Saturday, December 11, 2010

Free performance by The New HOTS Jazz Orchestra at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)

Saturday, December 18, 7 – 9:00 PM.

The seasonal celebration at OCAF continues with a free jazz concert to be held in OCAF's Main Gallery. The New HOTS Jazz Orchestra is an 8 to 15 piece "Little Big Band", which recreates the hot dance and swing tunes of the '20s, '30s and '40s. Their repertoire includes vintage ragtime, New Orleans-style Dixieland Jazz, popular hot dance tunes of the "Jazz-Age", and classic swing. To see more on The New HOTS Jazz Orchestra visit their website Admission and parking are free (suggested donation: canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia). The facility is handicap accessible.

In addition, the OCAF Artists’ Shoppe will be open this evening so that you may shop for a handmade gift for that special someone. The Shoppe features hand crafted items from over 55 talented artists.

OCAF is located at 34 School Street in Watkinsville. For more information call (706) 769-4565, email or visit the website
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jubilant Sykes at Spivey Hall this Saturday

Ring in the holidays with Jubilant Sykes at Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall this Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8:15 p.m.

American baritone and Grammy Award nominee Sykes sings deep from the heart, bringing music to life with a warmth and richness of feeling that enraptures audiences. His acclaimed October 2010 CD release with the London Symphony Orchestra, “Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals,” is swiftly climbing the charts.

Sykes returns to Spivey Hall this Saturday with three superb instrumentalists to perform a wealth of music showcasing his amazing artistry in songs of many styles, including traditional Christmas tunes and spirituals. Joining Sykes will be: Mark Rice, piano; Roberto Mirando, string bass; and Chris Parise, percussion.

Tickets to this performance are $50; 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).

Sykes program will include: PRAETORIUS Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming; Valdemar HENRIQUE Boi Buma; Eden AHBEZ Nature Boy; Arthur HAMILTON Cry Me A River; COPLAND I Bought Me A Cat; Thad JONES A Child Is Born; James R. MURRY Away In A Manger; ROGERS/HAMMERSTEIN My Favorite Things; Kelly WILLARD Rest; Citizen COPE Sideways; Miles DAVIS All Blues; DAVIS/ONORAIT/SIMEONE/arr. Mark RICE The Little Drummer Boy; Mel TORME Christmas Song; Robert LOWRY/Buddy GREEN Mary Did You Know?; TRADITIONAL SPIRITUAL/arr. Mark RICE Go Tell It On The Mountain, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands; TRADITIONAL I Wonder As I Wander, Simple Gifts. 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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Monday, November 29, 2010

Deck the Halls at the 84th Annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol Concert

It’s a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss! The annual Spelman-Morehouse Christmas Carol concert will, again, kick-off the Christmas season for metro-Atlanta residents. Mark your calendars and join the Spelman College and Morehouse College Glee Clubs for some Christmas cheer. Each show is free and open to the public!

Kick-off Performance
Friday, Dec. 3, 2010
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus
8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Sisters Chapel
Spelman College Campus
8 p.m.
For this performance only: A complimentary ticket is required. To reserve a free ticket, go to Can’t make the performance? Enjoy it live via webcast at!

Final Performance
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College Campus
6 p.m.

The combined choirs of about 100 singers will perform a mixture of new selections and traditional favorites. Two of the holiday favorites, featured each year, are “We Are Christmas” performed by the Spelman College Glee Club and written by Kevin Johnson, chair, department of music at Spelman and Sarah Stephens, C’2007; and “Betelemehu," a Nigerian Christmas Carol performed by the Morehouse College Glee Club under the leadership of Director David Morrow, professor, department of music at Morehouse.

Each year more than 6,500 supporters attend the free concerts. The choral performance has been rebroadcast on local and national television for the past several years airing on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Gospel Music Channel. The concert is recognized around the country as one of the foremost Christmas performances.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ring in the holidays with GSU Gala Holiday Concerts

 The Georgia State University School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts present the 13th annual Gala Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. 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, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble. Conductors Michael Palmer, Robert Ambrose, Gordon Vernick and Deanna Joseph will lead the ensembles and soloists in a musical potpourri of works by Duke Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schubert, Holst and others. W. Dwight Coleman serves as artistic director.

