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Artist Interview: Cellist Paul Watkins, Emerson String Quartet

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 8:00 am

Photo: Emerson String Quartet. Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco. The Emerson String Quartet returns to Ann Arbor on September 27, 2014 with a program featuring Beethoven, Shostakovich,...…

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Happy 200th Anniversary, Star-Spangled Banner!:

Posted: 9/11/14 -- 11:47 am

Photo: Conductor Jerry Blackstone and University of Michigan students rehearse “The Star-Spangled Banner” in advance of their concert at Hatcher Library. September...…

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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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UMS Hill Auditorium Documentary:

Posted: 1/13/13 -- 8:00 am

“A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone” is the UMS documentary about the past century of UMS performances in the auditorium. The documentary will have its world premiere...…

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People Are Talking: UMS presents Itzhak Perlman at Hill Auditorium

Posted: 9/14/14 -- 12:00 pm

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I was totally taken to another space right into my soul esp. during the Cesar Franck piece. I never cease to be amazed by this wonderful human being . Yes, for his talent and the manner in which the instrument is an extension of his whole being but his wonderful sense of humor came out during his descriptions of the additional works he performed, What a gidft he has and I feel I was given a gift to be able to hear him.

Marilyn Jeffs

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 1:04 pm

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Perlman was marvelous in playing Franck and Ravel. And the encores, as well. An overally great concert ! I had expected more in the Bach performance, though. As the others pointed out, one came away feeling the acoustic balance between violin and piano was not right, although I had partly blamed my position in Hill which was very much up in the back. But even apart from this, I think there was something missing in Bach: the violin even sounded sometimes slightly off-key. Bach is a challenge for many great artists, even if they are superb in mastering technically more difficult works, as Perlman did with Franck and Ravel. I couldn't help thinking, that he would not give a Bach encore, but rather a Kreisler arrangement. And sure enough, that's what he did. Not only one, but 2 + 2 out of five, in a sense: maybe to honor Kreisler who premiered the Franck sonata in Hill in 1922 ? Either way, Perlman knows the audiences love to see technically challenging works on stage.... Great compliment also to Root: he was great at the piano !

Tanja

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 11:22 am

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what a wonderful concert! It was an unforgettable musical experience. Perlman is truly incomparable. Thank you Ken.

Sabin

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 9:39 am

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I agree with Byron, although I think some of the balance toward piano was intentional in the Bach. The sound definitely changed when Mr. Perlman turned toward the audience more.

JH

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 9:12 am

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Perlman is a marvelous violinist and his performance was excellent. However, the balance between piano and violin was poor. Perlman could barely be heard on the Bach. The balance improved somewhat later in the concert, but the balance at Hill should have been checked before the performance. The piano lid was open during the performance. Had the balance, perhaps, been checked when it was closed?

Byron

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 8:14 am

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The Franck piece was truly magical. A superb use of the violin as a visual medium. The Ravel piece presaged Gershwin.. The entire encore performance could stand on its own, and only left me wanting more.

Jan

Posted: 9/15/14 -- 7:38 am

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Hi everyone, The additional works performed tonight were: Corelli arr. Kreisler Sarabande and Allegretto Albeniz Malaguena Wieniawski Caprice in a minor Op. 18 Kreisler Berceuse romantique Kreisler Tambourin chinois Anna, UMS

Anna, UMS

Posted: 9/14/14 -- 9:40 pm