From Feimster to Mummenschanz, UConn’s Jorgensen Center is preparing a full program for the fall – Hartford Courant
Just weeks before the start of the fall semester, the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Connecticut unveiled its full fall season of music, comedy and dance, with one of the attractions – the Swiss masked troupe Mummenschanz – a clever combination of all these things.
More than a dozen events, including a classical faculty concert and a show exclusively for the UConn community, fill the schedule between mid-September and early December.
Classical music features prominently, with several acts already well known to Jorgensen’s audience. Some are long-standing traditions, like the Holiday Pops concert and the singing of Handel’s “Messiah” organized by the UConn music department.
Classical/pop combo The Piano Guys make their third visit to Storrs on September 16 at 8 p.m. is his last tour.
Viral sensations The Piano Guys – actually a pianist and a cellist – deliver their new multi-style multimedia concert on September 16 at 8 p.m.
The Emerson String Quartetwhich ends a career spanning nearly 50 years, performs works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorak on September 30 at 8 p.m.
The singer/violinist duo Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Italian singer-songwriter Francesco Turrissi released two albums, “There Is No Other” and “They’re Calling Me Home”. They play Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.
The Ukrainian Folk Music Quartet Dakha Brakhawho plays instruments such as goblet drum, tabla, didgeridoo, jew’s harp, flute, ukulele, zgaleyka, cello and accordion as well as piano, is at Jorgensen on October 9 at 3 p.m.
Actor Fortune Feimster, known from TV shows “The L-Word Generation Q,” “Kenan,” and “The Mindy Project,” among others, performs Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
The Apollon Musagète Quartet from Poland, with pianist Garrick Ohlsson, plays works by Schubert and Shostakovich on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.
The internationally renowned movement/illusion/costume troupe Mummenschanz returns to Jorgensen on his 50th Anniversary Tour, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Dance by Garth Faganthe troupe, led by the man who choreographed Broadway’s “The Lion King,” performs Nov. 12 at 8 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the dancers.
There is a UConn School of Fine Arts Faculty Showcase concert Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Sophie Shao on cello and John Blacklow on piano.
jazz singer Samara Joy is at Jorgensen for a cabaret concert on November 18 at 8 p.m.
The directory Holiday Pop Concert conducted by Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart is Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
The Boston Camerata performs the holiday theme “A Medieval Christmas: Hodie Christus Natus Est” on December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The directory “Messiah sings! of Handel’s masterpiece is December 9 at 8 p.m.
Also, magician/comedian Justin Willman will be performing a special show exclusively for UConn families on October 22 at 8 p.m.
Tickets for most shows go on sale August 29. The first show of the season, The Piano Guys, is already on sale for $65-$75, plus VIP packages of $150 and $200. Tickets for Fortune Feimster are also already on sale, priced at $15-$40.
Christopher Arnott can be reached at [email protected].