The Piano Guys8:00pm
Saturday, September 14th, 2019
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing ArtsInternational musical superstars and internet sensations The Piano Guys bring their innovative mash-ups of classical and pop music performed on piano and cello to the stage at UConn's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019, at 8:00 pm. Since their serendipitous start in a Southern Utah piano shop, The Piano Guys have proven to be a powerhouse group without limits. Arriving as a musical phenomenon seemingly overnight, the quartet of Jon Schmidt (pianist, songwriter), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist, songwriter), Paul Anderson (producer, videographer), and Al van der Beek (music producer, songwriter) have delivered bold compositions that transcend boundaries of style and genre, a boundlessness that has since translated into a massively successful career. In the fall of 2018 they released their fifth studio album, Limitless.
"Who would have ever thought four middle-aged dads from Utah filming classicaly influenced music in nature could ever succeed at the outset?" asks member Steven Sharp Nelson. "That is why the name Limitless works so well. Our favorite thing is to find a way to be on the fringes of possibility. We like to combine things you would never expect to find together - but are close enough to make sense. It has been our mindset from the beginning."
Since formally introducting themselves in 2011, The Piano Guys have released five studio albums, two Christmas releases and a fan-favorite live album, earning six No. 1 debuts on Billboard's top Classical Albums chart and garnering an impressive 2 billion-plus global streams, over 1.6 billion YouTube views, and averaging nearly 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. They have sold out concerts in almost every corner of the world and attracted a diehard audience of millions. The Piano Guys have appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Mashable, People, been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and performed on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.
In late 2017, they hunkered down at their own TPG Studios in Utah and commenced work on what would become Limitless. A sublime, soaring, and sweeping cover of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" teased out the album release, generating over 8 million Spotify streams and nearly 20 million YouTube views. Moreover, the crossover of The Chainsmokers' "Something Just Like This" (feat. Coldplay) and Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" further illustrated their signature penchant for masterful mash-ups.
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Gilberto Santa Rosa8:00pm
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing ArtsA Hispanic Heritage Month Event
Dance Cabaret | Latin Food & Cash Bar
Break out your dancing shoes! Our open dance floor is beckoning to you with the irresistible sounds of living legend Gilberto Santa Rosa, "El Cabellero de la Salsa" (the Gentleman of Salsa). Dance, drink and enjoy delicious Latin fare in Jorgensen's candlelit cabaret setting.
Co-sponsored by PRLACC
Media Sponsors: NBC-Telemundo CT, WFCR/NEPR, & WTIC 1080
Sponsor: Luna Productions
Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra7:30pm
Thursday, October 10th, 2019
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing ArtsVivaldi's Four Seasons: Rediscovered
Hailed as “one of the pre-eminent period-instrument ensembles” (The Independent, London), Apollo’s Fire and harpsichordist/conductor Jeannette Sorrell bring the pictorial descriptions of Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons to life, as they were meant to be. From bird calls and storms to a barking dog, flies and wasps, drunken peasants, an exhilarating fox hunt with “gunshots,” and more… the story that Vivaldi intended with these pieces is made clear as each concerto is preceded by a quick and polished “tour” of the sound effects to come.
Founded in 1992 by the award-winning young harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, who envisioned an ensemble dedicated to the baroque ideal that music should evoke the various Affekts or passions in the listeners. Apollo’s Fire is a collection of creative artists who share Sorrell’s passion for drama and rhetoric.
Apollo’s Fire made its London debut in 2010 in a sold-out concert at Wigmore Hall, with BBC broadcast. The ensemble has since met with standing ovations in Madrid (Royal Theatre), Bordeaux (Grand Théàtre de l’Opéra), Lisbon, Metz, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
A Lenard Chamber Music Event
Sponsored by the Alexander Hewitt Fund
Media Sponsor: WFCR/NEPR
Comedian Hasan Minhaj Live8:00pm
Saturday, October 12th, 2019
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing ArtsA UConn Family Weekend Comedy Special
Comedian, actor, host, and writer Hasan Minhaj brings his hilarious commentary to Jorgensen this fall! As host and creator of the weekly Netflix comedy show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," he explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice.
In 2018 Minhaj earned rave reviews for his one-hour Netflix comedy special "Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King" that earned him a 2018 Peabody Award, and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner. A first generation American, Minhaj joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was Jon's last hire, in November 2014 as a correspondent and continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year. He remained on the show through August 2018.
Media Sponsors: WFCR/NEPR & The Daily Campus
Sunday, October 13th, 2019
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts42 FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
At the center of every circus rests a 42-foot ring of thrills, laughs, and excitement. Step right into Cirque Mechanics' world of gears, canvas, pulleys, and sawdust as they explore the lore and history of the one-ring circus, creating a modern and mechanical big top experience with strongmen, acrobats, aerialists and a galloping mechanical horse!
“… engrossingly entertaining.” – The New York Times
Recommended for all ages (4+)
Media Sponsors: CPBN cptv | wnpr & 96.5 TIC FM
We Banjo 37:30pm
Thursday, October 17th, 2019
07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Storrs Campus Jorgensen Center for the Performing ArtsGalway, Ireland-based band We Banjo 3 combines the Celtic tunes of their heritage with American bluegrass, creating a fusion genre they like to call “Celtgrass.” Their virtuosic banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin make for a plucky brew that might just inspire some to dance in the aisles.
“We Banjo 3, an Irish Quartet transcending even the best superlatives." – The Huffington Post
“Pioneers of Celtgrass, this will blow your head right open in ways that it hasn’t been since the debuts of Hot Rize, New Grass Revival and the rest of the trend setters of the early 70s. Killer stuff throughout by crew of Irish award winners who know their stuff so well they could teach it in their sleep” – Midwest Record
Media Sponsor: WHUS
Sponsor: Chion Wolf Productions