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Behind the Scenes with Soprano Janai Brugger:

Posted: 11/13/14 -- 8:00 am

This post is a part of a series of playlists curated by artists, UMS Staff, and community. Check out more music here. Soprano Janai Brugger performs at our annual Handel’s...…

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Handel’s Messiah: A history in photos, programs, and video

Posted: 11/14/13 -- 8:00 am

A history of our annual Handel's Messiah tradition in photos, programs, and video.…

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‘Tis the Season: Your Messiah Memories

Posted: 11/15/13 -- 7:30 am

An annual tradition since 1879, UMS’s presentation of Handel’s Messiah has become a “signature” Ann Arbor experience.  We’re so grateful for the...…

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Behind the Scenes with Yuja Wang:

Posted: 11/3/14 -- 8:00 am

Piano sensation Yuja Wang (left) performs with acclaimed violinist Leonidas Kavakos (right) on November 23, 2014. Photos by Ian Douglas and Marco Borggreve. We’re very...…

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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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People Are Talking: UMS presents Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele at Hill Auditorium

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 12:00 pm

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Fantastic! Incredible! + all below! Bring him again.

js

Posted: 11/20/14 -- 9:41 am

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Absolutely fantastic and fun performance that challenges our assumptions of an instrument for a genre. JakeShimabukuroRocks!

Rohini

Posted: 11/20/14 -- 9:04 am

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Wonderful performance - incredible really! And all by an artist with such warmth, grace, humility, passion.....an honor to be in his audience. Highly recommend watching his documentary Four Strings.

Becki

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 11:53 pm

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It was a really awesome show. Jake is very talented. I could not listen to the Ukulele all the time, but it was a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone. That said, I did have one gripe, and tip for the artist: Limit the chatter. Some is good, but often I didn't really care what you were talking about and just wanted to hear more uke. Also we don't care that you don't do drugs, because we're all an drugs. That's the best way to hear a ukulele concert!

George

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 11:08 pm

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Muy divertido! Just when seasonal affective dissorder is creeping in we get a booster shot from Jake S.! Wonderful mastery of the ukelele. I saw a Todd Rundgren show the other year and he played ukelele most of the way through....denied us A Wizard A True Star and all those Rock Hall favorites. Mr. Rundgren lives in Hawaii these days....but a guy who would play all the instruments on his L.P.'s. But tonight, real ukelele. Great presentation too, he seemed genuinely enthused in the midst of his 30 city tour.

Robert Kinsey

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 10:26 pm

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Jake was amazing! Generous, gracious, passionate and such a delight! His virtuosity is beyond anyone I have seen! Enjoyed both shows...the kids were inspired and in awe! What a great day!!! Thank you Jake and UMS for bringing him to Ann Arbor!

Laura Machida

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 10:25 pm

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Can't play the uke any better than that --thanks Jake for an enjoyable performance!

eldegee

Posted: 11/19/14 -- 10:21 pm