In addition, the performances will feature special guest appearances by members of Atlanta’s diverse cultural community. Back by popular demand, students from the Charles Drew R. Charter School will join the GSU combined choirs in a performance of Betelehemu, featuring African dance and percussion. 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 generous, multi-year grant from the Cousins Foundation, Inc. The partnership includes the “Sound Learning” program, which facilitates residencies with musicians from the community; music lessons taught by GSU graduate music students; and the “Connect” program, which teaches composition and improvisation skills.

Other selections will highlight the musical traditions of China, Brazil and Greece—including Nick Demos and the Greek Islanders performing traditional Greek music. The concert will conclude with an arrangement of Oseh Shalom, a Hebrew song of peace, as well as a medley of favorite carols.

Tickets range from $22-$48 (Georgia State students, faculty and staff may receive 1/2 price tickets with ID) and are available in person at the Rialto Center Box Office, by calling 404-413-9TIX or online at Free parking is provided for this event at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

Café Circa Presents 'Dinner and the Blues' with Singer Francine Reed


$20 Two-Course Dinner Special Paired with Live Performance

Monday Evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. on November 8, 22 & December 6, 20 and 27, 2010

Café Circa presents Dinner and the Blues, a series of unforgettable Monday evening performances in November and December featuring celebrated Atlanta vocalist Francine Reed. To make the experience even more delicious, Café Circa is offering a two-course dinner special - choice of an appetizer or a dessert and an entrée - on the nights Reed performs created by new executive chef Hopeton S. Hibbert for $20. Music lovers are also invited to relax at the bar and explore Café Circa’s innovative cocktail menu of seasonal signature offerings and timeless classics. Legendary blues singer Francine Reed is slated to perform on Monday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. on November 8 and 22 and December 6, 20 and 27, 2010. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 404.477.0008.

WHAT: Dinner and the Blues
WITH: Legendary Blues Singer Francine Reed
WHERE: Café Circa
464 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
WHEN: Mondays November 8 and 22 & December 6, 20 and 27, 2010
7 to 10 p.m.

CONTACT: For more information or to make a reservation, please visit or call 404.477.0008.

About Café Circa
Located in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta, Café Circa offers a casually sophisticated atmosphere that merges classic style and modern elements with scrumptious signature menu items and a premium bar offering classic and innovative cocktails, select spirits, and a full wine list for every taste. The culinary team led by executive chef Hopeton S. Hibbert prepares fresh, deliciously seasoned food with a Caribbean Latin twist including creative small plates, inspired entreés, and tempting desserts. Café Circa is open Monday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. Call (404) 477-0008 or visit
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Monday, November 01, 2010

Christmas With the CSO

The Carroll Symphony Orchestra will host Christmas with the CSO Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Townsend Center for Performing Arts at UWG. A musical thrill for all who attend, the event will feature music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite No. 1, along with the world premiere of S. Baltzer’s Holiday Suite for Orchestra. The conductor will also be taking holiday request from the audiences. Tickets will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/ military and $8 for children.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Loretta Lynn In Concert at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Nov 20

For fifty years now, Loretta has fashioned a body of work as artistically and commercially successful—and as culturally significant—as any female performer you’d care to name. Her music has confronted many of the major social issues of her time, and her life story is a rags-to-riches tale familiar to pop, rock and country fans alike. The Coal Miner’s Daughter—the tag refers to a hit single, an album, a best-selling autobiography, an Oscar-winning film, and to Lynn herself—has journeyed from the poverty of the Kentucky hills to Nashville superstardom to her current status as an honest-to-goodness American icon.

Tickets are available at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Office, Online, Or by phone (706) 896-4191.
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Highway 76, West of Hiawassee, GA 30546
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Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall launches “PROJECT JUPITER,” November 15 – 20

Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall welcomes the Jupiter String Quartet November 15 – 20 for the inaugural week of “Project Jupiter,” a multi-year partnership that will involve the Quartet in a wide variety of performance, teaching, community outreach, and audience development activities in Atlanta’s Southern Crescent.

During the first week of its 2010-2011 season residency that coincides with Spivey Hall’s Twentieth Anniversary Season, the Jupiter String Quartet will work with student musicians at three south-side partner schools: Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Stephen Lawrence, Orchestra Director; Union Grove High School in McDonough, Kathy Saucier, Orchestra Director; and Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Darilyn Esterline, Orchestra Director. In addition to working with large group ensembles, the Jupiters will mentor student quartets formed as an educational and artistic initiative of Project Jupiter. These quartets will take part in a public master class with the Jupiters at Spivey Hall in Spring 2011.

