DETROIT, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Vincent Charles Paul, 43, was named
President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Music Hall Center for the
Performing Arts, it was announced today by Alex L. Parrish, chairman of the
board of the Music Hall. Mr. Paul replaces Cameron "Sandy" B. Duncan who
served as president for many years and is now retiring.
"Bringing a talent like Vince to Detroit is one of the most exciting
developments in years for our region's cultural and arts environment," said
Parrish, a Detroit attorney and senior partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz
and Cohn, LLP.
"Though he is only 43, Vince has operated for over two decades at the
top tier of New York's world class performance arts scene. It is such a
coup for us to be able to bring him home to Detroit," said Parrish. Mr.
Paul was selected after a six-month nationwide Presidential search and
evaluation process. "He won the job," Parrish said, "because Vince has a
unique combination of operational management skills, industry
relationships, creative energy, artistic vision and enthusiasm. We expect
him to be a great impresario."
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Paul spent 21 years in New York working
in a wide variety of positions for New York performance organizations and
for touring productions. He is also founder and president of World Arts,
Inc., a New York-based artist's management company.
At various times, World Arts has been ranked as high as the nation's
fourth largest agency in terms of dance performance sales. Since 1994, the
company produced over 1,200 performances throughout North America, Europe,
Asia and Australia. World Arts' clients have included The National Dance
Company of Spain, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, The Moscow Circus,
Baryshnikov Dance Foundation's Achilles Heels, Complexions Contemporary
Dance of New York City, The Washington Ballet, Dance Cuba, Tango Flamenco,
and Les Ballets Africains. A number of World Arts' shows have been
presented at the Music Hall, including Tango Flamenco and Les Ballets
Africains this past season.
"We are going to make Music Hall the 'Theater of the People,' a unique
jewel in the downtown theater district," said Mr. Paul, a 1985 graduate of
Michigan State University's School of Fine Arts and a Farmington Hills,
Michigan native. "Over the years, I've represented many of the most
prestigious and exciting stage productions from around the world. We are
going to bring that kind of performance excellence to the people of
metropolitan Detroit on a regular basis at affordable prices," said Paul.
"I'm very excited to be here," Paul added. Sandy Duncan, my
predecessor, created a great foundation, and it's now my job to lead Music
Hall to a national and world-class level. I plan to immediately reach out
to the Greater Detroit community and to individual, foundation, and
corporate sponsors and respond to their expectations of excellence in the
educational and cultural programming that should be and will be offered at
Music Hall. We will present Jazz, Contemporary Dance and Theatre on a
national and international level."
Vince Paul said he plans to increase the number of productions offered
at the Music Hall by using his extensive worldwide contacts and advocating
Detroit's rich cultural contributions and heritage.
"In the past when I've brought productions from Africa, Spain, Russia,
France and Canada, I've always found our Detroit audiences to be warmly
receptive and well educated in the highest levels of artistic talent. Music
Hall is an endearing venue from a performer's perspective as well with
exceptional acoustics, a tremendous stage and brilliant sight lines from
every seat. There is every reason for Music Hall to be one of the leading
theatres in the country."
Since 1928, Music Hall has provided southeast Michigan with diverse
artistic and educational opportunities. In addition to outstanding Broadway
style musicals and plays, Music Hall presents world-class dance and
outstanding concerts within a beautifully restored historic theatre that
features an intimate setting (1,700 seats), near perfect acoustics and
excellent sightlines. Music Hall is a not-for-profit 501 (C) 3 corporation.
SOURCE Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts