to the 17th century. This performance will attempt to recreate an authentic, late-night performance that is featured at the Fez Festival of Sufi Culture in Morocco. Beginning with incantations, the ceremony builds in intensity, with the chanting of poems and sacred qasidas leading to movement and dancing with more invocations and chanting. Director Mohammed Bennis was born to a family renowned for its devotion to religious traditions and has studied the art of spiritual poems under a series of eminent masters, all with an eye toward preserving the traditional Sufi chanting tradition. A community reception immediately follows each performance in the newly restored and expanded University of Michigan Museum of Art.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 8 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 19 7 PM [notetime] University of Michigan Museum of Art Apse
The Performing Arts of the Arab World series is supported in part by TAQA New World, Inc.; The Mosaic Foundation, Washington D.C.; the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; and Bustan al-Funun Foundation for Arab Arts.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Made possible in part by the U-M Islamic Studies Initiative and Royal Air Maroc.
Media Sponsors The Arab American News and
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f Blackstone music director and conductor
Jean Schneider and Scott VanOrnum pianists
JaSOn Harris assistant conductor
Comprised of community members from throughout southeastern Michigan, the Grammy Award-winning 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.
Mendelssohn Three Psalm Settings (1843-44)
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 (excerpts) (1915)
Dove The Passing of the Year (2000)
Orff "Ofortuna" from Carmina Burana (1937)
$30 reserved seating $20 general admission
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The young German violinist Julia Fischer made her UMS debut in November 2007 as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Born in Munich in 1983, she has received a hailstorm of superla?tive reviews. Named "Artist of the Year" at the 2007 Gramophone Awards (voted on by more than 14 million individuals), she has also been featured as a major emerging artist by several distinguished music publications. She started off 2008 with a bang: performing Saint-Saens'Violin Concerto No. 3 before intermission at a concert in Frankfurt, then making her professional piano debut after intermis?sion with Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor. Fischer makes her UMS recital debut with her Stradivarius in hand.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Julia Fis
Mozart Sonata for Violin and Piano in C Major, K
Prokofiev Sonata No. 1 in f minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 80(1938-46)
Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 30, No. 3 (1801-02)
Martinu Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, H. 303 (1944)
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The New York Times called Marie Chouinard "a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness," and her company's UMS debut promises to take audience members on a journey through a raw, honest, and gritty expression of our human form. Chouinard believes that dance is a sacred art and the body a spiritual force to be celebrated. Ever since she 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. 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 ever-surprising ways. Each new piece is an odyssey through the history of humanity, avoiding the chronology or linearity of pure narrative. For this UMS debut, she presents two different programs. Not for the faint of heart, these programs reveal the complex, desirous, wild, and cerebral nature of our being.
Performances contain nudity and adult themes.
ice (2008)
e Afternoon of a Faun (1994) of Spring (1993)
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Media Sponsors Metro Times, Between the Lines, and Michigan Radio 91.7 FM.
Main Floor $42$38$28$22 Balcony $38$34$28$18
Marie Chouinard artistic director
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 8 PM SUNDAY, APRIL 26 4 PM [notetime]
Anyone looking to get a sense of the state of the youth performing arts scene would do well to have a look at what Breakin' Curfew has to offer. Curated, produced, and marketed entirely by local teens, this annual event showcases the best of the best in young performers from Ann Arbor and southeastern Michigan. This is no talent show -it's a complete production, planned down to the last power chord by the teen staff, in collaboration with UMS and the Neutral Zone. Encompassing a mind-blowing range of genres, from punk rock to string quartets, classical Indian dance to spoken word, Breakin'Curfew is the ultimate reflectio of the incredible artistic diversity that thrives in ou teen community. A truly unique event, this is the future of the performing arts. There's really nothing else like it in the country.
The Neutral Zone and UMS present
Breakin' Curfew
Other Events of Interest
Free Concert
Michigan Chamber Players
Faculty Artists of the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Each semester, UMS hosts a free concert by the Michigan Chamber Players, showcasing the talents of faculty members of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
Creative Imaginations
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 8 PM Rackham Auditorium
Richard Aaron cello I Rebecca Albers viola I Yehonatan Berick violin and viola Aaron Berofsky violin I Gabriel Bolkosky violin I Alicia Doudna violin I Anthony Elliott cello Daniel Gilbert clarinets I Carmen Pelton soprano I Daniel Pesca piano I Amy Porter flute Mary Ann Ramos cello I YizhakSchotten viola I KathrynVotapek violin
Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912)
Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825)
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 semi-finalists come to southeastern Michigan to compete for cash prizes and scholarships totaling over $100,000. Both concerts are accompanied by the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chelsea Tipton II.
