Arts Society & Culture

Performing Arts Center presents cellist Patrice Jackson-Tilghman Feb. 5

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present award-winning cellist Patrice Jackson-Tilghman Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall.

A rising star in the world of classical music, Jackson-Tilghman will offer a diverse program that includes works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and George Crumb.

The young cellist is already carving a name for herself as a charismatic and talented performer. The Detroit News has described her as a “big-toned, boldly projected soloist,” and the Hartford Courant wrote that she “wowed the audience with effortless facility, playful phrasing and a sense of spontaneity that one hears usually only from the highest caliber of musicians.”

A native of St. Louis, Jackson-Tilghman began piano lessons with her mother at the age of 3 and cello lessons with her father at the age of 8. At 13, she made her debut with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.

In 2002, she was awarded first place in the Senior Laureate Division of the nationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and she was the recipient of the Yale University Aldo Parisot Prize awarded to a “gifted cellist who shows promise for a concert career.” Since then she has performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. She also made her international orchestral and recital debuts in South Africa in 2002.

Jackson-Tilghman is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Yale School of Music. For her Athens recital she will be accompanied by pianist Constantine Finehouse, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, who first collaborated with Jackson-Tilghman when they were students at Yale.

The Performing Arts Center is sponsoring several outreach activities while Jackson-Tilghman is in Athens. She will offer educational programs for students at Clarke Central High School and will perform for seniors at the Athens Area Council on Aging.

Tickets for the Jackson-Tilghman recital are $27 and are free for UGA students with a valid UGA ID card. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497.

Lars Ljungdahl, in memory of Despy Karlas, is the series underwriter. Frances H. Covert is the performance underwriter.