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ums05/06 UMS SeasonUniversity of Michigan Ann ArborWelcome to UMS! I umsEach year when we put together our season of music, dance, and theater, we work hard to create meaning -meaning for you, our ticket buyers; meaning for us, as devotees to and promoters of the arts; meaning for performers, who connect their work with appreciative and receptive audiences; and meaning for this community, which prides itself on offering an innovative performing arts series that rivals that of most major metropolitan markets.As you'll note in the coming pages, the 0506 season weaves together a number of programmatic themes:Operas in Concert. Two of the greatest divas of our time are featured in concert performances of rarely-heard operatic repertory: Renee Fleming stars in Richard Strauss's Daphne, and Polish contralto Ewa Podles stars in Rossini's Tancredi.Shostakovich Centennial Festival. Dmitri Shostakovich was born in 1906, and during 2006, the Kirov Orchestra and Valery Gergiev will perform nearly all of Shostakovich's symphonies over five concerts. Two of those concerts take place in the 0506 season (the remainder will be in the fall of 2006). Numerous educational events will accompany the festival.Mozart 250. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday is celebrated in seven concerts that include music he wrote, and music and dance that he inspired centuries later.Cultural Survey of Africa. As Americans, we often think of Africa as a place, instead of an umbrella for 54 different countries with diverse people and cultural expressions. Our five-concert festival surveys some of the performing arts traditions coming out of Africa, including artists from Senegal, Egypt, Mali, Guinea, South Africa, and Uganda.We believe that the events in our 0506 season represent some of the most important artists in the world today. We hope that you will take the time to absorb what the events are about, and how they might create meaning for you in the coming year. Perhaps you'll attend performances with friends to guarantee that you will spend time with the people you care about the most. Or maybe you'll come for more personal reasons, extracting the intrinsic value of each performance for your own enrichment and enjoyment.Whatever your reasons, we welcome you to UMS's 0506 season and hope that you too will be inspired by the activities that take place on our stages and throughout our community.05106 JMS SeasonSeptember16-17Fri-SatOctober1Sat5Wed8Sat13Thu18-22Tue-Sat29SatNovember3-6Thu-Sun5Sat6Sun13Sun19SatDecember3-4Sat-Sun8Thu10SatJanuary13-15Fri-Sun14Sat14Sat16Mon19Thu21Sat22SunMark Morris Dance GroupAn Evening with Sonny RollinsAndras Schiff pianoPat Metheny TrioRenee Fleming in Strauss's Daphne (concert opera)Tall HorseHandspring and Sogolon Puppet Companies The King's SingersCarlo Goldoni's Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters Youssou N'Dour and The Egyptian Orchestra Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano Michigan Chamber Players ConcertanteHandel's MessiahChicago Symphony Orchestra and Marcus Roberts TrioDianne Reeves: Christmas Time is HereJose Limon Dance Company Jose Limon Dance Company Family Performance Leif Ove Andsnes piano Norwegian Chamber Orchestra Take 6Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique The Monteverdi ChoirTokyo String Quartet with Sabine Meyer clarinet Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis A Tribute to John Coltrane05106 UMS SeasonFebruary4 Sat10 Fri12 Sun15 Wed19 Sun22 Wed23 ThuLouis Lortie pianoMariachi Los Camperos de Nati CanoMichigan Chamber PlayersLouis Andriessen in Co"y bun bowe2 Wed Takac3 Thu PappTakacs Quartet with James Dunhai Pappa Tarahumara: Ship in a ViewMarch9 Thu Vienna Philharmonic with Riccardo Mu10 Fri Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Word Becomes I11 Sat Belcea Quartet and Ian Bostridge tenor 17-19 Fri-Sun Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg: Shos 23-24 Thu-Fri Children of Uganda25 Sat Ewa Podles in Rossini's Tancredi (conce30 Thu The Tallis Scholars31 Fri SF Jazz Collective: A Tribute to HerlApril2 Sun Los Angeles Guitar Quartet7 Fri Mory Kante15 Sat Arab World Music Summit19 Wed Nrityagram20 Thu Chanticleer21 Fri Nadja Salemo-SonnenbergAnne-Marie McDermott piano22 Sat Sweet Honey in the Rock13 SatFord Honors Program: Dave0506 Season Media PartnerSeason Opening EventMark Morris Dance GroupFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 8 PM Power Center SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 8 PM ? Power Center"Morris is the most important choreographer since George Balanchine." [Boston Globe) Once considered the bad boy of the modern dance world, Mark Morris is now an influential and celebrated choreographer whose once-controversial pieces have become the standard of creativity for a new generation of dancers, choreographers