Presented by Chase.
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 Departmental 734-615-0122 or
Senior Division Finals Concert
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 2 PM Orchestra Hall, Detroit
This nationally-broadcast concert features the three Senior Division Laureates (ages 18-26) competing for their final placement and the $ 10,000 first prize. The Junior Division Laureate also performs.
For information on admission to the Finals Concert, please visit or call the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office at 313-576-5111.
Make A Difference
UMS is counting on your contribution to help present this exciting season. Ticket revenues cover just half of our program costs. Your generosity makes a vital difference i 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 to individual performances. The fall single ticket brochure is mailed to donors first, and donors of $250 or more are able to purchase tickets one week before tickets go on sale to the general public in August. In addition, UMS donors enjoy:
eA Discounted tickets to select performances
cAs Acknowledgement in UMS program books and donor listings (annual gifts of $250 or more)
(As Advance notice of performances and advance purchasing privileges
etc 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 734-764-8489.
Ford Honors Program Gala Dinner
Including presentation of the UMS Educator and School of the Year Awards Sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation
Immediately following the performance and presentation of the UMS Distinguished Artist Award, the UMS Advisory Committee hosts a reception and elegant dinner in the Michigan League Ballroom.
All proceeds from this dinner benefit the UMS Education and Audience Development Program. A significant portion of each gala dinner package is tax-deductible.
Gala evening packages include tickets to both the Ford Honors Program performance (see page 7) and the Gala Dinner. Premium seating in Rackham Auditorium has been reserved for Gala attendees.
For information about Gala evening packages, call 734-764-8489.
Made possible by
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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 Prelude Dinners is posted at Call the Development Office at 734-764-8489 for more information, or to make reservations. I 734-764-2538 37
Huron High School student and Breakin'Curfew curator Charlie Hack talks about the impact UMS has had on him at the UMS Campaign Celebration dinner, which celebrated UMS's successful completion of a S25 million fundraising campaign for both operating and endowment funds over an eight-year peri
About UMS
UMS is committed to connecting audiences 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 is now in its 130th season.
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 60-75 performances and over 100 free educational and community 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 both the southeastern Michigan community and 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 34-member board of directors. The U-M President, other U-M executives, and the Superin?tendent of the Ann Arbor Public Schools serve as ex-officio members.
UMS has received annual support from the University of Michigan Office of the President since FY2002 as part of the U-MUMS Partnership Program, in addition to support for the three Royal Shakespeare Company residencies. Other U-M departments and offices also contribute to special projects at UMS. Overall, this support has ranged from four to nine percent of our annual budget. For a breakdown of revenues, please see the graph at right.
U-M 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 half-price student ticket sales, rush tickets, the UMS Student Card, and the popular Arts & Eats events, which combine tickets, a free pizza dinner and a brief talk by someone knowledgeable about the performance each month.
UMS's Arts & Eats program continues to attract many students each month, including nearly 400 students who attended the pizza dinner and talk by LSA senior Lara VanderHeiden before Complicite's A Disappearing Number in September.
About 100 teachers attend UMS's annual After-School Luncheon for Teachers, where they learn about the programs for schoolchildren, including youth performances and in-school visits, and professional development opportunities for teachers.
Bethel A.M.E. Church in Ann Arbor hosted the Soweto Gospel Choir and other area gospel choirs for a performance exchange, where the groups performed for each other, in conjunction with the SGC's concert in October.

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 nine-member 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 funded 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 such as the Chatelet of Paris, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the South Bank Centre as well as major US presenters (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and other university-based presenters).

Education & Community Engagement
Each season, UMS hosts over 100 educational and community events, providing background and context to the work that appears on the stage as well as opportunities surrounding performances to celebrate and socialize. Nearly all of these events are free 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, human service organizations, culturally-specific community partners, educational institutions, and corporate partners. UMS works with over 50 U-M academic units and more than 150 individual U-M 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. 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, embodied by the artists, art forms, and educational programs we present, as well as the communities with whom we work and the make-up of our staff, Board, and volunteers.
