The UMS Choral Union perform's Handel's Messiah each December

An eagerly anticipated holiday season tradition, these performances are ultimately the heart and soul of UMS, dating back to the organization’s founding and first concerts in the 1879-80 season. This photo was taken on December 16, 1945.


In spring 2016, the American Ballet Theatre performs the classic ballet the Sleeping Beauty at the Detroit Opera House.

The company returns to UMS for the first time since 1966, performing for the third time in UMS history. Browse programs from the American Ballet Theatre’s past UMS performances.

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