Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Savannah Book Festival, in collaboration with Savannah Music Festival to Host Eudora Welty Tribute Concert February 6

Five-time Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, along with fellow musicians Kate Campbell, Claire Holley and Caroline Herring, will perform a unique tribute to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern writer Eudora Welty in a tribute concert on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 8pm. The concert is presented by the Savannah Book Festival in collaboration with the Savannah Music Festival.

This exciting addition to the Festival schedule will feature these four celebrated singer-songwriters performing their own songs chosen specifically for and inspired by the literary legacy of Mississippi, writer Eudora Welty, whose 100th birthday would have been April 13th, 2009. The concert, which debuted at the centennial celebration for Welty earlier this year has received rave reviews, and it is in perfect keeping with the Savannah Book Festival’s mission to
promote the written word, including the work of lyricists like Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.

Taking place in historic Trinity Church on Telfair Square in downtown Savannah at 8 pm on Saturday, February 6th, 2010, the concert will be a ticketed fundraising event for the Festival. General admission tickets for $50 will go on sale in January and will be sold through the Savannah College of Art & Design’s SCAD Box Office.

The four singer-songwriters first presented this show on April 17, 2009, at the Eudora Welty Centennial Celebration in Jackson, Mississippi. Here’s what one critic said about the show, which also took place in a Methodist Church: There is something about a church that invites a visitation from the muse. The stage was bathed in the glow of blue Fresnels that enhanced the sense of mystery and romance. Throw in the incredible artistry of four women who have the dirt, sweetness, and sweat of the South in their bones, along with songwriting abilities that summon aching memories of the pain, triumph and anguish of the South, and the profound becomes
tangible -- the impossible, possible. Georgianne Nienaber, The Huffington Post The Savannah Book Festival is thrilled and honored to be working with the world-renowned Savannah Music
Festival to add this exciting concert to the 2010 Savannah calendar.

Songwriters have been a part of the Festival since its inception in 2008, and this literary tribute to one of America’s most treasured writers will offer festival goers a unique perspective on the Southern literary tradition.

The Savannah Book Festival, which will take place February 5-7, 2010 in and around Telfair Square, is an annual, free and open to the public celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation. For each of the past two years, the Festival has attracted dozens of popular and critically acclaimed authors and thousands of readers from all over America to Savannah’s Telfair Square, and the culturally significant buildings that surround it—Telfair Academy, Trinity
Church and Jepson Center for the Arts. Within these beautiful venues, the Festival’s authors and their readers experience the intimacy and hospitality for which Savannah is famous.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cajun Masters Coming to UWG in January

In the spirit of Ballet Memphis and Jon Faddis and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the third annual Live Art at the Townsend Center event will feature yet another unique entertainment opportunity, the Grammy-winning BeauSoleil, one of the country's foremost Cajun bands. The group will perform Saturday, Jan. 23, on the Townsend Center Mainstage with the traditional cast party to follow in the Dangle Theatre.

BeauSoleil began in 1975 in Lafayette, La. and has elevated Cajun music to domestic and international acclaim. Blending elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more, the band appears regularly on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and has received 10 Grammy nominations. In 1998, they became the first Cajun band to win a Grammy in the traditional folk category.

The group recently celebrated its 29th release, Alligator Purse, which originated from a benefit concert assisting victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Community volunteers Michelle Morgan, Claire Cooley and Susan Fleck are co-chairing the event. According to Morgan, there are two main reasons to support the Live Art series, in addition to the obvious evening of outstanding entertainment.

"Last year, the Live Art committee was delighted to establish the P.J. Hovey Live Art Scholarship Fund for awards to the departments of art, music and theatre," Morgan said. "It is our intention to endow this fund as soon as possible."

The series was also established to provide at least one signature production annually at the Townsend Center, while raising funds to increase the premier programming each season.

"We strive for profitability and growth, and the executive committee for Live Art is pleased that the series has exhibited both during the first two seasons," said Morgan. "However, the philanthropic goal for this year's event is to take the fundraising component one step higher and raise at least $15,000 for increased quality programming at the Townsend Center and to endow the Live Arts Scholarship."

For more information on how to become involved in the Live Art event at any number of giving levels, contact Robert Jennings, director of the Townsend Center, at 678-839-4722 or

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Contemporary Christian Recording Artist Melissa Pierre-Louis Releases Free Christmas e-Album, Launches Operation Touch Web Site for Free Downloads

/PRNewswire/ -- Looking for ways to celebrate the Christmas season without adding to your credit card bill? Tired of listening to six versions of "Winter Wonderland" on the radio? Contemporary Christian singer Melissa Pierre-Louis is offering free downloads of original Christmas songs on her newly launched Web site Operation Touch (

On Operation Touch, the 22-year-old recording artist performs three new songs: "Touch Someone," "Thank You Emmanuel," and "Sing We Noel." The songs and lyrics are available in English, as well as French and Kreyol, a tribute to Pierre-Louis' Haitian background.

"We live in difficult times in which a lot of people are struggling, but part of the beauty of Christmas is renewed hope," said Pierre-Louis. "'Touch Someone' encourages everyone - regardless of background - to reach out to others and share the gifts we each have to offer. Hopefully Operation Touch will inspire people to do just that."

The songs on Operation Touch were penned by Pierre-Louis' father, award-winning songwriter Marc-Arthur Pierre-Louis. Mr. Pierre-Louis emigrated from Haiti to the U.S. in 1981 to study mathematics and computer science at Florida Atlantic University and earned a master's degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary. His song "Bless the Memories" recently won the American Bible Society's Scripture Song Award at the Gospel Music Association's IMMERSE event.

"The joy and hope of the Christmas season shouldn't come with a price tag. I think music can reach people at such a basic level and connect them with that hope and feeling of renewal," adds Ms. Pierre-Louis. "We wanted to make that accessible to as many people as possible, whether they themselves need some inspiration, or they want to share the music with others."

Pierre-Louis' music can also be heard on radio stations in the US, Haiti and Canada.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Silent Monks Singing Halleluia

This is wonderful, creative and fun:

Thanks to Bill Bibb, Seen Gallery Atlanta, for sharing!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"The Sound of Angels" Perfomance by the Georgia Singers at First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City December 6

Sunday, December 6
6:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City

The holiday concert performed by the Georgia Singers features sacred and secular opening sections followed by delightful seasonal selections and the singing of congregational carols.

The Georgia Singers is a new force in choral music for women's voices in Fayette County. This talented group of young women is quickly establishing its artistry as a unique community resource.

The talented Peachtree City singers are directed by Dr. Franklin Green, who is nationally known for his work with young women's voices and accompanied by Mr. Rick Massengale, Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

Free Admission
Ticket required
A free-will offering will be taken.
Childcare will be provided for ages 4 and younger.

For more information or to reserve a ticket, please call 770-487-7757 or email

First Presbyterian Church
206 Willow Bend Rd
Peachtree City

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Atlanta Jazz Non-Profit, Orchestra Atlanta, Announces Name Change to Jazz Orchestra Atlanta

/PRNewswire/ -- Orchestra Atlanta, a 23-year-old, not-for-profit arts organization based in Atlanta, GA, today announces its official name change to "Jazz Orchestra Atlanta," reinforcing the organization's shift in commitment to the advancement of the best in jazz education and performance. The group continues to produce professional jazz performances by a resident repertory big band featuring high-caliber jazz musicians from Atlanta and the Southeast. Jazz Orchestra Atlanta also continues running its popular Summer Jazz Camps for metro Atlanta middle and high school students. The camp is held at Georgia State University, and in 2010 JOA will premier a Vocal Jazz Workshop featuring the internationally recognized vocal group The New York Voices, who will join JOA's big band in a special closing concert at the Rialto Theater.

"The decision to change the name officially was an easy one," says JOA Executive and Artistic Director, Dr. Brent Runnels. "Our focus really shifted over the past several years as audiences showed a great deal of enthusiasm for the jazz concerts we added to our programming. We recognized an important musical niche was not being filled in Atlanta, and our professional big band performances fill that nicely. We found we had already carved out a niche for advancing superior jazz education, so filing with the State to make the name change official was the logical next step to demonstrate our commitment to the new mission and vision for the organization. Our audience and everyone at JOA are very excited about it."

