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UMS Artists in “Residence”: Spring 2015 Update!

Posted: 4/20/15 -- 8:21 am

In fall 2014, UMS launched a new Artist in “Residence” program. Five local artists were chosen to take “residence” at our performances. It’s been a pleasure getting...…

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Student Spotlight: Artist Internships for the 21st Century

Posted: 4/7/15 -- 7:12 pm

The fast changing environment of the 21st century poses new demands on artists. They must reach potential audiences in innovative and unexpected ways. To address these needs,...…

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UMS Playlist: Social Change and African Popular Music

Posted: 3/3/15 -- 8:00 am

Themes of social change are common in popular African music. In this listening guide, featuring Oliver Mtukudzi, Angelique Kidjo, and Bassekou Kouyate, explore some of the history...…

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TICKETS Lyon Opera Ballet

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People Are Talking: UMS presents Artemis Quartet at Rackham Auditorium

Posted: 4/19/15 -- 12:00 pm

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Yes, it was definitely cold in there. We were uncomfortable the whole time and probably would have left if the music had not been so superb.

Jack

Posted: 4/20/15 -- 4:06 pm

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Of course they were wonderful, as expected, though I thought the programming could have been more diversified. But it doesn't matter to me much any more how great the performances are in Rackham because after 30 minutes it gets to be freezing in there. I can feel cold blasts of air on me. Many people have complained about this over and over for years, yet UM and UMS continue to do nothing about it but smile and shrug their shoulders. Since most attendees at chamber concerts are older, it's even more of an issue than it should be. As a result, I and others are less able to enjoy performances, and the situation becomes not only an insult audience members, many of us regulars, but to the performers. I'm tired of the situation and of the UM blithely ignoring its patrons, and will probably cut back on how many concerts I go to there.

pwiener

Posted: 4/20/15 -- 3:49 pm

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Since taking my son on campus visits on the east coast I continue to be thrilled with the sumptuous cultural opportunities in AA. Unparalleled in my view. Thanks UMS! The performance was a great experience for me. The dynamic range of the musicians was unexpected - especially since almost all of the time all four were playing. Vasks was particularly delicious, since I rarely dig contemporary works.

Dave Ibach

Posted: 4/20/15 -- 3:44 pm

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I agree with the previous comments. I was most fascinated by Vasks and Dvoràk, but also liked the Tchaikovsky. This was a great concert, which made me miss my hometown Berlin - though it's amazing to go to such a concert on campus in Ann Arbor. Thanks to UMS and the sponsors for bringing them here.

Berliner

Posted: 4/20/15 -- 2:19 pm

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It is true that the Dvorak was one of the highlights of the concert. However, everything that Artemis did was exquisite, whether or not you had a favorite piece. It was amazing to see a group that is really in their "sweet spot". They have played together long enough to truly think with a "group mind". However, they still have the fire and vigor of a younger group of musicians. Other younger groups have played at Rackham, and they have the abandon that often characterizes such groups, but sometimes it overshadows their musical maturity. Artemis is able to bring everything at once, very special to be able to experience this.

Quartet fanboy

Posted: 4/19/15 -- 10:08 pm

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I agree with, and can't improve on, the first comment here. I do wish to say how impressive it was to listen to musicians so in tune with each other.

Jeff Gaynor

Posted: 4/19/15 -- 9:55 pm

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These three works couldn’t have been in better hands. The Artemis players are without exception superb instrumentalists. What balance! It might have been wise to play these three quartets in the reverse order since the Vasks and the Tchaikovsky pale by comparison with the Dvorak as regards inspired musical invention. One can’t help smiling (or giggling) at the Vasks’ narrative and imagistic aspirations described in the program booklet -- complete with a lighthouse, repeating life cycles, and sundry other fixin’s. But at least we now know what was on his mind as he composed. The first movement is dramatic, busy, and sounds as though it is supposed to tell a story with its quick shifting moods and motifs – but what story? The second is a touching, keening lament. Tchaikovsky’s Quartet #1 is just not one of my faves. It’s pleasant enough, and, as one of my cousins used to say, it ain’t gonna kill ya to listen to it. But not much happens. I’m reminded of a comment Tchaikovsky once made about Brahms. “His music,“ he said, “is like a pedestal without a statue on it.” Seems am apt verdict on this work, which is not representative of the greatest melodist of the 19th century. (But, again, not to mislead anyone, the second movement andante cantabile owes its beauty to a folk song.) The Dvorak, of course, made up for anything that was less than gripping: every movement a delight!

Music Lover

Posted: 4/19/15 -- 8:33 pm