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UMS looks forward to presenting another diverse lineup of performances in January.

The month kicks off with two new additions to the UMS season: HD cinema broadcasts of the National Theatre's productions of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Then, the Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou brings his visually stunning masterpiece The Great Tamer, Peter Sellars' dramatic staging of Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro comes to Hill Auditorium, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center perform piano quartet classics, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers present their most recent evening-length work ink.

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National Theater, London Live in HD
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Tennessee Williams
Starring Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell
Directed by Benedict Andrews
A Young Vic Production

Sunday, January 6 // 7 pm
Michigan Theater

On a sweltering night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real ­— and which will win out?

This steamy presentation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a play that has featured a long line of prominent actresses in the role of Maggie Pollitt, is set in the modern day. Arguably considered Tennessee Williams’s most successful play and a masterpiece of the 20th century, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955.

Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

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National Theater, London Live in HD

By William Shakespeare
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Lyndsey Turner, director

Sunday, January 13 // 7 pm
Michigan Theater

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

This encore presentation of the National Theatre 2015 broadcast of Shakespeare’s Hamlet features Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) in the title role of this epic, lavish production.

Presented in partnership with the Michigan Theater.

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The Great Tamer

Conceived – Visualized + Directed by Dimitris Papaioannou

Friday, January 18 // 8 pm
Saturday, January 19 // 8 pm
Power Center

The Greek artist Dimitris Papaioannou creates productions that can be seen as moving still lifes, always with a strong, distinct visual intensity. Often referencing famous sculptures and paintings, Papaioannou uses the human body to create vignettes that are at once macabre and beautiful, brimming at times with humor, horror, circus-like stunts, and optical illusions.

Papaioannou gained early recognition as a painter and comics artist before his focus shifted to the performing arts. He became more widely known internationally as the creator of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He freely and unapologetically uses nudity to add wit and absurdity to sober material in a way that is both inventive and surprising. This tour, which includes performances at UMS and UCLA, marks his first presentations in the United States.

The Great Tamer contains male and female frontal nudity.


Post-Performance Artist Q&A
Fri, Jan 18 only
Must have a performance ticket to attend.

Supporting Sponsors: Jo Wiese Johnson and Timothy Johnson
Patron Sponsor: Level X Talent  
Funded in part by: The Wallace Foundation
and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Media Partners: WDET 101.9 FM and Metro Times

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Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter)

by Orlando di Lasso
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, conductor
Peter Sellars, director
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer
Danielle Domingue Sumi, costume designer
Pamela Salling, stage manager

Sunday, January 20 // 7 pm
Hill Auditorium

Visionary director Peter Sellars directs a haunting dramatization of Orlando di Lasso’s Renaissance masterwork, Lagrime di San Pietro. In di Lasso’s final days, he resolved to write an a cappella masterpiece that channeled the pain, despair, and embattled faith of his final journey. Committed to memory and dramatically staged, the work depicts the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus Christ on the day of his arrest and prior to his crucifixion.

Twenty-one singers transform this 75-minute Renaissance masterpiece into an overwhelmingly emotional performance piece, turning madrigals of sorrow and remorse into a setting of quietly shattering power. Sellars’s stark staging illuminates the biblical story’s connections to the concerns of our fractious modern world, turning the work into a contemporary allegory about remorse, responsibility and acceptance.


Pre-Performance Talk: Meet the Conductor
Sun, Jan 20 // Time TBD // Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby
Acclaimed opera director and U-M Assistant Professor Matthew Ozawa interviews Los Angeles Master Chorale conductor Grant Gershon about his collaboration with Peter Sellars in creating this staged concert production of Lagrime di San Pietro. Must have a performance ticket to attend.

Patron Sponsors: Carl and Charlene Herstein
Media Partner: WGTE 91.3 FM

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Daniel Hope, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano

Friday, January 25 // 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium

Recipients of Musical America's Musicians of the Year award, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel are currently in their third term as artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, violinist Daniel Hope is associate artistic director of the Savannah Music Festival, music director of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, music director of San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, and in 2019 begins his appointment as artistic director of the Dresden Frauenkirche.

Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, Paul Neubauer is a two-time Grammy nominee and has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras. He has premiered numerous viola concertos and has been featured on CBS's Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines.

This all-star ensemble comes together for an evening of piano quartet classics.

Piano Quartet No. 3 in c minor, Op. 60
Piano Quartet in a minor, Op. 1
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 87

Supporting Sponsor: Kathryn Abrams and Nancy Deyo, in honor of Gloria and Gerald Abrams
Patron Sponsors: Maurice and Linda Binkow, Catherine S. Arcure Endowment Fund, and Edward and Natalie Surovell

Media Partners: WRCJ 90.9 FM and WGTE 91.3 FM

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Camille A. Brown, artistic director

Saturday, January 26 // 8 pm
Power Center

Camille A. Brown & Dancers is a Bessie Award-winning, New Your City-based dance company known for an introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues. The company uses theatricality and the aesthetics of modern, hip hop, African, ballet, and tap to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture.

The final installation of Camille A. Brown's trilogy on the common theme of identity, ink writes and rewrites the stories of life, love, resistance, faith, pain, strength, oppression, freedom, and the authenticity of Black people and Black communities that have been appropriated, rewritten, or silenced. From the Abolitionist movement to the Civil Rights struggle, from the Black Power movement to the emergence of hip-hop, the work explores the link between the heart of the hip-hop cultural phenomenon and our current generation’s political response to socioeconomic injustice.

Black Girl, the second piece in the trilogy, was presented by UMS in 2016.


Detroit Community Movement Workshop
Wed, Jan 23 // 6:30 pm // Location TBD
Join dancers from Camille A. Brown & Dancers as they lead a community movement workshop exploring all of the ways in which our bodies are instruments for expression. No dance training, experience, or footwear necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome.

You Can Dance: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Sat, Jan 26 // 1:35-2:50 pm // Ann Arbor YMCA (400 W Washington St)
Dancers from Camille A. Brown & Dancers will lead an exploration of the company's movement style. No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-up begins at 12:50 pm.
Picture ID required at registration.

Post-Performance Artist Q&A
Must have a performance ticket to attend.

Funded in part by: New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project
Media Partner: WDET 101.9 FM  

2014 National Medal of Arts recipient

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