Jazz Orchestra Atlanta Strengthens Board of Directors and Fundraising Efforts

In addition, the Jazz Orchestra Atlanta recently added several new contributing members to their diverse Board of Directors. "Our board is a blend of professional men and women who represent a wonderful cross section of large and small Atlanta businesses, and local professional musicians," continued Runnels, "with common threads of enthusiasm for the art of jazz music, and the community stature we need to help us achieve our goals."

Recent additions to the board include Mark Williamson, a partner at Alston and Bird; Phil Williamson, a CPA and tax director of Mirant Corporation; Steve Brown, avid musician, pilot and project management consultant; Robert Scarr of Delta Airlines; Jerry McEver, musician , teacher and School Music Recruiting Specialist and Consultant; Greg Coile, a well-known Atlanta musician and teacher; and Joe Gransden, one of Atlanta's best known jazz musicians. "The addition of these members and their contributions further strengthen and diversify Jazz Orchestra Atlanta's board and proves the community commitment and interest in the art form of jazz and its ongoing proliferation in Metro Atlanta," said Mark Williamson, JOA Board Chair.

The JOA Board of Directors meets monthly to determine policy, programming, marketing, and resource development while encouraging awareness and interest in Jazz Orchestra Atlanta's programs.

The result of Jazz Orchestra Atlanta's work can be seen regularly at venues like Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs, where Joe Gransden and the JOA big band play shows twice monthly on the first and third Mondays, and in featured events at the Woodruff Arts Center and Spivey Hall, where Jazz Orchestra Atlanta will join with Joe Gransden to present a Big Band Christmas Show. More information is available at:

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Ring in the season with the annual GSU Gala Holiday Concert

The Georgia State University School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts present the 12th annual Gala Holiday Concert at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 6. at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

This year's performances will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as music with an international twist, celebrating the Rialto and School of Music's international initiatives and involvement in the community.

More than 200 student and faculty musicians will perform as part of this university-wide celebration of the season, including members of the University Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and Jazz Band.

Conductors Michael Palmer, Gordon Vernick and Jeffery Wall will lead the ensembles and soloists in a musical assortment of works by Duke Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Janowski, Handel and Holst, as well as a world premiere by Georgia State faculty member Nickitas Demos of Fantasy on Kalanta for Saint Basil.

The performances will also feature special guest appearances by members of Atlanta's diverse cultural community. Members of the Cao Ying Dance School will perform the Chinese dance, Avalokitesvara, and students from the Charles Drew R. Charter School will perform Kakilambe, a dance of healing and harvest from Guinea, West Africa, performed to instruments of the djembe orchestra.

The School of Music has had a partnership with the Drew Charter School, located in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, since 2006, thanks to a multi-year grant from the Cousins Foundation, Inc.

The program will conclude with Sim Shalom, a Hebrew song of peace, Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and an audience sing-along. Rounding out the festivities, the Georgia State University School of Art and Design will present an art exhibit in the Rialto Lobby, where a student brass quintet will play for audience members as they arrive.

Tickets range from $22-$48 and are available in person at the Rialto Center Box Office, by calling 404-413-9TIX or online at Free parking is provided at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Chubby Checker to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Twist in Newnan , GA

Chubby Checker has chosen Historic Downtown Newnan as his Georgia location to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the legendary song “The Twist”. The Historic Alamo Theater will be the host of the legendary singer and his band the Wildcats on November 22, 2009 as a benefit concert for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta. This will be Checker’s only show in Georgia. Other shows in the south will be in Mississippi and Florida .

Checker’s manager, Tommy C. chose the location on a recent visit to Georgia. He was immediately impressed with the look and the history of the venue and felt that downtown Newnan had the right “feel” for the celebration. He approached the owner about getting the City of Newnan on board as well as the local charities. Amy Murphy, co-owner of the Alamo says, “I couldn’t have thought of a better charity than the local Boys and Girls Club. They make such an impact in our community. When I approached Main Street Newnan, they immediately agreed to help and the event took off from there! How exciting for the citizens of Newnan to be able to see Chubby Checker perform in the same place that many of them used to come to the movies in high school.” Murphy and her partners returned the Alamo movie theater to an entertainment venue from a gift store five years ago.

In June of 1959, Chubby recorded "The Twist". Bernie Lowe, president of Cameo Parkway records was not initially impressed with Chubby's recording and felt it may be a "B" side at best. However, Chubby felt "The Twist" was something special and worked hard promoting the record by undertaking non-stop rounds of TV dates, interviews and live performances. Fourteen months later, in the summer of 1960, "The Twist" was a hit.

"The Twist" was not only the #1 song but it introduced the concept of "dancing apart to the beat". Over the next few years, endless songs incorporating "The Twist" into its name sprang up such as "Peppermint Twist", "Twist and Shout" and "Twistin' the Night Away". In addition, each new song brought a new dance involving "dancing apart to the beat" such as "The Jerk", "The Hully Gully", "The Boogaloo" and "The Shake". At the forefront was Chubby with "The Fly", "The Pony" and "The Hucklebuck".

The next few years were prolific for Chubby as hit followed hit. In 1961, Chubby recorded "Pony Time" written by Don Covay and John Berry. It went to #1 and stayed on the charts for 16 weeks. In between recording and touring, Chubby took time to add feature films to his portfolio with the releases of "Don't Knock The Twist" and "Twist Around The Clock".

In the fall of 1961, record industry history was made when Checker's original hit record, "The Twist", re-entered the charts and by January of 1962, it was back in the #1 position. No other record before or since has accomplished that feat. Combining its 1960 run with its 1961/62 return, "The Twist" spent an amazing nine month total on the U. S. best seller charts.

Chubby Checker merchandise was everywhere, and included T-shirts, shoes, ties, dolls, raincoats, and chewing gum. His success continued for years with the release of one dance record after another, with "The Fly" and "Let's Twist Again", for which he won a Grammy for the "Best Rock Performance". More hit records followed. "Slow Twistin'", Dancin' Party", "Popeye the Hitchhiker" and "The Limbo Rock" all came along in 1962. 1963 saw Checker return to the hit parade with "Birdland" and "Twist It Up", after which he followed with "Loddy Lo" and a series of other novelty type tunes. Eventually, teens incorporated these movements to all songs that had a beat and called these movements "The Boogie", a permanent fixture in Rock and Roll.

Tickets will be $75, limited to 300 and will go on sale October 15th. They will be available at the Boys and Girls Club on Wesley Street , the Alamo , or Fabiano’s Pizza on West Court Square in downtown Newnan. Information is available by calling 770-683-2683.

The City of Newnan will be proclaiming November 23, 2009 “Chubby Checker Day”. The Adopt-A-Soldier Program will be holding an antique car show from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. the afternoon of November 22nd prior to the concert. The show will have a fifties and sixties theme and feature a twist contest and special prizes. For more information on the car show call 770-328-4763.
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Friday, November 06, 2009

All Together Now: The Beatles Return to Mono

Is the monobox set of Beatles recordings a marketing gimmick, or will listeners really hear something different?

From the White Album to Yellow Submarine modern releases of the Beatles present their music in stereo sound. But this Christmas, hard-core Beatles fans will eagerly unwrap "The Beatles in Mono," an 11-CD box set designed to be played through only one speaker.

These days, we usually hear mono sound coming out of tinny telephone receivers, but that's not how this album sounds, said Alex Case, a professor of sound recording technology at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. It will be more like unwrapping a newly-minted Beatles vinyl record and playing it for the first time.

During the 60s, the Beatles were not interested in stereo sound. They recorded each song on two tracks that were merged by their producer George Martin to be playable in monophonic sound, the standard of the day. Fans listened to the songs on mono record players and radio stations, which were almost all on the AM band at the time.

Some of these early albums were mixed for stereo sound, but this was an afterthought, hastily engineered for use on FM radio stations. During the 1980s, sound engineers created CD-quality sound in a lower-quality physical digital format, not a virtual digital format that most of today's music-lovers expect. Remastering technology was more primitive then, and could only create a slightly better sound than the stereo FM version.

Now this new box set digitizes the original analog tapes with mixing techniques designed to be more faithful to Martin's approach. Martin recorded the two main elements of each song -- the vocals and the instruments -- on separate tracks, so that one or the other could be emphasized in the music. Other sounds such as tambourines or clapping were recorded on both tracks, so that if, say, the drums were turned down, the other elements wouldn't be lost.

For the new albums, some corrections also had to be made because the master tapes have disintegrated over the years.

