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21|22 Audience Experience
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Detroit Symphony Orchestra

[ Tuesday, January 18, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
One of our nation’s great orchestras makes its first visit to Gainesville! Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Directors—Dorati, Jarvi, Slatkin, and now Bignamini—are a who’s who of conducting greats.

Known for trailblazing performances and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, the DSO is accustomed to a level of excellence few can compete with. This performance will […]

Darren Nicholson Band

[ Friday, January 28, 2022; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
There’s a sense of destiny when it comes to Darren Nicholson’s life as a musician. Born into a musical family, he first appeared on stage when he was 18 months old. Years later he would be touring with Merle Haggard, recording with the likes of Zac Brown and Alison Krauss, and performing as a member […]

Puddles Pity Party

[ Tuesday, January 11, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Everyone’s favorite “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” is coming to share his heartfelt melancholic pop anthems with all of you party people!

In 2020, with touring cancelled, Puddles holed up in his studio and produced 12 episodes of his Still Sequestered show, which featured a variety of special guests like Jack Black, Penn Jillette, Michael […]

Jersey Boys

[ Saturday, January 22, 2022; 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

Go […]

Lemon Andersen

[ Thursday, February 3, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Tony Award®-winning playwright, poet, performance artist, and activist, Lemon Andersen is an artist like no other. He’s collaborated with icons including Spike Lee and LeBron James, but his work truly shines when he’s alone on a stage.

Inspired by the stylings of Spalding Gray, When Aliens Fall from the Sky is a compilation of stories and […]


[ Tuesday, February 8, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
For a quarter of a century, RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize®-winning phenomenon has become more than a musical—it’s a cultural touchstone and a source of joy and strength for millions.

RENT’s 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your FINAL CHANCE […]

Manual Cinema: Frankenstein

[ Tuesday, February 15, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
An unexpected and elegant fusion of handmade shadow puppetry, live music, cinematic wizardry, and innovative sound design combine to create an immersive retelling of the Frankenstein story right before your eyes.

Love, loss, and creation merge in surprising ways in this thrilling gothic tale conceived by Manual Cinema, who brought ADA/AVA to our stage in 2017. […]


[ Wednesday, February 23, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Thursday, February 24, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Blending the traditions of Afro-Peruvian and Andean roots music, Lundú is crafting a distinctive musical vocabulary, rediscovering and expanding the musical legacy of their culturally-rich city of Arequipa, Peru.

Lundú will be making their debut U.S. performance in Gainesville as part of the Center Stage program, a groundbreaking cultural diplomacy initiative that connects international artists with […]

Gretchen Parlato Quartet ‘Flor’

[ Friday, February 25, 2022; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
One of the most original voices in jazz, Gretchen Parlato has returned with her 2021 release, Flor. This new work weaves a sonic texture of guitar, cello, and drum-percussion hybrid, exquisitely complementing the intensity and delicacies of Gretchen’s unmistakeable singing style.

A gorgeous synthesis of original material, American popular music, European classical music, and Brazilian standards, […]

Quartet Amabile

[ Sunday, March 13, 2022; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ]
This quartet took home First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Quartet Amabile has performed with musical greats like pianist Martha Argerich and worked with the Shanghai and Vienna String Quartets, Sadao Harada, Koichiro Harada, and Nobuko Imai. The quartet currently studies with Kazuhide Isomura of the Tokyo String Quartet, at the Manhattan […]

Blue Man Group

[ Wednesday, March 16, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is Blue Man Group and now it’s your turn! Blue Man Group premieres in Gainesville for a one-night engagement on their new North American tour.

It’s everything you know and love about Blue Man Group—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and […]

Indian Ink: Mrs Krishnan’s Party

[ Wednesday, March 30, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Thursday, March 31, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Friday, April 1, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
It’s a comedy, it’s a dinner, it’s the party of a lifetime—and you’re invited!

Come take a seat around a dining table in the back of Mrs. Krishnan’s convenience store to celebrate the South Indian festival of Onam, a time to celebrate life, death, and rebirth.

Sit back and enjoy as song, dance, and food come together […]

Albert Cano Smit, Piano

[ Tuesday, April 12, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
First-prize winner for piano at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Albert Cano Smit brings both poetic and narrative qualities to his recitals.

