University Musical Society (UMS) announces its 144th season

ANN ARBOR – The University Musical Society (UMS) announces its 144th season, which runs from September 2022 through April 2023. One of the most acclaimed and innovative performing art presenters in the nation, UMS offers expansive programming that creates unique and engaging ways for audiences to connect with the artists on stage through live performances, education and community engagement events, and digital programming.

Committed to serving the Southeast Michigan community and inspiring individuals through uncommon artistic experiences, UMS commissions and produces new work, nurtures artistic relationships through artist residencies, and organizes collaborative projects with local, national, and international partners.

After presenting a paired down season amid the global pandemic in 2021/22, UMS returns with a full docket of music, dance, and theater performances for the 144th season. A complete list of performances by series is included at the end of this release, and a chronological listing is available for download at

Season tickets go on sale on Tuesday, May 10, and tickets to individual events will be available on Tuesday, August 2. Current season ticket holders may renew beginning Thursday, April 28. Season ticket packages are available at or by calling 734-764-2538. Phone lines are open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, with the in-person Ticket Office open at the Michigan League from 1-5 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday each week.

“After a year in which many artists and large ensembles were rightly cautious about touring, we are excited to announce that our 2022/23 season showcases a scale of season that feels more familiar, including the return of our popular genre-based fixed packages,” said UMS president Matthew VanBesien. “No fewer than six great orchestras will appear on the Hill Auditorium stage, including orchestras whose leaders are all taking an exciting, thoughtful, active approach to reshaping much of their programming, charting a more inclusive future that is long overdue.

“We’re also thrilled to be in partnership once again with our longtime friends Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — this time in a week-long residency that will include both his symphonic masterpiece All Rise and a big band concert by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, as well as a featured appearance during a Michigan Marching Band halftime show.”

UMS anticipates that the 2022/23 season may be a return to a pre-pandemic normal, at least in terms of health and safety requirements for live events. Specific protocols will be announced closer to the beginning of the fall season, and season ticket holders will continue to have complete flexibility when it comes to ticket returns and exchanges.

Digital programs will continue and will be announced throughout the season.

A complete list of performances by chronological listing is available for download at

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