After stops as managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia and as president of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Mathew Van Besien chose Ann Arbor. He left what many consider to be the cultural hub of the world to become the 7th president of UMS, the University Musical Society. He began the job on July 1st of 2017 and, with an eye to the future, spent time reflecting on his first year in town and on the job.
Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1. WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.
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