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Ken Fischer and Wynton Marsalis

Everybody In, Nobody Out

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Friday, April 9, 2021
8:00 pm


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Explor­ing com­mu­nity con­nec­tion through the per­form­ing arts, UMS Pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus Ken Fis­cher and jazz musi­cian Wyn­ton Marsalis come together in a con­ver­sa­tion mod­er­ated by Lisa Richards Toney, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Per­form­ing Arts Professionals.

Marsalis wrote the intro­duc­tion to Fis­cher’s book, Every­body in, Nobody Out (Michi­gan Pub­lish­ing, 2020), which offers a reflec­tion on the power of the per­form­ing arts to engage and enrich com­mu­ni­ties — not by hand­ing down cul­tural enrich­ment from on high, but by meet­ing com­mu­ni­ties where they live and help­ing them pre­serve cul­tural her­itage, incu­bate tal­ent, and find ways to make com­mu­nity voices heard. In this talk, Fis­cher and Marsalis will also dis­cuss the impor­tant rela­tion­ship between pre­sen­ter and artist in mov­ing the artist’s work forward.

Ken Fis­cher is Pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus of the Uni­ver­sity Musi­cal Soci­ety (UMS) of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan (U‑M), a posi­tion he held from June 1, 1987 to June 30, 2017. UMS, an inde­pen­dent mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary per­form­ing arts pre­sen­ter with a long and deep affil­i­a­tion with U‑M, is in the cen­ter of the Ann Arbor cam­pus and offers 60 – 90 con­certs each sea­son, per­formed in up to nine Uni­ver­sity and com­mu­nity venues. On Sep­tem­ber 10, 2015, Fis­cher accepted the 2014 National Medal of Arts on behalf of UMS from Pres­i­dent Obama at the White House. UMS is the first uni­ver­sity pre­sen­ter to receive the National Medal of Arts, which is the high­est award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States gov­ern­ment. Under Fischer’s lead­er­ship UMS greatly expanded and diver­si­fied its pro­gram­ming and its audi­ences; deep­ened its engage­ment with the Uni­ver­sity and south­east Michi­gan com­mu­ni­ties; cre­ated exem­plary part­ner­ships with lead­ing cor­po­ra­tions, arts orga­ni­za­tions, edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions, and com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions; and received sig­nif­i­cant endow­ment grants awarded by the lead­ing foun­da­tions in the arts. In Decem­ber 2019, Fis­cher received an hon­orary Doc­tor of Fine Arts from the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

Wyn­ton Marsalis is a world-renowned trum­peter, band­leader and com­poser, and a lead­ing advo­cate of Amer­i­can cul­ture. He presently serves as Man­ag­ing and Artis­tic Direc­tor of Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter and Direc­tor of Jazz Stud­ies at The Juil­liard School. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his clas­si­cal train­ing on trum­pet at age 12, entered The Juil­liard School at age 17, and soon there­after joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Mes­sen­gers. He recorded more than 103 jazz and clas­si­cal record­ings, which have won nine GRAMMY® awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both clas­si­cal and jazz GRAM­MYs® in the same year, repeat­ing the dis­tinc­tion the fol­low­ing year. Today, Wyn­ton is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® in five con­sec­u­tive years (19831987). In 1997, Wyn­ton became the first jazz artist to be awarded the pres­ti­gious Pulitzer in Music for his ora­to­rio Blood on the Fields. Marsalis has received hon­orary doc­tor­ates from over 25 of America’s top aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions includ­ing Colum­bia, Har­vard, Howard, Prince­ton and Yale. In 2001, he was appointed Mes­sen­ger of Peace by United Nations Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Kofi Annan. In 2005 Wyn­ton received The National Medal of Arts, the high­est award given to artists by the United States government.

Lisa Richards Toney is the Pres­i­dent & CEO of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Per­form­ing Arts Pro­fes­sion­als. Richards Toney brings more than 20 years of expe­ri­ence lead­ing a range of small and large arts and human­i­ties orga­ni­za­tions, man­ag­ing change and build­ing sta­bil­ity. Most recently she served as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Abram­son Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion, and prior to that, as the Interim Exec­u­tive Direc­tor and Deputy Direc­tor of the DC Com­mis­sion on the Arts and Human­i­ties. She was also the first Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Deb­bie Allen Dance Acad­emy and Direc­tor of Lit­er­a­ture to Life for The Amer­i­can Place The­atre. She cur­rently serves on the boards of Per­form­ing Arts Alliance and Mosaic The­atre Com­pany of DC, co-chair of the Jack and Jill DC Chap­ter Jumoke Black His­tory Fes­ti­val, and on the Advi­sory Board of the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity Grad­u­ate Pro­gram in Arts Admin­is­tra­tion. She holds an M.A. in edu­ca­tional the­ater from NYU with course­work in arts admin­is­tra­tion and a B.A. as a pres­i­den­tial scholar from Spel­man College.

This event is co-pre­sented by PBS Books and Detroit Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion, with sup­port from UMS and the Asso­ci­a­tion of Per­form­ing Arts Professionals.


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