Jorgensen Events Feed Upcoming Jorgensen Events Feed. en-us 60 Rapunzel! Rapunzel! /events/view.php?id=437

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

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

Led by singer Marie Daulne, Zap Mama is an all-female Belgian a cappella quintet that combines hip-hop, R&B and African pop with a global sensibility. Collaborating for the first time ever, Zap Mama and Antibalas, a wonderfully eclectic Afrobeat collective, will 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.

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500 423
Matthew Polenzani /events/view.php?id=422

Music / Classical

A mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera, lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani has taken his place among the finest singers of his generation within the last ten years.

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

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500 422
Boston Pops Holiday Concert /events/view.php?id=421

Music / Pops

There are many stirring traditions during the holiday season, but none as magical as the Boston Pops performing their own highly acclaimed arrangements of Christmas and seasonal music. Perfect for families and music lovers of all ages, the Pops conclude the evening with an audience sing-along and a surprise visit by Jolly Old St. Nick - just like on PBS!

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 421
A Seraphic Fire Christmas /events/view.php?id=420

Music / Classical-Early Music

From the traditional opening strains of “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come, All Ye Faithful”), Seraphic Fire’s annual a cappella candlelight Christmas concerts are one of the highlights of the cultural season. Widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S., you’ll revel in the vocal splendor of Seraphic Fire this holiday season.

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500 420
My Sinatra /events/view.php?id=419

Music / Broadway

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

Cary Hoffman has made audiences laugh and swoon for eight years with his one-man Off-Broadway show and PBS special, My Sinatra. Now in concert version with an 11-piece big band, you can lose yourself in an evening of song by everyone’s favorite crooner. 

Cary Hoffman is America’s premiere Frank Sinatra interpreter. “... you’ll think it’s the real thing.” –

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 419
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra /events/view.php?id=418

Music / Classical

Recognized and sought after as one of the world’s preeminent violinists performing today, Nadja Salerno- Sonnenberg will join the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, one of the five oldest concert orchestras in Russia. Her playing combines brilliant technique, passionate emotions and a perceptive knowledge of the music, resulting in performances that the press have heralded as “unexcelled in the concert hall today.” 

“When I make music I never hold back. I simply do not know how to give less.” – Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
    with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 418
Wild Kratts – Live! /events/view.php?id=417

Theatre / Family

Experience live-on-stage the all new theatrical show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated show, will engage you with a classic Wild Kratts story, including astounding “creature” fundamentals and the infectious excitement that makes the hit PBS series so popular with kids and their families.

Fun For Kids of All Ages 

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 417
Ana Moura /events/view.php?id=416

Music / Latino

Portuguese vocalist Ana Moura's soulful and riveting interpretation of her land's captivating fado style has made her a star, and the youngest fadista to be nominated for a Dutch Edison Award. Fado, a deeply expressive and poetic form of song, personifies the Portuguese psyche with its universal themes of lost love, separation and longing. Ana Moura has achieved great success in Portugal and abroad and was even invited to sing onstage with The Rolling Stones in Portugal after the group saw her perform in a local fado bar.

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 416
George Takei /events/view.php?id=446

Variety / Lecture

***Tickets Required for Entry! Tickets will be available through the Jorgensen Box Office starting Oct 1.

UConn students must pick up tickets IN PERSON at the Box Office for one free general admission ticket - NO PHONE OR ONLINE SALES for UConn Students. Must show ID.

$25 General Public tickets available online, by phone, and at the Box Office.

Tickets limited so act quickly.***

George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. He’s an actor, social justice activist, social media mega-power, star of the upcoming Broadway musical Allegiance, host of the AARP-produced YouTube series Takei’s Take and subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.

Takei’s acting career has spanned five decades, with more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles to his credit. Takei is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actors’ Equity Association, and Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

With the outbreak of World War II, Los Angeles, California-born Takei and his family were placed behind the barbed-wire enclosures of United States internment camps along with 120,000 other Japanese Americans. Takei spent most of his childhood at Camp Rohwer in the swamps of Arkansas and at windswept Camp Tule Lake in northern California. At the end of the war, Takei’s family returned to their native Los Angeles.

Inspired by this difficult chapter of American history, Takei developed the Broadway-bound musical Allegiance, an epic story of love, family and heroism in which he stars alongside Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. Allegiance’s record-breaking world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2012 won multiple awards and will be followed by an upcoming Broadway run.

Now a community activist, Takei serves as chair of the council of governors of East West Players, the nation’s foremost Asian Pacific American theater. He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political organization. Takei is Chairman Emeritus of the Japanese American National Museum’s Board of Trustees; a member of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation’s Board of Directors; and served on the Board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission under President Clinton. In recognition of his contribution to the Japan-United States relationship, Takei was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2004.