A master in the making, the young pianist currently studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School where he recently received the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Prize. He has performed all over the […]

Yasmin Williams

[ Friday, April 15, 2022; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
Forget everything you thought you knew about how to play the guitar. Yasmin Williams has something new to show you. At just 24 years old, Williams is forging a thrillingly inventive approach to the acoustic guitar and receiving ample praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR Music, and Pitchfork along the way.

Often playing with […]

Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

[ Friday, April 8, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
You wanted them back; we listened! The founding principles for this musical ensemble were simple: have fun and don’t lose money. Incredibly, this group, comprised entirely of ukuleles, has triumphed, enjoying a successful career spanning more than 30 years!

These “ukes” delight, inspire, and surprise audiences with their dizzyingly diverse repertoire and whimsical sense of humor. […]

Bush | Marshall | Meyer | Meyer

[ Wednesday, January 19, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
This much talent sharing the same stage is usually something you can only catch on the bluegrass festival circuit, but we’re bringing it straight to the Phillips Center!

Sam Bush (mandolin/violin) is a father of the American “Newgrass” music scene, UFPA favorite Edgar Meyer (bass) has earned endless praise and awards for his work in the […]

Tango Fire

[ Thursday, January 27, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Close your eyes, and you’ll swear you’ve traveled to a late-night dance floor in the heart of Buenos Aires. This international dance sensation is back: bigger, bolder, and more intoxicating than ever!

A huge hit from our 17|18 season, the group returns with a brand new show! Tango Fire is a true global phenomenon and the […]

Branford Marsalis Quartet

[ Wednesday, February 16, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in music. The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award® winner, and Tony Award® nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras as he is sitting in with the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.

With […]


[ Tuesday, March 1, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Pilobolus— Gainesville’s favorite feisty dance theatre organism— is as fresh and vibrant as ever, putting the “OH!” in their BIG FIVE OH! tour. Continuing to thrill its way into audiences’ hearts and minds, Pilobolus has built a legacy on their breathtaking and daring dance, showcasing raw strength and athleticism.

This […]

Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva

[ Thursday, March 3, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys a superstar status rarely afforded to classical musicians. Beloved for his charm and humanity as much as his talent, audiences throughout the world respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

Rohan De Silva has written the book […]


[ Tuesday, March 15, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works brimming with athleticism, emotion, and grace. This company has been called “among America’s best” by

The New York Times, an “epicenter of creation” by Dance Magazine, and a “place of choreographic innovation” by The New Yorker.

With an insatiable sense of adventure […]

Paula Poundstone

[ Friday, March 18, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Known for her smart, laugh-out-loud observational humor and spontaneous wit, Paula Poundstone is one of our country’s preeminent comedians, packing venues across the country.

Fans of NPR’s No. 1 show, the weekly comedy news quiz, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, will be very familiar with her razor-sharp wisecracks, as Poundstone is one of the show’s most popular […]

Chris Botti

[ Tuesday, March 22, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert! A dazzling trumpeter equally at home in pop, jazz, and rock; a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine; and a born showman radiating irresistible delight at being onstage, Botti is the complete package—and an absolute treat to experience live.

See him light up an audience and recognize why […]

Cirque Éloize – Hotel

[ Tuesday, April 5, 2022; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Cirque Éloize combines high-flying acrobatic feats with music, dance, comedy, and theatre in performances brimming with magic. They blew us away with Saloon in 2018, and they’re back with their newest production: Hotel.

Hotel takes the unassuming setting of a hotel lobby and fills it with a colorful cast of characters whose worlds are about to […]

The Kingdom Choir – CANCELLED

[ Monday, December 6, 2021; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Unfortunately, this performance has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the Phillips Center Box Office at 352.392.2787 if you have questions about tickets.

The Kingdom Choir™ was catapulted to worldwide fame after its show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The Kingdom Choir’s holiday program […]

Jane Lynch

[ Monday, November 29, 2021; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Ring in the holidays with Jane Lynch (Glee), Kate Flannery (The Office), and Tim Davis (Glee)! This heartfelt, hilarious performance of A Swingin’ Little Christmas! will feature lively, finger-snapping takes on classic holiday tunes as well as nostalgia-steeped originals.

