Coming Soon: Artists from US, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, and Japan Perform at UMS in October

Bach & Gira
Grupo Corpo
Paulo Pederneiras, artistic director
Rodrigo Pederneiras, choreographer

Saturday, October 5 // 8 pm
Sunday, October 6 // 4 pm
Power Center

The Brazillian Dance company Grupo Corpo was founded in 1975 as a family enterprise by brothers Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras, who lead the group as choreographer and artistic director respectively. The company seamlessly blends elements of ballet, modern dance, samba, and Afro‐Brazilian tradition to create a sensual, distinctively Brazilian style of movement. The ensemble makes its third UMS appearance with Bach and Gira, two wildly different works that showcase the 21-member group’s extraordinary range.

In Gira, Rodrigo Pederneiras constructs a powerful glossary of gestures of praise, inspired by Afro-Brazilian religious rituals and set to music by the Brazilian fusion group Méta Méta.

In Bach, the baroque world of Johann Sebastian Bach is made modern in a score by Marco Antônio Guimarães, with dancers in brilliant shades of gold, regal blue, and black dropping from a set of enormous organ pipes.

Both Bach and Gira will be presented as a double-billing in a single program each evening.


You Can Dance: Brazilian Movement
Sat, Oct 5 // 1:35-2:50 pm // Ann Arbor YMCA (400 W Washington St)
Explore the diversity of movements infused with Brazilian dance styles from past to present. No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-up begins at 12:50 pm. Picture ID required at registration.

Post-Performance Artist Q&A
Sat, Oct 5
Must have a performance ticket to attend.

UMS 101: Grupo Corpo
Sun, Oct 6 // Power Center
Class begins at 2 pm, performance begins at 4 pm
Registration fee with ticket: $49
Registration fee for workshop only: $15
Explore the diversity of influences that inspired Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras’s two works for Grupo Corpo (Bach and Gira). How does Bach’s baroque music fuse with contemporary Brazilian dance? How do Afro-Brazilian religious rituals provide inspiration for choreographed movements?

Funded in part by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund
Media Partner: Michigan Radio 91.7 FM

Copland’s Appalachian Spring
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Friday, October 11 // 8 pm
Rackham Auditorium

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), is one of eleven constituents of the largest performing arts complex in the world, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. CMS is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances and its programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide. This concert, performed by 13 CMS members, celebrates the intrepid American spirit by featuring two pairs of composers that shaped the course of American music.

Harry T. Burleigh was Dvořák’s star student at the National Conservatory in New York. A talented African-American composer and singer, he introduced the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform African- American folk music.

Two generations later, Copland and Bernstein drew on Dvořák’s game-changing vision to conceive their own American sound that conveys the wonder and awe of open spaces and endless possibilities.

Burleigh: Southland Sketches