This event is sponsored by AsACC, Asian & Asian American Studies Institute, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Student Affairs, CLAS, Neag School of Education, Global Affairs, UConn Alumni Association, Community Outreach, Leadership Office, Residential Life, Rainbow Center, Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, Women's Center and the African American Cultural Center.

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500 446
UConn Earthtones Fall Concert /events/view.php?id=443

Music / World


The Georgia Sea Island Singers will join Earthtones, UConn's world music vocal ensemble, this semester in a performance of Gullah Geechee songs from the Sea Islands.

The Georgia Sea Island Singers continue a tradition begun almost a century ago on St. Simons Island, Georgia, for the purpose of preserving the rich reservoirs of African-American culture, customs and the songs of the Gullah language spoken on the isolated islands of the Georgia Coast. These islands have been a vital storehouse of African-American history, because people living here were cut off from the melting pot on the mainland and retained a more pure version of the games and songs brought over from Africa. Songs and traditions documented by Lydia Parrish in her 1942 book Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands are performed today by the Quimbys for audiences all over the world. 

The Quimbys travel throughout the world most of the year, performing slave songs and dances, describing the world of their own slave ancestors, leading children in games, demonstrating slave dances, singing slave songs a capella, and explaining what those songs meant in the context of the last century.

Frankie Sullivan Quimby was born and raised on the Georgia Sea Islands. Her family took the name Sullivan after the Emancipation, one of the few families who can trace their ancestry back to a specific spot in Africa. The Sullivans, members of the Foulah Tribe, came from the town of Kianah in the District of Temourah in the Kingdom of Massina, on the Niger River.

Frankie, the oldest of thirteen children, is descended from slaves on the Hopeton and Altama Plantations in Glynn County. Many of her relatives still live in the Brunswick, Georgia area and on St. Simons Island.

Frankie is often quoted as saying "We are a strong people who know how to survive...and we want everybody to know where we came from."

The University of Connecticut and Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts are honored to present Frankie Quimby and the Georgia Sea Island Singers along with the Earthtones vocal ensemble. 

Sun, 02 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 443
From the Top /events/view.php?id=415

Music / Classical

From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young classically trained musicians heard weekly on New England Public Radio, is coming to UConn to record the first ever From the Top radio event in Connecticut.

Broadcast on 250 stations nationwide to an audience of more than 700,000 listeners, From the Top is one of the most popular classical music programs on the radio.

Now in its 15th season on air, the NPR program hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley will feature amazing performances and captivating personal stories of young musicians from across the country, and will be taped before a live audience at Jorgensen and aired on NPR.

Local 13-year-old pianist Chelsea Guo, a student at Darien High School, studies at the Juilliard Pre-College Division. Chelsea will perform Impromptu in B-flat Major, Op. 142, No. 3 by Franz Schubert.

Eleven year old violinist Charlotte Marckx, will perform a rousing fiddle fiddling finale with 13 year old cellist Olivia Marckx. The sisters hail from Bellevue, Washington.

Also featured on the show will be 16-year-old cellist Derek Louie from New York, New York; 17-year-old oboist Cassie Pilgrim from Chamblee, Georgia; and The Clemens String Quartet from Junior Chamber Music in Los Angeles, California. The quartet is comprised of teenage members violinist KJ McDonald, violinist Jason Corbin, violist Patrick Marsh, and cellist Alex Mansour.

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit the JOY! (Jorgensen Outreach for Youth) Program, which offers young people the opportunity to experience what the arts do best: capture their imaginations and transport them to a world that can enrich, educate, and enhance their lives. 

With support from National Endowment for the Arts

This concert is made possible by an Endowed Sponsorship gift provided by Patricia Hempel.

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 415
Amy Schumer /events/view.php?id=414

Theatre / Comedy

Looks can be deceiving. Amy Schumer’s apple-pie, girl-next-door good looks and edgy comedy have made her one of the hottest stars around. She explores topics revolving around sex, relationships, and “the general clusterf*ck that is life” with a provocative and hilariously wicked mind. As the funniest, freshest face on television, Amy Schumer blends honesty with an unapologetic sense of humor.

NOTE: Recommended for mature audiences only.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 414
Momix – Alchemia /events/view.php?id=413

Dance / Contemporary

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

The irrepressible Moses Pendleton presents Alchemia, his new work for the dazzling dancer-illusionists of Momix. It’s all about the art of alchemy, and the alchemy of art. Pendleton’s latest creation is an enchanting, phantasmagorical multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, sensuality and humor. The show is just bursting with aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphoses, and the sexuality of nature itself. It’s Momix at its most magical. 

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400 413