and critics. Morris has changed the way that audiences see modern dance, with unique artistry that reflects a profound and sophisticated love of music; The Washington Post observed, "Morris's ability to surmount musical difficulties that would flummox most anyone else is awe-inspiring." While the two programs are mostly different, the centerpiece of each is V, which The New York Times called "a life-affirming work...one of the few great works that modern dance has produced in a decade." The company of exuberant dancers lives up to its reputation of wit, grace, and a refined musicality that is further reinforced by Morris's use of live musicians in every performance.PROGRAM (FRI 916)My Party (Choreography: Mark Morris, Music: Jean Francaix) (1984)All Fours (Mark Morris, Bartok) (1993)Silhouettes (Mark Morris, Richard Cumming) (1999)V (Mark Morris, Robert Schumann) (2001)PROGRAM (SAT 917)The "Tamil Film Songs in Stereo" Pas de Deux (Mark Morris,contemporary Indian music) (1983) Mosaic and United (Mark Morris, Henry Cowell) (1993) Rock of Ages (Mark Morris, Schubert) (2004)V (Mark Morris, Robert Schumann) (2001)Main Floor Balcony$44 $40 $32 $26 $40 $36 $32 $20An Evening withSonny RollinsSATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 8 PM Hill AuditoriumWhen Sonny Rollins picks up the tenor saxophone, the world listens. One of the few surviving icons from the golden era of jazz, Sonny Rollins is a titan of the tenor saxophone, whose groundbreaking solo flights prompted The Boston Globe to proclaim, "Any concert by Sonny Rollins stands as living history." Born in 1930, Rollins was already playing professional gigs as a high-schooler, jamming with the likes of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. After a stint with Miles Davis, he became a bandleader in his own right in the 1950s, sharing the tenor sax throne with John Coltrane. Over the years, he has been influenced by the sounds of R&B, pop, and world music. But his allegiance to the hard-bop tradition has endured, and his performances reflect the idiom that he both mastered and helped define. Each performance illuminates why Sonny Rollins is, as the Village Voice noted, "the last jazz immortal."Main Floor $54 $48 $40 $28 Mezzanine $42$36$10 Balcony $32 $28 $18 $10Funded in part by NEA Jazz Masters on Tour programMedia Partners WEMU 89.1 FM and WDET 101.9 FM67Andras SchiffpianoWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8 PM ? Rackham AuditoriumThe great Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff came to international prominence with a gold medal at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Over the next few years, he also took top honors at the Leeds and Liszt Competitions. Schiff's playing has been singled out for its complete technical fluency and intelligent musicality. He retums to UMS for his recital debut after appearing as soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1998. Andras Schiff is "one of the least-flashy pianists in this business, yet also one of those with the most loyal and passionate following. Here was an astonishing demonstration of how to hold a capacity audience spellbound simply by applying the purest musicianship to the purest music." (London's Daily Telegraph)PROGRAMHaydnHaydnCapriccio in G Major, Hob. XVIhi (1765) Sonata No. 53 in e minor, Hob. XVI:34 (1781-82)Beethoven Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 311 (1801-02)HaydnAndante and Variations in f minor, Hob. XVII:6 (1793)Beethoven Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 ("Waldstein") (1803-04)$42 $36 $28 $20Supported byAnn and Clayton WilhiteMedia Partner WGTE 91.3 FMPat Metheny TrioPat Metheny guitars ! Christian McBride bass Antonio Sanchez drumsSATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 8 PM Hill AuditoriumWorking as a teenager with the best jazz musicians in his hometown of Kansas City, guitarist Pat Metheny received valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphonist Gary Burton, he demonstrated his trademark playing style, which blended a loose and flexible articulation with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility, a way of improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life, in 1975, he reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for a new generation of players. Metheny retums to UMS with his trio, featuring bass sensation Christian McBride and the exciting Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sanchez.Main Floor $48 $42 $36 $22 Mezzanine $40$34$10 Balcony $28 $22 $18 $10Media Partners WEMU 89.1 FM and WDET 101.9 FM10 11Opera in ConcertRenee Fleming in Richard Strauss's DaphneWDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne Men of the WDR Radio Chorus Cologne Semyon Bychkov music director 6 conductorTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8 PM Hill AuditoriumCo-Sponsored byBORDERS.GroupMedia