Now Playing: November events at the UMS


The UMS lineup in November touches on just about every genre. The month kicks off with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in a stunning program that features cellist Alisa Weilerstein. From there, we’ll present a mariachi celebration with Aida Cuevas, an HD broadcast of the Chichester Festival Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, a virtuosic ukulele performance by Jake Shimabukuro, an evening of chamber music with the Danish String Quartet, a musical theater program by Audra McDonald, and a special holiday concert by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Thursday, November 1 / 7:30 pm / Hill Auditorium
For this concert, the legendary Czech orchestra brings a program of Dvořák and Tchaikovsky to Hill Auditorium, under the baton of renowned conductor Semyon Bychkov, the former Grand Rapids Symphony music director who was recently named music director and chief conductor of the ensemble. Alisa Weilerstein joins the pantheon of great cellists in UMS history who have performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto, including Piatigorsky, Rostropovich, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104
Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
Francesca da Rimini, Op. 32
Presenting Sponsor: Martha Krehbiel, in memory of David Krehbiel
Patron Sponsors: Ken and Penny Fischer
Media Partner: WRCJ 90.9 FM and WGTE 91.3 FM

Totalmente Juan Gabriel
Aida Cuevas

Friday, November 2 / 8 pm / Hill Auditorium

Known as the “Queen of Ranchera Music,” Aida Cuevas brings her mariachi band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, to Ann Arbor for a performance paying tribute to her late friend and mentor, Juan Gabriel.

One of the most influential Latino artists in history, Gabriel passed away in 2016 after a prolific career that included writing more than 1,500 songs and selling over 200 million recordings. Cuevas is the only artist authorized by his estate to record and tour his music, and she’s in the midst of paying tribute to the singer and songwriter through a five-CD release. With a long-lasting career of nearly 40 years, she was recently awarded the 2018 Grammy Award for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album,” the first time a woman has received the award.


My Latinx Is… An Open Mic Event
Thu, Oct 25 // 7 pm // Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
What does Latinx identity mean in today’s melting-pot culture of assimilation and appropriation? Join UMS, the U-M Libraries, and La Casa as they set out to explore the variety of identities and experiences that live under the umbrella of Latinx in this free open-mic event featuring live music, poetry, dance, and more.

Pre-show Performance
Fri, Nov 2 // 7 & 7:30 pm
A pre-show community performance by Ballet Folklórico de Detroit will take place in the Hill Lower Lobby, with sets beginning at 7 pm and 7:30 pm. Must have a ticket to the Aida Cuevas concert to attend
Presenting Sponsor: Michigan Medicine
Supporting Sponsors: Masco Corporation Foundation and Conlin Travel




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