While much of the Bicentennial Symposium weekend is about choral performances by college and high school groups plus the world famous ensemble Chanticleer, a large portion of the event is focused on UMMGC alumni.
Heavily featured will be an Ambassadors of Song Alumni Chorus directed by Jerry Blackstone, former Men’s Glee Club director from 1988 to 2002. There will be multiple alumni rehearsals culminating in alumni performances Saturday evening, one with Club, another solo, both on the Hill Auditorium stage.
The weekend should be far and away as memorable as the 150th! There’ll be a Friday evening reception for all alumni, an all-alumni brunch on Sunday, and special anniversary lunchesFriday for both the 1967 World Tour Group (its 50th) and the 1992 Eastern European Tour Group (its 25th). Plenty of alumni engagement all ‘round!
Ambassadors of Song Alumni Chorus
All Michigan Men’s Glee Club Alumni can register to sing alongside your fellow Alumni and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in our closing performance for the Symposium. Directed by Dr. Jerry Blackstone, rehearsals take place on Friday and Saturday, with breaks throughout the day to attend other performances and workshops. U-M Men’s Glee Club Alumni hold a rich tradition of participation beyond their years in the Club, and we look forward to making music with you as a celebration of our past and future. Join us for this historic event!
Special Reunion Lunches
UMMGC alumni from two international tour groups will be celebrating special anniversaries during the weekend. These include the 1967 World Tour Group, its 50th, and the 1992 Eastern European Tour Group, its 25th. The two reunion groups enjoy a unique affinity. As students, the 1992 club members hosted the World Tour group in Ann Arbor when it celebrated its 25th anniversary.
As members of these groups (whether or not you participated in either tour), you can register to attend a reunion lunch held in the League that Friday, one for the 1967 group, another for the 1992 group. Each separate lunch will feature special programs celebrating each tour along with opportunities for camaraderie and the sharing of photos, stories, and memories. See registration details below.
Here is a detailed schedule of event activities that relate specifically to UMMGC alumni.
Friday, November 10th
11:30am: Special Reunion Lunches
1967 World Tour Reunion Lunch (50th Anniversary) — League Michigan Room
1992 Eastern European Tour Reunion Lunch (25th Anniversary) — League Hussey Room
3:30-5:30pm: Alumni Chorus Rehearsal #1 — League Hussey Room
6:00-7:30pm: Reception with Alumni and UMMGC — League Ballroom (Heavy hors’ d’oeuvres will be served)
8:00pm: Chanticleer Concert — Hill Auditorium
Saturday, November 11th
8:00-9:20am: 1967 World Tour Group 50th Anniversary & 1992 Eastern European Group 25th Anniversary Reunion Coffee — League Koessler Room
9:30-11:15am: Alumni Chorus Rehearsal #2 — Michigan League (Room TBD)
11:15am-12:00pm: Lunch — Michigan League Koessler Room
12:00-1:30pm: Concert Session #1 –Hill Auditorium (OPTIONAL)
1:45-2:30pm: Light Snacks –Modern Language Building AUD 3
2:30-3:45pm: Alumni Chorus Rehearsal #3 — Modern Language Building AUD 3
4:00-5:30pm: Concert Session #2 — Hill Auditorium (OPTIONAL)
5:30-6:00pm: Joint Choir Rehearsal (All guest choirs + Alumni Chorus + UMMGC) of Theodore Morrison’s new piece to be performed at Final Concert — Hill Auditorium
6:00-6:40pm: Alumni Dress Rehearsal — Hill Auditorium
6:45-7:00pm: UMMGC & Alumni joint Blue Songs Rehearsal — Hill Auditorium
7:00-7:45pm: Alumni Dinner — Modern Language Building AUD 3
8:00pm: UMMGC 158th Fall Hill Concert — Hill Auditorium
10:30pm: Afterglow — Michigan League Ballroom
Sunday, November 12th
9:30am-12:00pm: Alumni Brunch — League Ballroom
$130.00 (will include music, bicentennial symposium events, a ticket to the UMMGC Saturday evening Fall Hill Concert, an alumni reception on Friday night, and pizza with the Men’s Glee Club on Thursday night after rehearsal).
Additional Optional Costs:
Special Reunion Lunches: Friday November 10th in the Michigan League. $29 per person. Spouses/partners are welcome to join. NOTE: Please purchase two (2) tickets for the lunch if your spouse plans to attend. This is an optional cost.
Chanticleer Opening Concert: Friday, November 10th at 8:00 PM. Tiered pricing available for the concert (seats will be in the group section). If your spouse is planning on attending the Chanticleer concert, please reserve two (2) tickets when registering for the event. This is an optional cost.
Symposium Closing Concert (Featuring UMMGC, the Alumni Chorus, and the High School Chorus): Saturday, November 11th in Hill Auditorium. $20 per person. Spouses/partners are welcome to join. NOTE: If you are singing in the Alumni Chorus, your main floor ticket is included in the larger registration fee. At an optional cost, you can purchase a main floor general admission ticket for your spouse/partner through the League Ticket Office (Click HERE).
Alumni Reunion Brunch: Sunday November 12th in the Michigan League. $20.00 per person. Spouses are welcome to join. Note: please purchase two (2) tickets for the brunch if your spouse/partner plans to attend. This is an optional cost.
We have reserved rooms at the following locations for alumni: