Ken Fischer

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It is a borrowed philosophy but one that guided Ken Fischer's career and leadership vision.  For 30 years, Ken served as President of the University Musical Society.  "Everybody In, Nobody Out" is his new book.  That management ideology extended to the manner in which he guided expansion of UMS programming.  In the end, we find that performance arts not only entertain but help bridge divides in cultural, racial, economic, and educational divides.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with Ken to discuss the issues and today's release of his book. 


Jenn McKee

This week, Art and Soul is about the performing arts in our area.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by local arts journalist and blogger at A2 Arts Addict Jenn McKee as they look back at some of the performing arts highlights from the past year and talk about upcoming performance events.


UMS President Ken Fischer retires on Friday after serving as President of UMS for 30 years.  Ken reflects on a storied career with WEMU's David Fair, and then they are joined by incoming UMS President Matthew VanBesien to explore the future of the organization.  But, it all starts with a tribute piece from WEMU's Lisa Barry. 

Courtesy photo / www.ums.org

The University Musical Society has existed since 1879. For the last 30 years, Ken Fischer has served as its president. Fischer retires on June 30th, and, on July 1st, the tenure begins for just the 7th president of the organization.  I caught up with Mathew VanBesien  shortly after the public announcement:


Ken Fischer
Courtesy Photo / ums.org

A fixture in the Ann Arbor arts scene will soon step down.