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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