Autorino Center for the Arts Announces Spring 2018 Season Highlights

Autorino Center for the Arts Announces Spring 2018 Season HighlightsThe Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) continues the 2018 On The Move Season with a remarkable spring line-up celebrating the Center's 15th anniversary!

The anniversary season's theme is a direct reflection of the Center's mission to provide transformative experiences that affirm the arts as essential to the human endeavor and the understanding of human life, while serving as a cultural resource for the University of Saint Joseph and the greater Hartford community. On The Move highlights global shifts in populations due to migration and forced migrations, along with the cultural fusions that occur during this time of hyperglobalization.

"Since the founding of the Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, many thousands of patrons have visited the Center, and I couldn't be more pleased with the palpable excitement for the contemporary performances that have been gracing our stage," says Center Director Steven Raider-Ginsburg. "The 2017-18 theme, On The Move, deals with some bold issues wrapped inside a year-long party. The fun continues!"

As part of the 15th anniversary season celebration, the Autorino Center's new membership program offers a choice of memberships, which include exclusive benefits, such as: special receptions, area restaurant discounts (e.g. 20% off at Blue Plate Kitchen), $15 anniversary tickets, and much more! Call 860.231.5528 for more information.

2018 Spring Program Highlights:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.: Acclaimed guitarist Daniel Salazar returns with Romance de la Guitarra. Join us for a romantic evening featuring Salazar and his ensemble of international musicians, plus guest vocalists and dancers, who will perform exhilarating rhythms and beautiful melodies of Spain and Latin America. Tickets: $15-30

Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.: South Carolina-based quintet Ranky Tanky brings the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States to the northeast with the timeless music of Gullah culture - from playful game songs and ecstatic shouts to heartbreaking spirituals, delicate lullabies, and the musical roots of Charleston, S.C. Opening for Ranky Tanky is Hartford Hot Several - Hartford's funkiest brass band! Tickets: $15-30

Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.: In co-production with HartBeat Ensemble, the Autorino Center presents the WORLD PREMIERE of Samite Mulundo's Resilience - a story that crosses boundaries, both physically and emotionally, in a theatrical telling of Samite's journey from war-torn Uganda to the world stage as a musician and humanitarian, conveying his message of hope and peace. Join us for a pre-show book launch with USJ Professor of Philosophy Nancy Billias, Ph.D., co-author of The Ethics of Silence: An Interdisciplinary Case Analysis Approach, at 6 p.m. Tickets: $15-35

For more information on the entire current season and to purchase tickets, visit

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) offers a wide range of coeducational undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs that combine a professional and liberal arts education with a focus on service. Undergraduate programs for both traditional and adult students take place on our beautiful suburban campus and include more than 26 majors and seven pre-professional programs, taught by expert faculty in an engaging environment. Graduate master's and doctoral degree programs are taught on the University's two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut; at off-campus locations throughout the state; and online. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University of Saint Joseph welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions. To learn more, view our website at

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