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This Impact Report for our 2015-16 Season presented an interesting opportunity from the start: we began the year as the UW World Series and ended it as Meany Center for the Performing Arts—so what name should we put on the cover? And how should we credit our many accomplishments over the Season?

through collaboration and exploration; and inspire our community on campus and off through transformative artistic experiences. Our artistic, educational and community outreach programming is rooted in our core values of excellence, innovation, connection and inspiration. Nearly 35,000 people attended performances at Meany Hall this past season; more than 10,000 public school children experienced the exhilaration of live performance at free matinees or in-school concerts and residencies; and many hundreds of UW Students and community members of all ages had the opportunity to engage with the artists through master classes, lectures, free performances and more through

the 80-plus outreach activities we offered during the season. The UW World Series thanks you, our friends and donors, for 37 years of unstinting support. Meany Center for the Performing Arts looks forward to sharing our mission with you for many more decades to come. With Gratitude,

Michelle Witt Executive and Artistic Director


As you read through these pages, I think you’ll see that our name may have changed, but our dedication to our mission has never wavered. From our first performance to our last, we have strived to connect diverse audiences with visionary artists and ideas; nurture a culture of shared discovery

“Wonderful, inspiring performances in a great venue. This series makes it easy to attend positive, transformative events.” –AUDIENCE MEMBER

Kathleen Wright, President

Chelsey Owen

Dave Stone, Vice President

Seema Pareek

Kurt Kolb, Strategist

Darcy Paschino

Linda Linford Allen

Mina Person

Linda Armstrong

Donald Rupchock

Henley / Randy Kerr / Susan Knox / Matt

Joel Baldwin, ArtsFund Board Intern

Donald Swisher

Krashan, Emeritus Director / Sheila Edwards

Ross Boozikee

Rick Szeliski

Lange / Frank Lau / Lois Rathvon / Dick Roth

Manisha Chainani

David Vaskevitch

/ Eric Rothchild / Jeff Seely / K. Freya Skarin /

Luis Fernando Esteban

Gregory Wallace

Rich Stillman / Lee Talner / Thomas Taylor /

Davis B. Fox

Jeannette Wing

Ellen Wallach

Brian Grant

Mark Worthington

Ellsworth C. “Buster” Alvord, In memoriam

Kyra Hokanson Gray

Sally Kincaid Katherine Kruger, Student Board Member Craig Miller

Cynthia Bayley / Thomas Bayley / Cathryn Booth-LaForce / JC Cannon / Elizabeth Cooper / Gail Erickson / Ruth Gerberding / Ernest

Betty Balcom, In memoriam

Cathy Hughes Yumi Iwasaki


Jerome Sanford, Sr. In memoriam EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Ana Mari Cauce, UW President Robert C. Stacey, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Catherine Cole, Divisional Dean of the Arts

EXCELLENCE Every season we promote artistic excellence by presenting artists who demonstrate and aspire to the most original, innovative, courageously realized examples of human creativity and expression. The 2015-16 Season was no exception:

Youssou N’Dour Acclaimed as “the world’s greatest pop vocalist” by the Village Voice; Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour raised the roof at Meany Hall while performing a broad spectrum of Senegalese music before a sold-out audience.

Sankai Juku In a North American premiere, Japan’s finest example of contemporary butoh, performed its latest creation Umusuna: Memories Before History, evoking the essence of duality and unity in the Chinese characters for “birth” and “death” that form the work’s title.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn This husband and wife team brought their dueling banjos to Meany with a program rich in Appalachian sounds—just two days before winning the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.

Akram Khan Company is known for its fusion of classical Indian Kathak and contemporary dance forms. In a first-ever Seattle performance, the UK-based company performed Kaash, in which Hindu Gods, Indian time cycles, tablas, black holes, creation and destruction were the themes. Trisha Brown Dance Company Washington native Trisha Brown changed the face of modern choreography forever. We were honored when the Trisha Brown Dance Company chose to make Seattle its last stop as part of its farewell proscenium stage tour, offering audiences one last time to see her major works in their original context. Malpaso Dance Company As part of its first-ever U.S. tour, this exciting Cuban company performed a new dance piece accompanied by live music, courtesy of this year’s Grammy award-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Grupo Corpo We are always happy to welcome back this stunning Brazilian dance company with its physical and choreographic dynamism. Martha Graham Dance Company What a thrill it was to welcome back the company as it celebrated its 90th anniversary, performing a vibrant new piece by Nacho Duato, as well as other exciting new and classic works. ETHEL with Robert Mirabal In a world premiere, amplified string quartet ETHEL presented The River with three-time Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal.

