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The University Concert Series brings accomplished musicians, comedians, singers, dancers, performers and artists from around the world to Jesse Auditorium for performances available to the public.
An assortment of high-profile performances brought to Columbia by the University
Where the concerts are held: Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri
The University Concert Series was started by the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia in 1908. The first performance was given by Russian pianist Vladimir de Pachmann on Feb. 21, 1908. Control of the series was given to the University in 1924.
The performances were usually classically based, but that changed in the early ‘90s. Beginning in 1992, the series began to bring in many other forms of entertainment and music, including pop, musicals, jazz, country, comedy shows and dances. The series holds more than 30 different shows every year, ranging from classical music to popular bands found on the ranking music charts.
The series usually sells out or draws a full crowd for each concert. Students make up a fair share of ticket sales, buying 4,500 tickets in 2009. Students can get up to 50 percent off the normal ticket price.
To promote accessibility of live performances by means of affordability, public involvement, and community engagement.
To support the University of Missouri’s mission of lifelong learning through educational outreach and partnerships with the community and campus.
To practice good stewardship of our resources with integrity, judiciousness, and accountability in the interests of the University of Missouri and community stakeholders.
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The University Concert Series has had a variety of performances over the years, including comedy from Bill Cosby and the musical Mamma Mia! In 2012, Both Pink Floyd and Queen cover bands are among the list of performers scheduled for the University Concert Series.
More information can be found on the University Concert Series' Facebook Page.
Updated: March 11, 2012