Another difference for U.S. listeners: these tunes are the original UK versions of the songs. Years ago, engineers remixing the songs for the U.S. added more reverb and echo, Case said. The new release goes back to the original UK versions, Martin's original mixes of the Fab Four.

By Martha Heil
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Clayton Community Big Band Presents Mingus Music in Spivey Hall, November 30

The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band in “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus” on Monday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.

Jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979) is regarded by many as one of the most historically significant figures in all of jazz history, particularly because of his many colorful and unorthodox compositions that rivaled the genius of his idol, Duke Ellington.

On Nov. 30, the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) pays homage to Mingus in a musical presentation of several big band arrangements of his compositions, many from his popular 1959 recording, “Mingus Ah Um.” Also featured are selections from the libraries of such ensembles as Buddy Rich, Gordon Goodwin, and the Tonight Show Orchestra. Other highlights include two vocal numbers featuring Clayton State music students Lianna Wimberly and Kristy Bryant.

Musicians performing in “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus” include: Stacey Houghton (Rex), director and Tenor Saxophone; saxophones: Jacob Campbell (Stockbridge), David Smith (Atlanta), Carl Dixon (Morrow), Michael Terry (Meansville), and John Babb (McDonough); trumpets: Michael Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Mark Lewis (McDonough), Julian K. Smith, Jr. (Decatur), William Hurst (McDonough); trombones: Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge), Amy Castillo (Jackson) and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood); piano: Marvin Pollock (Forest Park); guitar: Caleb Halstead (McDonough); bass: Jennifer Dunn (Lovejoy) and Tony Terrell (Forest Park); and drums: Court Tatum (Lovejoy).

The CCBB, now in its ninth year, is comprised of Clayton State music students and talented community musicians from the surrounding area.

For more information on the CCBB performance of “Big Band Arrangements of the Music of Charles Mingus,” please contact CCBB Director Houghton at

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Southern Nights Chorale Presents 5th Annual Fayette Festival of Carols Dec 13

The Southern Nights Chorale® is proud to announce its 5th Annual Fayette Festival of Carols® on Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 PM presented by PEI Logistics, Inc. This 90-minute multi-media concert will take place at Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Road at So. Peachtree Parkway, Fayetteville.

Get in the Christmas Spirit with an exciting variety of Holiday music styles:

The Southern Nights Chorale®, a precision men’s acappella choir, will entertain you with their Christmas repertoire ranging from classical to traditional to just-plain-fun.

The world-famous Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde® will delight you with their angelic voices.

The Gospel Choir from Edgefield Baptist, the oldest African-American church in Fayetteville, will bring you out of your seats with their energetic arrangements.

The Festival Orchestra will round out this event with Christmas favorites and heart-warming music of the Season.

And several “Sing-Alongs” will have you totally involved in the whole experience.

You are invited to take a delightful stroll through the Dickens Village after the performance.
Tickets are $8.00 in advance at or $10.00 at the door. Seniors (65+) and Students are $7.00. Children 5-and-under are Free.

Don’t miss this special Christmas celebration!

For information, please email:, or call 770-461-3258.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2009 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series

Celebrate the 12 nights of Christmas this holiday season with 12 spectacular performances of six shows by our very own Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, during the 2009 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series. Conductor Jere Flint, along with Lee Harper & Dancers and the ASO, will spread Christmas spirit to both young and old alike with “A Kid’s Christmas.” Experience the joy of the season with a 5 year tradition: “Christmas with the ASO.” A magical musical collaboration of the ASO, Morehouse College Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers, this performance will be lead by nationally recognized Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie. With so many outstanding Christmas-time selections to choose from, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2009 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series would even make Scrooge deck the halls!
WHAT: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2009 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series
WHERE: Atlanta Symphony Hall; 1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309
WHEN: 12 Performances 6 different shows; December 3-31, 2009
PRICE: $15-68; varies by show and seat selection

The full program is as follows

Handel’s Messiah- December 3 and 5, 2009
A Gospel Christmas- December 4 and 5, 2009
A Kid’s Christmas- December 6 and 13, 2009
Christmas with the ASO- December 10, 11 and 12, 2009
A Very Merry Holiday Pops- December 18 and 19, 2009
ASO New Year’s Eve- December 31, 2009

For more information or tickets, please visit or call (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Robert Spano and ASO to Perform World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis's Blues Symphony Nov 19 - 22

Concert To Also Feature Pianist Olli Mustonen Performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, And Gershwin’s An American in Paris

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-musician Wynton Marsalis’s new symphonic work, Blues Symphony. The new work celebrates the blues through the prism of different moments in American history, and will be the first work by Marsalis composed exclusively for symphony orchestra. Mr. Marsalis will not be playing on this piece. The evening’s performance will also include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with guest pianist Olli Mustonen, Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs featuring the ASO’s Principal Clarinetist Laura Ardan, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, on November 19 and 20, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. and November 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

This concert is part of the Delta Classical Concert Series. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s special artistic initiatives surrounding The Atlanta School of Composers, "Theater of a Concert," recordings and commissions are generously funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation."

Single tickets for these performances are $25 to $80. All single tickets for the 2009-2010 season are now available online at or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday12pm to 8pm.

Ancillary Events

Conversations of Note

On November 18, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., Conversations of Note, hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer, will feature a discussion with ASO Music Director Robert Spano and Composer-Musician Wynton Marsalis. The evening’s conversation will focus on the marriage of jazz and classical music. Other highlights will include a live jazz band performance.
Admission is complimentary, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. All Conversations of Note are held on- stage at Atlanta Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted. To RSVP for this event please call (404) 733-4850. For additional information, please contact Melanie Darby.

The November 18th Conversations of Note, with special guests Wynton Marsalis and Robert Spano, is generously sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

Concert Preview Talks

Audiences will have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Preview Talks given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. All concert previews are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.


Delta Classical Series

Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Robert Spano, conductor
Olli Mustonen, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
MARSALIS Blues Symphony
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Atlanta 5 Wind Quintet Performs for West Georgia

The Department of Music will present The Atlanta 5 Wind Quintet in an evening of engaging 20th century chamber music for the West Georgia community.

The performance will be held on Thursday, October 22, at 8:15 P.M. at Cathy Cashen Hall in the Humanities Building at UWG in Carrollton. The concert is free and the community is welcome to attend.

The Atlanta 5, who have recently performed for Governor Sonny Perdue, are some of the original musicians who performed at the North Georgia Chamber Music Festival held each summer in Dahlonega.

The Quintet will perform music by Bozza, Barber, Ewazen and Piazzolla. Summer Music by Samuel Barber is considered one of the most difficult pieces for a wind quintet, and the recital will enthrall the audience with a range of styles from impressionistic to Tango-Terrific.

The Atlanta 5 are Elisa Lyle, flute, principal flute with the La Grange and Carrollton Symphonies; Jeannie Ohnemus, principal oboe of the La Grange Symphony; Luan Mueller, clarinet instructor at the University of West Georgia; Jim Jackson, principal bassoon with the Georgia Philharmonic; and John Pirtle, Atlanta free-lance french horn.

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Zagreb Saxophone Quartet to visit UGA as Willson Center Visiting Artists

The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet will visit the University of Georgia for a one-week residency from Oct. 26-30 as Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Visiting Artists. The residency will culminate in a performance on Saturday, Oct. 31, that will kick-off the 32nd season of the Franklin College Chamber Music Series. The performance is at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Hall of the UGA Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Founded by graduates of the Zagreb Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia, the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet has been performing with its current members since 1989. The quartet, Dragan Sremec, Goran Mercep, Sasa Nestorovic and Matjaz Drevensek, has performed the world over with symphony orchestras and big band jazz ensembles alike, under the baton of distinguished conductors as well as alongside some the world’s most renowned soloists.

Their repertoire includes pieces originally written for the saxophone quartet as well as transcriptions and arrangements of pieces by various composers of periods from the baroque to the 20th century.

“The members of this quartet have extraordinary abilities both as chamber musicians and in their interactions with students,” said Kenneth Fischer, professor of saxophone in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and longtime colleague of the quartet members. “It’s important for our students to be able to work with these individuals over several days and get to know them as performers, as teachers and as musicians.”

The Zagreb quartet members will spend the week at UGA working with individual students in the music school, coaching quartets and teaching master classes. The residency will include mini-concerts and open rehearsals for the Saturday performance.

