UF Performing Arts 2017-18 Season Preview


WUFT-FM Morning Edition host Glenn Richards speaks with University of Florida Performing Arts Director Brian Jose about the upcoming 2017-18 season, which kicks off Sept. 14 with Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Phillips Center.

Sweet Honey in the Rock

The season features familiar performers (Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Michael McDonald); newer performers (Jake Shimabukuro, Adam Strauss, Alicia Olatuja); musicals (Kinky Boots, Cabaret, A Chorus Line), dance (Dance Alive!, Malpaso Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Company); classical (Daniel Lebhardt, Piano; Moscow State Symphony Orchestra with Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello; Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra of Sweden); jazz (Benny Green Trio; Harold Mabern / Eric Alexander Quartet; Cross Currents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland), and more (All Is Calm; The Other Mozart; Tajmo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band).

About Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.

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