Vicente Amigo Known as the “Sultan of Duende” this Spanish virtuoso made his Seattle debut and transported his audience with passion, grace and fire. globalFEST: Creole Carnival brought Haitian singer Emeline Michel, Casuarina’s Brazilian samba and the Jamaican guitar of Brushy One-String to Meany Hall for an evening of Caribbean beats. Jonathan Biss is said to “unreel music like a prayer to the universe.” We were honored to welcome the deeply-talented pianist back to Meany Hall for the first time in over a decade. Yulianna Avdeeva, the first prize winner of the 2010 Chopin Competition—and only the fourth woman to have won this award—is particularly known for her interpretations of Chopin. This was her Seattle debut. Garrick Ohlsson was the first American to win first prize in the Chopin Competition in 1970, and is known for his command of an enormous repertoire. Igor Levit is recognized as a major new pianist and acclaimed as a multi-award winner at the Arthur Rubenstein International piano competition, among others. Jeremy Denk, multi-talented pianist, writer, book critic, media personality and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, received both the Avery Fisher Prize and Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year award in 2014. The Danish String Quartet is celebrated as “one of the best quartets performing before the public today” by the Washington Post and is noted for their “rampaging energy” by The New Yorker.

Anonymous 4 As part of their farewell tour, this sublime all-female Early Music vocal ensemble performed traditional and modern works from each of their 20 criticallyacclaimed recordings. SO Percussion This percussion quartet is at the forefront of American musical culture with its exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center appeared with their exciting program Virtuosity, showcasing top-notch ensemble playing with soloistic chops. Daedalus Quartet, a leader among the new generation of string ensembles, made their Seattle debut performing a world premiere by internationally recognized UW School of Music composer Huck Hodge. The Peking Acrobats performed their astonishing feats of artistry while accompanied live by Chinese traditional instrumentalists. Jane Comfort & Company Choreographer Jane Comfort is known for creating theatrical, layered works of deep intelligence and compassion, but she took no prisoners with her biting, critically-acclaimed participatory dance/theater work Beauty. Anoushka Shankar Her mixture of classical sitar tradition, electronica, jazz, flamenco and Western classical music is truly unique. Gil Shaham/David Michalek We were proud co-commissioners of master violinist Gil Shaham’s multi-media production, in collaboration with filmmaker David Michalek, of Bach Six Solos with original films. His demanding three-hour performance marked Shaham’s Meany Hall debut. Murray Perahia took the stage for a long awaited recital, bringing with him a penetrating artistry that is unparalleled. Yo-Yo Ma Excellence personified, Yo-Yo Ma has made ninety recordings and received 17 Grammy Awards. He returned to the Meany Hall stage after 30 years for an intimate solo performance that left his audience breathless.

READY, SET, GO. It’s been three years since we began our initiative to engage more UW students in the performing arts through $10 student tickets; free, informal performances by visiting artists in dorms, dining halls and libraries; student after-parties following performances; a student-only lounge at intermissions; and an ice cream social at Meany Hall each September that attracts hundreds of UW students inside our doors—and three years since we recruited our first Student Engagement Team (SET) to help us do it. The group comprises undergraduate and graduate students from arts and non-arts disciplines alike; the qualities they all share are their enjoyment of the performing arts, their creativity, dedication and willingness to advocate to their peers. SET members heroically scooped ice cream, hosted the student lounge, facilitated dorm concerts and spread the word among their contemporaries about up-coming events. Several members of SET also worked in our administrative offices and volunteered to help with events—one member was even brave enough to convince her string quartet to play at a special reception for Yo-Yo Ma! This degree of passion, commitment and enjoyment was a real inspiration not only to their fellow students, but to our staff and visiting artists as well. At the reception following his performance at Meany Hall, Yo-Yo Ma warmly congratulated SET member (and cellist) Sonja Myklebust and her quartet for their performance, and went on to speak about the importance of the arts at public universities.

Photo by: Harald Hoffman

INNOVATION For 37 years, the Series has been dedicated to supporting innovation both on and off the stage. The 2015-16 Season was no exception: we brought a spirit of adventure to our artistic programming and committed ourselves to a new approach for supporting groundbreaking artists making new work. FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES Like everyone else, artists must work for their living—which means they’re usually so busy performing existing works that they have little time left over to create new ones. In January, 2016, the University of Washington received a grant of $750,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Creative Residency Fellowships. Meany Center executive director Michelle Witt and the chairs of the Schools of Drama, Music, DXArts and the UW Dance Program will work together to identify and bring professional performing artists to campus for residencies of varying lengths over a period of three years. While here, the artists will be given time, space and resources to pursue their own creative research, and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and students. CO-COMMISSIONS AND WORLD PREMIERES Commissioning new work and/or presenting it for the first time are two other ways we support artists, and in the 2015-16 Season, we did both. In October, we presented the world premiere of The River, a new work born of a six-year-long collaboration between the string quartet ETHEL and Grammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal. In May, we presented another world premiere: The Topography of Desire by UW School of Music professor Huck Hodge, performed by the Daedalus Quartet.

