After a year and a half of minimal activity, the UGA Performing Arts Center is back in business, welcoming the public for a tremendous 25th anniversary celebration that culminates in April and May 2022.
Classically-formed indie-pop trio Time For Three opens the season Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall. They are known for their exquisite playing of strings and singing in close harmony. As Strad magazine wrote: “This remarkable band is not to be missed, and its members perform (and sing) with joy, mastery, creativity and supreme artistry in everything they do; really, no one else is like Time for Three. “
The next day, Friday October 15 at 8 p.m., the Doric String Quartet of England will be joined by famous pianist Jonathan Biss for an evening of Beethoven, Bartók and Elgar. Admission to this annual Payne Memorial concert is free, but tickets are required.
The event is named after Dr. William Jackson “Jack” Payne, former dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, who founded the Franklin College Chamber Music Series in 1978. In honor of his efforts, the Payne Memorial Concert is presented free to the public once per season.
“During the pandemic, the Performing Arts Center held online events – concerts and conversations – without audiences or with very small audiences,” said Jeffrey Martin, director of the Performing Arts Center. “We are more than ready to have a constant flow of artists on our stages and to reward them with applause.”
The UGA Performing Arts Center celebrated its opening in 1996 with gala performances by soprano Jessye Norman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. This 25th anniversary season features a gala on April 24, 2022 featuring six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway star Audra McDonald. The week of celebration ends with an Atlanta Symphony concert on May 1.
“Not only has the world changed dramatically since we opened our doors 25 years ago, it has changed dramatically over the past year as we have suffered the devastating impact of a global pandemic, social injustice, political uncertainty and many other things. “said Martin.
“These experiences highlight the importance of the performing arts in our lives. As we come together this season, we will harness the power of the arts to unite, heal us, and help us through the many difficult emotions we have experienced. feeling.”