University Musical Society Announces December 2013 Events
The University Musical Society (UMS) presents two incredible events this December, starting with the beloved community tradition of Handel's Messiah (Saturday-Sunday, December 7-8). December also ushers in the first-ever high definition delayed cinema broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company in the Michigan Theater; the company performs Richard II, starring David Tennant and directed by Gregory Doran (Sunday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 11).
Tickets to All Events On Sale Now
How to Order:
In person: Michigan League (911 North University Avenue)
At the performance venue: beginning 90 minutes before performance start time
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 1 pm, closed Sunday
HOLIDAY HOURS: The UMS Ticket Office will close for the holidays on Friday, December 20 at 5 pm and
reopens on Thursday, January 2 at 9 am. Tickets will be available online during this time.
Performances & Events
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
UMS Choral Union Jerry Blackstone, conductor
Brenda Rae, soprano
David Trudgen, countertenor Benjamin, Butterfield, tenor Timothy Mix, baritone
Edward Parmentier, harpsichord Scott VanOrnum, organ
Saturday, December 7, 8 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2 pm
Hill Auditorium (825 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor)
Tickets start at $10
Supported by: Carl and Isabelle Brauer Fund
Media Partners: Ann Arbor's 107one FM and Michigan Radio 91.7 FM
The holiday season in Ann Arbor is never officially underway until Handel's Messiah is performed at Hill Auditorium. An Ann Arbor tradition, these performances are ultimately the heart and soul of UMS, connecting audiences not only with the talented people on stage but also with friends and family who attend each year. In a true community tradition, the performance features the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the 175 voices of the Grammy Award-winning UMS Choral Union (2006 Best Choral Performance), and conductor Jerry Blackstone.
UMS Choral Union:
Formed by a group of local university and townspeople who gathered together for the study of Handel's Messiah, the 175-voice UMS Choral Union is known for its definitive performances of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra. In collaboration with the UM School of Music, Theater, and Dance ensembles in 2004, they released a three-disc set of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience, which won four Grammy Awards in 2006.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra:
Founded as a community orchestra in 1928, then as a fully professional orchestra in 1986, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 85th year of excellence in 2013. The orchestra currently performs in the historic Michigan Theater under the direction of conductor Arie Lipsky.
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
Two-time Grammy Award winning conductor Jerry Blackstone serves as Director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the U-M School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Devoted to education, his students have received first place awards in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions of the ACDA biennial National Choral Conducting Awards competition.
Brenda Rae, soprano
American soprano Brenda Rae's diverse repertoire across Europe and the Americas extends to performances at Carnegie Hall, the Santa Fe Opera, and her alma mater as a winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honor Recital. Receiving first prize honors from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Bel Canto Foundation, and Wisconsin NATS, Rae is also the recipient of grants from the Shoshana Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.
David Trudgen, countertenor
The tall, commanding figure of Canadian countertenor David Trudgen lit the stage of countless theaters following his receipt of the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding achievement at the University of Michigan (MM '06). He has sung at Michigan Opera Theatre (title role in Giulio Cesare), the Chicago Opera Theatre, and the Kennedy Center as a participant in the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project, and he recently made his Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut in 2010 with the world premiere of The Golden Ticket. Winner of the Michigan District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, David has previously performed for David Daniels, Martina Arroyo, Colin Graham, Shirley Verrett, and Alan Curtis.