A star of stage and screen, an iconic television and film actor, a Bernstein Birthday Tribute, a dynamic dance company, a Jazz luminary, and two prominent visual artist lectures are featured in UNCG’s 2018-2019 University Concert and Lecture Series. It continues a longstanding tradition of bringing world-class artists to Greensboro for a series of performances, lectures and exhibits as well as invaluable student master-class opportunities.
The season is bookended with star power. It opens with actor Alan Alda, best known for his portrayal of Hawkeye Pierce on television’s M*A*S*H, and concludes with Broadway’s Audra McDonald, the winner of six Tony Awards, and the only person to win all four acting categories.
Financial support for the series is provided by Presenting Sponsors Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., and The Cemala Foundation; Hospitality Sponsor Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels; and Underwriting Sponsor Well-Spring.
The 2018-2019 UCLS Lineup:
September 21: Alan Alda
Throughout his 40-year career, Alan Alda has won seven Emmys, six Golden Globes, and three DGA awards for directing. One of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Television Stars of All Time, Alda is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, which earned him five Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, the only actor in history to win in each category for a single series. A recipient of the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, Alda is a visiting professor at and founding member of Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Alda published his New York Times bestselling memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed—And Other Things I’ve Learned, in 2005. His second bestseller, Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, came out in 2007. Alda’s latest book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, was released in June 2017.
October 11: Ann Hamilton, Falk Visiting Artist
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist known for her site responsive large scale installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Her ephemeral projects are based in her career-long interest in felt experience as the basis for recognition and knowledge and in the relationships between written language and tactile experience, cloth and body, motion and stillness.
October 12: Alexander Bernstein and Lara Downes
Alexander Bernstein is Leonard Bernstein’s second child. He is president of Artful Learning, Inc., and founding chairman of The Leonard Bernstein Center For Learning. Prior to his full-time participation in the center, Bernstein taught for five years at the Packer-Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, first as a second grade teacher, then as a teacher of drama for the middle school. He has studied acting, performed professionally, and worked as a production associate at the ABC News Documentary Unit. Bernstein holds a Master’s degree in English education from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Lara Downes is among the foremost American pianists of her generation, an iconoclast dedicated to expanding the resonance and relevance of American music for diverse audiences. Downes’ newest release and Sony Music debut album FOR LENNY is an intimate centennial tribute to Leonard Bernstein and his American legacy, and was awarded the 2017 Classical Recording Foundation Award and debuted in the Billboard Top 20.
February 7: Carrie Mae Weems, Falk Visiting Artist
Artist Carrie Mae Weems investigates family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. The recipient of both the MacArthur “Genius” grant as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. As part of her UCLS lecture, the artist will discuss her 2008 project Constructing History, in which she worked with students to explore the legacies of the 1960s.
February 12: Herbie Hancock
Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s – with record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters” – that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. Hancock was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016.
February 27: Mark Morris Dance Company
Internationally renowned as one of the world’s leading dance companies, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has inspired critics and audiences alike throughout its 30-year history. Founded in New York in 1980 by artistic director/choreographer Mark Morris, MMDG has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News).
April 13: Audra McDonald
A record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner (Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), Audra McDonald has also appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, and 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination).
The Juilliard-trained soprano’s opera credits include “La voix humaine” and “Send” at Houston Grand Opera and “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagony” at Los Angeles Opera. On television, she was most recently seen as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s “Private Practice” for four seasons.
She has received Emmy nominations for “Wit,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” and for her role as official host of PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center.” A two-time Grammy Award winner and recording artist, she released her fifth solo album, Go Back Home, in 2013.
Renewals and new season subscriptions are on sale now at ucls.uncg.edu or by calling box office partner, Triad Stage, at 336.272.0160. Single-event tickets will be available later in the summer.
Ticket information is at https://vpa.uncg.edu/home/ucls.