UFPA : Phillips Center

Rhythm in the Night – The Irish Dance Spectacular CANCELLED

April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Due to circumstances beyond UFPA’s control, Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular has canclled their Thursday, April 3 performance.

Ticket refunds are available at point of purchase.

UFPA apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.

Customers can contact the Phillips Center Box Office by calling 352-392-ARTS (2787) or 1-800-905-2787 (toll-free within Florida), or by visiting during business hours – Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

“Rock of Ages”

January 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The worldwide party musical Rock of Ages features dozens of classic ’80s rock tunes including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead Or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight This Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is. In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker – and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. This arena-rock love story – nominated for five Tony Awards in 2009 – is told through the vintage hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake and many more.

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UFPA Annual Gala: An Evening in Tuscany

January 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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Enjoy an enchanting evening as the Phillips Center is transformed into an old world Italian village. Guests are invited to relish in a savory gourmet Tuscan-inspired meal, and enjoy live music to heat up the dance floor. More than just a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dancing, proceeds will benefit the live performing arts in our community.

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The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo – UF Opera Theatre and UF Symphony Orchestra

April 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm
April 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Witness the world premiere of this new opera featuring spectacular virtual sets and the latest technological innovations. The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo – from composer Stella Sung and librettist Ernest Hilbert – visits an era of regal splendor, dangerous promises and astonishing turns of fate. Travel to the legendary court of Kublai Khan, and journey with daring traveler Marco Polo and the irresistible young Princess Cocachin. The ensemble cast of professional artists and performers from UF Opera Theatre, directed by Beth Greenberg, are joined by the UF Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Raymond Chobaz.

*Sung in English with supertitles

To read a copy of the program, click here.

Kenny Barron’s Platinum Band

October 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Kenny Barron, Piano; Marcus Strickland, Tenor Saxophone; Lionel Loueke, Guitar; Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Bass; Lee Pearson, Drums

Celebrate master jazz pianist Kenny Barron’s 70th birthday season as he brings his Platinum Band to the Phillips Center. The NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy nominee is known for his unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times called him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.”

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion led by associate director of UF bands Jay Watkins at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

Indigo Girls with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

March 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Michael Butterman, Conductor

The Indigo Girls broke onto the scene with Billboard hits including Closer to Fine and Galileo. The Grammy-winning folk-rock duo has sold more than 12 million records and has four platinum albums. For this performance, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Indigo Girls come together for one unique evening of tight-knit harmonies. Founded in 1949, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall and has appeared on Performance Today.

There will be a pre-performance discussion with Professor Chip Birkner at 1:15 p.m.
Chip Birkner serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Florida, where he directs the University Concert Bands and Gator Pep Bands. He also serves as Associate Director of the Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band, teaches courses in music education and observes student teachers. Prior to his appointment at the University of Florida, Mr. Birkner held positions as the Assistant Director of Bands at College Park High School and Knox Junior High School in The Woodlands, Texas, as well as similar positions in Tomball and La Porte, Texas.

Billy Childs Jazz-Chamber Ensemble, with Dianne Reeves and the Ying Quartet

October 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Pianist Billy Childs and his Jazz-Chamber Ensemble collaborate with vocalist Dianne Reeves and the Ying Quartet. These musicians boast a combined eight Grammy Awards and have garnered widespread praise from peers and critics alike. The Los Angeles Times said Childs “possesses the improvisatory skills and powerful sense of swing one associates with world-class artists.”

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

February 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor
Philippe Bianconi, Piano

Under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, the Grammy-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s broadcasts are heard by millions in more than 225 cities on American Public Radio’s Performance Today — and the ensemble has been featured on two national broadcasts of PBS’s From the Top. The orchestra has worked with classical music’s brightest stars, including Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. French pianist Philippe Bianconi, a Van Cliburn medalist, joins the orchestra for this performance.

Symphony No. 6 – Dvorak
Piano Concerto No. 3 – Rachmaninoff

Philippe Bianconi’s encore was the Liszt 3rd Consolation in D flat Major.

Kathleen Battle

February 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Something to Sing About
Cyrus Chestnut, Piano

There will be a pre-performance discussion with UF Professor Tony Offerle Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:15 p.m.

Soprano Kathleen Battle, whose voice has been called “one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (Washington Post), joins forces with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to showcase the profound power of the spiritual as well as perform music by Gershwin, Ellington, Joplin and others. Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world and has earned her five Grammy Awards. Performing in world-class opera houses and concert halls, what distinguishes this luminous soprano is her ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences.


April 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

For more than 40 years, Tony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen has been a force on stage and screen. Vereen utilizes his singing, dancing, storytelling and humor in a show that includes salutes to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame, The Dance Hall of Fame and received the Broadway.com Cabaret Award for best celebrity vocalist. During his visit to Gainesville, Vereen will be awarded the Linda Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre by the University of Florida’s School of Theatre and Dance.

There will be a pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. with David Leppert.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis

April 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award‐winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. For this performance, the Branford Marsalis Quartet – an innovative and forward-thinking jazz ensemble – showcases its musical expertise. The quartet recently released the critically-acclaimed album, Four MFs Playin’ Tunes.

There will not be a pre-performance discussion for this event.

Peking Acrobats

March 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

With breathtaking displays of contortion, flexibility and control, the Peking Acrobats have amazed audiences for nearly three decades. Their feats include trick cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, gymnastics and daring maneuvers atop a pagoda of chairs. With stunning costumes and authentic music, a Peking Acrobats’ performance is family fun, with the feel and pageantry of a Chinese festival.


March 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm
March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

STREB produces world-class entertainment that mixes sport, dance and flight to produce gravity-defying routines that spark the imagination. Founded by Elizabeth Streb in 1985, the dance company has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live and CNN Showbiz Today, to name a few. Its new work, FORCES, strives to give “action” a voice and a story. Big ideas, big hardware, big hearts and big muscles … it’s a big show for the entire family.

The presentation of STREB was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



March 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm

GET THE LED OUT brings the essence of Led Zeppelin to the stage. This accomplished group of six musicians re-creates Zeppelin’s greatest hits, while also touching on rare cuts that were seldom, if ever, heard in concert. Known as “The American Led Zeppelin,” the band will celebrate its 10th year on the road in 2014.

There will be a pre-performance disucssion with Professor David Carlson at 6:45 p.m.
David Carlson is on faculty with the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, where he is Professor of New Media Journalism and executive director of the Center for Media Innovation + Research. He also teaches a class called Rock ‘n Roll and American Society. Before joining the faculty in 1993, Carlson had a distinguished career as a journalist.


February 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Forty-plus years in the making, this highly-unusual, imaginative dance company continues to test the limits of the human body. From the Oprah Winfrey Show to the Academy Awards, Pilobolus has performed on various platforms worldwide and remains as versatile and surprising as ever. “If the dance world has a summer movie blockbuster equivalent, it must be Pilobolus,” said the Associated Press.

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Jon Batiste & Stay Human

February 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

There will be a pre-performance discussion for this event at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.

Jon Batiste’s current, uplifting and playful brand of jazz integrates his classical Juilliard training with contemporary mainstream sounds. Touring with his band Stay Human, Batiste provides vocals and plays piano and melodica, striving to bring the joy of jazz to the masses. This Steinway Artist has performed in more than 40 countries and venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. Batiste has been featured on the HBO series Treme and Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, and has collaborated with musicians including Prince, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Buffett and Harry Connick, Jr.



February 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

There will be a pre-performance discussion for this event at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards, including best musical, Memphis is inspired by actual events and tells the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination, which the Associated Press called “The very essence of what a Broadway musical should be.”

Click here to read the program for “Memphis.”



February 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Relive the glory days of rock and roll with THE HIT MEN – an amazing group of musicians, vocalists, arrangers and composers from headlining acts of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, including Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, Jim Croce, Elton John and Kiki Dee. This night of mega-hits provides a nostalgic look back through rock history by the artists you heard on the radio, watched on TV and saw in concert.

Please note: This concert is performed without an intermission. Approximate run time is 90 minutes. There is no pre-performance discussion for this event.


