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Programs and Tours


March 7


Wednesday, March 7, 7–9:30 p.m.
Historic Theater, Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 students/seniors/UMS, Michigan Theater and UMMA members; $5 AAFF members. To purchase tickets:  

The UMS Renegade on Film series culminates at the Michigan Theater in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Film Festival (celebrating its 50th anniversary in March 2012!). The curators at AAFF chose an amazing documentary that captures the renegade spirit of the festival and provides a fabulous lead-in to the San Francisco Symphony American Mavericks concerts. In one of the most certifiably eccentric musical events of the late twentieth century, German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen designed and executed the performance: four string quartet members playing an original piece by Stockhausen in four separate helicopters, all flying simultaneously. The sound was then routed to a central location and mixed; the work premiered at the 1995 Holland Festival. Frank Scheffer’s film Helicopter String Quartet depicts the behind-the-scenes preparations for this event; Scheffer also conducts and films an extended conversation with Stockhausen in which the creator discusses the conception and execution of his composition. Featuring music by Karlheinz Stockhausen performed by the Arditti String Quartet.  

Co-presented with the Ann Arbor Film Festival in partnership with the Michigan Theater, in collaboration with UMMA.

categories: Film, Performing Arts