A variety of performances from Athens to London and Los Angeles to New York City fill the lineup of events taking place throughout the month of December as part of the University of Georgia’s UGA Presents programming. Local guitar trio, Revien, performs live in Hodgson Concert Hall to a significantly reduced audience and to fans watching online. Additional highlights include The Mountaintop, an audio theatre production of Katori Hall’s powerful play about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a special holiday performance by celebrated British vocal ensemble, VOCES8 (pictured).
Most events are free and do not require registration or tickets; Revien and VOCES8 require paid admission for in-person and/or online viewing. All events can be accessed on the UGA Performing Arts Center’s website, pac.uga.edu.
“We are so pleased to welcome a variety of wonderfully accomplished guest artists to Studio HH this month as part of our continued virtual programming,” says Jeffrey Martin, director of the Performing Arts Center. “These artists represent some of the very finest to be found anywhere, and we look forward to sharing their music and stories with all of our patrons and friends during this wonderful time of the year.”
Performances and events taking place throughout the month of December include:
December 2, 4:00 p.m. or on demand
From her native Georgia to the stages of Broadway, Amber Iman has forged a career as a powerful singer and dynamic actor in shows such as Hamilton and Shuffle Along. In this conversation and performance, she talks about her career and activism (Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Black Women on Broadway) and shares performances of two of her favorite songs.
December 9, 3:00 p.m. – December 14, 3:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Online at pac.uga.edu. Free admission (registration not required).
The latest installment of CMS’s Artist Series shines a light on pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as she and an esteemed group of musicians perform Mozart’s Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, and Smetana’s Trio in G minor. This prerecorded performance includes an artist featurette video and a post-event Q&A (also prerecorded). Patrick Castillo will present a pre-performance talk about this performance, available on demand beginning at 2:00 PM on December 9.
December 10-11, 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall
December 11, 6:30 p.m. online in Studio HH (on demand for 48 hours)
How to Watch: In person in Hodgson Concert Hall and online at the pac.uga.edu.
This trio of musicians, a subset of the Georgia Guitar Quartet, takes the stage for two live performances in Hodgson Concert Hall featuring the group’s traditional and impressive mix of classical music, original compositions, popular tunes, and holiday music.
Limited in-person seating for approximately 25 people will be available (face coverings and social distancing required). The performance can also be streamed from any location online at pac.uga.edu.
Tickets for the concert cost $20 to attend in person or $10 to watch online and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu, or by calling (706) 542-4400. Discounted tickets for the performances are available to current UGA students (limit one ticket per student).
December 16, 3:00 p.m. – December 30, 3:00 p.m.
How to Listen: Online at pac.uga.edu. Free admission (registration not required).
Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall’s compelling drama. This audio theatre performance starring Aja Naomi King and Larry Powell highlights Dr. King’s unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day.
December 20, 3:00 p.m. – December 22, 3:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Online at pac.uga.edu. Tickets required.
For its “virtual” return to Athens, this octet of British singers comes together for a lovely Christmas performance filmed at St. Anne and St. Agnes Church in the heart of London. Featuring carols old and new, this special event will bring light, joy, and hope during the holiday season.
Tickets for this exclusive online performance cost $20 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu, or by calling (706) 542-4400. Discounted tickets are available to current UGA students (limit one per person).
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Front Row: National series is made possible with the support of Dr. Carl S. Hoveland. Arts Chats are supported by Carl W. Duyck and Dennis J. Flood. Revien’s LIVE! by Georgia performances are supported by The Dixen Foundation.
Read more about the season and order tickets at pac.uga.edu or by calling (706) 542-4400.
Photo: Kaupo Kikkas