The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center has announced the roster of artists for 2017-2018, a season that will showcase “The Three Bs Plus One.”

“Music lovers know Bach, Beethoven and Brahms as ‘The Three Bs.’ For many people, they are the greatest of all classical music composers,” said George C. Foreman, director of the Performing Arts Center.

“During the 2017-2018 season we will take audience members on a journey through the works of these musical giants. The fourth ‘B’ in this exciting lineup is Leonard Bernstein. 2018 marks the centennial of Bernstein’s birth, and his music will be featured when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs both his Symphony No. 1, ‘Jeremiah,’ and his Symphony No. 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ ” Foreman said.

The season will open Sept. 17 with an innovative Keyboard Music of “The Three Bs” concert. Three award-winning artists will perform selections on the types of instruments the composers would have used during their own lifetimes: Bach on the harpsichord, Beethoven on the fortepiano and Brahms on the modern grand piano.

The Performing Arts Center will once again partner with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to present six concerts throughout the season, establishing Athens as the greatest presence for the Chamber Music Society outside of New York. CMS will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos as well as works by Beethoven and Brahms.

The Three Bs theme continues with the Hodgson Hall debut of the St. Thomas Church Boys Choir of Leipzig. Established in 1212, the St. Thomas Choir is one of Europe’s most revered musical institutions; Bach became its director in 1723, leading the choir for 27 years and composing hundreds of works for the ensemble.

For fans of more pops-oriented entertainment, the Performing Arts Center’s Show Biz series will offer the Blind Boys of Alabama, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll, TAO Japanese drummers, a Valentine’s Day performance of American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook and the return of Celtic fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

A new series, Pops in Ramsey, will feature popular artists in the intimate setting of Ramsey Concert Hall. The eclectic mix of entertainment includes magician Chris Dugdale, The Second City comedy troupe, Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and the high-energy folk band The Bumper Jacksons.



Subscription packages are now on sale for the 2017-2018 season with savings up to 30% off single ticket prices. For a free brochure, stop by the Performing Arts Center box office or call 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497 or visit

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Following is the UGA Performing Arts Center 2017-2018 season by series:


  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Sept. 24)
  • State Ballet Theatre of Russia – Sleeping Beauty (Jan. 8-9)
  • The King’s Singers (Jan. 23)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (May 20)


  • St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig (Nov. 16)
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – The Brandenburg Concertos (Dec. 13)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 28)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Apr. 22)

Masterworks and Classics

  • Murray Perahia, Piano (Apr. 12)

Franklin College Chamber Music Series

  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Classical Epicenter: Mozart in 1787 (Oct. 15)
  • Essential String Trios – Payne Memorial Concert (Nov. 5)
  • The Brandenburg Concertos (Dec. 13)
  • Brahms and Dvorák (Jan. 25)
  • From Vienna to Hollywood (Feb. 25)
  • Classical Evolution (Apr. 15)

Recitals in Ramsey

  • Keyboard Music of “The Three Bs” (Sept. 17)
  • Naumburg Trio (Jan. 21)
  • Celino Romero, Guitar (Feb. 11)
  • Aspen String Trio (Mar. 20)
  • Jonathan Biss, Piano (Apr. 5)


Show Biz

  • Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll (Oct. 17)
  • American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook (Feb. 14)
  • Accordion Virtuosi of Russia (Feb. 19)
  • Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy (Mar. 5)
  • TAO: Drum Heart (Mar. 19)
  • Blind Boys of Alabama (May 11)

Pops in Ramsey

  • Chris Dugdale, Magician (Oct. 5-6)
  • The Bumper Jacksons (Nov. 8-9)
  • The Second City (Feb. 2-3)
  • Angel of Music: A Salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber (Feb. 28-Mar. 1)
  • Masters of the Mind (Apr. 6)


Special Events

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Atlanta Symphony Chorus – Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 21)
  • State Ballet Theatre of Russia – The Nutcracker in partnership with the Classic Center (Dec. 22-23)
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – New Year’s Eve Concert (Dec. 31)


Bonus Concerts

  • Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra (Oct. 1)
  • Georgia Brass Band (Nov. 19)


Bobby Tyler

Marketing & Media Relations Director
The University of Georgia
Office of Performing Arts
210 Performing Arts Center
Athens, Georgia 30602-7280
phone: (706) 542-3301
fax: (706) 542-8867