Partners WGTE91.3FM, Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, and Michigan Radio Michigan TelevisionThe concert opera -operas performed in a concert setting with limited theatrical stage effects -was a core part of UMS's programming for many years. Beginning in the late 1800s and continuing through the late 1930s, operas in concert were a mainstay of the UMS season, performed almost every year. By the middle of the 20th century, fully-staged touring operas replaced the concert opera. As costs increased, however, many opera companies eliminated touring, and opera has been a notable omission from the UMS season for the past several years.The inspiration behind the best-selling novel, Bel Canto, American soprano Renee Fleming is one of the major Straussian singers of our time. She is featured in Richard Strauss's ravishing, yet rarely-performed, 1937 opera, Daphne, in a concert version with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Fleming's vocal artistry is acclaimed worldwide as the gold standard of soprano sound. "It's hard to think of another important singer today who puts it all together with such creamy beauty of sound, such command of vocal color, such technical ease, such pleasure in her power to give such pleasure." [Chicago Tribune) With Johan Botha (Apollo), Anna Larsson (Gaia), Roberto Sacca (Leukippos), and Robert Holl (Peneios).Main Floor $70 $60 $50 $32 Mezzanine $56$46$10 Balcony $40 $32 $20 $1012 13Tall HorseHandspring and Sogolon Puppet CompaniesWritten by Khephra Bums I Puppet design by Yaya Coulibaly and Adrian KohlerDirected by Marthinus Basson I Choreography by Koffi KokoSponsored in part bySupported in part by Dody Viola and Loretta SkewesFunded in part by Heartland Arts Fund and U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic AffairsMedia Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, Michigan Radio Michigan Television, and Metro TimesTUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 7:30 PM Power Center FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 8 PM Power Center SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 8 PM ? Power CenterWith 60 magnificent puppets, four live actors, captivating costumes, and evocative music, video, and dance, this thought-provoking pan-African theatrical spectacle combines the Bambara puppetry tradition of Mali with contemporary techniques from South Africa in a production that brims with innovation and ingenuity.Tall Horse re-imagines the true story of a giraffe that was captured in southern Sudan in 1826 for a 4,000-mile journey to Paris, where she was presented as a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt to King Charles X of France. After a long journey up the Nile and across the Mediterranean, the giraffe created a sensation that followed her across France. Thousands of people witnessed the solitary elegance of the exotic creature as she paraded across the country, and she may have inspired the creation of Gustave Eiffel's famous tower some 60 years later.Tall Horse is vibrant and evocative theater, drawing on complex political, social, and cultural implications. The production shows Africa's "discovery" of Europe as seen through the eyes of the giraffe's handler, Atir. "You have only yourself to blame if you miss one of the theatre events of the year." (South Africa)90 minutes, performed without intermission.Main Floor $48 $44 $24 $20 Balcony $44 $34 $24 $1614 15The King's SingersSATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 8 PM Hill AuditoriumFor over 30 years, the King's Singers have delighted audiences around the world with their irrepressible charm, wit, and incomparable musicianship. This extraordinary ensemble creates the broad spectrum of colors through music and text to express the entire range of human emotion. Whether singing a 15th-century madrigal, a newly commissioned work, a folk song, or one of their trademark close-harmony arrangements, the King's Singers convey color and emotion in song. Their wide-ranging repertoire is reflected in their more than 70 recordings, which have won several Grammy nominations. The King's Singers are a real team, with impeccable blend, intonation, rhythm, ensemble, and texture. Their aim: to make sure that they and the audience have a great evening in the concert hall.Main Floor $38 $34 $30 $20 Mezzanine $30$26$10 Balcony $22 $20 $14 $1016 17Carlo Goldoni'sArlecchino,Servant of Two MastersPiccolo Teatro di Milano Directed by Giorgio Strehler Starring Ferruccio SoleriMedia Partner Michigan Radio Michigan TelevisionTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 8 PM Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 8 PM ? Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 8 PM Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2 PM ? Lydia Mendelssohn TheatreWith three weddings, two duels, a dance number, a chase sequence, a love scene, a food fight, and much more, Carlo Goldoni's 18th-century comedy about a wily servant who gets the best of his masters is one of the classic works of commedia dell'arte and the most renowned masterpiece of Italian theater. The plot is simple, and hilarious: the hapless and blundering Arlecchino is a natural, witty, and thoughtless character. His sly tricks and disguises set off a chain reaction of mistaken identities, betrayals, long-lost lovers, and, of course, a happy ending, with three couples of lovers finally getting married and living happily ever after. The late Giorgio Strehler, one of the seminal theater and opera directors of the 20th century, directed this universally-acclaimed production, considered the most important interpretation of commedia dell'arte in the 20th century. The production features the definitive commedia dell'arte actor Ferruccio Soleri, who virtually inhabits the role as he outwits the pompous, teases the fickle, and charms the childlike, reminding us all to take time to laugh. He has performed the role over 2,000 times since 1953. In Italian (Venetian dialect) with English supertitles.Main Floor $45 $35 Balcony $45 $3518 19Arab World Music Festival Event!Youssou N'Dour's EgyptFathy Salama's Cairo OrchestraSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 8 PM ? Hill AuditoriumFunded in part by U-M Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic AffairsMedia Partners WEMU 89.1 FM, WDET 101.9 FM, Michigan Radio Michigan Television, Arab American News, and Metro TimesYoussou N'Dour is "a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it." [Rolling Stone) A longtime superstar in his native Senegal, N'Dour blazed onto the global stage in the 1980s thanks to high profile collaborations with Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel. A renowned singer, songwriter, and composer with millions of international fans, N'Dour mixes traditional Senegalese m'baax with eclectic influences ranging from Cuban samba to hip-hop, jazz, and soul. In Senegal, he is a powerful cultural icon who was named African Artist of the Century.This concert marks the debut tour of Egypt, his Grammy-winning 2004 recording that celebrates the spiritual joy and tolerance of his Sufi Muslim faith. Fathy Salama, whose early influences included Oum Kalthoum, Abdelwahab, and Farid el Attrash, weaves modern and traditional music together; the rhythms and melodies of Senegal drive hauntingly lush arrangements featuring Egyptian and Arab orchestral sound.N'Dour, who sought to explore the links between his homeland's religious beliefs and that of Muslims in Egypt and the Middle East, says, "Egypt praises the tolerance of my religion, which has been badly misused by a certain ideology...Our religion has nothing to do with the violence, with terrorism." This intensely personal and spiritual exploration is a stirring tribute to the power and beauty of Islamic music.Main Floor $42 $36 $30 $20 Mezzanine $34$30$10 Balcony $24 $20 $16 $1020 21Jean-Yves ThibaudetpianoSUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 4 PM Hill Auditorium"Every note he fashions as a pearl..the joy, brilliance, and musicality of his performance could not be missed." (The New York Times) A master of color, nuance and interpretation, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is recognized for his sophisticated performances and poetic soul. Considered one of the great pianists of our time, with an international career in both the performance and recording arenas, he has been praised by the press as "a musical treasure of this age."PROGRAMSchumannSchumannRavelRavelArabesque in C for Piano, Op. 18 (1839) Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (18341852) Valse nobles et sentimentales, Op. 61 (1911) Gaspard de la nuit, Op. 55 (1908)Main Floor $50 $44 $38 $22 Mezzanine $40$34$10 Balcony $28 $22 $18 $10Media Partners WGTE91.3FM, WDET 101.9 FM, and Observer & Eccentric Newspapers22 23ConcertanteSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 8 PM ? Rackham AuditoriumConcertante was founded by graduates of The Juilliard School who wished to pursue their musical collaboration beyond graduation. Their rich pool of artistic talent allows them to perform a wide array of repertoire that doesn't often find a place on chamber concerts, including Strauss's Sextet from Capriccio and Brahms's String Sextet. This concert also features the UMS premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Adams's Shaker Loops. One of Adams's earliest and most performed pieces, Shaker Loops uses fragments from his string quartet, Wavemalcer, in combining the pulsating repetitive patterns of Minimalism with variety and emotional range.PROGRAMR. Strauss Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85Adams Shaker Loops (1978)Brahms String Sextet in B-flat Maj


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