Attendees at the UMS On the Road auction, hosted by the UMS Advisory Committee in September. The event netted almost $75,000 to support UMS education programs.
James Galway signs autographs for flute fans, many of whom performed in a mass flute choir to honor him at the 2008 Ford Honors Program.
UMS Education
UMS Youth, Teen, Family, Adult, and Community Programs are central to UMS's mission and core values. We are committed to sustaining these efforts for generations to come.
Youth, Teen, and Family Program
UMS has one of the largest K-12 education initiatives in the State of Michigan and is dedicated to making world-class performance opportunities and professional development activities available to K-12 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 35-member Teacher Advisory Committee and enhanced by official partner?ships 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 works with over 100 unique regional, local, and university-based partners to deepen and contextualize our audience's performing arts experience through a wide variety of events. UMS's lectures, artist interviews, master classes, artists-in-residence, book clubs, and other innovative programs are designed to stimulate, educate, and inspire.
UMS has earned national acclaim for its work with diverse cultural groups, including the area's Asian, Arab American, African, MexicanLatino, and African American audiences, thanks to its proactive stance on partnering with and responding to individual community needs. Though based in Ann Arbor, UMS Audience Development programs reach out to the entire southeastern Michigan region. Among the initiatives is the NETWORK, celebrating world-class artistry by today's leading African and African American performers (see next page for details).
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 are posted at throughout the season.
Faculty members from the Departments of Physics, Math, Theater, Public Health, and English discuss Complicite's A Disappearing Number as part of the popular Saturday Morning Physics program, attracting several hundred participants.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services President James G. Vella poses with James Galway after presenting him with the UMS Distinguished Artist Award. The Ford Honors Program raises funds for UMS education programs.
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 world-class 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 preor post-concert receptions. NETWORK members receive ticket discounts for selected performances.
Membership in the NETWORK is free. For more information, or to join the NETWORK, please contact the UMS Education Department at 734-615-0122 or e-mail
2009 NETWORK Performances
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 Marsalis :
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
TUESDAY, MARCH 10 8 PM Hill Auditorium
Education Program Supporters
liftji" Ford Motor Company Fund ?_ftVi an(j Community Services
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Aff University of Michigan
Arts at Michigan
Bank of Ann Arbor
Borders Group, Inc.
Bustan al-Funun Foundation for Arab Art
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
Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.LC.
The Mosaic Foundation, Washington, DC
National Dance Project of the New England
Foundation for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Fund Prudence and Amnon Rosenthal K-12 Education
Endowment Fund Rick and Sue Snyder TAQA New World, Inc. Target
Tisch Investment Advisory UMS Advisory Committee University of Michigan Credit Union University of Michigan Health System U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs U-M Office of the Vice President for Research Wallace Endowment Fund I 734-764-2538
Wu Man worked with students at Emerson School during her February 2008 residency.
Khader Masri of Masri Sweets demonstrates how to make Middle Eastern pastries as part of an Arab Immersion that introduced over 50 teachers to Arab culture in southeastern Michigan.
Family-Friendly UMS Events
All Ages
Rubberbandance Group Family Performance Dan Zanes & Friends
Ages 9 and up (4th grade)
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Ages 12 and up (middle school)
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)
Gilgamesh: Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad
Aswat Celebrating the Golden Age of Arab Music
Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma
St. Louis Symphony
Fez Festival of Sufi Culture: Mohammed Bennis
and the Hmadcha Ensemble Julia Fischer violin and Milana Chernyavska piano
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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 1-9 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 5-14) tickets for $ 10 each with the purchase of an adult ticket for $20. Seating is subject to availability. UMS will reserve a limited number of Classical Kids Club tickets for each eligible performance -even those that sell out. Parents are encouraged to call theTicket Office at 734-764-2538 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. Visit www.ums.orgeducation for more information.
Membership is Free! There's no membership fee and no need to register in advance. However, if you'd like to receive reminders about upcoming Classical Kids Club performances, log on to, join UMS E-News 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 t-shirt.
2009 Classical Kids Club performances
Guarneri String Quartet Sun, Jan 11
Richard Goode Sun, Jan 25
Chanticleer Thu,Jan29
Lawrence Brownlee and Martin Katz Sat, Feb 7
New York Philharmonic Sat-Sun, Mar 7-8
Brentano String QuartetSerkinLalli Wed, Mar 11
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Fri-Sat, Mar 13-14
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 Marc-Andre 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 Your E-mail Address on File!
