Located in the heart of the UConn campus, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is brimming with performances by internationally acclaimed artists and entertainers, from comedy, world music and jazz, to classical music, dance, and children’s events, as well as intriguing art exhibits in the Jorgensen Gallery. There’s something for all ages and interests at Jorgensen!
Spring 2019 Highlights
Astonishing fans for more than 30 years with nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body. The blockbuster dancer-illusionist company will perform a collection of audience and company favorites.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Sun, Feb 10, 2 pm
Jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles loved eons ago – and maybe still live today! Erth shows create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.
HEY KIDS! Get a photo with prehistoric aquatic creatures at 12:30 pm before the show. Reserve your spot online or call 860-486-4226, Mon-Fri, 10am – 5 pm. $30 pp. Participation is limited to 100.
Recommended for ages 5 and up.
A Far Cry
Wed, Feb 13, 7:30 pm
Concert Talk 6:45 pm in the Jorgensen Gallery by Dr. Penny Brandt
A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. The Grammy-nominated string orchestra has developed a distinct approach to music-making, with playing and programming that encourage risk-taking and exploration for both player and audience.
In its first decade, this conductor-free ensemble has earned and sustained a reputation for top-drawer playing, engrossing programming, and outstanding guest artists.” – Boston Musical Intelligencer
J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Philip Glass – Symphony No. 3
Béla Bartók – Divertimento for String Orchestra, Sz 113, BB 118
Osvaldo Golijov – Tenebrae
I’M WITH HER
I’m With Her is Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan. Four years after their formation at an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO, the band released their debut album, See You Around (Rounder Records), in February 2018. Co-produced by Ethan Johns and recorded in Bath, England, See You Around has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as “willfully open-hearted” and The Guardian calling their sound both “ethereal and purposeful.” From their early contributions in bands such as Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, these three musicians are noteworthy for their recent and extensive solo career successes, including several Grammy awards. I’m With Her have honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies, as the New York Times describes of a live performance, “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath.” Touring in support of the new album, the band have sold out shows across the U.S. and Europe and have also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS Saturday Morning and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The trio was recently nominated for Duo/Group of the year by the Americana Music Association.
BILLY STRINGS SOLO
The improbable child of Pantera & Doc Watson delivers EXTREME American string band music with energy levels usually associated with a box of dynamite. The industry has taken notice, he was the IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year (for guitar, banjo and mandolin), named a “Top 10 New Country Artist” by Rolling Stone, voted #1 in The Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of 16 and received praise from top tastemakers in Americana from No Depression to Planet Bluegrass. Billy’s debut LP “Turmoil & Tinfoil” hit the street on Sept 22, 2017 and has been selling out shows across the country since!
“Billy Strings has made a name for himself with his fiery live performances and virtuosic musicianship.” – No Depression
“We’re living in a moment where a very young, up-and-coming former bluegrass prodigy might be the very best thing going in all of country and roots music.” – Saving Country Music
Sat, Feb 16, 8 pm
Cabaret Event | Doors open at 7 pm
Cabaret fare, dessert, & cash bar
Motown legend Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry, and she’s still going strong. Her stunning voice is recognized on songs like “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and the iconic “Midnight Train to Georgia,” one of the greatest songs ever recorded in popular music.
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Wed, Feb 20, 7:30 pm
Sweet Honey in the Rock, the internationally renowned women’s vocal ensemble, has long been a vital and innovative musical presence in communities of conscience around the world. The group’s name comes from Psalm 81:16 with its promise of the honey of deliverance pouring from the enduring, elemental rock. The metaphor captures the repertoire of these African American women whose songs draw from the music of the Black church, the civil rights movement, and the universal struggle for justice.
Czech National Orchestra
John Mauceri, conductor / Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano
Sat, Mar 2, 8 pm
Concert Talk 7:15 pm in the Jorgensen Gallery by Dr. Heather DeSavage, University of Connecticut Department of Music
Celebrating 100 years of Leonard Bernstein
The program will include Three Meditations from Mass for Cello and Orchestra, the Overture from Candide, Dream with Me from Peter Pan, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and much more.
“…a sparkling performance.” – Seen and Heard International
“…A substantive, rich, and revealing concert.” – New York Times
Fri, Mar 8, 8 pm
Cabaret Event | Doors open at 7 pm
Cabaret fare, dessert, & cash bar
BE dazzled. BE amazed. and BE absolutely astounded by Mayumana. The world-renowned Israeli performance troupe ignites the senses with elaborate visual displays, electrifying, rhythmic beats, and dance. The brand new, eye-popping creation BE is an explosive 90-minute production that takes you on a hypnotic journey and never lets go.
Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Cabaret
Tues, Mar 12, 7:30 pm
A CELTIC CABARET
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Cabaret fare, dessert & cash bar
This company of eight Irish vocalists accompanied by a lively ensemble featuring piano, Uilleann pipe, accordion, and Irish fiddle, has an exhilarating and unique musical approach to universally loved songs. Their arias, with all original arrangements, are drawn from Irish Traditional folk song; opera arias, duets, trios, quartets, and ensembles; songs from the great American songbook; Broadway hits; and “modern” contemporary popular repertoire.
The Other Mozart
By Sylvia Milo
Thurs, Mar 14, 7:30 pm
Sylvia Milo performs her own award-winning drama – the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart. The sister of Amadeus, Nannerl was a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim- but her work and her story faded away, lost to history A one-woman tour de force.
Attendance limited to 250
This magical show for children of all ages examines color perception while exploring childhood fantasies, games, memories, experiences, and desires. Theater and dance combine with an interactive world of color as children enter the “High Tech-High Touch” performance, creating a hands-on experience for children unlike anything you’ve seen before.
“…some days are yellow, some are blue, on different days I’m different too.” – Dr. Seuss
Attendance limited to 250 for each TPO performance.
Russian National Ballet
Thurs, Mar 28, 7:30 pm
Simply one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, set to the exquisite music of Tchaikovsky and performed by more than fifty leading dancers from across the Russias.
Thurs, Apr 4, 7:30 pm
Concert Talk 6:45 pm in the Jorgensen Gallery by Dr. Heather DeSavage, University of Connecticut Department of Music
The Paris-based Arod Quartet is one of the leading lights of the young generation of string quartets.
Haydn – String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4
Bartók – String Quartet, No. 5
Brahms – String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
István Várdai, Cello
The Music of J.S. Bach
Bach Suites I
Tues, Apr 16, 7:30 pm
Concert Talk 6:45 pm in the Jorgensen Gallery
Bach Suites II
Wed, Apr 17, 7:30 pm
Hungarian cellist István Várdai will explore the extraordinary range of these masterworks on the legendary 1673 ‘Du Pre-Harrell,’ the oldest surviving cello crafted by Antonio Stradivari.
István Várdai, one of the most exciting young musicians of his generation, is the only cellist to have won both Geneva’s International Cello Competition and the ARD Competition in Munich – the world’s leading cello compeition.
Tues, Apr 16
Bach Solo Suites for Cello Nos. 1, 3, 5
Wed, Apr 17
Bach Solo Suites for Cello Nos. 2, 4, 6
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck Duet, Live in Concert
Thurs, Apr 25, 7:30 pm
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet will combine Corea and Fleck’s most recognizable tunes with the music from their Latin Grammy-winning album The Enchantment and their extraordinary live set Two (originally released in 2015 and now available on vinyl as well). With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this will be a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds.
“Supernatural.” – The Washington Post
“One masterly, magical concert.” – Daytona Beach News Journal
For a complete listing of events, go to Jorgensen.uconn.edu