“These are wonderful musicians, artists who will teach our students and inspire our audiences,” said Dale Monson, director of the school. “We are grateful for the Willson Center grant that will allow for their extended stay on campus.”

Founded in 1987 and named in 2005 for its benefactors, the Jane and Harry Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts promotes scholarly inquiry and creative activity by supporting faculty research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars and artists, collaborative instruction, and public conferences, exhibitions and performances. The Center is a unit of the Office of the Vice president for Research.

The Franklin College Chamber Music Series was established in 1978 by former dean William Jackson “Jack” Payne and continues to be presented without charge thanks to individual contributions from music lovers and patrons of the cultural life of both the university and the community.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Southern Crescent Symphony Concert at Fayetteville First UMC

The Southern Crescent Symphony will present a free concert on Sunday, October 25th at 3:00 p.m. at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. This program of American Music will feature works by Copland (A Lincoln Portrait), Gershwin (Porgy and Bess), Sousa (The Stars and Stripes Forever) and other famous American composers. The orchestra, conducted by Richard Bell, Ed Davis and Carl Rieke, begins its 19th season with this concert. For more information about the orchestra and the rest of the orchestra's season please visit the orchestra's website at

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

'THE TRUTH THINK ABOUT IT!' Concert Series Launches in Macon October 16

America's #1 Retailer Wal-Mart of Central Georgia, Jean Rah Fya Records & the Boys & Girls Club of Central Georgia Present Recording Artist Bobby Tinsley and 'CHANI' in 'THE TRUTH THINK ABOUT IT!' Concert Series

/PRNewswire/ -- Recording artist Bobby Tinsley, and teen pop sensation "CHANI" will take the Truth on tour, as their concert series, "THE TRUTH THINK ABOUT IT!", sponsored by Wal-Mart, launches with a Meet & Greet with Tinsley at the Children's Hospital at MCCG at 11:00am on Friday, October 16th. Then, at 4:30pm, at the Boys & Girls Club in Macon, GA, families will have the opportunity to see Tinsley live, performing songs from his current hit album What About Bob?

"I am always honored to give back, and I'm very excited to be able to launch our new concert series at the Boys & Girls Club," states Tinsley. "I look forward to being able to share a positive message with families in Macon, GA and across the nation," Tinsley concluded.

Slated to join the tour in November will be teen pop sensation and label mate Chantel "CHANI" Christie, who is also the United States Youth Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Awareness. "CHANI" is looking forward to sharing her top selling debut album 'My Dream' and her bestselling book "I Want to Live, A Teens Guide to Finding Self Love" with all the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs around the country.

"It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of this special tour to be able to inspire, encourage and educate the youth about staying in school and the importance of being a good role model for others. As well as help spread love and entertainment to kids across the country," states Chantel.

This tour is scheduled to take place at select Boys & Girls Clubs and Wal-Marts across the country, beginning October 16th 2009 in Macon, GA. For more information and updates go to:

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Soprano Christine Brewer to Open Spivey Hall 2009/2010 Season Saturday Night

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall welcomes the first of its international guest artists for the 2009/2010 season on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:15 p.m., when celebrated American soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Christine Brewer takes the stage with pianist Craig Rutenberg. Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, director of Opera and Vocal Studies at Clayton State University, will give a pre-concert talk at 7:15 p.m.

Atlanta favorite Brewer makes her long-awaited Spivey Hall recital debut with German songs, including Richard Wagner’s passionate Wesendonck-Lieder (foreshadowing Tristan und Isolde) and the sweepingly evocative “Befreit” (“Longing”) by Richard Strauss, one of her signature composers. Her program also includes Benjamin Britten’s witty Cabaret Songs, John Carter’s spiritual-infused Cantata, and a personal selection of English and American songs entitled Echoes of Nightingales.

Brewer is joined by pianist Craig Rutenberg. Head of Music Administration at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Rutenberg has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest vocalist, has appeared regularly in concert on national and international radio and television, including numerous PBS specials.

Reserved seating tickets are $50, with discounts available to students as well as Clayton State University faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the Spivey Hall Box Office by calling (678) 466-4200 or by visiting the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Full-price tickets are available online at (a per-ticket service fee will apply).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Georgian Chamber Players at Spivey Hall, Oct. 11

The Georgian Chamber Players with guest artists Shai Wosner, piano and Amy Moretti, violin, will perform in Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.

Hailed “a major talent” by the Chicago Tribune, Israeli pianist Shai Wosner joins Mercer University violinist Amy Moretti and Georgian Chamber Players Beth Newdome (violin), Reid Harris (viola), and Christopher Rex (cello) for a Romantic piano quintet in a Brahmsian vein by Hungarian composer Ernest von Dóhnanyi. The program opens with Antonin Dvořák’s last and most beautifully eloquent piano trio, infused with themes inspired by his Czech homeland.

Tickets to this performance are $30 (50 percent off for Clayton State faculty and staff); Clayton State students pay just $10. For tickets and more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200. Full-price tickets only are available online at (a per-ticket service fee applies).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Friday, October 02, 2009

John Waller in Concert October 24 in Peachtree City

John Waller
"While I'm Waiting"- Live Concert

Saturday, October 24 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church

206 Willowbend Rd
Peachtree City, GA

All things happen in God's perfect timing. Just ask John Waller, the newest artist on Beach Street Records' roster. Waller has seen God move in a powerful way as he has entered this new season of life.

A talented singer, songwriter, and worship leader who was considered to be one of the best kept secrets in Christian music, John Waller knows the power of prayer and the spoken word as both helped him through his multiple decade-long struggle with depression.

These days, John Waller has a clearer mission than ever before: to help give people a new legacy. He states, "God has called me to use my songs to help set people free, (whether it be) from depression or some other stronghold.

Ticket Required: $10 adults/ $5 under 12/ $8 with student ID
Childcare will be provided for ages 4 and younger.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Southern Crescent Chorale's Annual Gala A Night in Old Vienna Oct 10

Each Southern Crescent Chorale concert season begins with an exciting Gala and Concert event. This year's Gala, A Night in Old Vienna, will be held on Saturday, October 10, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City at 7:00 p.m.

A black-tie optional dinner dance, the Gala is very special every year and is a great opportunity to visit with the Southern Crescent Chorale family and to hear a sampling of highlights from the upcoming concert season. The program begins with a cocktail hour (cash bar), followed by dinner, a brief Chorale concert, and then dancing. Attendees will also enjoy the sounds of the Don McSwain Band throughout the evening and can participate in the annual SCC silent auction. Some of the items up for bid include

· A stay at the Peachtree Wyndham Conference Center
· Dinners at City Cafe, Georgia Shrimp Co. , and others
· A arrangement from Edible Arrangements
· Theater tickets
· Delta flights
· Art Work
· Autographed football
· Tennis lessons

Gala tickets are $100 per person. Reservations may be made on line at or by calling 770-716-1231. Certain donors, based on giving levels, attend for free. Deadline for making reservations is Monday, Oct. 5.

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for dinner, dancing, music, bidding and fun!
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Big 'O' Youth Educational Dream Foundation Celebrates the Legacy of the Immortal Otis Redding

/PRNewswire/ -- The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation and the Woodruff Arts Center of Atlanta will host a star-studded musical tribute to honor the music and legacy of the immortal Otis Redding, it was announced today by Zelma Redding, founder of the Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation, and Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. In addition, The Big "O" Recognition & Awards Banquet will precede the tribute and will honor Kyle and Pattie Petty for their work and humanitarian efforts through the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America; Chris "Ludacris" Bridges for his work with the Ludacris Foundation and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin who will receive the Zelma Redding Horizon Award. Additional honorees will be announced shortly.

Otis Redding was an international star known for hits including "RESPECT," These Arms of Mine" and "Mr. Pitiful." His untimely death at the age of 26 shocked music fans around the world. The musical tribute, "An Evening of RESPECT," will feature performances and appearances from a host of entertainers and celebrity guests including Redding's sons Dexter and Otis Redding III who will be backed up by the Shep Crawford Rhythm Section and The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.

"Otis accomplished so many things in his short life," commented Mrs. Redding. "He believed in education and while the world continues to appreciate his music, we are continuing to do our best to enrich the lives of young people by enabling them to continue their education through the many programs that we support."

