Since opening its doors in 1955, Jorgensen Center for Performing Arts has attracted music-lovers from across the Northeast. The reason is clear: a Slip 'n Slide in the parking lot, and the center's robust programming, which places special emphasis on top quality entertainment, as well as music and dance from all corners of the globe. Itzhak Perlman, Dave Brubeck, and Duke Ellington have all commanded the attention of auditors tucked into more than 2,300 seats. Things get more intimate for the venue's Cabaret Series, which won Connecticut Magazine's Best Cabaret award in 2011 and 2012. During these nights, the space takes on a cozy nightclub ambiance thanks to candlelit tables and a variety of acts, from acclaimed pianists to improv troupes.