UGA Performing Arts Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Gala Week Shows

In 1996, the UGA Performing Arts Center opened with a gala week of performances, including a recital by superstar soprano and Georgia native Jessye Norman, and a concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The center’s 25th anniversary season includes another gala week highlighted by an appearance by the six-time Tony Award winner audra mcdonald and the return of Atlanta Symphony.

Here are the four events of the gala week.

An Afternoon with Audra McDonald

25th anniversary gala concert

April 24, 3 p.m.

Hodgson Concert Hall

McDonald is a Broadway legend and a TV and movie star. Join her and the pianist Brian Hertz for a concert of show tunes and standards from The Great American Songbook. Then, enjoy a party with food trucks and DJ Dan Geller on the quad.

Cat Arts: city ​​on a hill

April 26, 4 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Lobby

Director of the Georgia Museum of Art William U. Eiland and deputy director Annelies M. Mondi give an insightful and complimentary look at the ceramics and paintings that have been welcoming customers for a quarter of a century. These include a pair of canvases by Lamar Dodd, founder of the art school at UGA.

UGA Symphony Orchestra

Marc Cedel, conductor

Pyeongkang Park, Deputy Conductor

April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Hodgson Concert Hall

Hugh Hodgson School of Music performs Mahler’s epic ‘Fifth Symphony’ – with its sublime slow movement – and world premiere of ‘Fizzle, Sweep, Crash’ by doctoral student Daniel Karcher.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles, conductor

David Coucheron, violin

Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp

May 1, 3 p.m.

Hodgson Concert Hall

The gala week ends with Beethoven’s powerful Third Symphony (“Eroica”) and Max Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy,” in which Celtic melodies come to life with solo violin and harp.

For the UGA Presents shows (McDonald and the ASO), 25 tickets are available for only $25, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets for UGA students are always $10.

For a complete list of UGA presents performancesvisit

To know more about all UGA Center for the Performing Arts Eventsvisit

Three ways to order

  1. Buy your tickets online at
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center Box Office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Five-minute parking is available in the Performing Arts Center drop-off circle to purchase or pick up tickets.)

COVID protocols

For more information on the Performing Arts Center’s COVID-19 protocols, visit Flexible ticketing will be in place for all performances running through May 2022. Customers can exchange tickets for another performance or receive a full refund up to 12:00 noon on the day of the performance, if it is on a weekday, or until Friday at 5 p.m. if it takes place on a weekend.