Wynton Marsalis Performances and Lectures at U-M This Week

In partnership with the University Musical Society (UMS) as part of a weeklong residency with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Marsalis will be in conversation tonight in Ann Arbor.

Wynton Marsalis is in Ann Arbor this week
Wynton Marsalis is in Ann Arbor this week

Wynton Marsalis sits down with University of Michigan (U-M) Director of Athletics Warde Manuel to explore art, athletics and the creative process as a part of the UM Penny Stamps Speaker Series. These two successful New Orleans natives come together in a conversation moderated by Christopher Audain, managing director of the Arts Initiative.

Wynton Marsalis sits down with U-M Director of Athletics Warde Manuel

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 of Music.

This conversation will be moderated by Christopher Audain, managing director of the Arts Initiative. The University of Michigan Arts Initiative seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity, and build a more just and equitable world through the arts.

The University Musical Society (UMS) announces its 144th season, which runs from September 2022 through April 2023. After presenting a paired down season amid the global pandemic in 2021/22, UMS returns with a full docket of music, dance, and theater performances for the 144th season. A complete list of performances by series is included at the end of this release, and a chronological listing is available for download at ums.org/press.

Wynton Marsalis 

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Wynton 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, he is the only artist ever to win at least one Grammy for five consecutive years (1983–1987). In 1997, he 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.

Jazz At Lincoln Center

Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel is the director of athletics at U-M. He was a high school all-American football player, and played for the university under Schembechler. After graduating, Manuel was coordinator of U‑M’s Wade H. McCree Jr. Incentive Scholarship program from 1990 to 1993, which helps students prepare for higher education at public universities in Michigan. Afterward, Manuel served in several roles within U-M’s athletic department, and was named associate athletic director with oversight responsibility for operation facets of the university’s athletic program. He also oversaw Michigan’s football and men’s basketball programs. In 2012, Manuel became the director of athletics at the University of Connecticut (UConn). UConn teams won six NCAA national championships under Manuel’s leadership. Manuel returned to U‑M following his four-year run at UConn. His return to Ann Arbor brings him full-circle from an accomplished student-athlete and athletic administrator at U‑M to a distinguished career as an athletic director and back again

In partnership with the University Musical Society (UMS) as part of a weeklong residency with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Series presenting partners: Detroit Public Television and PBS Books. Media partner: Michigan Radio.

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