"Rosanne Cash has a broad range of interests and talents as a singer and writer," says Mario Garcia Durham, president/CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
"We are thrilled to have her as our closing plenary speaker not only because of her legacy in the music world but because we know she will be an inspiration to conference attendees and strengthen our commitment to all of the performing arts," Durham notes.
Cash, who is also the author of the acclaimed 2010 memoir Composed, is preparing to talk about "community, innovation and performance--in the context of a larger life,” she says.
“I'm honored to be asked,” she adds. “I've worked with a lot of the arts center and festival presenters who will be there, and they are a refined breed.”
In fact, Cash came to the attention of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) board member Cathy Edwards, director of programming at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Conn. She cites Edwards’ festival along with The Sydney Festival and The Minnesota Symphony as “just a few of the really special shows I've done with some of these APAP people.”
Concludes Cash: “The shows are always presented with the highest level of professionalism. And the thing about APAP presenters is that they like collaborating. They encourage special shows, unusual events. I really like the sense of community and innovation.”
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