The fall Project Jupiter residency also dovetails with the annual Spivey Hall Chamber Orchestra Workshop, during which outstanding student string musicians from area schools have the opportunity to come together and work with a nationally renowned conductor. For 2010, the distinguished clinician is Mr. Bob Phillips, noted chamber music educator, composer, and author of over 50 works of strings pedagogy. The workshop’s concluding public performance will take place on Friday, November 19 at 7:30 PM, where students will be joined by the Jupiters on stage for two pieces.

Additionally, the Jupiters will present two public outreach performances, the first in the Atrium of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (Tuesday, November 16, 5:00 – 7:00 PM), the second at Golden Crest Assisted Living Residence at Eagle’s Landing in Stockbridge (Wednesday evening, November 17). The week culminates in a Spivey Series concert, November 20, at 8:15 PM, with a pre-concert talk by Jupiter cellist Daniel McDonough in dialogue with Clayton State University music faculty member, Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller, at 7:15 PM. For their first performance in Spivey Hall’s annual series of concerts by outstanding international musicians, the Jupiters have chosen two works by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), whose string quartets are central to the chamber music repertoire, as well as a primary focus of the Jupiters’ three-season residency: an early quartet, Opus 18 No. 2 in G major, and a late quartet, Opus 130 in B-flat major. The program also includes the 12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András), Opus 13, composed in 1977/78 by contemporary Hungarian composer, György Kurtág (b. 1926) – lyrical, fleeting, intricately-woven short pieces that the Jupiters will introduce with spoken commentary from the stage before performing them. This program is the first of several that will explore the theme “the evolution of compositional voice,” and the distinctive ways in which composers over several centuries have written for the ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello.

Project Jupiter, a natural extension of Spivey Hall’s far-reaching Education Program, was spearheaded by Spivey Hall’s Executive & Artistic Director, Samuel C. Dixon, in consultation with the Jupiter String Quartet musicians and the Spivey Hall Education Committee, an advisory group that identifies ways for Spivey Hall to respond to music education needs in its region. Spivey Hall Education Manager Catherine Striplin leads the implementation of Project Jupiter, a significant addition to the scope of Spivey Hall’s award-winning Education Program that includes the renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program, popular Young People’s Concerts, choral, chamber orchestra and jazz-band workshops, master classes by distinguished guest artists, and professional development opportunities for teachers, all of which serve more than 18,000 individuals annually from throughout Atlanta and beyond.

A generous $9,000 grant awarded to Clayton State University in December 2009 from the National Endowment for the Arts’ prestigious and highly competitive “Access to Artistic Excellence” program provides Spivey Hall essential resources to launch the first year of the anticipated three-season Project Jupiter, which also receives a special grant from South Arts, as well as deeply appreciated operating support from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Clayton State University, the Walter & Emilie Spivey Foundation, and the Friends of Spivey Hall. Country Inn & Suites Atlanta I-75 South is the official hotel sponsor of the Jupiter Quartet, and The Coca-Cola Company, as corporate sponsor of Spivey Hall’s Twentieth Anniversary Season, is the exclusive beverage sponsor of Project Jupiter. Spivey Hall and the Jupiter String Quartet musicians extend their thanks to all of these entities, as well as its high school and community partners, for making this important residency possible. Additional support is already being sought to continue, extend and enrich the program.

The JUPITER STRING QUARTET, formed in 2001, consists of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Meg), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Meg, brother-in-law of Liz). They currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts.

In addition to its extensive concert schedule, the Jupiter String Quartet places a strong emphasis on developing relationships with future classical music audiences through outreach work in schools and other educational performances. They believe that chamber music, because of the intensity of its interplay and communication, is one of the most effective ways of spreading an enthusiasm for “classical” music to new audiences.

The Jupiters have received several major chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, which “honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.” The Quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and now holds YCA’s Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were the recipients of a coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.

In addition to their extensive schedule of performances in chamber music series and festivals throughout North America and beyond, the Jupiter String Quartet has earned accolades for its compact disc recordings on the Marquis label. Following the critical success of their first CD of quartets by Benjamin Britten and Sergei Prokofiev, the Jupiters’ second Marquis CD, released in 2009, features two masterworks of the Romantic repertoire: Felix Mendelssohn’s final Quartet in F minor, Opus 80, and another of Ludwig van Beethoven’s late quartets, the Quartet in F major, Opus 135.

