UFPA : University Auditorium

Turtle Island Quartet and Nellie McKay

October 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

World Premiere

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet in a world premiere performance that features a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. McKay’s talents on piano, mallets and ukulele and Turtle Island’s innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music rounds out this sweeping concert experience.

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The Johnny Clegg Band

March 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and activist Johnny Clegg is among South Africa’s greatest musical exports. His song Scatterlings of Africa was featured on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Rain Man. The exuberant Clegg and his six-piece band’s high-energy shows never disappoint. The Montreal Gazette said, “He remains in almost constant motion, delivering infectious, highly tuneful, big-beat songs.”

There will be a pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. with Mandissa Haarhoff and Buyiswa M. Mimi.

Mandisa Roeleene Haarhoff is a PhD student at the University of Florida. She comes from South Africa where she completed her Masters in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Haarhoff has choreographed, directed and performed in a number of works during her time in South Africa. Her most notable achievement is her own one-woman autobiographical play, Crush Hopper, which won the Musho Festival Award on its debut and the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in 2011. She recently performed her award-winning Crush-hopper at the Story4 Conference in Prague, May 2013, and the CrisisArt Conference in Arezzo Italy, Florida State University in Tallahassee, The Across Town Repertory Theatre in Gainesville, and the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her interests are South African literature and film, especially the notion of the freedom-generation and exploring the concept of a post-Nelson Mandela South Africa.

Buyiswa Mini is a former professor at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. She is currently a doctoral candidate in education at the University of Florida.


Rachel Barton Pine, Violin and Matthew Hagle, Piano

March 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

There will be a pre-performance discussion with Brenda Smith, DMA, at 1:15 p.m. prior to this performance.

Brenda Smith, DMA, is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where she teaches studio voice, singer’s diction and vocal pedagogy. In 2000, Dr. Smith was awarded the Van Lawrence award, a fellowship given by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing in recognition of achievements in voice science and pedagogy. A frequent clinician, Brenda Smith has presented her work on vocal health, choral singing, the aging voice and voice science at music education conferences throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Smith holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and the University of Maryland. Before coming to Florida, Dr. Smith served on the voice faculty at Westminster Choir College, Dickinson College and Rowan University.

About this performance:

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine knows no boundaries. She has performed for U.S. Supreme Court justices, played on NBC’s Today Show and served as an Olympic torchbearer. An artist with an extensive repertoire and elite technical skills, Pine is the first woman and only living artist to be published as part of Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. In a demonstration of her versatility, Pine moonlights with her heavy metal band, Earthen Grave.


Violin Sonata in A Major (Duo), D. 574 (Op. posth. 162) – Franz Schubert

Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80 - Sergei Prokofiev


Set of Lullabies:
Wiegenlied (Cradle Songs), no. 4 from Fünf Lieder, Op. 40 - Johannes Brahms
Lullaby (1918) – Rebecca Clarke
Rêve d’Enfant (Child’s Dream), Op. 14 – Eugène Ysaÿe

Suite for Violin and Piano – William Grant Still
African Dancer
Mother and Child

Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A Minor – Camille Saint-Saëns (for Violin and Piano, Op. 28 – Arr. Vladimir Horowitz)

Desert Rose Band ~ Acoustic

March 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Fronted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman – an original member of The Byrds – the Desert Rose Band is a two-time Grammy nominee and three-time CMA award-winner. The band racked up a string of Top 10 country hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including I Still Believe in You, He’s Back and I’m Blue, She Don’t Love Nobody and Story of Love. The band reunites for this rare acoustic performance.

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


St. Lawrence String Quartet

March 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

One of the elite chamber ensembles of its generation, St. Lawrence String Quartet has been the Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University since 1998. Priding itself on bringing every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and great respect to the composer, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has thrilled audiences with its fearless style for more than two decades. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called one of the quartet’s performances, “harrowing, provocative and brilliant … wonderfully spontaneous.”

String Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 20, No. 1 – Haydn
String Quartet No. 2 in C-Major, Op. 36 – Britten
String Quartet in C-Major, Op. 59, No. 3 – Beethoven

The Irish Rovers Farewell Tour

February 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

For 50 years, The Irish Rovers have thrilled audiences with exciting stage shows. Recently honored with the prestigious Irish Music Association’s Tommy Makem Award, the band embarks on its final tour. The Irish Rovers have produced timeless anthems including The Unicorn, Wasn’t That a Party and Drunken Sailor. “Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer” (The Belfast Telegraph).


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Carlos Núñez

February 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest pipers, Carlos Núñez’s music combines ancient Celtic roots with modern Spanish energy. Guests on his 2012 double-CD release, Discover, include Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains. The Guardian said of Núñez, “pipe music as if played by a Coltrane or a Hendrix.”

Cameron Carpenter, Organ

January 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Cutting-edge artist Cameron Carpenter is shattering the stereotypes of organ music. From the complete works of J.S. Bach, to hundreds of non-organ transcriptions, to collaborations with jazz and pop artists, Carpenter’s repertoire is always expanding. He has been featured on CNN’s The Next List and CBS Sunday Morning, and is the first organist to earn a Grammy nomination for a solo album.


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Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band

December 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Hometown Christmas

An affectionate re-creation of a small-town band from Lynchburg, Tennessee around the turn of the 20th century, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band has been transporting audiences to a bygone era for more than 30 years. Concert goers of all ages will be charmed by the band’s Hometown Christmas performance, which will lift spirits and stir up holiday memories.

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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. Friday in the Friends of Music Room.

Chris Thile

November 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. On this new program, he draws from his new Bach recording, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.

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If you would like to learn more about the artist, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Friends of Music Room.

New Directions Veterans Choir

November 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

This a cappella group of formerly homeless U.S. military veterans — along with family members of veterans with unique connections to this group — bring their message of redemption, hope, home and family to the stage. The choir got its “break” on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has since been featured on NBC Nightly News and E!. The ensemble performs renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and pop music.

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If you would like to learn more about the artists, please join us for a free pre-performance discussion at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in the Friends of Music Room at University Auditorium.

Mnozil Brass

October 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

A brass ensemble like you’ve never seen before, Mnozil Brass acts as its own orchestra, ballet, chorus and ensemble of soloists — all at the same time. These seven musicians have been called the “Monty Pythons of music” due to the element of humor and comedic timing present in each performance. Mnozil Brass was recently featured on the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows soundtrack and its first four YouTube videos have more than 5 million hits … and counting!

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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 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Friends of Music Room .


Cuarteto Casals and Manuel Barrueco

October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals and Grammy-nominated guitarist Manuel Barrueco collaborate at the historic University Auditorium and will premiere Robert Sierra’s new composition, Fantasía. Barrueco has toured internationally for more than three decades and is recognized as one of the world’s most important guitarists. Strad magazine called the innovative Cuarteto Casals, “a quartet for the new millennium if I’ve ever heard one.”

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Orion Weiss, Piano

October 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Among the most sought-after soloists of his generation, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with many of America’s renowned orchestras, including the Chicago and Boston Symphonies and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. Weiss was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010, and The Arizona Republic called him “an effortlessly brilliant performer … with technique to burn and strongly personable energy.

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New Orford String Quartet

April 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Recipients of two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, the New Oxford String Quartet is hailed for its “ravishingly beautiful tone” and “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship.” Consisting of the concertmasters and principal violinist and cellist of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, the ensemble’s debut album was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, and was named among La Presse’s top CDs of 2011.

Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, Harp – Beethoven
Quartet No. 2 — Hétu
Quartet in F Major – Ravel

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