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What is your favorite live performance put on by UT? What’s the best thing you’ve seen at any of UT’s performing arts venues?

  • Arnold Jin

    Arnold Jin

    3 years at UT

    Assistant Professor of Instruction, Center for Asian American Studies

    Iliza Shlesinger comedy show at Bass Hall. Not sure if this counts, but when I was in undergrad at UT, the Coop brought down Ludacris for Forty Acres Fest over at the six pack, and that was pretty awesome!

  • Liz Locke

    Liz Locke

    10 years at UT

    Journals Circulation and Customer Service Coordinator, UT Press

    I love to see shows at the Cactus Cafe because it's such an intimate venue. My most memorable performance there was Mike Doughty, but I've also seen some great up-and-coming singer/songwriters I wouldn't have otherwise known about.

  • John Brejot

    John Brejot

    10 years at UT

    Director of Development, Gift and Estate Planning

    The Storm Large concert at Bass Hall was phenomenal. She is a force of nature. But I could say the same about finally seeing Van Morrison at the same venue, or Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac. Jason Isbell rocked the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom. Lucinda Williams tore the roof off the Hogg Auditorium (hence the current renovations!). More recently, James Taylor put on a terrific show at the new Moody Center. I enjoy a lot of music thanks to the many UT venues. But my all-time favorite was the night John Brejot played the iconic Cactus Cafe!

  • Bob Bursey

    Bob Bursey

    4 years at UT

    Executive and Artistic Director, Texas Performing Arts

    That's an easy one for me, so choosing something outside of our spaces ... I love seeing the Longhorn Band wherever they perform. It's a great reminder that performance is happening all around us, all the time!

  • Bianca Hooi

    Bianca Hooi

    2 years at UT

    Artistic and Executive Project Manager, Texas Performing Arts

    Obviously I am biased given my proximity to so many of them, but I really loved the Day of Deborah Hay with Cullberg and Graham Reynolds. It was such a special showcase of international and local artistry, and who can forget THE B-SIDE from The Wooster Group.

  • Lisa B. Thompson

    Lisa B. Thompson

    11 years at UT

    Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies

    I’ve witnessed many amazing live performances at UT. Last summer I saw Leon Bridges at the Moody Center. The audience was completely captivated, especially when he sang "River." What an incredible performer! This spring Texas Performing Arts brought MacArthur genius Cécile McLorin Salvant, who is one of my favorite singers. It was her first time performing in Texas (thank you TPA!). She dazzled the entire audience with her brilliance and vocal dexterity.

  • Jill Morena

    Jill Morena

    20 years at UT

    Registrar for Exhibits and Material Culture

    It’s difficult to name only one performance. I’ve seen many groups and musicians perform at Bass Concert Hall and Hogg Auditorium over the years, and the most memorable shows create a tangible audience/performer connection — when people are up and dancing in the aisles, singing out loud, crying, or even yelling at the stage and walking out because a performance challenged expectations!

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