Arts & Humanities

TAO: Drum Heart coming to Athens

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TAO: Drum Heart will perform March 19 in Hodgson Concert Hall.

TAO, the Japanese drumming sensation, is coming to the UGA Performing Arts Center March 19. The company’s all-new production, entitled Drum Heart, will take the stage at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.

TAO’s high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. The troupe’s newest show combines highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals.

TAO was invited to perform at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010; the company then embarked on its first North American tour, visiting 44 cities with 50 sold-out shows throughout the United States. Since then, TAO has performed in 500 cities in over 24 countries to a total audience of 7 million.

Tickets for TAO: Drum Heart are $39 to $46 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student.

The performance underwriters are Dr. Maxine and John Rofrano.

The Performing Arts Center is located at 230 River Road on the UGA campus in Athens.