The Jupiter String Quartet ( is managed by Bill Capone of Arts Management Group, Inc., New York. Tickets to the Jupiter String Quartet’s Spivey Hall performance on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 8:15 PM are available from the Spivey Hall Box Office, telephone (678) 466-4200, and online at

Itzhak Perlman Leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak

Delta Classical Series
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 6, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

MOZART Adagio in E Major
MOZART Rondo in C Major
MOZART Symphony No. 25
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9

Single tickets for these performances are $25 to $83. All single tickets for the 2010–2011 are on sale now, and 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 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2010 Coca-Cola Holiday Concert Series

December 2–31, 2010

Holiday Series To Open With Program Featuring
Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria

Conductor Chelsea Tipton II To Lead Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Gospel Choir
In “Atlanta Symphony Gospel Christmas”

Staff Conductor Jere Flint To Conduct “Atlanta Symphony Kid’s Christmas”
Featuring Lee Harper & Dancers, Guest Narrator John Lemley,
and Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

Norman Mackenzie To Lead Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,
Morehouse College Glee Club, and Gwinnett Young Singers
In “Christmas with the ASO”

Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski
To Conduct “A Very Merry Holiday Pops”
With Vocalist Capathia Jenkins, Trumpeter Joe Gransden,
and the Lassiter and Walton High School Choirs

Preservation Hall Jazz Band To Perform “Creole Christmas”
Michael Krajewski To Lead Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
In “Atlanta Symphony New Year’s Eve – POParazzi”

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will spread the joy of the coming holiday season during the 2010 Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts from December 2–31, 2010, including: Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria on December 2 and 4, 2010; “Atlanta Symphony Gospel Christmas” on December 3 and 4, 2010; “Atlanta Symphony Kid’s Christmas” on December 5 and 12, 2010; “Christmas with the ASO” December 9-11, 2010; “A Very Merry Holiday Pops” on December 17 and 18, 2010; Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s “Creole Christmas” on December 19, 2010; and “Atlanta Symphony New Year’s Eve — POParazzi” on December 31, 2010. All concerts will take place in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Single tickets for these performances are as follows:


All tickets are 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 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Clayton Community Big Band Celebrates its 10 Years with “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration”

The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) in “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration” on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall. Admission is free.

Aptly named, the Nov. 29 performance celebrates CCBB’s first 10 years of providing high-energy jazz shows to enthusiastic audiences. Favorite selections from the first decade will be featured from this large ensemble that, until now, has never repeated a selection on any of its performances, shares founding director and CCBB charter member Stacey Houghton.

Some of the big band's long-standing musicians will be featured and honored throughout the evening as the CCBB reminisces about its success as a firmly established promoter of jazz big band music in all styles.

Musicians performing in “Our First Decade: A Musical Celebration” include, in addition to Houghton (Rex), director and tenor saxophonist: Art Thompson (Fayetteville), assistant director and drums/percussionist; John Babb (McDonough), Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro), Carl Dixon (Morrow), Rodney Allen (Augusta), Michael Terry (Meansville) on saxophone; Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Josh Singleton (Conyers), Mark Lewis (McDonough) and Taylor Threlkeld (Morrow) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Keith Gardner (Locust Grove), Amy Fanusi (Jackson), Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood), and Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge) on trombone; Marvin Pollock (Forest Park) and Afolabi Giwa (Fayetteville) on piano; Caleb Halstead (McDonough) on guitar, Jennifer Dunn (Morrow) on bass; Courtney Tatum (Jonesboro) on drums, and Amy Fanusi (Jackson), vocalist.

The CCBB is comprised of music students from Clayton State University's Department of Visual & Performing Arts, as well as talented community musicians from the surrounding area. For more information on the CCBB, please contact Houghton at or call (678) 466-4750.

“Come join in the celebration..... Here’s to another 10 years,” cheers Houghton.

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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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Classic Music Meets Classic Rock: Handel’s Messiah Rocks @ Fox Theatre One Night Only: Sunday, Nov 21

“We are delighted to bring a glorious night of music to the Fabulous Fox Theatre with Handel’s Messiah Rocks on Sunday, November 21 at 7 pm,” states Christopher B. Manos, Producer of Theater of the Stars. “This groundbreaking musical event blends classical music with classic rock and breathes new life into George Fredrick Handel’s most performed oratorio. It is sure to be an unforgettable evening! Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster outlets, the Fox Theatre Box Office, by calling 800-982-2787, or online at And there are special group rates available through Fox Theatre

Group Sales at 404-881-2000.”