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Stars of Flamenco

February 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm

With Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodríguez, Karime Amaya and Jesús Carmona. Directed by Ángel Rojas

Some of flamenco dancing’s biggest names perform in a celebration representing the art form in all its fiery glory. Directed by Ángel Rojas, this performance features Antonio Canales, among the most powerful artists in flamenco’s history; Carlos Rodríguez, choreographer of Nuevo Ballet Español; Karime Amaya, the grandniece of legendary Carmen Amaya; and the youthful Jesús Carmona. This showcase puts the very best of modern flamenco on display.

There will be a pre-performance discussion with UF Professor Joan Frosch at 6:45 p.m.
Joan Frosch is Professor of Dance in the School of Theatre and Dance, affiliate faculty of the Centers for African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Digital Worlds at the University of Florida where she has taught since 1995. She is a consultant for the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital, among others. Recently awarded the University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship, Dr. Frosch is a dance ethnographer, Laban Movement Analyst,filmmaker, choreographer, and author. She is co-founder and director of UF’s Center for World Arts

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

February 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

After 30 years and 30 albums, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ signature sound hasn’t changed – unmistakable vocals, rhythm and blues, loaded with the driving sound of the legendary Jukes horn section. The band’s Hearts of Stone made Rolling Stone’s list of Top 100 Albums from 1967-87. The group collaborated early and often with Jersey legend Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. “I’ve always wanted to be a Juke … and I still do,” said Jon Bon Jovi.

Please note: This concert is performed without an intermission. Approximate run time is 90 minutes.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

February 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Winner of The New York Times’ coveted Critics Choice Award, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has been reinventing dance for nearly 20 years. The company’s groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision in contemporary ballet. The Washington Post called Complexions, “cross-cultural ballet with attitude,” and said “wearing toe shoes has never looked like so much fun.”

Soweto Gospel Choir

February 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

It didn’t take long for Soweto Gospel Choir to make its voice heard around the world. Months after being formed, the ensemble’s debut album, Voices of Heaven, reached No. 1 on the Billboard World Music chart. Since then, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning choir has continued its ascent to stardom, performing for presidents; appearing on NBC’s Today Show and the late-night circuit; and collaborating with the biggest names in the music industry, including U2 and Peter Gabriel.

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Pat Metheny Unity Group

February 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

With Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams and Giulio Carmassi

In 2013, guitarist Pat Metheny netted his 20th Grammy Award, putting him in rare company that includes Bruce Springsteen and Chick Corea. Metheny is pouring his boundless creativity into a new project, the five-member Pat Metheny Unity Group, featuring some of the world’s best jazz players. “With this incredible group of musicians … just about anything is possible,” Metheny said.

Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia

February 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

With brilliant costumes and majestic dancing, the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia’s knowledge of folk dances and Siberian folklore shines during every performance. For more than 50 years, the company has stayed true to its formula for success — the rich imagination of its director and the mastery of its dancers. The company travels with an orchestra using national folk instruments, and has performed in more than 60 countries.


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“Man of La Mancha”

February 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Man of La Mancha returns to the stage in an all new production complete with the Tony Award-winning score and book that has inspired theater goers since the first note of The Impossible Dream was heard on opening night. Enter the mind and imaginary world of Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Against all odds, a man sees the good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. This lyrical and amusing adventure is a classic tale of the triumph of man over his own follies.



ASL interpretation will be provided for this performance.


January 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

THE SUMMER OF LOVE CONCERT celebrates the music and spirit of the Woodstock generation. Led by former Styx and Beatlemania bassist/vocalist Glen Burtnik, the all-star cast of musicians includes vocalists, keyboards, percussion, guitars, horns and strings. The band re-creates, note for note, the music of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Doors, Hendrix, Joplin, Cream, CSN&Y, Jefferson Airplane, Mamas and the Papas, Creedence, Santana and more, while also featuring the famous, psychedelic Pig Light Show.

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(SOLD OUT) Itzhak Perlman, Violin

January 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm


Rohan De Silva, Piano

Itzhak Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, is an unparalleled classical music superstar. The 15-time Grammy-winner earned the ceremony’s Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts in 2008. Perlman was given a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan, the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and performed at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, Perlman is treasured by audiences worldwide.