"The success of the foundation is rooted in the love and support that we have received over the years from the City of Macon, Bibb County and the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau," continued Mrs. Redding. "We are proud to be honoring them at An Evening of RESPECT and acknowledging their continued support which includes the naming of the Otis Redding Bridge, the erection of the Otis Redding statue in Gateway Park and the critically-acclaimed exhibit, "I've Got Dreams To Remember," in Otis' honor at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame."

"The Woodruff Arts Center is proud to serve as a partner of the Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation," stated Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. "The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation shares in the Woodruff Arts Center's commitment to education in the arts for all of Georgia's children. The 'Evening of Respect' musical tribute to Mr. Otis Redding comes at a pivotal moment in our time and emphasizes the importance of music in continued education, learning and growth in the lives of our youth."

The event is a fundraiser for The Big "O" Youth Educational Dream Foundation established in 2007. For ticket information: or or call 404-733-5000.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Music Director Robert Spano and ASO to Perform World Premiere of Dejan Lazic's New Transcription of Brahms's Concerto for Violin

Program To Also Feature Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures At An Exhibition
And Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko
ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer To Host Concert Preview
With Award-Winning Composer Adam Schoenberg

Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will welcome Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic, who will perform the world premiere of his transcription for solo piano and orchestra of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, October 1-3, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center. Also on the program are Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko.

Mr. Lazic had long felt the beloved D-Major Violin Concerto would work beautifully as a piano concerto. Following his first collaboration with the ASO a little over a year ago, Mr. Spano asked him if there was something out of the ordinary he wanted to do with this Orchestra. Mr. Lazic shared his idea, and the ASO offered to perform the world premiere performances of this great work in a new setting.

Throughout the 2009-10 Season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform four additional world premieres, three of which are ASO commissions: Chinese composer Angel Lam’s Awakening from a Disappearing Garden for Cello and Orchestra will be giving its world premiere in Atlanta October 15–16, 2009, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist. The Carnegie Hall commission will be reprised for a New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 7, 2009; On November 19, 20, and 22, 2009, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s American Symphony — his new work written exclusively for symphony orchestra; June 3, 5, and 6, 2010, Mr. Spano and the Orchestra will perform two ASO-commissioned world premieres by Atlanta School of Composers Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi. Ms. Higdon’s new work is for the Grammy® Award winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird and Orchestra, and Mr. Gandolfi’s new work is for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

About the Repertoire

BRAHMS (arr. Dejan Lazic) Concerto in D Major for Piano (world premiere)
Johannes Brahms composed his only Violin Concerto during the summer of 1878, while vacationing in Pörtschach, a tiny Austrian village on Lake Wörth. Brahms wrote the Concerto for his dear friend.

MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
In 1873, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann died at the age of 39. After Hartmann’s death, the
St. Petersburg Society of Architects presented an exhibition of Hartmann’s works. One of the people attending the exhibition was Hartmann’s dear friend, the Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.

American composer Adam Schoenberg is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano and Robert Beaser. He received his Master of Music degree in 2005 from Juilliard.

About the Artists

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, now in his eighth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, is recognized internationally as one of the most imaginative conductors of his generation. Since 2001 he has invigorated and expanded the Orchestra’s repertoire while elevating the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim.

Pianist Dejan Lazic is quickly establishing a reputation worldwide as "a brilliant pianist and gifted musician" (Gramophone). The New York Times hailed his performance as "full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned." In spring 2008 he gave his debut at New York's Lincoln Center with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, as well as at London's Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Kirill Petrenko.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 65th season, is one of America’s leading orchestras, known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of Grammy® Award-winning recordings. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.

Ancillary Events

Concert Preview Talks
Audiences have the opportunity to learn more about the music they’ll be hearing at concerts with free Concert Previews given by composers, conductors, educators, and musical experts, all hosted by ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer. On Wednesday, October 1, 2009, from 7:00 –7:30 p.m., Ken Meltzer will sit down with the award-winning composer Adam Schoenberg to discuss his piece Finding Rothko in Atlanta Symphony Hall (unless otherwise noted). All concert previews are free and open to all concert tickets holders. Speakers and locations are subject to change.

Fanfare Pre-Concert Dinner Buffet
An Atlanta Symphony tradition returns in the 2009–10 season — Fanfare, the pre-concert buffet-style dining by Restaurant Associates, will be available to all concertgoers at all evening Delta Classical, Superpops!, and Coca-Cola Holiday concert performances from 6:00–8:00 p.m.

This concert is part of the Delta Classical Concert Series. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Single tickets for these performances are $20 to $75. All single tickets for the 2009-10 season will be available online at or by calling (404) 733-5000. Tickets may also be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office located in the Woodruff Arts Center at 15th and Peachtree Streets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

ASO SuperPOPS Bravo Broadway Rocks! Oct 9 & 10

On Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m., the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents SuperPOPS Bravo Broadway Rocks! This lively performance will feature selections from modern favorite Broadway blockbusters including Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Rent, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Dreamgirls and more. The multi Grammy Award-winning Orchestra, led by Pops conductor Michael Krajewski, will be joined by a powerful cast of top Broadway performers, Susan Egan, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan, Hugh Panaro and the prestigious Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus for an unforgettable experience.

With hundreds of performances with symphonies across the country, and reaching from Hong Kong to Israel, Bravo Broadway has reached standing ovations from audiences and critics alike. Bravo Broadway creates a new and exciting way to experience the symphony, by adding prominent Broadway artists to perform a selection of rock and pop favorites straight from the Broadway stage.

Bravo Broadway Rocks!Dates & show times:Friday, October 9 - 8 p.m.Saturday, October 10 - 8 p.m.Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center1280 Peachtree St. N.E. Atlanta

Tickets: $18-$48 online at or call 404.733.5000 - also available at all Ticketmaster locations including

Friday, September 04, 2009

“The Fred” to Host Popular Open Mic Night

Back by popular demand, the second Open Mic Night at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City is scheduled for Saturday, September 12. The gates will open at 6:30 pm with the program beginning at 7 pm. Purchase a wrist band in advance for this evening of local entertainment for the low price of $5.00. Wrist bands may also be purchased at the door for $10.00.

Groups and solo artists performing on September 12 include the following: Monica Browne, Grafted by Grace, Phil & Lee, Lunatic Fringe, Taylor Connelly, The Wait, Capo, Jimmy Bass, Kirkland Underwater, The Habits, The Buzz Brothers, and Best Brothers Band. For further information about Open Mic at The Fred, visit the web site at or call 770-631-0630.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass to Appear at First Presbyterian in PTC September 20

Tim Zimmerman & THE KING’S BRASS
“Make A Joyful Noise” - Live Concert
Sunday, September 20 —6:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
206 Willowbend Rd
Peachtree City

The First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City starts the second season of their popular community concert series with Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass on Sunday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. This exciting group presents hymn classics with a contemporary flair.

The King’s Brass, formed over two decades ago, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations.

Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as “superb” and “innovative”. “Truly an unforgettable experience!”

Admission is free but a ticket will be required. Tickets are available at the Church Welcome Center on Willowbend Rd, or online at Childcare will be provided for ages 4 and younger. For more information, email

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

McDuffie Labor Day Festival Draws Elite High School Musicians, Top Strings Artists

Sixteen exceptionally talented high school strings musicians from 10 states have been selected to participate in the Fifth Annual Robert McDuffie and Friends Labor Day Festival for Strings. The intensive five-day festival and musical-learning extravaganza takes place Sept. 3-7 at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music in Macon. The festival provides the students an opportunity to study at Mercer with world-renowned violinist and Distinguished University Professor of Music Robert McDuffie, as well as some of the nation’s foremost concert artists who serve as distinguished artists of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer.

The festival provides a preview of the academic offerings of the McDuffie Center, a highly selective program within Mercer’s Townsend School of Music that prepares strings students for success in the real world through an innovative approach to music training. While the center students study with some of the nation’s renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, they also earn an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university.