Handel’s Messiah Rocks features stunning visual effects, thrilling songs, a live orchestra, a rock band and Broadway soloists, along with local adult and children’s choirs!

Featured soloists are:

Mike Eldred (The Tenor) has thrilled audiences for over 20 years. His Broadway shows include Les Misérables (Jean Valjean), The Civil War and Jesus Christ Superstar. Eldred performs often with America's greatest symphony orchestras. He was featured in the PBS special “Dennis Deyoung And The Music Of STYX,” and he starred as Tony on the Naxos International recording of the Nashville Symphony's West Side Story. Eldred has released five solo recordings, including his Holiday CD, “Let It Begin.” For more information on Elred visit

Jeremiah Jones (The Baritone). His favorite roles include Billy Bigelow in the West End revival of Carousel; Curly in Oklahoma! in 1st national tour of the Cameron MacIntosh revival; Doctor Shocker in The Gay Bride Of Frankenstein; The Beast in Beauty and the Beast; and Bobby Child in Crazy For You for which he received an LA Ovation nomination. He is an internationally known recording artist: member of "TEATRO" (SONY) and recently released his 2010 debut solo album entitled "Tupelo.” For more information about Jeremiah visit or

Ramona Keller (The Woman) made her Broadway debut in Smokey Joe's Cafe as the standby for BJ, Pattie, and Brenda. She "originated" the roles of Radio 1, in Caroline Or Change and Ms. Paradice, in Bklyn the Musical on Broadway. Some of her regional credits include, Dreamgirls,

Lonestar Love, Beehive, The Buddy Holly Story, and she was featured in the musical review In Time with Hugh Jackman in Las Vegas.

The traditional composition of Handel’s Messiah has been performed annually for 240 years and has legions of fans throughout the world. Handel’s Messiah Rocks is sure to delight those who know and love the music, as well as win over many new fans. Selections included in the concert are: Overture, Comfort Ye, He’ll Come in Glory, He is Fire, Hallelujah and more. For more details about the show, visit

Handel’s Messiah Rocks was adapted by Jason Howland and libretto, adapted by Dani Davis, is based on the original oratorio by George Frederick Handel with libretto by Charles Jennens. It is produced by NETworks Presentations, LLC and directed by Dani Davis.

NETworks Presentations, LLC (Producer) Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 70 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally . Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Young Frankenstein, and the Lincoln Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Handel’s Messiah Rocks, Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Blue Man Group National Tour and The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables touring the U.S.

Theater of the Stars celebrates its 58th Anniversary as one of the nation’s premier regional theater companies. A civic not-for-profit cultural treasure, Theater of the Stars is dedicated to presenting and producing the best in musical theater. To learn more about our history of excellence, visit

Handel’s Messiah Rocks will play the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta for one performance only on Sunday, November 21 at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at area Ticketmaster outlets, the Fox Theatre Box Office, by calling 800-982-2787 and online at Prices range from $25-$65. Special Group Rates are available through Fox Theatre Group Sales at 404-881-2000.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Atlanta Opera Receives $112,000 from Anonymous Donor

Donation to be Used to Launch “The Heart of the Opera” Campaign

Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn announced today that The Atlanta Opera has received $112,000 from an anonymous donor. The generous donation will be used to launch “The Heart of the Opera” campaign, a fundraising effort with a goal to raise $112,000 in 112 days. “We have found in the past that the best way to encourage donations is to provide an incentive to match these contributions,” says Mary K. Roarabaugh, The Atlanta Opera’s Director of Development. “We decided to launch the ‘Heart of the Opera’ campaign to fill a need, and out of our profound appreciation for this anonymous donor, who personifies ‘the heart of the opera.’” The money raised in the campaign will go toward Atlanta Opera productions and outreach initiatives during the 2010-2011 season. “The Heart of the Opera” campaign begins on Tuesday, October 26.

To make a donation to “The Heart of the Opera” campaign, please visit

Friday, October 22, 2010

Georgia Lottery launches search for top musical acts

The Georgia Lottery is looking for the hottest music acts in Georgia. Your Hollywood dreams could come true with the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search.

The All Access Music Search is open to all unsigned musical acts in Georgia in country, rock, pop/R&B, and hip-hop/rap. There will be one winner in each music genre.

