Performing Arts


Ready for another great season? We are. @ THE FAC, we are strongly committed to presenting a wide variety of performing arts from across the globe. And have we got some gems for you! These artists will take your head to a different place, replenish your soul, or take your breath away. Visit our artists’ pages where you’ll find audio or video and links to the artists’ websites. You may come to the FAC curious, but we promise you’ll leave inspired.

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Asian Arts & Culture Program

A survey devoted to the depth and breadth of the performing and visual arts of Asian cultures.

Center Series

Begun in 1975,  this series was one of the two original programs of the Fine Arts Center (along with the University Gallery, now UMCA). Center Series endeavers to offer the finest in world culture through an international performing arts series covering dance, jazz, chamber music, orchestras, popular events, and Broadway.

Magic Triangle

For more than 20 years, it has been our great honor and pleasure to present many jazz masters, innovators who have had/are having a profound impact on the music. Some of them: Ed Blackwell, Alvin Batiste, Lester Bowie, Andrew Hill and Clifford Jordan, have left the planet. Mostly they (Dave Douglas, Roswell Rudd, Han Bennink, ‘Blood’ Ulmer, Cecil Taylor, Milford Graves….) are still very much with us, criss-crossing the world delivering music with a message.

That message is one of love, hope and beauty, and also one of challenge and surprise. The Solos & Duos Series (fall) and the Magic Triangle Jazz Series (spring semester) presents musicians with something to say: a sound, an approach, a vision, a startling sense of what is possible.

Jazz in July

Jazz in July has always been a summer oasis for the performance and study of jazz improvisation. Every July, musicians from surrounding communities and around the world bear witness to the fact that Jazz in July is a special place where jazz history is created and studied. Because programs run at the same time, high school, college and adult participants are able to join together for combined lectures, master classes, jam sessions and performances.

Global Arts

Global Arts features the best in national and international performing arts events through the Fine Arts Center for school audiences.

Whether you are looking for theatre, dance, music or visual arts experiences, we have the right events for students and teachers. Every performance is carefully selected to meet the highest artistic standards while complementing your school's curriculum, and all performances meet the Curriculum Frameworks as established by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The performances present a world view of the arts and augment curricula in the areas of geography, history, science, social studies, language studies, and fine and performing arts.