UMS regularly sends relevant, updated concert-related parking and late seating information via e-mail a couple of days before each event. Please be sure that the Ticket Office has your correct e-mail address on file.
Ticket Exchanges
Subscribers may exchange tickets free of charge. Non-subscribers 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 held as UMS Credit until the end of the season. You may also fax a copy of your torn tickets to 734-647-1171. Lost or misplaced tickets cannot be exchanged. UMS Credit must be redeemed by Friday, May 8,2009.
Ticket DonationsUnused Tickets
Unused tickets may be donated to UMS for a tax-deductible contribution up to 15 minutes prior to the performance. Unused tickets that are returned after the performance are not eligible for UMS Credit or a tax-deductible contribution.
Lost or Misplaced Tickets
Call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538 to have duplicate tickets waiting for you at Will-Call. Duplicate tickets cannot be mailed.
Due to the nature of the performing arts, programs are subject to change. Refunds are given only in the case of event cancellation or date change. Handling fees are not refundable.
Will-CallTicket Pick-Up
All ticket orders received less than 10 days prior to the performance will be held at Will-Call, which opens in the performance venue 90 minutes prior to the published start time.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
All UMS venues are accessible for persons with disabilities. Call 734-764-2538 for more information.
Start Time & Latecomers
UMS makes every effort to begin concerts at the published time. Most of our events take place in the heart of central campus, which has limited parking and may have several events occurring simultaneously in different theaters. Please allow plenty of extra time to park and find your seats.
Latecomers will be asked to wait in the lobby until seated by ushers. Most lobbies have been outfitted with monitors andor speakers so that latecomers will not miss the performance entirely.
The late seating break is determined by the artists and generally occurs during a suitable repertory break in the program.This could
be as late as intermission or, for classical music concerts, after the first piece (not after individual movements). UMS makes every effort to alert patrons in advance when we know that there will be no late seating.
UMS works closely with the artists to allow a more flexible late seating policy for family performances.
Notices about start times and late seating will be sent via e-mail. Please make sure that the UMS Ticket Office has your e-mail address on file.
ParkingParking Tips
Detailed directions and parking information 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 during the next two seasons will increase traffic congestion and require occasional lane and street closures in the block surrounding the construction area, which may affect access to the performance venues. However, all parking structures will remain open during construction.
To reduce the likelihood of congestion, we suggest that you consider accessing the Power Center structure from the Palmer Drive entrance. There's a light at the intersection of Palmer and Washtenaw, making it easier to access the structure. You'll save time both entering and exiting the structure and avoid
sitting in traffic too.
UMS also recommends parking at the off-campus Liberty Square structure (entrance off of Washington Street, between Division and State), about a two-block walk from most performance venues. $2 after 3 pm weekdays and all day SaturdaySunday.
Children and Families
Children of all ages are welcome to attend UMS Family Performances. Please call the Ticket Office at 734-764-2538 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, full-length 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 42 for information about the UMS Classical Kids Club and the family friendliness of specific UMS performances.
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 (HI)
New York PhilharmonicMaazel Sat Mar 7 & Sun Mar 8 St. Louis SymphonyRobertson Thu Apr 2
Map 2 Classical Recitals & JazzWorld
Hill Auditorium (H2)
Richard Goode
Lawrence BrownleeMartin Katt
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Wynton MarsalisJazz at Lincoln Center
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 7
Andras Schiff: Beethoven Project Concert 8
Julia FischerMilana Chernyavska
Sun Jan 25 Sat Feb 7 Thu Feb 12 Fri Feb 13
Fri Mar 13 & Sat Mar 14
ThuApr 9
Sat Apr 11
Fri Apr 24
Map 3 Main Floor & Mezzanine Only
Hill Auditorium (H3)
Aswat: Celebrating the Golden Age of Thu Mar 12
Arab Music with Simon Shaheen Chick Corea & John McLiughlin Sat Apr 4
Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street
Michigan Theater (MT)
Kurt Elling Sings ColtraneHartman Thu Apr 16
Power Center
121 Fletcher Street
Power Center (P)
Rubberbandance Group Rubberbandance Group Family Performance Batsheva Dance Company Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Fri Jan 9 & Sun Jan 11
Sat Jan 10
SatFeb 14&SunFeb15
Sat Apr 25 & Sun Apr 26
General Admission Venues
St. Francis of Assisi(SF)
2250 East Stadium Boulevard
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
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Corner of State Street and South University Avenue Fez Festival of Sufi Culture: Sat Apr 18 & Sun Apr 19
Mohammed Bennis and Hmadcha Ensemble
Rackham Auditorium
915 East Washington Street
Rackham Auditorium (R)
Guarneri String Quartet Farewell Tour Sun Jan 11
Ford Honors Program (different seat map) Sat Jan 24
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
Takacs QuartetMarc-Andre Hamelin Fri Apr 17
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
911 North University Avenue
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre (LMT) Tord Gustavsen Trio Fri Jan 16
Pricing key applies to all venues.