Winners will receive a recording session at the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. Additionally, the top 12 acts will perform at a professional football halftime show.

Registration for audition slots is open through Oct. 27, 2010. Acts may have one to five members.

Auditions will be held in Atlanta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah starting Oct. 28, 2010.

For official rules and to register for an audition slot, visit

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $11.9 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.25 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp., please visit:

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Peachtree City Celebrates Veterans Day on Saturday, November 13

Peachtree City’s 2010 Veterans Day remembrance will highlight the Korean War in observance of the 60th anniversary of the start of that war, which was the first major conflict of the Cold War.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 13 starting at 10 a.m. It will be hosted by the Commemorative Air Force in their spacious hanger at Falcon Field and will be conducted by local VFW, American Legion and Marine Corps League veteran groups and the City Recreation Department. The event will include honors to the flag, taps will be played in honor of all veterans who have died, a guest speaker will be featured and a commemorative wreath will be presented by local veterans groups.

Light refreshments will be available. Call the PTC Recreation Department at 770-631-2542 for more information.

The Korean War, sometimes referred to as the “Forgotten War,” began in June 1950 and ended in an armistice in July 1953. The U.S. Congress never issued a Declaration of War, officially calling it a “police action.” The reasons for the U.S. becoming involved are shrouded in the fog of the newly developing “Cold War” between world superpowers from the east and west.

The Cold War started after WWII generally spanning from 1947 to 1991. On opposing sides were the Soviet Union and its proxy states and the Western world led by the United States. The Cold War ended in 1991 when the Soviet Union disbanded.

In historical terms, the Korean War was sandwiched between two high-profile engagements; World War II and Vietnam, further relegating it inappropriately to a less prolific role in U.S. history. However, in terms of human sacrifice, it was by no measure minor. By war’s end, 36,516 Americans were killed (including 2,830 non-combat deaths), 92,134 wounded, 8,176 MIA (missing in action) and 7,245 POWs (prisoners of war). In total, 15 western nations suffered nearly 800,000 in those categories and the three eastern block nations sustained between one million and 1.5 million.

Veterans Day in the U.S. is an opportunity to publicly commemorate the contributions of living veterans and remember the sacrifices of those who have died. Originally called Armistice Day, it officially received its name in America in 1926 through a congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar congressional action.

If World War I had been "the war to end all wars," November 11 might be still called Armistice Day. Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of World War II and Korea, Congress decided to make the day an occasion to honor all those who have served America. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. (Historically, the first Veterans Day parade was held in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas.)

A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

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Morningside Chamber Musicians to Play at Goethe-Zentrum Auditiorium, Colony Square

Featuring new composition “Morning Sides” by Atlanta composer Tim Jansa
Tuesday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Goethe-Zentrum Auditorium
GCC/AF members: Free
General admission: $5.00
(404) 892-2388

Morningside Chamber Musicians is a group of performers dedicated to bringing live classical music to the Metro-Atlanta area.

Comprising oboe, clarinet and bassoon, the Morningside Chamber Musicians trio creates an entertaining yet sophisticated atmosphere for your gathering. Trio members have extensive experience playing in world-class ensembles such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, the United States Coast Guard Band, and orchestras throughout the southeastern United States.

Next on their schedule:
Friday, November 19th from 11:30am-2pm.
Bank of America Plaza located at North Avenue and Peachtree Street. Part of "Fall Friday Lunches"

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Little Night Music October 21

Griffin Choral Arts
October 21, 2010
7:30 pm

Special guests:  Lamar County Middle School Choir

The Griffin Choral Arts opens their fourth season this Thursday at the Lamar County Schools Fine Arts Auditorium.

To get there – take Hwy 41 S to Barnesville, Turn right on Hwy 18 (Ingles and Walgreens). Turn left on Burnette Road. As the road curves to the right, the Fine Arts Center is on the left. There is much well lit, level parking on both sides of the road. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Atlanta Opera Presents Bon Appétit! by Lee Hoiby at The Cook's Warehouse

Performance to Benefit The Atlanta Opera

Join The Atlanta Opera on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30pm at The Cook’s Warehouse at Ansley Mall for Bon Appétit! - a 30-minute operetta based on Julia Child’s popular television show. The audience will be transported to Julia Child’s famous 1960’s kitchen-studio, and will watch mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely whip up some giggles and comedic-fromage. Following the performance, guests will sample Julia’s treats, and will have the opportunity to shop in the store and sign up for future cooking classes. Attendees will receive a 10% discount on in-store purchases made that evening. There also will be giveaways. Admission is a tax-deductible $25 donation to The Atlanta Opera. This event is open to the public.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Amanda Wilborn at 404.591.2928 or visit Special pricing is available for Comprimarios members.

