By Sean Olson, University Relations

Flamenco dancerSFlamenco Carlota Santana will perform February 24 as part of UC/LS 2005-06.

From the ethnic sounds of the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band to the spicy steps of flamenco, UNCG has scheduled seven nights of must-see performances in the 2005-06 University Concert/Lecture Series.

The series kicks off Sept. 10 with Tavis Smiley sharing his knowledge about self-advocacy. Lou Rawls, one of America’s R&B legends, will sing Frank Sinatra’s standards as well as his own hits to cover for last season’s cancellation. MOMIX, a modern dance troupe, will end the season with a memorable and passionate performance. The schedule will include:

Sept. 10, Tavis Smiley: Tavis Smiley, the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show formerly on National Public Radio, will speak on “Advocacy: How to Fight for What You Believe and Make a Difference.” Smiley has interviewed Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro, Pope John Paul II and authored eight books. DeWayne Wickham in USA Today declared Smiley “arguably the nation’s most influential black journalist.” Tickets are $12, $10 or $8 for adults and $10, $8 or $6 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

Oct. 22, Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band: As one of the top klezmer bands in America, the band’s five musicians play saxophones, clarinets, harmonicas, flutes, mandolins, violins, trumpets and trombones. Their music resembles jazz, but is a fusion of Eastern European Jewish folk music, American swing, Yiddish theater tunes and Israeli horas. Tickets are $22, $19 or $15 for adults and $20, $17 or $13 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

Tavis SmileyRadio personality Tavis Smiley will kick off the UC/LS 2005-06 season September 10.

Nov. 1, Lou Rawls: He is known popularly as The Voice and his rich baritone is among the most recognizable in contemporary music. Rawls’ accolades include three Grammy awards for best male R&B vocal performer in 1967, 1971 and 1977. At UNCG performance this fall, Rawls will take on another famous voice, Frank Sinatra, and perform several his own standards as well. Tickets are $35, $30 or $25 for adults and $33, $28 or $23 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

Jan. 21, 2006, Betty Lynn Buckley: She’s a Tony Award-winning actress with “the finest voice in musical theatre today,” according to Entertainment Weekly. Her Broadway credits include “Cats,” “Triumph of Love,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Carrie” and “1776.” She starred as Abby Bradford in the hit television series “Eight is Enough” and currently plays a character the HBO series “OZ.” Tickets are $35, $30 or $25 for adults and $33, $28 or $23 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

Feb. 12, MAME: One of the longest running musicals on Broadway, Mame has been a novel, a play and a film. A flamboyant socialite of 1928 New York society, Auntie Mame, discovers she must raise her 10-year-old nephew, Patrick, according to her brother’s will. After the stock market crash of 1929 wipes out her fortune, Mame must enter the workforce. The ever-young Auntie Mame and Patrick experience years of funny adventures, which are highlighted by songs like “Bosom Buddies” and “That’s How Young I Feel.” Tickets are $35, $30 or $25 for adults and $33, $28 or $23 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

Feb. 24, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana: The Spanish dance company Flamenco Vivo uses flamenco to tell stories of universal themes such as pride, sorrow, love and death. Carlota Santana founded the troupe in 1983 in New York. Since then, a company has found a second home near Durham, N.C. Along with national performance tours, Flamenco Vivo offers an arts-in-education program, dance classes and workshops. The energetic flamenco dance and intense music originated in Andalucía, the southern region of Spain. Tickets are $29, $25 or $19 for adults and $27, $23 or $17 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

April 6, MOMIX: The modern dance company MOMIX presents “Passion,” Moses Pendleton’s tale of human evolution and its eventual consequences and mankind’s intricate relationship with nature. “Passion,” whether it’s ecstatic, suffering, sexual or spiritual, is timeless and universal. Dancers perform complex tumbling routines, aerial rope sequences, human jigsaw puzzles and graceful ribbon dances to create a stunning spectacle. “Passion” is set to the musical score by Peter Gabriel. Tickets are $29, $25 or $19 for adults and $27, $23 or $17 for seniors, children or non-UNCG students.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium, except “Mame,” which is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting Aug. 15 through the UNCG University Box Office in Elliott University Center on campus or (336) 334-4849. Prior to that, purchase tickets by calling the Office of Student Life at (336) 334-5800.

Ticket prices vary for each show depending on seat location. UNCG student prices are $9, $8 and $6. Season tickets for the general public range from $149 to $86 and depend on seat location and number of shows. Discounted season ticket prices are available for UNCG faculty, staff and students. Order season tickets at the web site http://ucls.uncg.edu/.