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Thursday, October 8 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
World of Anna Sui
Born in Detroit, fashion design legend Anna Sui is known for her bohemian and retro fashion looks. Her brand includes clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eyewear, accessories, and a line of fragrances, all sold through her free-standing stores and distributors in over 50 countries around the world. Anna Sui was named one of the “Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade” and in 2009 earned the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the...
Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20 at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
For the last 22 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last 12 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 33 Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this...
Monday, October 12 at 7 PM at the Michigan. Presented by Nicola’s Books. Tickets available at Nicola’s Books, Ticketmaster.com, and by calling 800-745-3000.
Legendary multi-platform artist Patti Smith will make an exclusive Michigan appearance at the historic Michigan Theater, where she will read excerpts from her new memoir, M Train, lead an audience Q&A, and sign books.
Ms. Smith has said of M Train (Knopf; October 6, 2015), “It’s a roadmap to my life.” The book’s odyssey begins in a tiny Greenwich Village...
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 PM. Part of the Penny Stamps Lecture Series. Free and open to the public!
Translation and Adaptation
Acclaimed author and translator Anne Carson returns to Ann Arbor for the UMS presentation of her new version of Sophocles’ Antigone, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Academy-award winning actress Juliette Binoche. The program will begin with a staged reading of Antigonick, Anne Carson’s alternate translation of Antigone, and continues with a conversation between Carson and Binoche about the ways in...
Thursday, October 15 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
John Luther Adams has been called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). His symphonic work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”. Columbia University has honored Adams with the William Schuman Award “to recognize the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and...
Sunday, October 18 at 7pm. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.
RSC Live in HD is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town.
Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too...
Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
Nelson Mandela has referred to Abdullah Ibrahim as “South Africa’s Mozart,” and few would disagree. Born in 1934 in Cape Town, Abdullah Ibrahim was influenced as a child by spiritual hymns, traditional African music, carnival and minstrel music, and American jazz, swing, and boogie woogie. He earned the nickname “Dollar” from American soldiers for his spirited efforts to buy American LPs, which could be found for one dollar. The nickname stuck,...
Thursday, October 22 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Hair to There: Weaving Tales with Textiles.
Through her multi-material approach, Sonya Clark addresses issues of race, identity, and heritage. The varied objects she crafts reflect a design sensibility inspired by the rhythmic improvisation of the rich textile and hair traditions of African Diaspora. Clark is the recipient of several awards, including 2014 Grand Jurors ArtPrize, 2011 United States Artist Fellowship, and a Pollock Krasner Award. ...
Saturday, October 24 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets available at A2SO.com.
Kodály Suite from Háry János with Alex Udvary, cimbalom
Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62 with Julie Albers, cello
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 with Julie Albers
Dvorák Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60
Harmony, tradition and a beautiful dream world meld into a thoughtfully programmed concert experience. Háry János, a peasant soldier, spins his yarns which speak to his...
Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at A2SO.com. Also available as part of our Not Just for Kids Season Package! Click here to learn more.
Pre-concert activities 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The story of a chance meeting on the streets of New York City between a poor newspaper boy and the great American composer George Gershwin told with actors in costumes and the orchestra.
Sponsored by Toyota
Monday October 26 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Michigan Radio. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com
Books on sale now and at the event, courtesy of
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as...
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 PM at the Michigan. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com.
Award-winning actress Drew Barrymore shares funny, insightful, and profound stories from her past and present told from the place of happiness she’s achieved today. Descended from Hollywood royalty and working as an actress before she could walk and talk, Barrymore has had much of her private life on display for the whole world to see. She is one of the rare public figures who have literally grown up before the public?s eyes. Now, at the age of...
Thursday, October 29 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Sex, Madness and Dentists
Since 1998, Latvian independent animator Signe Baumane has made 15 controversial animated shorts on the subjects of sex, underage pregnancy, dentists, veterinarians and madness. In 2014, she released her first feature-length animated film, Rocks In My Pockets, an autobiographical work that explores the depression that has haunted three generations of women in her family. Baumane’s films have been screened at film festivals...
Monday, November 2 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. All available tickets have been sold; check Ticketmaster.com for ticketing information.
With supporting act Adriel Denae.
Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing synthetic pop music of the time.
Since then, Jones has sold over...
RESCHEDULED for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 at 5:10 PM at the Michigan.
Schnabel’s film Miral will have a free screening at the originally scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at 5:10 PM. See the Miral page for more information.
Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Julian Schnabel In Dialogue with Peter Brandt
Celebrated for a visual language that brings together unexpected materials and radically unconventional techniques, artist Julian Schnabel has been a pioneering, and controversial, figure since his first solo exhibition in...
POSTPONED UNTIL WINTER SEMESTER.
Due to scheduling issues, Julian Schnabel will now appear during the Thursday, November 5 at 5:10 PM slot. See the Julian Schnabel page for more information.
Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Spanish by birth and Italian by choice, architect and designer Patricia Urguiola creates work that is unconventional, emphatic, and experimental, blending humanist sensibilities and technical expertise. Since opening her own studio in 2001, Urguiola has alternated product design for major international...
November 7 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at A2SO.com.
Sibelius Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 with Roman Rabinovich, piano
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Supported by the Finlandia Foundation National
Come celebrate Sibelius’ 150th Birthday with the Karelia Suite, a tone poem rich with folk melodies and fond memories of his favorite region of Finland. You’ll hear why soloist Roman Rabinovich won the...
Sunday, November 8 at 4 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. Born in 1941, his musical education includes formal studies and countless nights on the hottest stages in Cuba as the pianist with his legendary father, Bebo Valdés, his orchestra Sabor de Cuba, and also the seminal Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna....
