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Arts & Culture

  1. 1969’s blues fest on disc

    Thanks to Third Man Records and some dusty tapes discovered in a basement, blues fans now can revisit Ann Arbor’s legendary music festival.

  2. A cloud lined in platinum

    From Captain Beefheart to Broadway, legendary music producer Richard Perry, ’64, has been catching stars for decades — many in U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

  3. Episode 31: There were bells

    Come climb the stairs of Burton Memorial Tower as U-M’s carillonist Tiffany Ng fills the air with music. From her perch high above campus, Ng likes to introduce new composers and defy expectations: Aretha Franklin, anyone?

  4. Episode 30: Woodstock — An acoustic synthesis of the ’60s

    Musicologist Mark Clague revisits the iconic music festival of 1969 that likely would have faded into fuzzy lore if not for the documentary that followed. But ‘Woodstock’ is not your typical concert film, Clague says. It’s a riveting drama about a potential disaster that ends in a glorious triumph. And oh yeah: Hendrix.

  5. I hear a symphony

    For U-M violin student Abigel Szilagyi hearing loss is not a disability. The talented musician was born with just 50 percent of her hearing. She relies on vibrations, muscle memory, and instinct.

  6. Step right up!

    Before and after the turn of the 20th century, spring in Ann Arbor brought parades, circuses, and attendant student mischief – including an elephant stampede set off by hooligans tossing firecrackers.

  7. Episode 29: Talk about ‘music to your ears’

    The University Musical Society now offers playlists on Apple Music and Spotify. UMS’ Eric Woodhams says we’re in for some adventurous listening, amazing guest-curated tracks, and endless surprises from the UMS Rewind archives

  8. Living in the moment

    U-M art professor Anne Mondro and her students explore the creative process with the elderly to shatter the stigma that comes with memory loss, dementia.

  9. Episode 28: Getting snazzy and jazzy on Main Street

    Bassist Dave Sharp has found a new groove on Main Street as musical director of the elegant Blue LLama Jazz Club on Main Street.