UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Expands Digital Platform into Second Half of 2020-2021 Season

UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will continue the second half of the 2020-2021 season with concerts from around the world on its virtual platform: Jorgensen Digital Stage. The concerts that make up the spring 2021 season are streaming from Australia, Germany – and even on Jorgensen’s own stage in Storrs, Connecticut.

Rodney Rock, Jorgensen Director, said he is pleased with the upcoming spring 2021 season and is eager to continue growing the Jorgensen Digital Stage platform. 

“I’m thrilled to be back for another virtual season, so we can provide much needed entertainment for all of our patrons,” Rock said. “In such unprecedented times, it gives me great joy that Jorgensen can share a sense of cultural stimulation for so many, even well beyond Storrs.”

The spring season will include a mix of chamber, contemporary and genre-bending music. Patrons can purchase tickets for all of the livestream events from the Jorgensen website: jorgensen.uconn.edu.

The spring 2021 media sponsors and partners are CT Public, New England Public Media, Radio.com, 96.5 TIC, WHUS, Connecticut Magazine, The Chronicle (Willimantic), Seasons Magazine, CT VOICE, UConn’s African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Digital Media and Design (UConn School of Fine Arts), and Mansfield Downtown Partnership/Downtown Storrs. 


This season’s chamber livestream performances are sponsored by the Lenard Chamber Music Series. The Lenard Chamber Music Series is made possible through the generosity of longtime patrons and Jorgensen CoStars Jean and John Lenard. Thanks to the Lenard Endowment, UConn students, non-UConn students, and area youth are invited to attend all chamber music events for free.

In addition to the livestream concerts, Jorgensen is launching its Arts and Activism Speaker Series that serves as a platform for artists to educate and spread awareness on current social justice issues. During the spring semester, Jorgensen will be co-sponsoring lectures with the following UConn organizations: the African American Cultural Center, the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Digital Media and Design program in the School of Fine Arts.


“Jorgensen has a long history of partnering with all of the university’s cultural centers and academic departments,” Rock said. “With the rich amount of knowledge and resources throughout the UConn community, it is only right to develop an activism series that merges art and social justice issues that can bring these issues to the foreground.”



An Evening with Ben Folds
Livestream from Australia
Thu, March 4, 8:00 pm EST
Post-Performance Q&A
Tickets: $20 per device
Grammy-award winning music influencer, Ben Folds, has created an enormous body of music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. His last album was a blend of pop songs and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra that soared to #1 on both the Billboard classical and classical crossover charts. For over a decade, he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras.


Kronos Quartet: 50 for the Future
Presented by the Lenard Chamber Music Series
Thu, March 18, 7:30 pm EST
Tickets: $15 per device
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is a co-commissioner of 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. The mission is to create a public domain library of fifty new works specifically available to help train emerging string quartet musicians. The Kronos Quartet will perform a selection of pieces from the new library of contemporary music in a virtual presentation followed by a dialogue with the quartet and Jorgensen Director, Rodney Rock.


Arcis Saxophone Quartet
Presented by the Lenard Chamber Music Series
Fri, March 26, 7:30 pm EST
Livestream from Mannheim, Germany
Post-Performance Q&A with the Quartet
Tickets: $15 per device
Munich’s own Arcis Saxophone Quartet (Claus Hierluksch, soprano saxophone; Ricarda Fuss, alto saxophone; Edoardo Zotti, tenor saxophone; and Jure Knez, baritone saxophone) show their charismatic and authentic stage presence that sets audiences aflame with their spark-throwing enthusiasm and burning passion for this rare form of chamber music.

Their program, American Dreams will capture the musical symbolism of the American way of life.

The Arcis Quartet program includes: 

  • Steve Reich – New York Counterpoint
  • Dvořák (arr. ASQ) – String Quartet No. 12, “American”
  • Bernstein (arr. James Boatman) – West Side Story Suite
  • Gershwin (arr. Sylvain Dedenon) – Porgy and Bess Suite


An Evening with Chris Thile
Livestream from the Jorgensen Stage
Post-Performance Q&A
Tickets: $20 per device
Sat, April 17, 8:00 pm EST
Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile returns to the Jorgensen stage right here in Storrs, but this time he’ll perform to a virtual audience. A founding member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, Thile is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, he transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.


“When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Dialogue with Patrisse Cullors”
*Sponsored by UConn African American Cultural Center
Thurs, Feb 4, 6:00 pm EST
As UConn African American Cultural Center’s Black History Month 2021 opening ceremony, Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and founder of grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now, will be presenting a lecture free to the public. To reserve your spot, you must RSVP in advance.


Amplifying Black Voices in Hollywood
The Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series
*Sponsored by UConn School of Fine Arts’ Digital Media and Design program
Fri, Feb 19 1:00 pm EST to 8:00 pm EST
UConn’s Digital Media and Design Department is hosting its inaugural event of Diverse Perspectives 2021 Speaker Series: Amplifying Black Voices in Hollywood.

The one-day summit will feature conversations with Black leaders from the film industry and they will be discussing the efforts to increase diversity in all aspects of Hollywood from screenwriting to post-production.

The Summit events include:

  • Fighting for Equity in Hollywood: Leveraging Film as a Conduit for Change, Romany Malco, Actor/Director of “Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison”
  • Challenging the Status Quo: Authentic Storytelling at the Studio Level, Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures
  • Small Screen, Big Impact: Creating Content for Underrepresented Voices in Digital Media, Numa Perrier, Director of “Jezebel”
  • Diversity Matters: The Value of Inclusion in the Visual Effects and Animation Industries, Chris White, Visual Effects Supervisor at WETA Digital
  • Reforming Hollywood's Writers' Rooms: How the TV Crime Genre Normalizes Injustice, Kristen Marston, Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director at Color Of Change Hollywood

This summit is free and open to all, but registration is required.