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!
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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.

Click to continue reading: Last night for Hippifest and it's a must-be-there-event!!!

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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