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Presented by the Ark. Tickets available beginning Friday, June 26 at 10 AM at Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800.845.3000.
ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR! This show is a break from his normal solo appearance and will feature a band including Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (guitar) and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards).
Along with “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the tour will feature songs pulled from all studio albums in...
Thursday, November 12 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman is renowned for her unique commentaries on politics and contemporary life. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine, Kalman also wrote the illustrated blogs “The Principles of Uncertainty” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” for The New York Times.
Kalman’s books include My Favorite Things, Ah-Ha To Zig-Zag, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, 13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony...
Sunday, November 15, 7pm at the Michigan. Presented in partnership with UMS. High-Definition Broadcasts from the National Theatre, London.
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.
As a country arms itself for war, a...
Wednesday, November 18 at 8 PM at the Michigan. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com beginning Friday, July 31 at 10 AM as well as all Ticketmaster outlets. Order by phone at 800-745-3000.
Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010’s Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its...
Thursday, November 19 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Prem Krishnamurthy is a founding principal of the award-winning design studio Project Projects and the director/curator of the critically-acclaimed multidisciplinary exhibition space P!. In addition to working on commissions with Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, The Jewish Museum, MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, he...
Thursday, November 19 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
Written in Sand
Karen Finley is a New York-based performance artist, musician and poet, whose raw and transgressive work on sexuality and disenfranchizement has provoked controversy and debate for over three decades. Finley came to prominence in 1990, when she and three other artists became known as the “N.E.A. Four” when their National Endownment for the Arts grants were revoked after Congressional passage of a “decency clause.” Her performances have...
Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com beginning Friday, October 2.
A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Staged after the great Russian productions, The Nutcracker is performed by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet along with professional ballet stars. The Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all...
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.
Emmy Nominees Ariel, Zoey & Eli (AZE) have spent most of their young lives performing either on stage or in front of the camera. With two national television shows, their focus has always been on music, empowering their peers and enjoying those they meet along the way. This special concert will include their favorite songs,...
Sunday, December 13 at 7PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.
RSC Live is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town.
Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes...
Plays Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at A2SO.com.
Mozart Abduction from the Seraglio, semi-staged concert opera
Vocal Arts Ensemble
The Abduction from the Seraglio was written during one of the happiest periods of Mozart’s life. He was in love and about to be married to the woman whose namesake is the female lead in the opera, Constanze. Romance, suspense,...
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:30 pm. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
By any measure of talent and accomplishment, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. Yet, if you do not know her name, it’s likely because she has spent the past 20 years as a backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless others. Her name may not be on the marquee, but she doesn’t care. Her astonishing range, spot-on intonation, mastery of the stage, and infectious sweet smile make her the go-to singer for the likes of Tina Turner,...
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.
Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B....
Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
A decade after it was first brought to the screen, Benoît Charest revives the music of the Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville with a remarkable cast of musicians in this silent movie-live concert event. Kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen, a Tour de France cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. His near-sighted grandmother and faithful dog follow his trail and are taken...
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at A2SO.com.
Cosponsored by Rebecca Horvath
Handel Overture and Ballo from Ariodante
Ginastera Harp Concerto, Op. 25 with Primor Sluchin, harp
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
Warm up our Michigan March with a concert of contrasts. A2SO goes Baroque by extracting two orchestral jewels from Handel’s opera Ariodante, shining examples from 18th century symphonic music treasures. Primor Sluchin returns to mesmerize the...
Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at A2SO.com. Also available as part of our Not Just for Kids Season Package! Click here to learn more.
Pre-concert activities 2:30-3:30 p.m.
True enjoyment for your entire family! Savor the original music from some of your favorite Disney movies played by the A2SO enhanced by projections of the animation from those classics. Come dressed in your favorite costume.
Presentation made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a...
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Tickets available at http://www.a2so.com/events/the-planets/.
Sponsored by Ray and Eleanor Cross Foundation
Chambers The Tall-Eared Fox and the Wild-Eyed Man
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 with Aaron Berofsky, violin
Holst The Planets with UMS Choral Union Women
We close our season with a timeless message from Ann Arbor composer Evan Chambers: “we should live life like we make music, with love, a deep sense of the simple...
Sunday, April 10 at 1:30. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at Nicola’s Books.
Alexander has just found out that his family is moving to a new town and that he must leave all his friends and schoolmates behind. How can he bear to leave the place he loves and the life he has there? Join Alexander as he learns that home is “where your family is” and that change can be exciting. (recommended for grades K – 4. Produced by...
Friday, April 15, 2016, 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance that renews a relationship with music from a thousand years ago. Zafir explores the commonalities of music born in the cultural centers of Iraq and Syria that blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, where it blended with elements of Spanish music,...
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Fri., September 18 at 10 AM at Ticketmaster.com.
Get ready for the Beatles concert that never happened – until now. Following their successes of the last three years, The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 PM to perform the hit songs from The Beatles’ various films, from A Hard Day’s Night to Let it Be. This once-in-a-lifetime concert will include one set of Beatles’ movie music, including A...
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial favorite ever since. The Bad Plus, by contrast, have courted controversy since the release of their 2003 major label debut, These Are the Vistas. But when Joshua Redman joined the idiosyncratic trio as a special guest a few years back, a...
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor.
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA’ biggest show ever! The...
Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org.
Evocative of the spare serenity of the Irish countryside, the music of The Gloaming is both deeply familiar and consistently surprising. The traditional Irish backgrounds of fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird anchor the group, with New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, better known as a colleague of Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and Nico Muhly) and Chicago...
Thursday, October 1 at 5:10 PM. Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series.
A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For her series “Faces and Phases” (2006-11), Muholi created more than 200 portraits of South Africa’s lesbian community. The images challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the...