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Data as Playful: Sonification Specialist on superposition

Posted: 10/6/14 -- 8:00 am

How visual and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda weaves together visual and sound data tapestries to access the sublime.…

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Artist Interview: Ryoji Ikeda, creator of superposition

Posted: 10/8/14 -- 12:47 pm

Photo: Moment in superposition. Photo by Kazuo Fukunaga. superposition is a performance created by visual and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda. Inspired by the mathematical notions...…

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New UMS Artists in “Residence” Program:

Posted: 8/29/14 -- 8:00 am

UMS is pleased to announce a new artists in “residence” program, open to area artists in the visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts. Learn more.…

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Who Are We?:

Posted: 10/6/14 -- 8:00 am

Are we characters—locked into our one and only story? How Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author" provokes us to re-think our lives.…

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Student Spotlight: Embedded with Théâtre de la Ville

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Héctor Flores Komatsu (U-M student and UMS intern) shares photos and anecdotes from his summer internship with Théâtre de la Ville.…

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Artist Interview: Traveling with Théâtre de la Ville

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Editor’s note: This summer, UMS launched a new 21st Century Artist Internships program. Four students interned for a minimum of five weeks with a dance, theater, or music...…

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People Are Talking: UMS presents Belcea Quartet at Rackham Auditorium

Posted: 10/18/14 -- 12:00 pm

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Strange! The comments are all laudatory but we found the concert quite flat. The couple next to us said the same thing thing as did couple in the elevator in the parking structure.

agw

Posted: 10/20/14 -- 8:30 am

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I may have unfairly scanted the Mozart in what I wrote--for me it was as satisfactory as the Berg.

Jim Toy

Posted: 10/19/14 -- 8:08 pm

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Mostly agreed--except that I thought the Brahms was satisfyingly muscular. Mozart--the ping-pong ending of the first movement was a delight, as was the whirligig finale. In the finale, decades ago a recorded performance by the Guarneri Quartet creatively and clearly set forth the repetitive four-16th-notes figuration as chains of triplets. In the Andante-Allegretto I couldn't hear Violin II's melody through Violin I's filigree in the first repetition of the theme. And at the end of the movement, the final notes played by Violin I sounded like "piano tuning" instead of an ideal "tight" half-step. Yes, I know that the notes are sounded in altissimo and that violinists have fingers of human thickness. Berg--A couple of times I thought, "This is like "The Rite of Spring!" Thanks to the Belcea and to UMS for an outstanding recital! And thanksgiving for less coughing than we heard at the Emerson Quartet's concert. . . .

Jim Toy

Posted: 10/19/14 -- 8:05 pm

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Nowadays many quartets thrive on the (many) moments when they can dig into the strings of their instruments, reminding us that they are mad of GUT -- with the result that they sound more than robust; “we mean business, they seem to say, and we’re not kidding.” The Belcea Quartet fortunately does not follow that model. Beauty of tone and expressiveness come first. Their range of dynamics is wide – from the cobwebby to the assertive. They played the Mozart work with a subtlety that was downright French. You can be sure that the composer and his friends did not play it like that. Tant pis! However, the Brahms work demands a more muscular approach and suffered from the lack thereof. The Berg, which I’ve heard only once or twice before, was the most appealing work on the program. The performers displayed their intelligence as well as their virtuosity. We were also once again reminded of how helpful it is to the audience to hear a performer speak from the stage about the work to be played -- especially if it is more challenging than the more commonly programmed pieces. The program was well chosen, sampling three distinct periods and styles, and the performers are a terrific group. Glad they are back.

Music Lover

Posted: 10/18/14 -- 11:36 pm