How to Order Tickets
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 5 pm Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm
With Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express
Outside the 734 area code and within Michigan, call toll-free 800-221-1229.
There is a $6 service charge per order for all phone, fax, and mail orders.
Per-ticket service fees of $2.50-$4.50 apply. Please Note: The per-ticket charge is set and retained by as a usage fee for 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 U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance productions and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
UMS Ticket Office Burton Memorial Tower 881 North University Avenue Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1011
Student Tickets
UMS has several programs offering discounted tickets to high school and college students in accredited degree programs. For information, visit www.ums.orgstudents.

Photo Credits
Cover: Compagnie Marie Chouinard by Marie Chouinard
Back Cover: Compagnie Marie ChouinardOrpieus andEurydice by Michael Slobodian
Interior Pages: Rubberbandance GroupPunto Ciego by Michael Slobodian, Guarneri String Quartet by Dorothea von Haeften, Tord GustavsenTrio, Kinan AzmehGigamesh, Ford Honors ProgramMichael Boyd and Ralph Williams, Richard Goode by Sascha Gusov, Chanticleer by Michel Gamier, Lawrence Brownlee by Dale Pickett, Sweet Honey In The Rock by Dwight Carter, Kodo by Buntaro Tanaka, Batsheva Dance CompanyOeco Dance by Gadi Dagon, New York Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel by Chris Lee, Wynton Marsalis by Clay Patrick McBride, Brentano String
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Group Sales Office
Bring Your Friends and Save! When you bring a group of 10 or more people to a UMS event, you'll save 15-25 off the regular ticket price for most performances. For more information, call UMS Group Sales at 734-763-3100.
@@@@All sales are final. Refunds are available only when an event is canceled or rescheduled. Programs and artists are subject to change without notice.
Quartet by Peter Schaaf, Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma by David O'Connor, Simon Shaheen, Altenberg Trio Vienna, Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, The Romeros by Sandy Scheller, Dan Zanes & Friends by Gala Narezo, John Williams by Janusz Kawa, St. Louis Symphony brass section by Scott Ferguson, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin by C. Taylor Crother, Andras Schiff by Fritz Etzold, Kurt Elling, Takacs Quartet by Peter Smith and Marc-Andre Hamelin by Nina Large, Hmadcha Ensemble, Scene from Carolina Burana, Julia Fischer by Kasskara, Compagnie Marie ChouinardOpheus and Eurydice by Michael Slobodian, 2007 Breakin'Curfew by Mark Jacobson, Michigan Chamber Players by Peter Smith. Photos on pages 37-41 taken by UMS staff.
Special thanks to the following supporters:
The American Syrian Arab Cultural Association. Project support for the Performing Arts of the Arab World Series is provided by The American Syrian Arab Cultural Association.
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 al-Funun 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 al-Funun for Arab Arts in America, promoting awareness and appreciation for Arab culture in the United States through the support 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.
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art is supporting 0809 planning activities at UMS for future initiatives in Islamic arts.
Global Education Excellence. Project support for the Performing Arts of the Arab World Series is provided by Global Education Excellence.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. UMS's 0809 season is made possible with support from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Dance Project. Rubberbandance Group, Batsheva Da Company, and Compagnie Marie Chouinard are funded in part 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.
National Endowment for the Arts. Project support for several components of the 0809 UMS season is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through its American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius program and its Access to Artistic Excellence program. The National Endowment for the Art believes that a great nation deserves great art. fl
Performing Arts Fund. Performances by the 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 O'Lakes Foundation.
University of Michigan. The University of Michigan provides special project support for many activities in the 0809 season through the U-MUMS Partnership Program. Additional support is provided by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research and the U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
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