In addition to McDuffie, the following Distinguished Artists of the McDuffie Center will serve as faculty for the Festival: Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the McDuffie Center and former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony; Julie Albers, renowned soloist and chamber musician; David Halen, concertmaster, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Rex, principal cellist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Sabina Thatcher, principal violist, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Paul Murphy, associate principal violist, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Selected Students
The students selected to participate in the McDuffie Labor Day Festival are Nicholas Bollinger of Haddonfield, N.J.; Jessica Fellows of Mounds, Okla.; Drew Forde of Peachtree City, Lily Handley-Taylor of Atlanta, Julia Henderson of Leonardtown, Md.; Brian Kim of Ellicott City, Md.; Ray Kim of Powder Springs; Leah Latorraca of Monona, Wis.; Benjamin Lo of Norcross; Levi Mitze of Dade City, Fla.; Mary Motschman of Marietta; Nora Scheller of St. Peter, Minn.; Cara Schlecker of Oak Park, Ill.; Matthew Sinno of Mansfield, Mass.; Caeli Smith of Philadelphia; and Nathan Watts of Oaklyn, N.J.

The application process required students to provide an audition CD and letters of recommendation. All students accepted to the festival receive a full scholarship, covering tuition, housing and meals.

Opening Concert by Faculty
The Artists Concert, scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, will feature the Festival faculty performing a variety of chamber music selections. The concert will be in Neva Langley Fickling Hall of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. Tickets are $10 for general admission, free to Mercer faculty, staff and students. Tickets can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470.

Festival Offers Free Concert
The Festival Concert, scheduled for 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 7, will feature the students performing classical chamber music selections in small ensembles and also performing alongside their master teachers in a string orchestra led by David Halen. The concert will be in Neva Langley Fickling Hall of the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus. Seating is limited and tickets are required for admission. Free tickets are available through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470.

Master Classes Open to the Public
The master classes will be free and open to the public for viewing. Students participating in the Festival perform solo pieces and receive instruction on stage in front of other class attendees from the distinguished artists and faculty leading the classes. Family, friends and the public are invited to attend these classes to watch the one-on-one training.

The master class schedule is as follows:
Friday, Sept. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Violin Master Class with Robert McDuffie, Fickling Hall
Cello Master Class with Julie Albers and Christopher Rex, McCorkle Room 120
Viola Master Class with Sabina Thatcher and Paul Murphy, McCorkle Room 110

Saturday, Sept. 5, 7-9 p.m.
Violin Master Class with Robert McDuffie and Amy Schwartz Moretti, Fickling Hall
(All master classes take place in the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s Macon campus.)

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Monday, August 17, 2009

3rd Annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Hits Atlanta TOMORROW Night!

Dierks Bentley at The Tabernacle Tuesday, August 18th...

Tickets are FREE by registering on-line!
Register on this site for tickets (use promo code: ATLANTA2)

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We think you'll agree that Bentley's music is great. His bluesy, rock-n-roll country mix reaches right down into your soul and touches that gotta move, gotta get right into this music part of your psyche. Too much? Nope. Go experience him live tomorrow night at The Tabernacle and see if you don't agree!

The Tabernacle
152 Luckie Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Doors open at 8 p.m.


Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert series, an exclusive music tour featuring well-known musical acts, designed to provide attendees with private concerts and the opportunity to experience the slim-designed Samsung JACKTM mobile phone lands in Atlanta Tuesday, August 18th.

Previous participants in the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush tour include Mariah Carey, Gavin Rossdale, Good Charlotte, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly, Smashing Pumpkins, Nas, Ludacris, Plain White T’s, The Bravery, Kinky, Big & Rich, and The All-American Rejects.

Samsung AT&T Summer Krush kicked off on July 17, 2009 with chart-topping band Daughtry performing in Seattle for a special FREE concert, open to the public, at The Paramount Theatre that aired that night on ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Portions of the performances by Maxwell and Darius Rucker will also air on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Lasting through mid-September, Samsung AT&T Summer Krush presents nine one-night-only music events that give attendees a chance to hear some of their favorite bands performing intimate concerts in some of the hippest locations, with tickets only available via radio promotions, street teams, and online registration.

The third annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush concert series also features an opportunity for new, up-and-coming unsigned musicians to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as the opening act for the highly-anticipated Los Angeles concert event. The winners of the ‘Opening Act’ contest will see their dreams come true at the famed Hollywood & Highland center as they take the stage in front of a live, national television audience and millions of fans across the country. The winning band will also receive transportation to and accommodations in Los Angeles, a $5,000 cash prize, and the illustrious title of “Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Opening Act.”

To enter, beginning on July 10, bands may submit their live performance videos to the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush website at where visitors can preview and vote for their favorite entries, and also keep track of the highest-ranking performers throughout the entry period.

Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Presents:
Daughtry in Seattle, Washington on July 17, 2009
The Offspring in San Francisco, CA on July 31, 2009
Montgomery Gentry in Dallas, TX on August 5, 2009
T. Pain in New Orleans, LA on August 11, 2009

Dierks Bentley in Atlanta, GA on August 18, 2009
Darius Rucker in Nashville, TN on August 24, 2009
Maxwell in Boston, MA on September 2, 2009
And MORE TO COME…in Chicago and Los Angeles!

Each Samsung AT&T Summer Krush event will feature a one hour, high-energy performance by a chart-topping musical artist. Other highlights of the night will include interactive “Krush Challenge” texting installations that showcase the organizational capabilities of the Samsung JACKTM, and opportunities for visitors to win a number of prizes including the featured phone, a slim-designed Windows Mobile device that keeps on-the-go people organized, both personally and professionally.

“Samsung AT&T Summer Krush is a great way for us to thank our customers with an amazing concert experience and give them a chance to learn more about the Samsung JackTM, which keeps busy, mobile people on track, and does it with style,” said Paul Golden, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “We’re also excited to provide our customers and their friends and families with a fun and free activity to do during the summer months.”

For more information on the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush series as well as the Samsung JACKTM, please visit

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 12:05 am ET/PT on ABC.

About Dierks Bentley - Performing in Atlanta, GA (Tuesday, August 18)

Dierks Bentley’s kind of country has never been straight-up-the-middle. Instead, the Arizona-native grew up on a potent hybrid of honky-tonk, bluegrass, classic country and modern rock & roll, forging his own sound along the way. A winner of the prestigious CMA Horizon Award, Bentley sold almost 5 million copies of his previous three studio albums, which included 10 top-10 singles and seven number 1 hits. His latest album, Feel That Fire, features a 12-song serving of rockers and ballads with a dash of honky tonk and bluegrass, and has the pulsing energy, passion and dynamic sensibility of his praised live show. For Bentley, Feel That Fire, whose first two singles have already reached the #1 spot on the charts, is about the passion of the moment - it’s about moving forward, but remembering where you came from. For more information, please visit

Other artists on the tour (in case you want to travel a bit... Nashville isn't that far):

Darius Rucker - Performing in Nashville, TN (Monday, August 24)
Capitol Records Nashville artist Darius Rucker’s first country album, Learn To Live, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, following a multi-week #1 debut country single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” His second single, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” also landed atop all three country singles charts. A huge achievement by anyone’s measure! Released to critical and commercial success, Rucker’s Learn To Live is a project steeped in the country traditions of meaningful lyrics and resonant melodies, yet is still an album that sounds completely modern. It takes the listener on a voyage through life’s experiences dealing with major themes such as falling in love, birth and death, and features guest appearances by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. New to the country scene, Rucker made the transition from rock to country quite simply when millions of fans that knew Rucker as the voice of Hootie & The Blowfish, the Grammy-winning group whose album Cracked Rear View sold more than 16 million copies, happily followed the singer/songwriter in his natural evolution to country music. These days, the singer/songwriter is grateful that the genre has embraced him wholeheartedly, is devoted to his solo career and to promoting his current album, watching earnestly as his third single, “Alright” is Top 5 on the country singles charts and climbing! For more information, please visit

Maxwell - Performing in Boston, MA (Wednesday, September 2)
After an extended hiatus, Maxwell, the sexy ambassador of soul has returned with a brand new look and a fresh yet deliciously vintage sound. The same artist who brought us classic songs like “Sumthin’ Sumthin’,” “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” and “Lifetime” (not to mention the unforgettably ethereal cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work”) is back with a challenging, mature, sensual, courageous and emotionally open album entitled, BLACKsummers’night (Columbia). His fourth studio album and first in eight years, BLACKsummers’night is the sound of an artist taking the commitment to his craft and the conversation with his audience that much further. Needless to say, it is a conversation that’s been overdue; but as the soft-spoken, multi-platinum artist sees it, in order to come back it was necessary to step away. The album is the first installment of a trilogy entitled BLACKSUMMERS’NIGHT. BLACK is a much darker but soulful compilation, SUMMERS’ leans more toward the gospel side and NIGHT is more a cool collection of slow jams. Composed of nine indelible songs BLACKsummers’night finds Maxwell exploring life with a bold and purposeful sensuality unmistakably his own, and ready to give old fans and new ones a sensory experience that he never fails to bring. For more information, please visit

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Review: Hippiefest

Last night for Hippifest and it's a must-be-there-event!!!
No matter where you are in Atlanta... no matter where you are in the state of Georgia... hop into your VW or your van and head to Peachtree City for Hippiefest!!!