We were also proud to have cocommissioned an ambitious and demanding interdisciplinary piece: violinist Gil Shaham playing Bach Six Solos with original films by David Michalek. You can expect to see our stamp on three new works in the 2016-17 Season—two dance and one chamber music—that we have co-commissioned. OLD SERIES, NEW TRICKS Sometimes innovation takes the form of looking at something from a slightly different perspective. Take for example, our International Chamber Music Series. By definition, chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments. By tradition, the majority of chamber ensembles have been string quartets. This past season, however, we decided to expand our definition of chamber music. As a result, we presented the remarkable Early Music vocal quartet Anonymous 4 in one of its final performances before the group retires and SO Percussion, a foursome described by The New York Times as “an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” on our International Chamber Series. Both ensembles drew many new patrons—and introduced long-time regulars to new artists. ADVENTUROUS PERFORMANCES IN ALTERNATIVE SPACES The stage in Meany Hall is one of the best in the country for dance, and the acoustics here are outstanding. Even so, sometimes we like to take our artists out from under the proscenium arch and into unusual venues to perform for communities that might not otherwise have the opportunity to see them.

This past season, for example, Rachael Lincoln, a lecturer in the UW Dance Program and a member of the vertical dance company BANDALOOP, performed Trisha Brown’s iconic work, Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, on—you guessed it, the exterior wall of Meany Hall. A few days later, the Trisha Brown Dance Company gave a free performance of a new work, In Plain Site, at the Seattle Art Museum. We took SO Percussion outside on a windy February afternoon to perform Clapping in the covered walkway between the Allen Library and Suzzallo during class change (the acoustics were pretty interesting!). Audiences for Jane Comfort & Company’s dance/theater performance, Beauty, in our 220-seat Meany Studio Theater were close enough to count the sequins in the dancers’ Barbie doll evening gowns— many audience members specifically called out the intimacy of the space as a real enhancement to their experience.

LISTENING TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUMMER Brian Grant, a long-time subscriber to Meany Center’s International Chamber Music, World Dance and President’s Piano Series, has seen plenty of chamber music in his time. For him, having SO Percussion on the International Chamber Music Series was both a pleasure and a revelation. “They were incredibly fun to listen to,” Brian says. “Accessible, and really interesting. Going into the concert, I could never have imagined how much variety there actually is in the tones of the different instruments. And I suddenly realized that I have no idea how percussion music is written on the page or how the musicians know when to come in or how to play together. It was fascinating!” Brian is very supportive of Meany Center’s broadening of definitions. He remarked that for many people, classical music basically froze in time 200 years ago. What he really appreciated about SO Percussion is that they were playing modern music—and playing it on entirely different instruments from what is typical of a chamber ensemble. “I think it was a bold move, to bring a percussion quartet on the Chamber Series,” Brian says. “The challenge is to find that middle ground between the traditional and the new—I’ll bet there were a lot of people in the audience for SO Percussion that Meany Center hasn’t seen before. I hope we’ll see them again.”

Photo by: Jeff Ragland

CONNECTION Archaeological evidence provides support for the idea that artistry, creativity and music were a part of our ancestors’ lives as the modern human brain was developing— that the arts were, in fact, essential components to language acquisition and communication. More important, the arts take us out of ourselves and into a shared communal experience. BUILDING BRIDGES Advancing cultural exchange has been part of our mission since our inception 37 years ago, and this past season was no exception. In October, Native American Grammy Award-winning flutist Robert Mirabal played a free concert for about 50 at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a multi-use space for American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty and staff, also known as the UW Intellectual House) with the amplified string quartet ETHEL. The artists were obviously delighted to play there—Mirabal frequently wandered away from the quartet, drumming on the walls with his hands and sounding out the acoustics of his various flutes from every corner of the longhouse. The significance of the space became even more relevant when ETHEL and Robert Mirabal explained their six-year collaboration. For ETHEL, their work is rooted in music’s power to speak to other cultures. In Mirabal they have found someone who is grounded deeply in his own culture and is at the same time open to sharing with other cultures. In addition to the musical traditions he brings to the group, they have also picked up his sense of ceremony—that the act of performing is ceremony—which helps them to make sense of what they do and why they do it. Other opportunities for connecting across cultures included Japanese butoh dance company Sankai Juku’s free workshop open to both UW Dance Program students and members of the community; a special event with Peking Acrobats; and our star-studded World Music Series line-up of Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Anoushka Shankar (India) and Vicente Amigo (Spain). All told, 16 countries were represented among the international artists we presented in 2015-16.

