New AAPS Recreation, Education Program to Enhance Experience at UMS Performances


Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation and the University Musical Society are excited to announce a new program to help community members get the most out of UMS performances this fall.

The new UMS 101 workshops are facilitated by a dance, jazz, or classical music expert and feature conversation, interactive exercises, and mini lectures that help participants better understand the genre and have a more enjoyable UMS performance experience. Registration for UMS 101 includes a ticket to the performance, workshop fees, transportation to and from the performance venue, and light snacks before the performance.

“We’re excited to partner with UMS to offer an affordable option for community members to learn about and attend a UMS performance on the same night,” said Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director, AAPS Rec & Ed. “UMS has an international reputation for excellence and innovation in the arts – the UMS 101 classes are designed to make this arts experience accessible to all.”

Jim Leija, Director of Education & Community Engagement for UMS said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rec & Ed on creating these new experiences for community members. One of UMS’s goals is to make the arts accessible to everyone, and to encourage curiosity and courage in trying new experiences. UMS 101 does just that, by bringing together community members in a group setting to socialize, learn about an unfamiliar artist or genre, and attend a performance together as a group.”

This fall UMS 101 is available for the Ragamala Dance Company show at the Power Center on October 20; the Zakir Hussain and David Holland jazz concert at the Michigan Theater on November 1; and the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert: The Music of Leonard Bernstein at Hill Auditorium on November 18.

Registration is open now and will fill up quickly. Reserve your spot at” or by calling 734-994-2300, ext 53234.

This post was submitted by Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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