About Bon Appétit!
Bon Appétit!, by composer Lee Hoiby, was written for comedienne Jean Stapleton as music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother-of-all foodies. The libretto, by Mark Shulgasser, is based on a seminal early work by playwright Lanford Wilson, first produced in 1965. The two acts also are based on two episodes of Julia Child’s second WGBH-TV season: “the race between the whisk” and “the electric beater comes out of a different cake.” Hoiby's music deftly veers around Broadway chansons, early television, and underlines Julia Child's compelling domestic uplift.

About Susan Nicely
Mezzo-Soprano Susan Nicely is known for her rich voice and vivid characterizations. Her highly acclaimed “lively comic presence” in roles such as Dame Marthe in Faust, Old Lady in Candide, and Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as dramatic portrayals in Cavalleria rusticana as Mamma Lucia and The Ballad of Baby Doe as Mama McCourt make the character mezzo an “audience darling,” says the Austin American-Statesman. Her roles have included Gertrude in Roméo et Juliette with the New Orleans Opera, Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha at the Shreveport Opera, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia in concert with the Helena Symphony, the Nurse in Boris Godunov at the Dallas Opera, and Katasha in The Mikado with the Indianapolis Opera. She performed the role of Thelma Predmore in The Atlanta Opera’s 2008 production of Cold Sassy Tree.

About The Atlanta Opera

Founded in 1979, The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation, drawing audiences from the entire metropolitan Atlanta area as well as from the Southeast region. Led by Zurich General Director Dennis Hanthorn, The Atlanta Opera strives to expand the experience of its patrons with memorable and exciting opera performances reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards, while supporting community and educational programs. The company also works to attract the finest international, national, and regional singers, conductors, stage directors and designers. For the 2010-2011 season, The Atlanta Opera presents three productions with four performances each at the Cobb Energy Centre.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Macy Gray at Buckhead Theatre

Macy Gray will perform, live, on Wednesday, Oct 27th at 8 p.m. at Atlanta landmark, Buckhead Theatre. Gray is returning to her roots with the release of her latest album The Sellout. The Grammy-winning singer has sold 15 million albums with major hits such as the single “I Try.” Back after a short hiatus, Gray “pours her heart out” through expressive lyrics on slow funk jam songs like “Stalker” and stadium rock-stomper “Kissed It” featuring guitar legend Slash. Visit for more information. 404-843-2825. Tickets: $26

Patrick Carney to Conduct Atlanta Wind Symphony in 2010/2011 Master Season Premiere, October 10

Dr. Patrick Carney, Clayton State University director of Bands, is looking forward to his third season as the music director and conductor of the Atlanta Wind Symphony (AWS).

AWS is pleased to announce the first concert of the 2010-2011 Master Season, Sunday Oct. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. This concert will be a “Tribute to the Greatest Generation,” with a program honoring the men and women who grew up in the Great Depression, ended a war, and rebuilt America into a superpower.

Embarking on its 32nd season, the AWS is internationally respected for its continued musical excellence, contribution to music education, and service to the community. And, as a special gift to honor veterans, tickets to this event will be free. This concert will feature several familiar selections from these historic times certain to start feet tapping, and close with a special Big Band finale that will have everyone humming all the way home.

Since its inception, AWS has performed for television, charity benefits, state officials, and presidents, in a wide variety of venues, from outdoor parks and civic celebrations to Carnegie Hall. Comprised of more than 70 adult musicians ranging in experience from some of Atlanta’s finest professional musicians and composers to hobbyists, this group commits to delivering extraordinary performances, practicing diligently throughout the season. “I am excited about our program for this season, and as always, am honored to have been chosen to conduct this extraordinary group,” says Carney.