YOUNG AT ART Some of our most important patrons have never bought a single ticket to one of our events. And yet, year after year we’re happy to see them. In the 2015-16 Season, more than 3,500 K-12 students from more than 82 public schools in the Seattle area came to Meany Hall to attend one of four free student matinees. An additional 720 students welcomed artists into their classrooms for intimate lecture/demonstrations. For example, we took the Daedalus Quartet to Lowell Elementary where they played for all 180 kids, grade by grade, kindergarten through fifth. They engaged the children in lively discussions each time about how the music they played made the kids feel or what they thought the composer intended. In February, we brought American Roots singer Martha Redbone to Seattle for an entire week of K-12 residencies. Ms. Redbone is acclaimed for performing the music of the Appalachian coal fields where she was raised, infusing it with the rhythms and chants of her family’s Native and African American traditions. She visited schools with high enrollments of Native and African American children in Seattle, and went as far north as Marysville to visit a high school there that serves Native American students. The connection she made with the kids was palpable—from her youngest audience members (3rd and 4th graders) to her oldest (high school), Ms. Redbone met them on their own terms and soon had them singing, chanting and playing along with her on native instruments. MASTERS OF ARTS One of our most important objectives at Meany Center is making it possible for UW performing arts faculty and students to connect with visiting artists—the 201516 Season brought SO Percussion for a weeklong residency with percussion students in the UW School of Music, while piano students benefited from personal instruction by four of the classical music world’s brightest stars: Garrick Ohlsson, Jonathan Biss, Yuliana Avdeeva and Igor Levit. And Native

American flutist Robert Mirabal visited an ethnomusicology class while he and the ETHEL Quartet were here. UW Dance Program students had a chance to take classes with the Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Malpaso and Akram Khan dance companies while Japanese butoh group Sankai Juku offered a community workshop on campus. Non-arts students benefited as well when choreographer Jane Comfort visited a pop culture and gender class to discuss cultural notions of beauty; and later Haitian singer Emeline Michel shared her experience as a female musician in her own country—and what it was like being the only woman on the GlobalFest tour bus. COMMUNITY SERVICE What do the Seattle Art Museum, Velocity Dance Center, Classical KING FM, Early Music Guild and Seattle Theater Group all have in common? In the 2015-16 Season, they all partnered with UWWS/Meany Center to bring visiting artists to our community. Classical KING FM, for example, live-streamed the Daedalus Quartet’s April performance, and invited the Danish String Quartet and SO Percussion into their studio to play and talk music. They also broadcast all our classical piano and chamber performances on their online music service, Second Inversion, allowing our community to enjoy our programming free of charge. Seattle Art Museum hosted a free performance of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s newest work, In Plain Site, for several hundred onlookers—dance aficionados, as well as museum visitors who came upon the company by chance. And Velocity Dance Center invited choreographers and dancers from Trisha Brown Dance Company and Jane Comfort & Company to come to their space on Capitol Hill for classes and a free, open to the public conversation. Mark Morris Dance Group’s appearance at STG wasn’t free of charge, but it was the result of a unique partnership between UWWS/ Meany Center, On the Boards and STG to take turns presenting MMDG every year, thus ensuring the work of one of our state’s most important artists is seen on a regular basis.

“I actually loved the energy of the audience — how my personal reactions seemed to be mirrored in everyone else’s as well. There was a real sense of unity — all of us leaning in together.” ETHEL WITH ROBERT MIRABAL AUDIENCE MEMBER

Photo by: Kate Russell


INSPIRE: FROM THE LATIN, INSPIRARE, TO BREATHE INTO. EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE When Yo-Yo Ma appeared in a solo performance on the Meany stage in December, 2015, it was a rare opportunity for audience members to experience Ma’s virtuosity in a far more intimate space than is usual for an artist of his stature, where no seat was farther than 90 feet from the stage. We often describe the things that inspire us as “breathtaking.” But while we might have momentarily bated our breath at Ma’s flawless execution of Bach, Saygun, Jiping and Mark O’Connor, we came away from that performance permanently changed by the artistry and beauty we had all “breathed in” together. TRISHA BROWN RETROSPECTIVE Choreographer and Washington native Trisha Brown was an inspiration to generations of dancers and choreographers who followed her. In 2012, she retired from making new work; in 2015, the company that bears her named decided to stop performing her proscenium works entirely and focus, instead, on site-reactive dance. In February, 2016, the Series was honored to host the final performances ever of the Trisha Brown Dance Company on a stage—our stage.

Inspired ourselves by the impact this larger-than-life artist had on contemporary dance, the series went beyond simply presenting three nights of performances in Meany Hall. We brought Susan Rosenberg, one of the foremost authorities on Trisha Brown, to campus for a lecture about the choreographer’s influence on the field. We presented Brown’s iconic work, Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, on an exterior wall of Meany Hall; invited percussion quartet SO Percussion to play works by Brown’s long-time collaborator, John Cage; installed a photo exhibit of Brown and her work over several decades; and offered master classes and community lectures. We also worked with Seattle Art Museum to showcase the company’s new direction with a free performance of In Plain Site. This site-reactive work mines and then recombines material from Brown’s repertory, incorporating the unique spatial demands of a particular venue in order to present the choreographer’s work in fresh and intriguing ways that will inspire generations to come.

