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Theatre / Family

This musical adaptation of the Rapunzel fairy tale, with an appealing pop-rock score, is chock full of lighthearted hilarity, with gentle merriment for the kids, and inside jokes directed at theater and fairy tales to charm the grown-ups as well.

Fun For Kids of All Ages

Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 437
2Cellos /events/view.php?id=436

Music / Classical-Urban Fusion

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2Cellos, became a worldwide YouTube sensation with their passionate, dueling cellos version of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal. Within only a week, their video became a huge viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour.  

Sat, 02 May 2015 00:00:00 -0400 436
Rhythmic Circus /events/view.php?id=435

Dance / Tap Dance

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

There’s tap dancing and then there’s Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting, rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger-snapping tunes. A seven-piece band and vocalists ignite Rhythmic Circus’ appetite for tap dancing, performed on everything from sand to folding chairs. 

“….so brilliantly danced it was really irresistible.” – The People’s Critic  

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 435
Latin Fest '15 /events/view.php?id=434

Music / Latino

Dance the night away to the irresistible sounds of salsa, merengue and Latin jazz. The evening opens with a DJ and UConn’s own BAILE. Jorgensen’s trendy Cabaret setting, with a large open dance floor and delicious Latino food and drink, guarantees a night that will be hot, hot, hot! 

Presented by Jorgensen & the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0400 434
Leipzig String Quartet /events/view.php?id=432

Music / Classical

Founded in 1988, the widely acclaimed Leipzig String Quartet (former principals of the celebrated Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra) is one of the most exciting string quartets in the international chamber music scene today. The foursome has won global recognition, and has been described as "superbly integrated" by the Washington Post, and "an eloquent, refined ensemble" by the New York Times.


BORODIN | String Quartet no. 2 in D major

STRAVINSKY | Three Pieces for String Quartet

WAGNER | Albumblatt (für Cosima Wagner)

DEBUSSY | Premier quatuor in G minor, op. 10

Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 432
Natalie Merchant /events/view.php?id=431

Music / Singer-Songwriter

Originally the lead singer and primary lyricist of 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant has earned a distinguished place among America's most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. "Merchant is in a league of her own." – Newsweek 

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 431
Cinderella /events/view.php?id=430

Dance / Ballet

Danced to the exuberant music of Prokofiev, this timeless tale of rags to riches is one of the best-loved of the classical ballets. With a company of 50 exquisite dancers, including some of Russia’s finest soloists, Cinderella comes to life as never before. Complete with fairy Godmother, handsome prince and two evil yet comical stepsisters, this charming and light-hearted classic is a feast for the eyes and a treat for audiences of all ages.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 430
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater /events/view.php?id=429

Theatre / Family

As seen on The Tonight Show, Letterman, and America's Got Talent, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a blend of unique comedy, world championship juggling, and the extraordinary talents of performing pets. His amazing cast of dogs and cats have been rescued from animal shelters and transformed in Vegas stars! Back by popular demand.

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 429
BODYTRAFFIC /events/view.php?id=428

Dance / Contemporary

Praised for its “confident, hard-hitting” (LA Weekly) execution in a wide range of styles, BodyTraffic was named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2013. Founded in 2007, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, commissioning new works from world-class contemporary choreographers.

This presentation of BODYTRAFFIC was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0400 428
Dover String Quartet /events/view.php?id=427

Music / Classical

Formed by students at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, won the grand prize at the 2010 Fischoff Competition, and is now Curtis's inaugural quartet in residence. The quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, while also bringing youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to a repertoire that is truly its own.

Mozart Quartet in D Major, K. 499   
Shostakovich Quartet No. 7
Beethoven Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3

Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 427
The Chieftains /events/view.php?id=426

Music / World

with special Guest Triona Marshall on Celtic Harp

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Sandwiches, soup, salad, dessert, cash bar 

Go green with the legendary Chieftains, the world’s most beloved Irish band! Together with a group of guest musicians, vocalists and Irish step dancers, these six-time Grammy winners, who recently marked their 50th anniversary, will regale you with their unique, exhilarating and beautiful renditions of traditional music from the Emerald Isle.

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500 426
Cameron Carpenter /events/view.php?id=424

Music / Classical-Urban Fusion

Cameron Carpenter, one of the world's top organists, has not only brought the "king of instruments" out of the church and onto the new stage, but has exposed an entirely new generation to the wonders of the pipe organ through his videos on YouTube. Unorthodox, controversial, and flamboyant, he amazes audiences with his astounding technique (both hands and feet), and breaks preconceptions of the pipe organ as a concert instrument.

Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 424
Audra McDonald /events/view.php?id=438

Music / Vocal

Broadway superstar Audra McDonald made history this summer with a record-breaking sixth Tony Award to add to her two Grammys. One of the most celebrated performers of her generation, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and TV. The Live From Lincoln Center host will dazzle you with her luminous soprano voice, performing favorite showtunes and songs from her new album Go Back Home—her most personal recording to date.

