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July 9, 2010

UMS’s Media Roundup

By Susie Bozell Craig

Many members of the UMS staff keep a watchful eye on local and national media for news about artists on our season, pressing arts issues, and more. We thought we’d pull together a list of interesting stories each week and share them with you. Welcome to UMS’s Media Roundup, a weekly collection of arts news, including national issues, artist updates, local shout-outs, and a link or two just for fun. If you come across something interesting in your own reading, please feel free to share!

National & International Interest

  • Looking for a job? The New York Phil, among other major orchestras, has openings. See what goes into hiring professional orchestra musicians.
  • Ever wonder who wrote that incredible piece you heard at the BBC proms on your honeymoon back in 1972? Now you can find out! The BBC Proms just launched a searchable online archive dating back to the first concert in 1895.
  • Kennedy Center Director Michael Kaiser is on a mission to turn troubled institutions around.
  • Arts trump social causes for donor visibility, but are they losing their cache with a new generation?
  • Attention students! Heading to NYC? Check out, a new website devoted to low-cost (and sometimes free!) admission to cultural events, restaurants, and more around the City.

Artist Updates

  • Tony Allen and his band will perform as part of UMS’s 10/11 season on April 16, 2011. The Afrobeat drummer was featured in an NPR story last week about his work with Fela Kuti, and Kuti’s Enduring Legacy.
  • Ever wondered what Laurie Anderson really thinks of performance art, and where it’s heading? Salon Magazine has the answers.
  • More from Laurie with a discussion of her new album, Homeland, in The Village Voice.
  • Nick Eanet, first violinist of the Julliard Quartet resigns. What’s next on his plate and for the ensemble?
  • French conductor Ludovic Morlot will replace Gerard Schwartz as music director of the Seattle Symphony next season

Local Shout-Outs

  • Congratulations to MOT Director David DiChiera, who recently received a national honor.
  • The Detroit International Jazz Festival announced its lineup of local artists as part of the 2010 Festival
  • Legendary African-American Choral Director Brazeal Dennard, former Detroit Public Schools Music Supervisor and founder of the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, passes away.

Just For Fun


Susie is celebrating the start of her 10th season at UMS, where she currently manages UMS’s Corporate Partnerships.