WORD CLOUD One way we measure our audience’s satisfaction with the artists we bring is to ask our patrons directly. After every performance, we send an electronic survey to ticket-buyers, asking for their reactions. This “Intrinsic Impact Survey” is designed to evaluate audience response across many subsets including captivation, social bridging, intellectual stimulation, emotional resonance and aesthetic enrichment. In one section of the survey, we ask respondents to describe their experience in one to three words—which are then generated into a word cloud, with the words that show up most often noted more prominent than lesser-used ones. The word cloud is a visual summary of what our audiences think and feel about the performance they’ve just seen. This word cloud is the combined product of all the individual word clouds across all of our series this season. You like us! You really like us!

IT TAKES AN ORCHESTRA TO RAISE A CHILD When Robert Babs was in 7th grade, the UW World Series brought The Young Eight, an African American octet, to his school for an extended in-school residency that culminated in “Night of Strings,” a community concert featuring young musicians from many public schools. Though Robert had already been playing violin in his school orchestra for a couple of years, “Seeing classical musicians who looked like me had a huge impact.” In fact, it changed the trajectory of his life. Six years later, Robert enrolled at the University of Washington, double-majoring in History and English with a minor in French —though music continued to hold a central place in his life. He played with the University Orchestra and joined the UW Chamber Music Club, but he never imagined the arts as a career option. Then he joined UW World Series’ Student Engagement Team (SET) in its inaugural year, eventually becoming an intern in the UWWS offices working for Education Director Elizabeth Duffell—a job that gave him insight into arts administration. “The UW World Series had the biggest impact in my life— before I worked here, I never thought the arts would be in my future.” Helping to produce the 2014 Night of Strings was a turning point—Robert had last participated in Night of Strings as a middle schooler with The Young Eight; then in 2014 the Catalyst Quartet came, and Robert helped to plan the event. He also got a chance to play on stage with the kids for the first time since he’d been one of those kids—so he moved from having the experience himself to participating in giving that experience to others. “I invited my mom to the performance and for the first time she finally understood what an Arts Administrator does.” Robert graduated in June, 2016, with a B.A. in English and History—and his first postcollege job is as program coordinator of Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham. His long-term career goal? “It would be fun to be a Michelle Witt (Artistic Director),” Robert says, “but I really want to be an Elizabeth.”

Photo by: Todd Rosenberg

“I am most thankful that Youssou N’Dour was invited to perform here, and I hope he will be invited again in the near future. He is such an inspiration to very many people in that part of the world. Thank you UW for bringing him to Seattle. I waited over 10 years for this moment. Thank you much.” YOUSSOU N’DOUR AUDIENCE MEMBER

Photo by: Youri Lanquette



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University Support* Endowment Distribution Total FY16 Income


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Total FY16 Expenses

Dollar amounts rounded to the nearest thousand. *University support of $400,000 is reported net of a UW administrative fee of 15.6% of self-sustaining earned income, or approximately $195,000 for FY16..



Number of nationalities represented in 2015-16 Season


Number of artists who made their Seattle debuts


Number of world, North American and/or Northwest premieres of new work at Meany Hall in the 2015-16 Season

48 7,928 79,878

Total number of students employed by Meany Center in our administrative office, in the ticket office, in the Gallery Café and as ushers throughout the season Total number of hours these students worked Number of patrons student ushers greeted at Meany Theater, Meany Studio Theater and Jones Playhouse during 168 visiting artist performances


Number of stories above the stage floor the Meany Center tech crew needed to lift a 50 foot metal box truss and sixty 25-lb sandbags in order for Rachael Lincoln to perform Trisha Brown’s Man Walking Down the Side of a Building on Meany Hall’s exterior wall


Distance in feet the tech crew had to climb on a straight ladder in order to finally reach the roof for Man Walking Down the Side of a Building

1 1,200 2

Number of dance companies appearing on the 2015-16 World Dance Series who also performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio (Grupo Corpo) Number of cups of ice cream scooped at the “Ice Cream for All at Meany Hall” student open house during Dawg Daze Number of first prize winners of the Chopin Competition who performed at Meany Hall in the 2015-16 Season




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Frank and JoAnna Lau

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Bentley and Lynda Emel / Andrew Bertino-Reibstein / David Bird

