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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma headlines Performing Arts Center’s 2011-2012 season

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will give a solo concert Jan. 11 in Hodgson Concert Hall.

The Performing Arts Center has announced the roster of artists for the 2011-2012 season, which includes the renowned classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma giving a solo performance on campus.

“I am thrilled that we are able to engage the services of Mr. Ma. He is without a doubt one of the greatest and most versatile artists working today,” said George C. Foreman, director of the Performing Arts Center. “The upcoming season offers a rich mixture of music, dance and theater and continues to build upon the excellence that audiences have come to expect over the past 16  years.”

The Performing Arts Center will continue its partnership with the Classic Center by co-presenting some well-known names in popular entertainment in the Celebrity Evenings series. The series will feature six-time Grammy-winning Irish band The Chieftains and best-selling author and radio host Garrison Keillor.

The Franklin College Chamber Music Series has entered a partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The project with Lincoln Center’s famed ensemble will bring chamber music back to the Chapel for a weekend of concerts called the Arch Chamber Music Festival.

The Performing Arts Center’s two premier classical music series, Masterworks and Classics, will offer a wealth of orchestral concerts with a total of six appearances by world-renowned symphony orchestras, most notably London’s acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

A new series, The Brass Ring, will explore music made on the instruments of the brass family, while the Off-Broadway series returns with three nationally known comedy theater troupes, including the political satirists, The Capitol Steps, perfectly timed for an election year.

The 2011-2012 Traditions series will focus on the rich tradition of American popular music, showcasing New Orleans jazz, bluegrass, Broadway show tunes, classic R&B and music of the big band era.

The Ramsey Concert Hall Series will continue to showcase classical music’s best and brightest young talent, including a dynamic piano duo featuring twin sisters.

The upcoming season also offers a variety of other special events such as a new film celebrating the legacy of violinist Jascha Heifetz and a musical play commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Performing Arts Center will again offer free pre-concert lectures for many of its classical music performances. In addition, pre-performance conversations with Foreman and special guests will take place prior to the five concerts in The Brass Ring series.

In 2011-2012, the UGA Performing Arts Center begins its 14th year recording concerts for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

The Performing Arts Center will also continue its educational programs, offering master classes and lecture/demonstrations for UGA students and regional public school students.

Subscriptions to the 2011-2012 season are on sale now. Prices range from $60 for the Ramsey Concert Hall Series to $190.40 for an orchestra front seat for the entire Masterworks series to $915.75 for a everything ticket with an orchestra front seat.

Single tickets for individual Performing Arts Center events will go on sale Aug. 29. For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at
(706) 542-4400 or toll free at (888) 289-8497 or online at

Performing Arts Center concerts, series, dates are ticket prices are as follows:

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company, Off-Broadway, Sept. 20, $37
  • Glenn Miller Orchestra,Traditions,  Oct. 11, $39, $34
  • Civil War Voices, special event, Oct. 12, $25, $30, $35
  • Georgia Brass Band, The Brass Ring, Oct. 16, free
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band/Del McCoury Band, Traditions, Oct. 22 $49,$42
  • A Heifetz Celebration, Franklin College Chamber Music Series, Oct. 23, free
  • Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler, special event, Oct. 24, free
  • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Franklin College Chamber Music Series, Oct. 25, $37
  • U.S. Marine Band, special event, Oct. 26, free
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Robert Spano, conductor and Garrick Ohlsson, piano, Masterworks, Nov. 3, $55, $45
  • Gleb Ivanov, Ramsey Concert Hall, Nov. 8,  $25
  • Munich Symphony Orchestra: Philippe Entremont, conductor, Classics, Nov. 13, $58, $48
  • The Miles Davis Experience, The Brass Ring, Nov. 17, $39, $34
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin, Masterworks, Jan. 10, $90, $80, $65
  • Yo-Yo Ma, cello, special event, Jan. 11, $70-$110
  • Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre, Classics, Jan. 17-18, $55, $45
  • Wycliffe Gordon Quintet, The Brass Ring, Jan. 24,  $35, $30
  • Joe Goode Performance Group, special event, Feb. 4-5, $39, $34
  • 100 Years of Broadway, Traditions, Feb. 6, $42, $37
  • The Capitol Steps, Off-Broadway, Feb. 10, $39
  • Emerson String Quartet, Franklin College Chamber Music Series, Feb. 14, $37
  • Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Masterworks, Feb. 16, $49, $39
  • Cornell Gunther’s Coasters, The Bobby Hendricks Drifters, and The Platters, Traditions, Feb. 17,  $49, $42
  • Canadian Brass, The Brass Ring, Feb. 21, $42, $37
  • The Chieftains, Celebrity Evenings, Feb. 24, $45-$85
  • Bella Hristova, violin, Ramsey Concert Hall Series, Feb. 27, $25
  • Second City Company, Off-Broadway, March 2-3, $39
  • Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo piano, Ramsey Concert Hall Series, March 6, $25
  • Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic, Masterworks, March 7, $44, $37
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Leonidas Kavakos, conductor and violin, Classics, March 25, $55, $45
  • St. Lawrence String Quartet, Franklin College Chamber Music Series, April 4, $37
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Franklin College Chamber Music Series, April 14-15, $37
  • The Knights, Classics, April 16, $39, $34
  • Australian Baroque Brass Ensemble, The Brass Ring, April 19, $32
  • Garrison Keillor: An Evening of Story Telling, Celebrity Evenings, April 23, $35-$75