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Salzburg Marionette Theatre

November 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm
November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
November 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Celebrating its 100th anniversary, one of the world’s most popular marionette theatres provides three days of entertainment at the Phillips Center. Through masterful puppetry, the company brings to life some of the most popular operas, musicals and stories ever created. For this engagement, they will perform:

The Magic Flute — November 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hansel and Gretel — November 27, 2 p.m.
The Sound of Music — November 27, 7:30 p.m.
Alice in Wonderland — November 29, 2 p.m.
Ring Cycle — November 29, 7:30 p.m.

All performances are spoken in English, however, the songs in The Magic Flute and Ring Cycle are sung in German.

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“Hello, Dolly!” starring Sally Struthers

December 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including best musical, Hello, Dolly! is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Emmy Award-winning Sally Struthers (All in the Family, Gilmore Girls) stars as the strong-willed matchmaker Dolly, as she travels to Yonkers, N.Y. to find a match for the ornery Horace Vandergelder. Featuring an irresistible story and unforgettable songs including Put on Your Sunday Clothes and the show-stopping Before the Parade Passes By, Hello, Dolly! has been charming audiences around the world for nearly 50 years.

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Visit Yogurtology before the show and proceeds will benefit UFPA’s Partners Program. Click here for more information.

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Danú – “Christmas in Ireland”

December 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

“An Nollaig in Éirinn”

Acclaimed Irish ensemble Danú, twice named best traditional group by the BBC, presents its Celtic music celebration, Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn. Called “a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy and empathy,” by The Washington Post, Danú’s virtuosi includes players on fiddle, flute, button accordion and percussion, coupled with the unforgettable voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

November 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

This nine-piece, high-energy, big band style ensemble is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s newest release, Rattle Them Bones, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Jazz chart. The band helped usher in the “swing revival” of the early ’90s with its fusion of musical styles, and has been featured in countless movies and TV shows including Swingers, Despicable Me, Family Guy and Ally McBeal.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

The Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Abel

November 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Experience the ecstatic sounds of Manganiyar Seduction, a group of 38 musicians spanning three generations from the deserts of northern India. The ensemble’s repertoire mixes Muslim and Hindu traditions and ranges from ballads to Sufi songs, with roots in classical Indian music. With the musicians seated in 36 red-curtained cubicles, stacked four high and nine across, this full-throttle production fuses the Manganiyars’ energetic sound with the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red light district.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

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Tango Fire

November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Fresh off the London premiere of their new production, Tango Fire’s North American tour takes audiences on a journey through tango – from its roots in Buenos Aires and through the decades, showcasing its growing popularity as a contemporary dance form. Tango Fire’s 10 dancers, five of which are recent world tango champions, are backed by live music performed by Quarteto Fuego, featuring four of Argentina’s most brilliant young musicians.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

Straight No Chaser – “Under the Influence”

November 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Ten-man a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser returns to the Phillips Center on the heels of its new hit album Under the Influence, which features legendary guest artists including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more. Expect to hear a few songs from the ensemble’s Christmas repertoire, which helped catapult them to stardom. With a reputation built on unforgettable live performances, Straight No Chaser defies an era that relies on digital processing and vocal pro-tooling by using only voices to create extraordinary music … with a sense of humor.

Caroline Glaser, a favorite from this past season of NBC’s hit show The Voice, will open for Straight No Chaser.

If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

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Diavolo Dance Theater

October 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Diavolo Dance Theater prides itself on reinventing dance, reimagining theater and redefining thrills. The company’s performers are dancers, gymnasts, actors and athletes, and Diavolo has earned an international reputation for creating stunning, innovative movement and surreal sets. Artistic director Jacques Heim developed the company in 1992 and his work has appeared on BBC America’s Dancing with the Stars and Bravo’s Step Up and Dance. Diavolo will perform Trajectoire and its newest piece, Transit Space.

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“Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story”

October 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire, breaking the mold and forever changing the face and sound of rock and roll. Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story charts his meteoric climb, legendary adventures and tragic fall on the fateful day the music died. Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in a jukebox musical loaded with classics including Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, That’ll Be the Day and many more. Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story will “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high” (The Boston Globe).

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion led by UF professor David Carlson at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center). 


AnDa Union

September 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm
September 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm
October 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

From Inner Mongolia, AnDa Union draws inspiration from Mongolian music that nearly disappeared during China’s tumultuous past. This acoustic group of 14 musicians and vocalists creates unforgettable rhythms with throat singing and traditional instruments including the morin khuur (a horse-hair fiddle) and the maodun chaoer (a three-holed flute). The ensemble returns to Gainesville following a crowd-stirring engagement at the Phillips Center in 2011.