This blast of a show has the sentimental warmth to put you in the seasonal spirit mixed […]

Todd Barry – CANCELLED

[ Saturday, November 20, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm. ]
Unfortunately, this performance has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the Phillips Center Box Office at 352.392.2787 if you have questions about tickets.

UF alum Todd Barry has been serving up his particular brand of deceptively deadpan comedy for decades, earning him a level of reverence very few in his profession get […]

Brittney Spencer

[ Friday, November 19, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
Singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer moved to Nashville in 2013 with dreams of molding life, truth, and wild imagination into country music. She’s since toured and performed with artists including Carrie Underwood andChristopher Cross.

In late 2020, Spencer’s career took off toward stardom with the release of her debut EP, Compassion, which garnered rave reviews from the likes […]

Strings For Peace

[ Tuesday, November 16, 2021; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Exploring deep connections between two musical traditions, Strings for Peace brings together Indian classical sarod artists Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash, and Ayaan Ali Bangash with American classical guitarist Sharon Isbin.

These internationally renowned musicians transcend barriers of language, geography, and culture through sharing the gifts of their unique artistic traditions.

Please note: As of now […]

Daymé Arocena

[ Tuesday, November 9, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
A radiant performer carrying the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians, Daymé Arocena encompasses the rich, diverse musical makeup of her homeland while also drawing inspiration from the world she has spent the last six years traveling.

With her captivating charisma, she effortlessly blends traditional Santerían chant, jazz stylings, contemporary R&B influences, and Afro-Cuban […]

Joey DeFrancesco Trio

[ Thursday, October 28, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
Legend. It’s a word that probably gets tossed around more often than it should. But for Joey DeFrancesco, the modern master of jazz organ, “legend” is a perfect fit.

DeFrancesco emerged in the ’80s and quickly ascended as one of the youngest musicians ever recruited to play in a Miles Davis ensemble. Throughout his career, he’s […]

Merz Trio

[ Sunday, October 17, 2021; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Winners of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Competition and Gold Medalists of the Fischoff and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions, Merz Trio combines artistic brilliance with a farcical lust for life.

The group will perform a program titled Ink Spills, which tells a unique and personal story around Ravel’s Piano Trio, completed by the composer in […]

Love Canon – CANCELLED

[ Friday, October 15, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm; ]
Unfortunately, this performance has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the Phillips Center Box Office at 352.392.2787 if you have questions about tickets.

The bluegrass virtuosos in Love Canon are downright chameleonic and yet distinctly a group all their own. Their most recent release, Cover Story, has their talents on full display […]

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

[ Thursday, October 7, 2021; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Considered one of the finest achievements in the history of Western music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 could be described as something of a sonic miracle. One needs to see and hear this performed live to even begin to understand its power.

We are ecstatic to bring Beethoven’s 9th, along with two other dynamite pieces, to our […]

Lifeline Quartet

[ Friday, October 1, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
African-American spirituals are a critical part of the United States’ musical heritage. Many of these coded Civil War-era songs also conveyed vital information related to the Underground Railroad, including routes and navigational strategies, and boosted morale for people escaping slavery.

Michelle Mayne-Graves and her Lifeline Quartet use their incredible voices to celebrate these songs in a […]

Royal Wood

[ Thursday, September 30, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
As if a dear friend stopped by to perform for you, Royal Wood will make you feel instantly at home. A natural-born storyteller, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Royal Wood serves up intimate pop-rock tunes with equal dashes of class and craft.

Starting with his first release in 2002, he’s built a discography defined by his ceaseless ability […]

Davina and the Vagabonds

[ Thursday, September 23, 2021; 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm. ]
Davina and the Vagabonds has been creating a stir with their shows filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, and a frontwoman whose voice and stage presence are simply electric.

With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the group serves up high-energy tunes with […]

Fall 2021 Preview Announcement

[ Wednesday, June 30, 2021; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]
Whether you attend in person at the Phillips Center or live stream the event from your living room, you’ll be getting the inside scoop on our upcoming fall performances straight from UFPA Director Brian Jose. Find out what performances are coming to our stages, what it will be like attending performances in our venues this […]

Lance and Lea

[ Tuesday, June 1, 2021; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]
Enjoy the sweet sounds of Nashville Americana duo Lance and Lea with a free outdoor concert at the 4th Ave Food Park in Gainesville!Get DirectionsFollow Lance and Lea on:Instagram: Website:

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