Tonight is the last night of this jam-packed musical night of flat out fun, fun, fun. Humor, history and loads of surprisingly good music will keep you swaying, clapping and singing along until the end.

Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night fame ends the show with his powerful voice singing One (is the loneliest number), Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a bullfrog...), and other songs you'll instantly recognize and love, no matter what your age.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Offer 4,000 Free Lawn Tickets




Concert To Close 2009 Summer Classical Season
And Conclude With Celebratory Fireworks
ASO Program To Feature Sixteen-Year-Old Guest Conductor
Ilyich Rivas In His U.S. Professional Debut
Audience Invited To Text-Message Questions For Interview Segments
During Live On-Site Broadcast To Be Shown on Large Screens
Pre-Concert “Top of the Lawn” Event To Feature
Conversation With ASO Insider Ken Meltzer and ASO Musician Juan Ramirez
Themed Cuisine To Be Offered On-Site for Concertgoers

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will offer 4,000 FREE lawn tickets to all Fulton County residents for its Saturday, August 15, 2009 concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park — the Orchestra’s final concert of the summer season. The free tickets may be obtained immediately, beginning today, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, by visiting the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre box office or the Woodruff Arts Center box office, in person, with proof of Fulton County residency. There is a maximum of four tickets per resident, including one parking pass.

These lawn tickets are free of charge in part due to major funding provided by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

“What a wonderful opportunity to open our doors to the community and say thank you to the county that has supported us from Wolf Creek to Midtown to Alpharetta, and beyond,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Allison Vulgamore.

The program will feature sixteen-year-old guest conductor Ilyich Rivas, who will lead the ASO in his U.S. professional debut with a major American orchestra. He will lead the Orchestra in Verdi’s Vespri Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed 22-year-old violinist, and Sphinx Competition winner, Elena Urioste. The concert, and the 2009 summer classical season, will conclude with a celebratory display of fireworks by Pyrotecnico.

All lawn tickets will be eligible for standard day-of-concert seating upgrades upon arrival at the venue for $5 or $10 per ticket (charges based on available seating). This offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets, and is subject to availability.

No coolers or carry-ins are allowed at the Amphitheatre. Low beach-style lawn chairs (no more than nine inches off the ground) are permitted. Lawn chairs designed to ensure sightlines and the slope of the hill are available for rental at $5.00/each.

About the Concert

Sixteen-year-old rising star Ilyich Rivas will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in his U.S. professional debut on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Rivas will lead the orchestra in Verdi’s Vespri Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by another rising star, 22-year-old violinist, and Sphinx Competition winner, Elena Urioste.

ASO Music Director Robert Spano was shown a DVD of the then fifteen-year-old conductor, and, within minutes, suggested the young conductor be given a date at the Orchestra’s new summer home. His performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be his first public concert with a major orchestra, marking his U.S. professional debut.

Last year Mr. Rivas was selected as one of seven young conductors from around the world to participate in the prestigious Cabrillo Festival Conductors Workshop in California with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. During the workshop, he made a significant impression on both Ms. Alsop and Mr. Meier. Following an audition with the BSO, he was was awarded the position of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody Institute Conducting Fellow, beginning in September 2009. This position permits him to study conducting at the Peabody Conservatory under Gustav Meier's guidance, and to work closely with the Baltimore Symphony alongside Marin Alsop and conducting the BSO on certain occasions

The evening will begin with a pre-concert “Top of the Lawn” conversation hosted by ASO Insider Ken Meltzer at 7:10 p.m. and featuring ASO President and CEO Allison Vulgamore. As with all of the ASO summer concerts at the Verizon Amphitheatre, audience members will also have the opportunity to send questions to the musicians and guest artists to be answered from the stage during the intermission.

The Amphitheatre — nominated by Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as 2008 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue,” — serves as the outdoor home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The scope of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park has brought a new dimension to the region’s seasonal artistic offerings by featuring concerts with the internationally-recognized Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, leading popular presentations, as well as an emphasis on community events — including high school graduations, local fundraising events, and collaborations to create family-themed days, high school music concerts, and competitions.

The Amphitheatre Experience

“When a cool breeze whisked away the muggy air at sunset, the north Atlanta suburbs felt a little like summer classic music festivals at Tanglewood, Aspen or Santa Fe,” said The Birmingham News after the ASO’s all-Beethoven concert last summer.

The Amphitheatre opened on May 10, 2008 with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus, including a 700-musician grand-finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The 2008 inaugural classical concert season also featured Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in an array of programs including a concert-staged production of Puccini’s La Bohème, a 4th of July spectacular, a free concert for the community, and artists including Garrick Ohlsson, Robert McDuffie, Julie Andrews, Robert Osborne (Turner Classic Movies), and the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Each Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park offers table-seating in the main Orchestra section of the venue, reserved seating throughout the pavilion, and lawn seating. Complementing this seating variation is an experience influenced by the repertoire and theme of the Orchestra: Live on-site broadcasts, Top of the Lawn conversations, and themed cuisine allow audiences to create their own unique evening of enjoyment at the ASO’s summer home.

Live On-Site Broadcast & Text-Message Questions from Audience

The Atlanta Symphony continues the tradition of introducing members of the ASO to the
audience with an evening-long live, on-site broadcast of the concert on large 15′x20′ screens, which are permanently affixed on either side of the stage. The live feed will include a preconcert show, as well as live intermission interviews of guest artists and musicians from the Orchestra, fueled by text-message questions sent by the audience the night of the concert.

Top of the Lawn

Pre-concert Top of the Lawn events will continue in 2009. ASO Insider and Program Annotator Ken Meltzer will take his pre-concert conversations to the tree-lined lawn of the Amphitheatre prior to each Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert at the venue. Mr. Meltzer’s final conversation of the summer will feature ASO musician Juan Ramirez, will take place at the top-center of the lawn, and include a Q&A with the audience. All Top of the Lawn events begin at 7:10 p.m. before each 8:00 p.m. ASO concert.

Themed Cuisine Ovations, the on-site caterer for Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, will offer themed cuisine to complement the programming of all ASO concerts at the Amphitheatre. For the ASO’s August 15th concert, a Season Finale themed picnic basket will accompany the regular fare offered at the venue. The $30 picnic basket (which serves two people) will feature prosciutto-wrapped honeydew and cantaloupe; grilled chicken salad made with butter leaf lettuce; strawberries, pecans, and goat cheese served with champagne vinaigrette; and banana cream and fresh berry trifles. Concertgoers may also enjoy Star Fruit Salad (fresh fruit including star fruit) from the concessions the night of the concert.

To pre-order a picnic basket, or to view the full menu available for each concert, visit the General Info/Food and Beverage section online at

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The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office is located in the Woodruff Arts Center (between 15th and 16th Streets on Peachtree). Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free short-term parking is available in front of the South entrance.

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Box Office is located at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park is located at 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30009. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park is owned by the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc., and is operated by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, August 15, 2009 (Rising Stars) — table, concert, and lawn seating: $21–$59 lawn seating for Fulton County residents: Free* (while quantities last)

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Major support is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
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Monday, August 03, 2009

Sennett the Songman in Senoia August 7

James Sennett, aka "The Songman," will be bringing his homespun version of guitar music and vocals to the Senoia Coffee Company on Friday, August 7, from 7:00-9:00. The concert will feature the music of the great singer-songwriters: James Taylor, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, and more. Senoia Coffee Company offers a wonderful menu of deli and other dinner items, plus the best carrot cake in North Georgia and a variety of gourmet coffees and teas.

