September events at UMS

UMS's 141st Season Kicks Off with Jazz, Funk Collective Snarky Puppy
Sunday, September 8 at Hill Auditorium

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, UMS Choral Union to Perform Live Score at Screening of Oscar-Winning Film Amadeus
Sunday, September 15 at Hill Auditorium

UMS, Michigan Theater Continue Partnership to Present HD Broadcasts from London's National Theatre
All About Eve on Sunday, September 22 at Michigan Theater

Season tickets are on sale now. Tickets to individual events go on sale Wednesday, August 7.

Read on for more details about these events.

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Season-Opening Event!
Snarky Puppy

Michael League, bass and band leader
Jason "JT" Thomas, drums
Nate Werth, percussion
Shaun Martin, keyboards
Justin Stanton, keyboards and trumpet
Jay Jennings, trumpet
Chris Bullock, tenor saxophone and flute
Chris McQueen, guitar
Zach Brock, violin

Sunday, September 8 // 7 pm
Hill Auditorium

The three-time Grammy Award-winning, genre-defying collective Snarky Puppy returns to Hill Auditorium to perform music from its latest release, Immigrance.

A Brooklyn-based collective that grew out of the celebrated jazz program at the University of North Texas, the band — which features a rotating cast of musicians playing guitars, percussion, horns, keyboards, and strings — represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony, and improvisation, the ensemble’s influences include gospel, R&B, jazz, funk, and rock. Its musicians have performed with Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kirk Franklin, and Justin Timberlake, among others.

Presenting Sponsors: Elaine and Peter Schweitzer and Michigan Engineering
Patron Sponsor: Imagine Fitness & Yoga
Funded in part by the JazzNet Endowment Fund

Media Partners: WEMU 89.1 FM, WDET 101.9 FM, and Ann Arbor's 107one

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A film directed by Miloš Forman
Presented with live music featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
and the UMS Choral Union
Jeffrey Schindler, conductor
Louis Nagel, piano

Sunday, September 15 // 2 pm
Hill Auditorium

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and UMS Choral Union will perform the live score for a screening of the eight-time Acadamy Award-winning 1984 motion picture classic Amadeus.

The film tells the story of Vienna court composer, Antonio Salieri and the envy that consumes him upon discovering that the divine musical gifts he has so longed for all his life have been bestowed on a bawdy, vulgar, and impish young composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (played by Plymouth, Michigan native Tom Hulce). Salieri’s envy fuels his plot to destroy the man, though it simultaneously leaves him unable to tear himself away from the genius of Mozart's music.

The score contains some of Mozart’s greatest works, including The Magic Flute, his Symphony No. 25, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and his famous Requiem.

Amadeus was named one of the American Film Institute’s best 100 movies of the 20th century and remains one of the most beloved films of all time.

Rated PG, 180 minutes (including intermission).

Exclusive Presenting Sponsor: Tom and Debby McMullen
Patron Sponsor: Susan B. Ullrich Endowment Fund

Media Partners: WGTE 91.3 FM, WDET 101.9 FM, and Ann Arbor's 107one

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National Theatre, London HD Broadcast
All About Eve

By Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Adapted for the stage and directed by Ivo van Hove

Sunday, September 22 // 7 pm
Michigan Theater

Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!) star in All About Eve, the story of Margo Channing. A legend and true star of the theater, the spotlight is hers and always has been. But now there’s Eve, her biggest fan, a golden girl who insinuates herself into Margo’s life and circle of friends.

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world’s most innovative theater directors, Ivo van Hove, explores our fascination with celebrity, youth, and identity, and why they never seem to get old.

Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions. Co-presented with the Michigan Theater.

2014 National Medal of Arts recipient

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