America's Music Film & Discussion: A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS Performances In Hill Auditorium

Wednesday May 8, 2013: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

As a final segment of the America's Music series, Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, along with local filmmaker Sophia Kruz, lead a screening and discussion of the just-released documentary "A Space for Music, A Seat For Everyone: 100 Years Of UMS performances In Hill Auditorium."

Hill Auditorium, a building incredible not only due to its rich history and remarkable acoustics but also due to its function as a cultural incubator for the arts community in southeastern Michigan, has united a diverse community of music enthusiasts for 100 years. This hour-long, original film celebrating Hill Auditorium combines archival material and original interviews to explore Hill's rich history and incredible acoustics, and the vital role Hill Auditorium plays in the cultural vibrancy of our region.

Through concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews, this documentary provides historical context for UMS performances in Hill Auditorium while highlighting the evolving community function of the venue. The film made its world premiere at a special Hill Auditorium Celebration day on Saturday Feb 2, 2013 and will also be broadcast on Detroit Public Television this spring.

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of fifty sites nationwide to host the America's Music program series, which is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The AADL series is also co-sponsored by The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library, Kerrytown Concert House, UMS and WCBN 88.3 FM.