The Senoia Coffee Company is located in downtown Senoia, just off Georgia Highway 16..--If you are coming from the east or west, take 16 to Senoia.--If you're coming from the north or south, take Georgia 85/74 to Georgia 16 and turn west to Senoia.--In either case, turn north off of 16 onto Broad (gas station on one corner, grocery store on the other).--When you cross the railroad tracks in downtown Senoia, the coffee shop will be right in front of you.
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Monday, July 27, 2009

Gary Lewis & the Playboys Hop into Fayetteville Aug 1st

An evening of 1960’s pop classics awaits everyone going to see Gary Lewis & the Playboys this Saturday, August 1, at the Villages Amphitheater. Although most concertgoers will be familiar with all of the tunes, many people will be surprised to learn of his celebrity lineage.

As the son of famous comedian Jerry Lewis, Gary rose to fame while still in his teens. It was the summer of 1964 when Gary Lewis and The Playboys were first discovered at an audition in Disneyland. Before long, they took their first single, “This Diamond Ring” straight to number one.

After their second hit titled “Count Me In” went to number two, Gary and the band proved that they weren’t just a flash in the pan. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as Save Your Heart For Me, Everybody Loves A Clown, She’s Just My Style, Sure Gonna Miss Her, and many more.

In 1965 Gary himself was Cash Box magazine’s “Male Vocalist of the Year”, winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960’s to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine’s Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. Along with his appearances on various popular television shows including American Bandstand, Hullabaloo, and The Tonight Show, Gary accumulated an impressive five appearances within two years on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Opening up for Gary that evening will be the ever-popular Sock Hops. Main Street Director, Brian Wismer, said “Out of all our previous opening acts, these guys are probably the most requested group to have back to the Villages. Everybody seems to be really excited about the pairing of these two acts.”

With 8 Gold Singles, 17 Top 40 Hits, 4 Gold Albums, and 45 Million records sold worldwide, Gary Lewis and the Playboys are still one of the hottest acts around. For tickets, call 770-719-4173 or visit
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sixteen Year-Old Guest Conductor Ilyich Rivas to Lead ASO

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Saturday, August 15
Program To Feature Sphinx Competition Winner Elena Urioste Playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
2009 Summer Classical Season To Conclude With Celebratory Fireworks

Sixteen-year-old rising star Ilyich Rivas will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in his U.S. professional debut on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Rivas will lead the orchestra in Verdi’s Vespri Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, performed by another rising star, 22-year-old violinist, and Sphinx Competition winner, Elena Urioste. The 2009 summer classical season will conclude with a celebratory firework display by Pyrotecnico.

Last year Mr. Rivas was selected as one of seven young conductors from around the world to participate in the prestigious Cabrillo Festival Conductors Workshop in California with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier. During the workshop, he made a significant impression on both Ms. Alsop and Mr. Meier. Following an audition with the BSO, he was was awarded the position of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Peabody Institute Conducting Fellow, beginning in September 2009. This position permits him to study conducting at the Peabody Conservatory under Gustav Meier's guidance, and to work closely with the Baltimore Symphony alongside Marin Alsop and conducting the BSO on certain occasions. His performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be his first public concert with a major orchestra.

The evening will begin with a pre-concert "Top of the Lawn" conversation hosted by ASO Insider Ken Meltzer at 7:10 p.m. and, as with all of the ASO summer concerts at the Verizon Amphitheatre, audience members will have the opportunity to send questions to the musicians and guest artists to be answered from the stage during the interval.

Although the August 15 concert marks the end of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s six-concert summer classical series at the Verizon Amphitheatre, concerts continue at the venue through October.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Atlanta Opera Announces 2009-2010 Education Offering for Children

  • School-Day Performances at Cobb Energy Centre for Grades K-12
  • The Atlanta Opera Studio Tours The Ugly Duckling to Georgia Elementary Schools
  • Workshops and Master Classes Available for Schools
  • Opera Family Day To Be Held March 27, 2010
The Atlanta Opera’s Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn has announced the company’s educational offerings for the 2009-2010 30th anniversary season, its third in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. As part of the Cobb Energy Centre’s ArtsBridge Education Program, The Atlanta Opera will present abridged school-day matinees of Gluck’s Orfeo & Euridice and Mozart’s The Magic Flute for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Atlanta Opera Studio, the company’s educational touring program, will tour a production of The Ugly Duckling to elementary schools throughout Georgia in February and March, 2010. The Atlanta Opera offers customized opera workshops for elementary, middle and high schools. Depending upon artist availability, master classes, given by principal singers and conductors performing in Atlanta Opera mainstage productions, are offered to college-level students throughout the season. The Atlanta opera will once again present Atlanta Opera Family Day on Saturday, March 27, 2010. Offering plenty of interactive opera-related activities and performances, Atlanta Opera Family Day is targeted at preschoolers and early elementary-age children.


The Atlanta Opera – 2009-2010 Season – Educational Offerings


The Atlanta Opera Studio tours an opera production designed specifically for children to Georgia elementary schools each Spring.

February 1 – March 26, 2010
The Ugly Duckling
Music by Andrew Duncan
Libretto by Steven Malone
All are happy with their simple and predictable life on the farm until the new ducklings arrive and one is quite different than the others! This delightful musical adaptation of the classic children’s story interweaves familiar components from other classic tales as well, teaching us that standing out and being different is not necessarily a bad thing.
Other Details
For Grades K-5Running Time: 45 minutesInteractive – Encourages student participation (non-singing roles)Educational prep materials correspond directly with Georgia Performance Standards in English Language Arts & Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.
Booking Information

To book an in-school performance and for more information, please call Emmalee Iden at 404-881-8883 or email

Atlanta Opera Student Shorts

The Atlanta Opera abridges two of its mainstage productions and offers special one-hour, school-day matinee performances for children kindergarten age through 12th grade.
The following Georgia Performance Standards and QCC Standards may be aligned with The Atlanta Opera’s 2009-2010 Student Shorts and accompanying educational materials: English Language Arts and Reading; Social Studies; Modern Languages and Latin; Career, Technical and Agricultural Education; Comprehensive Fine Arts; Choral Music; Dance; Fundamentals of Drama; Music Appreciation, Technical Theatre and Design.

2009-2010 Student Shorts

Orfeo & Euridice (Recommended for Grades 6-12)Music by Christoph Willibald GluckNovember 19, 200910 a.m. and Noon
Eurydice dies on the day of her wedding to Orpheus. Rather than succumb to grief, Orpheus boldly ventures to the Underworld to rescue her. He overcomes the angry spirits of the dead in his attempt to bring her back to life. This operatic take on the classic Greek myth incorporates music, dance, and drama.
Other detailsPerformed in Italian with English supertitlesRunning Time: 55 minutesPerformance features full sets, costumes and lighting and is accompanied by The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.

The Magic Flute (Recommended for Grades K-12)

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartApril 29, 201010 a.m. and Noon
In Mozart’s imaginative and delightful fairytale, two young men – a prince and a bird catcher – find themselves caught up in the struggle between good and evil as they undergo trials and hardships in their quest for their true loves. In the process, they grow up while learning about both themselves and the world. This new production is designed to evoke the fantastical world of children’s stories and also will make use of puppets.
Other DetailsPerformed in German with English supertitlesRunning Time: 55 minutesPerformance features full sets, costumes and lighting and is accompanied by The Atlanta Opera Orchestra.
Admission is $7. Reservations and ticket purchases may be made through the Cobb Energy Centre ArtsBridge Education Program. Call 770-916-2802 or email


Opera Workshops offer students an intimate, hands-on opera experience. Designed for a classroom of students, the workshops allow extensive interaction between students and artists. Workshops may feature a singer and accompanist, directors, set and costume designers, or other professionals who contribute to a production. Workshops are tailored to meet the needs of a particular class and its curriculum and provide ample time for students to ask questions.
Other DetailsTypically one hour in length.Workshops can be customized for Grades K-12Available September 2009 through May 2010Cost is $275.
Further information
To book an opera workshop and for more information, call Emmalee Iden at 404-881-8883 or email


Depending on artist availability, The Atlanta Opera periodically offers master classes with artists currently performing in Atlanta Opera mainstage productions. Master classes are typically offered to college-level students. Master classes may feature a singer working with student singers, a singer discussing opera career paths or a conductor working with conducting students. Master classes are customized based upon the particular artist and the particular interests of the students.


March 27, 201010 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Performances at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.)
The Atlanta Opera Center 1575 Northside Drive, NWBuilding 300, Suite 350, Atlanta, 30318
Other Details
Cost is $5 per person at the door (Children under 3 admitted free)
Admission includes all activities and performances. Food will be available for purchase.
Free parking is available on-site.
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