Michael Linenberger and Sallie Dacey

Pamela Fink and Michael Bevan

/ Beverly Bodansky / Helen Bodkin / Michael Bolasina / Gene

May and Wah Lui

Mark Firmani

Brenowitz and Karen Domino / Joyce and David Brewster /

Ramona Memmer and Lester Goldstein

Susan Fischer

Carl Brodkin / Dianne Calkins / Carol and Henry Cannon III /

John and Gail Mensher

Albert Fisk and Judith Harris

Frances Carr / Robert Catton / Pamela and Robert Center /

Stephen Metzler and Almudena de Llaguno

Emily Fitch

Robert and Molly Cleland / Libby Cohen / R. Bruce and Mary

Linda and Peter Milgrom

Gerald Folland

Louise Colwell / Karen Conoley and Arthur Verharen / Jan and

Susan P. Mitchell

Stuart Fountain and Tom Highsmith

Bill Corriston / Kathy Cowles and Bradford Chamberlain / Karen

Kevin Murphy and Karen Freeman

William and Lindy Gaylord

and Philip Craven / Jean Crill / Gavin Cullen and David Jamieson

James and Pamela Murray

Susan and Russell Goedde

/ Judy Cushman and Robert Quick / John Darrah and Elizabeth

Erika J. Nesholm

Laurie Griffith

/ Dickerman Darrah / The de Soto Family / Janice DeCosmo and

Eugene and Martha Nester

Tim Groggel and Annette Strand

/ David Butterfield / Dr. Barbara DeCoster / Theodore Dietz

Anne and Bill Nolan

Susan Hert and William Levering III

/ Susan Dittmann / Ann Dittmar / Susan and David Dolacky /

Amanda Overly

David B. Johnson

David Doody and Michael Erickson / Nancy Dorn / Laurie Ann

Ronald and Leslie Pederson

Michael and Nancy Kappelman

and C. Bert Dudley / Elizabeth Duffell / Cliff Eastman / Sheila

John Rochford and Nick Utzinger

Aaron Katz and Kate Dougherty

Edwards-Lange and Kip Lange / Ian Einman / Lynne and Hollie

Dick Roth and Charlene Curtiss

Philip and Marcia Killien

Ellis / Penelope and Stephen Ellis / Jean Burch Falls / Alan and

Werner and Joan Samson

Connie and Gus Kravas

Jane Fantel / Polly and Eric Feigl / Jacqueline Forbes and Douglas

Cathy Sarkowsky

Eli Livne and Esther Karson

Bleckner / Julie and Steven Friedman / Lucille Friedman / William

Dolores Gill Schoenmakers

Dennis Lund and Martha Taylor

Friedman / Susan and Albert Fuchs / Kai Fujita / Melissa Fulton

Michael Scupine and Kim Gittere-Abson

Jeffrey and Barbara Mandula

/ Sarah Skye Gilbert / George Gilman / J. David Godwin and /

Edward Sheets and Ronda Skubi

William and Holly Marklyn

Virginia Reeves / Joan and Steven Goldblatt / Jennifer and Henry

Marcia Sohns and Mark Levy

Robin L. McCabe

Gordon / Catherine Gorman / Gene Graham / Virginie Grange /

Clark Sorensen and Susan Way

Mary Mikkelsen

Alieu Ann and Natasha Greaves / Nancy and Earl Grout / David

Peter Tarczy-Hornoch and Candice McCoy

M. Lynn Morgan

Grossman and Cezanne Garcia / Evette and Robert Hackman

Mark Taylor

Trisha and Eric Muller

/ Emile Haddad / Katherine Hanson and Michael Schick / Mary

Manijeh Vail

Rik Muroya

Beth Hasselquist / John and Geraldine Hay / Dandan He /

Josephus Van Schagen and Marjon Floris

William and Rosemary Newell

Kathryn Heafield and Guy Sattler / Peter Herford / Lori Hess

Bob and Andrea Watson

Margarete Noe

and Benjamin Miller / Janet Hesslein and Murl Sanders / David

Eugene Webb and Marilyn Domoto Webb

Mark Novak and Katrin Pustilnik

Hewitt and Marcia Wagoner / Alan and Judy Hodson / Ellen

Stephen and Debra Wescott

Wendy and Murray Raskind

Hofmann / Roy Linwood Hughes / Ron Hull / Margaret Hunt /

John V. Worthington

Jason Reuer

Patricia Hynes / Thomas Jacka / Grace Jao / Robert C. Jenkins /

Wright Piano Studio Students

Tom Robinson and Joan Wellman

Linda and Christopher Johnson / Robert Johnson and Heather

Ying Gi Yong

Bette Round

Erdmann / Larry and Roberta Jordan / Julie Kageler / H. David

Igor Zverev and Yana Solovyeva

Janet and John Rusin

Kaplan / George and Mary Kenny / Christian and Patricia

Robert and Doris Schaefer

Killien / Jean Kincaid and David Koewler / Leslie Kincaid / Divya


Bob and Robin Stacey

Krishnana / James and Elaine Klansnic / Adam Kline and Genie

(between $250 and $499)

Thomas Standaert

Middaugh / Nancy and John Kloster / Mark and Joan Klyn /

Kay and John Allen

Edgar and Gail Steinitz

Glen Kriekenbeck / Laurence and Rosalie Lang / Inge and Leslie

Stuart Allen and Sunny Liu

David and Barbara Thomas

Larsen / Eric Larson and Teresa Bigelow / Tammara and Brian

and Elizabeth Gilchrist / Jayne Coe / Brian Cole / Carol

Marilyn Stone Lytle / Douglas MacDonald and Lynda Mapes

Cole and Andrew Groom / Monica C. Connors / Merrilee

/ Ross and Lisa Macfarlane / Daniel Magea / Sara Magee /

G. Conway and Jay Young / Anne and George Counts

Heinz and Ingeborg Maine / John and Katharina Maloof

/ Barbara Courtney / Peter and Beatrice Crane / Gary

/ Dubravka and Danko Martincic / Michael and Nancy

Crispin / Christopher Curry / Rachel Demotts / Melisa

Matesky / Tessa Matthey and Peter Durkee / Lila May /

Doss / Laura and William Downing / Donna and Robert

Roland Mayer / Donna McCampbell / Mary V. McGuire

Dughi / Richard Eide / Patricia Emmons and Shmuel

/ Robert and Catherine McKee / Douglas McLaren and

El-Ad / Ivone and / Oren Etzioni / Susan Ewens / Giselle

Irene Yamamoto / Susan L. McNabb / Renate McVittie /

Falkenberg and Rockwell Moulton / James Fesalbon

Barbara and James Miller / Reza and Carol Moinpour /

and Edward Francis Darr II / Judith Gillum Fihn and

Raymond Monnat and Christine Disteche / David Morris

Stephan D. Fihn / Susan Carol Fisher / Susan Fitch /

/ Anne Morrison / Christine Moss / Pamela A. Mullens

Naoko Forderer / Judith Frey and Flick Broughton / Anne

/ Susan Mulvihill and James Liverman / Teri Mumme /

Futterman / Daniel Gamelin / Anne and David Gilbert /

John Nemanich and Ellendee Pepper / Betty Ngan and

Nathaniel Gilbert / Katya Giritsky / Sara Glerum / Sarah

Tom Mailhot / Marianne and Albert Nijenhuis / Dawna

Goldenkranz / Nancy Green / Andrew Gross and Shira

Nipp / David Norman / Beatrice Nowogroski / Nenita

Wilson / Shuko Hashimoto / Ian Hellen and Paula Cerni

Odesa / Martin Oiye and Susan Nakagawa / William and

/ Robin Hendricks / Judith Herrigel / Carol R. Hershman

Sherry Owen / Cathy Palmer / Elizabeth Park / Nichole

/ Jim Hessler / Nancy Hevly / Alistair Hirst / Sibyl James

Parr / Gerald Paulukonis / Florence Peterschmidt / Karen

/ Natarajan Janarthanan and Ponni Rajagopal /Janice

Peterson / James Phelps / Sandra Piscitello / Mary-Alice

Javier / Linda Kent and James Corson / Kyle Kinoshita

Pomputius and Walter Smith / Susan Porterfield / Lincoln

/ Lee Klastorin / Jurgen and Lynn Klausenburger /

and Mayumi Potter / Jocelyn Raish and Robert Toren /

William Koenig / Calvin and Margaret Konzak / Daniel

Dennis Reichenbach / Matt Reichert / Carrie Richard /

and Sandra Kraus / Pamela Lampkin and Robert Zipkin

Carla Rickerson / Suzuko and Edward Riewe / Paula Riggert

/ Bruce Landon and Atsuko Osawa-Landon / Kathryn

/ Chet Robachinski / Norita Robbins / Neil Roberts and

Lew and Dennis Apland / Barbara Lewis / James and

Bonnie / Worthington-Roberts / Pacita Roberts / Cassy

June Lindsey / Wendy Marlowe / William and Judith

Robinson-Cohen / Randy Rohwer / Robert Romeo / Gail

Matchett / Brian McHenry / Teresa McIntyre / Michael

Sailer / Jennifer Salk and David Ehrich / Laura Sargent /

and Noor McMann / Sharon Metcalf and Randall

Joachim Schneider and Jolene Vrchota / Charles Schooler /

Smith / Eric Michelman and Patricia Shanley / Marilyn

Janet Schweiger / Jean Schweitzer / Charyl and Earl Sedlik /

Milberger / Jocelyn and Mike Miller / Sheree Miller

Norman Hollingshead / Mark and Patti Seklemian / Robbie

and Benjamin Greer / Michael Morris / John Mosher

Sherman, M.D. and Charles Meconis / Beverly Simpson

/ Harold and Susan Mozer / George and Ellen Naden

/ Roger Simpson and Jeffrey Cantrell / John Sindorf and

/ Isaac and Lensey Namioka / Kara Niedner / Barbara

Mary Ann Bolte / Virginia Sly / Mani and Karen Soma /

O’Steen and R. Howard Mitchell / Sharon Overman /

Sarah Stanley and Dale Rogerson / Allyn and Douglas

Colette Posse / Nicole Quinones / James and Ruth Raisis

Stevens / Christopher and Heidi Stolte / Derek Storm and

/ Michael Ramey / Mechthild Rast / William Reed and

Cynthia Gossett / Carol Swayne and Guy Hollingbury /