“Absolutely thrilling... One of the glories of American musical theater.”
– The New York Times

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 438
Zap Mama & Antibalas /events/view.php?id=423

Music / World

Two World Music Trailblazers Unite as Zap Mama Returns for First US Tour Since 2009

Collaborating for the first time ever, Zap Mama and Antibalas come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music in a world-music revue that will transport you around the globe in the course of a song.

Antibalas (Spanish for "bulletproof"), America’s premier afrobeat band, is a Brooklyn, NY based big band inspired by the golden age of West African and Afro-Caribbean musical styles of the 1970s as well as the jazz and improvised music traditions of their native New York. Members of Antibalas are sought-after session and touring musicians, regularly recording and performing with a spectrum of artists including the Roots, TV on the Radio, Jovanotti, Arcade Fire, Allen Tousaint, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Angelique Kidjo, and Betty Lavette. 

Combining hip-hop, R&B and African pop with a global sensibility Zap Mama, is an all-female troupe of afropop vocalists based in Europe who first created a sensation in the US world music scene in 1991 with their critically-acclaimed self-titled release on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Marie Daulne, known worldwide as the creative force behind Zap Mama, redefines the word "vocalist” by creatively expressing sound and storytelling through tone and pure voice, melding afropop with American and European urban music using ethnic polyphonic vocal structures.

The concert will deeply combine the two groups into one show specially created for their 29-date U.S. tour.  

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 423
Split Knuckle Theater - Endurance /events/view.php?id=448

Theatre / Drama

Trapped in Antartica with no hope of rescue, the great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton kept 27 men alive for two years in the most inhospitable climate on earth. Ninety-five years later, in the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression, Hartford insurance man Walter Spivey, struggling to justify his recent promotion and save his employee’s jobs, relives Shackleton’s story. Can one of the greatest leaders in human history inspire him to conquer
the corporate world? 

Split Knuckle is a critically acclaimed company that creates dynamic, physical, visually striking theatre from simple materials.

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 448
The Enchanted Child / Noah’s Flood /events/view.php?id=449

Music / Opera

UConn Opera Theater presents a double bill of The Enchanted Child (L’enfant et les sortilèges) by Maurice Ravel and Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde) by Benjamin Britten on Friday, January 30th at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 1st at 3:00pm.

Ravel’s The Enchanted Child depicts a misbehaved little boy and his psychological journey through one very strange day. Frustrated by his mother, the boy throws a fit and destroys many household items including furniture, wallpaper, fine china, and more. As the opera progresses, the things that the boy has destroyed come to life and teach the boy valuable life lessons. In Noah’s Flood, Britten brings to life the biblical story of Noah and the ark.

The Enchanted Child is led by senior mezzo-soprano Lizzy Hayes as the little boy. An active member of the voice area, Lizzy has performed in Songfests and in many UConn Opera Theater and Outreach productions. This past summer, Lizzy joined the Franco-American Vocal Academy program in Paris, France where she sang the title role of Hélène in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène. Noah’s Flood features bass-baritone Anthony Leathem as Noah. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Anthony has performed such roles as Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Superintendent Bud in Albert Herring and Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. This March, he will perform Dulcamara in UConn Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Elixir of Love. The rest of the cast draws from UConn’s graduate and undergraduate vocal programs and include: Judy Bowers, Matt Burke, Ryan F. Burns, Spencer Hamlin, Katelyn Lewis, Janani Sridhar, Jordan Swett, and Jessye Richmond. Michelle Hendrick and Dr. Brett Hodgdon return as stage and musical directors,  and UConn Opera Theater is pleased to welcome Luke Miller (set designer), Heather Lesieur (costume designer), and Josh Winiarski (light designer). Voice Area coordinator Dr. Constance Rock completes this all-star production team.

For the second time, UConn Opera is privileged and delighted to receive a generous grant from the Jeffery P. Ossen Family Foundation. In Noah’s Flood, UConn will be collaborating with the Windham School district, enlisting the help of many elementary school students as the animals who enter Noah’s ark. The professional orchestra will be augmented by the many talented instrumentalists involved in the JOY! Conservatory program, thus making this project a substantial community effort.

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 449
Matthew Polenzani /events/view.php?id=422

Music / Classical

A mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Polenzani, one of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages. 

"Few singers today command the sheer beauty of timbre and dynamic control of MatthewPolenzani... almost impossibly beautiful pianissimo..." – Opera News

“Polenzani sang with glowing sound, delivering melting pianissimos, soaring climaxes, firm diction and complete dramatic commitment. His emotional response to the music rang with an authenticity that made the evening feel more like an intimate personal confession than a grand performance. — Opera News

“... a dazzling mixture of lyrical brilliance and dramatic flair.” — Opera News 

Julius Drake, one of the foremost pianists of today, is much sort after for song partnerships and in chamber music ensembles. He has partnered some of the most outstanding song recitalists of the past 25 years, from Peter Pears, Gerard Souzay and Thomas Allen to Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, Gerald Finley and Simon Keenlyside.

“For my money this inspired accompanist is now the best in the business.” – New York Magazine

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 422