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Wynton Marsalis takes the stage

Wynton Marsalis
Photograph by Rob Waymen


Wynton Marsalis
takes the stage

Acclaimed jazz and classical musician Wynton Marsalis will be the featured speaker at UVM’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19.

Celebrated for his contributions as a performer, composer, bandleader and educator, trumpeter Marsalis has won nine Grammy Awards. He is the only artist in history to have received Grammys for five consecutive years and to have received a Grammy for both jazz and classical music in the same year.

Marsalis is currently managing and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center after serving as artistic director beginning in 1987. The musician’s multi-faceted pursuits also include authoring six books and launching a lecture series at Harvard University to promote awareness of the importance of cultural literacy, with a special focus on the relationship between American music and the American identity.

As this spring’s commencement speaker, Wynton Marsalis will share a common bond with all the parents in the crowd—his son Simeon is a member of UVM’s Class of 2013.

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