Nancy Worden / Meryl Retallack / Cody Ring-Rissler

Renata Tatman and Pablo Schugurensky / Thomas Taylor

/ Sam and Josie Roskin / Ellen Roth and Dan Roach /

/ Mark Teitelbaum / Sue Thomas / Mary Anne Thorbeck /

David and JoAnne Rudo / Craig Schieber / Stephen and

Barbara Trenary / Dorene and Dennis Tully / Phyllis Van

Loretta Schuler / Juanita and Warren Segura / Herbert

Orden / Yvonne and Bruno Vogele / Patricia Wahl and Dean

and Elaine Selipsky / Giles and Sue Shepherd / Danny

Wingfield / Lenore Waldron / Michael Wall / Martha Walton

Shih / Ann and Christopher Smith / Carol Smith / Hank

/ Margaret Watson / Taylene Watson / Larry and Lucy

and Dorothy Stephens / Evelyn Sterne / Kristin Strout /

Weinberg / Richard and Ann Weiner / Barbara Weinstein /

Mark Sullivan / Mark Thomas / W. Michael Thompson

Leah Wener-Fligner / Bruce and Christine White / John and

/ Gertrud Tobiason / Emily Transue / Frits van Oppen

Margaret Williams / Judy and Raymond Williams / Karin

/ John Vistica / Gail and John Wasberg / Christine

Williams / April and Brian Williamson / Barbara and Grant

Westergaard / David Wine / Becky Woodworth

Winther / Carolyn Wood / Evgueni and Tatiana Zabokritski / Shirley Zaic and Eric Johnson / Robert Zauper / Lawrence Zeidman and / Linda Tatta / Maxine Zemko

FRIEND (between $50 and $99) Anonymous / Michelle Acosta / Cynthia Adams / Claudia and Thomas Allan / Michael and Elizabeth Anderson / Daemond Arrindell / Kam Au and Yuen Chan / Ruth and Mark Balter / Elisabeth Beaber / Elaine Brighton / Zbigniew Butor / Linda and Peter Capell / Gwyneth and Chris Casazza / Paul and Christine Carr / Phyllis and Alan Caswell / Michael and Mary Gayle Charlesworth / John Clarkson


Leighton / Benjamin Lerner / Peter LeVeque / Max Lieblich /

2 0 1 5 - 1 6 P LANNED GIFTS a n d E N DOWMENT S Total UWWS Endowment Market Value


(as of June 30, 2016)

Total New Contributions to Principal


Endowment Distribution


Dollar amounts rounded to the nearest thousand.

PLANNED GIFTS Anonymous Linda and Tom Allen Ellsworth and Nancy Alvord


Wimsey J. N. Cherrington

Nancy D. Alvord

Consuelo and Gary Corbett

JC and Renee Cannon

Bill and Ruth Gerberding

Bill and Ruth Gerberding

Matthew and Christina Krashan

Matthew and Christina Krashan

Margaret Dora Morrison

Christopher Landman and Julia Sommerfeld

Mina B. Person

Tracy and Todd Ostrem

Lois Rathvon

Mina B. Person

Fern Rogow

Chip and Tina Ragen

Dave and Marcie Stone

Eric and Margaret Rothchild

Donald and Gloria Swisher

Dave and Marcie Stone

Lee and Judy Talner

Lee and Judy Talner

Ellen J. Wallach

Gregory Wallace and Craig Sheppard (Multiple Founders)


CATHERINE AND DAVID HUGHES ASIAN PROGRAMMING ENDOWMENT Yumi Iwasaki and Anoop Gupta Catherine and David Hughes*


LIVE MUSIC FOR WORLD DANCE SERIES ENDOWMENT Cecilia Paul and Harry Reinert* Chiara Quartet © Liz Linder


MEANY CENTER EDUCATION ENDOWMENT Ernest and Elaine Henley* Matthew and Christina Krashan* J. Pierre and Felice Loebel* Lee and Judy Talner*

MEANY CENTER PROGRAMMING ENDOWMENT Windsor R. Utley* Estate of Ellsworth C. Alvord

The Meany Center


Meany Center for the Performing Arts (formerly UW World Series) at the University of Washington fosters innovative performances that advance public engagement, cultural exchange, creative research and learning through the arts. Meany Center provides opportunities for diverse artists, community, students and faculty to connect in the discovery and exploration of the boundless power of the arts to create positive change in the world.


VALUES EXCELLENCE f We are dedicated to the pursuit o f excellence and the expansion o human potential through arts and learning. INNOVATION  We encourage artistic risk-taking and collaboration to advance new creative expressions and engage important issues of our time. CONNECTION We bring diverse artists, community, students and faculty together in transformative experiences that promote the exchange of ideas and perspectives from around the world. INSPIRATION We cultivate the capacity to find joy and meaning through creativity and artistic exploration.

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