President Andrew Hamilton (second from left) on stage at Steinhardt's
Frederick Loewe Theatre with (l to r) Dean Ted Magder, Jennie
Hamilton, Dean Dominic Brewer, MPAP Chair Ron Sadoff, Director of
Music Theatre William Wesbrooks, Dean Pamela Morris, Zachary
Tallman, Madeline Raube (student stars of Kiss Me, Kate), and
MPAP Administrative Director Kevin Haden
Andrew Hamilton became the new president of NYU on January 1. Dr. Hamilton is a distinguished chemist who has spent his life in academia, most recently as vice chancellor of Oxford University. He graciously agreed to answer a few questions for the Music and Performing Arts Professions website.
Our department was thrilled that you attended Kiss Me, Kate. What did you think of the show?
Jennie and I both enjoyed it immensely! It was wonderful to see Steinhardt’s students bring Cole Porter’s lyrics to life with such vim and energy. I intend for this to be only the first of many student performances that Jennie and I enjoy during our time on campus.
We know that you're a man of science, but what role have the arts played in your life?
I have stressed several times how vitally important I find the arts and the humanities. While I do consider myself first and foremost a scientist, I am an academic, and believe passionately that the arts are very necessary to enhance the richness of human experience.
Do you enjoy listening to music? What type?
I have eclectic tastes in music. I enjoy classical and opera, folk and some rock, as well as musical theatre.
Now that you're a New Yorker, what are you looking forward to most in terms of culture?
Jennie and I have been looking forward to enjoying New York’s cultural offerings for some time. We both love the theatre, and have already been to several shows on and off Broadway, but we hope to have opportunities to explore the museums and art galleries quite soon.
-Caroline Lagnado Miller