Scottish Ballet: “A Streetcar Named Desire”


Scottish Ballet presents a vibrant new take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Director Nancy Meckler and international choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa combine to create this powerful infusion of drama and dance, which recently earned a South Bank Sky Arts Award. Scottish Ballet brings to life the classic story of a fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois, as she moves to New Orleans in an attempt to put her troubled past behind her.

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Direction- Nancy Meckler; Choreography- Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; Music and Sound – Peter Salem; original play by Tennessee Williams; presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; Design- Niki Turner; Lighting Design- Tim Mitchell.

Supported by the Scottish Government’s International SG dualSGstacked_Col_printTouring Fund. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Original play by Tennessee Williams.






“Mamma Mia!”

October 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

A mother, a daughter, three possible dads … and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. More than 50 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, story and music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. The storytelling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, Mamma Mia! is the world’s No. 1 show!

ASL interpretation will be provided for this performance.

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Take 6 Project, featuring ICCA South Region Quarterfinal

February 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm and 7:30 pm

A 25th anniversary celebration and world premiere a cappella competition

A cappella group competition: Saturday, February 15, noon

A cappella ensembles compete in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) South Region Quarterfinal competition.* Select competitors will have the opportunity to open for Take 6′s evening concert.

Take 6 Concert: Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m

Experience this concert event featuring Take 6 as they celebrate their 25th anniversary. Arrive early to see a competitor from the a cappella group competition open for Take 6 — an ensemble with 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards and a Soul Train Award to their credit.

CANCELLEDCan you take Take 6?: Sunday, February 16, 2 p.m.

*ICCA South Region Quarterfinal competitors are: Above The Keys (University Of Miami), AcaBelles (Florida State University), Acaphiliacs A Cappella (The Florida State University), BisCaydence (University of Miami), Gemini Blvd. (University of Central Florida), Key Harmony (University of Central Florida), No Southern Accent (University of Florida), The Riff Tides (Nova Southeastern University), The Sedoctaves (University of Florida) and Tone Def (University of Florida).

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A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

March 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

With the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks, featuring vocalist Delores King Williams

This tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song,” features the 17-piece Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and vocalist Delores King Williams – a winner of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition who has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall. The evening centers on original arrangements created for Fitzgerald in the ‘40s and ‘50s, which haven’t been heard by live audiences in more than 40 years.



There will be a pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. with Nick DeCarlis.
Graphic designer Nick DeCarlis is better known to many in the Gainesville area as a jazz cornetist for more than 30 years. A founding member of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz, he has produced and performed in four concerts for the organization. A leading proponent of the music and memory of famed cornetist Bobby Hackett, Nick performed a Tribute Concert for the New Jersey Jazz Society on the 30th anniversary of Hackett’s death. Nick collects and restores vintage cornets and trumpets, and is the founder of the collector organization known as The Cornet Conspiracy. He is the author of the book Pocket Cornets & Trumpets: Actual Size, and is the owner of DECA Design, Inc.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

November 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Nikolai Alexeev, Conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello

Founded in 1926, the Grammy-winning Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has performed with the world’s leading conductors and has received awards from BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone, among others. For this engagement the ensemble will be directed by Nikolai Alexeev — named People’s Artist of the Russian Federation in 2007 — and joined by rising cello star Narek Hakhnazaryan, who performed with UFPA in 2009 as a Young Concert Artist.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in Fackler Foyer West (located inside the Phillips Center).

Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and Del McCoury Band

September 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Banjo superstars Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will play a mix of traditional and original songs they’ve developed together. Fleck has been nominated in more categories than anyone in Grammy history, and has won 14 times. The evening will also feature a performance by the Del McCoury Band. The legendary McCoury, also a Grammy winner, is a member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame and recently celebrated his 50th year in the music industry.



“Million Dollar Quartet”

April 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

There will be a pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. “Million Dollar Quartet” is performed without an intermission. The running time is 90 minutes and the production should end at approximately 9 p.m.

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night. This irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations features timeless hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and more.


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