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UMS Announces Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund


When Ken Fischer first arrived at UMS in 1987, the organization presented 40 concerts each season, primarily classical music.

Fast forward 30 years.

Today UMS presents 60-70 performances each season that represent the best in international theater, dance, jazz, global music, and classical music, as well as innovative new work from emerging artists. And every year, over 100 UMS education and community engagement activities enrich thousands of U-M and area K-12 students, educators, and community members with an impact that extends far beyond the stage.

Leading with an inclusive philosophy of “Everybody In, Nobody Out,” Ken has brought UMS to global prominence as an internationally respected arts presenter. Expanding the breadth of artistic programming, integrating the performing arts into students’ academic experiences, introducing educational residencies, building community partnerships, and expanding access have all been signature initiatives during Ken’s tenure. In 2014, UMS received the National Medal of Arts.

Please join UMS in honoring Ken’s 30 years of extraordinary leadership and service to UMS, the University of Michigan, and our community with a gift of any size to the Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund.

As a permanent endowment at UMS, the Fund will support a performance or unique opportunity each season.

The Ken Fischer Legacy Endowment Fund will not only honor Ken’s legacy, but will also help ensure the continued success of UMS.


UMS will host an official retirement reception on Thursday, June 1, 2017 the 30th anniversary of Ken’s first day on the job at UMS. The event will take place at Rackham Assembly Hall from 4-6 pm and is free and open to the public. RSVP requested by May 26. Join us!