The Performing Arts Center celebrates black excellence with performances


UGA Performing Arts Center Celebrated Diversity as long as it is open. In 1996, the new installation was christened with a performance by legendary soprano Jessye Norman, originally from Black Georgia. The 25th anniversary season includes concerts featuring African American musicians at the top of their chosen fields.

Ranky Tanky takes the stage at the Performing Arts Center on November 16. (Photo by Peter Frank Edwards)

“Journey to the South: An African-American Celebration! Starring Ranky Tanky and special guest Dom Flemons (Nov. 16) is a double list of Grammy-winning acts. Charleston-based band Ranky Tanky will be joined by Flemons, founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, for an evening of jazz, gospel, funk, R&B and old-time music. Ranky Tanky also participates in the Performing Arts Center’s Performances for Young People children’s concert series.

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis brings his quartet to Hodgson Hall on February 19, 2022. (Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson)

The name Marsalis is synonymous with accomplishment in jazz. “Big Band Holidays” (December 7 and 8) is a program featuring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, conducted by trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis then brings his own quartet to Hodgson Hall on February 19, 2022.

Nobuntu will be performing on January 25, 2022. (Photo by Corey Photography)

Nobuntu (January 25, 2022) is a dynamic female a cappella quintet from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, acclaimed around the world for their catchy performances of traditional songs, gospel, Afro-jazz and crossover music. Nobuntu is also part of the Performances for Young People series.

Michelle Cann performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on March 4, 2022 (Photo submitted)

In the first of two tours of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this season, March 4, 2022, Michelle Cann of the Curtis Institute of Music is the soloist in the 20th century black American composer’s “Piano Concerto in One Movement”. Florence Price.

Anthony McGill and the Pacifica Quartet are scheduled to perform on April 19, 2022. (Photo by Eric Rudd Photography)

The Grammy-winning Pacifica String Quartet (April 19, 2022) is joined by one of America’s most prominent black orchestral musicians, Anthony McGill, principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. The program includes the Clarinet Quintet by emerging Black American composer, pianist and educator James Lee III.

Audra McDonald poses in front of a brick wall.

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform as part of the Performing Arts Center’s 25th anniversary celebration on April 24. (Allison Michael Orenstein)

The 25th Anniversary Gala (April 24, 2022) features Broadway, TV and film star Audra McDonald, winner of six Tony Awards. His concert will feature a mix of Broadway songs, Great American Songbook standards and more.

For a full list of UGA Presents performances, visit

Three ways to order

  1. Buy your tickets online at
  2. Call the Center des arts de la scene box office at 706-542-4400, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Meet at the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5-minute parking is available in the Performing Arts Center roundabout to purchase or collect tickets.)

COVID protocols

For more information on the Performing Arts Center’s COVID-19 protocols, visit A flexible box office will be in place for all performances taking place until December 2021. Customers can exchange tickets for another performance (including those for spring 2022) or receive a full refund until noon on the day of the performance. , if it takes place on a weekday, or on Friday at 5 p.m. if it occurs on a weekend.


William E. Bennett

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