Spivey Hall Welcomes Organist Jane Parker-Smith on October 9

Organist Jane Parker-Smith will be featured at Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Parker-Smith’s day at the southeast’s premier small performance facility will start at 2 p.m. with a pre-concert talk with Spivey Hall Organist-in- Residence Richard Morris. At 3 p.m., Parker-Smith will present her program on the Hall’s equally-renown Albert Schweitzer Memorial Pipe Organ. Her program will include: René BECKER Toccata in D; César FRANCK Choral II in B minor; Ad WAMMES Miroir; Joseph JONGEN Sonata Eroïca, Op. 94; Franz LISZT (trans. Parker-Smith) Mephisto Waltz No. 1; Jean LANGLAIS “La Nativité,” from Poèmes Évangéliques; Alexandre GUILMANT Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 42.

Audiences and critics alike regale Parker-Smith with praise for her superior artistry, formidable technique, virtuosity and charisma, fresh and vivacious interpretations, and dazzling theatrical flair. One of the world's leading concert organists," Jane Parker-Smith is without doubt one of the most brilliant organists of the post-war generation" (Rhein Neckar Zeitung, Germany).

The visual centerpiece of Spivey's breathtaking design is the Albert Schweitzer Memorial Pipe Organ, a 79-rank, 3-manual, 4,413-pipe organ, built and installed by the firm of Fratelli Ruffatti.

Tickets for Parker-Smith’s appearance at Spivey Hall are $30. For tickets of more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at (678) 466-4200.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Music Director Robert Spano and the ASO Welcome Pianist Emanuel Ax Back to Atlanta

September 30 - October 2

Mr. Ax To Perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4

Program Also To Include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan”


Adam Schoenberg’s World-Premiere Fanfare, Up!, To Be Featured on Program

Frequent guest artist and friend of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Emanuel Ax, will return to Atlanta to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with Music Director Robert Spano and the Orchestra. The program will also include the world premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s fanfare Up!, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Titan.” Performances will take place September 30 – October 2, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Adam Schoenberg’s Up! is the second of 10 fanfares to be premiered throughout the Orchestra’s 2010-11 season in celebration of the 10-year artistic partnership of Robert Spano and Donald Runnicles, and 10 years of the Atlanta School of Composers. Other contributors will include Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon and Michael Gandolfi, as well as Robert Spano and friends of the Orchestra, such as Alvin Singleton.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bluegrass, Shaking, Rocking, Blues this Weekend

Thursday, Sept 23 - For an exciting bluegrass evening of shaking, rocking and fast moving performers, be sure to see and hear the Smokey's Farmland Band at the Redlight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306, Jams start at 7pm, Show starts at 9pm. For more info, go to

Saturday, Sept 25 - A young (12 to 13 years old) singer, Logan Smith will light up your night and the Atkins Family, Blue Tick Deville and Blue Jam will keep it lit for your evening well spent for entertainment, at the award winning Hollonville Opry in Hollonville, GA, First show starts at 6:30pm or 770-228-4832.

Saturday, Sept 25 -
Steel String Session is appearing at the Coosawattee River Resort General Store, in Ellijay, GA from 7-9 pm,, Contact Lisa Jacobi, 706-455-0694 or email to

Saturday, Sept 25, Enjoy a good meal as you see and hear the Kris Youmans Band at the Sunnyside Cafe in Carrollton, GA, 7pm-9pm, Contact: Gary Duke at 770-836-3210 or email to, website:

Saturday, Sept 25 - In Dalton, GA, Bluegrass Bands and Helping Hands are featuring G2, a well known Swedish Bluegrass Group. This event will benefit struggling families in North GA. For more info go to or call 706-264-6950. Sunday, Sept 26 - Sunday Afternoon, 1pm, The 36th annual Atlanta Society of Entertainers Awards Show. Entertainers and music personalities in the Atlanta music community will be honored and showcased in all genras, including bluegrass, at the Holiday Inn Select, Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Atlanta GA (I-285 exit # 30). Free to the Public. For more information, call 770 457-6363 or 404 292-7340 or email to

Sunday, Sept 26, By popular demand, the reliable and entertaining Facing South is returning to Old Tucker Fountain, Tucker, GA, from 6 - 7 pm with jam sessions to follow. For more info contact Mike Soucie,, 770-934-1675

Subject to change without notice.

Special thanks to Jack Masters for permission to share, and for sending this to us!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Voices 'Mist of Night and Moon' Showcases Great Local Talent Sept 25

Voices is finalizing details for their yearly production, “Mist of Night and Moon,” scheduled for Saturday, September 25 at The Wadsworth in Newnan at 7:30 pm, with a Meet & Greet following the concert. “We are very excited about ‘Mist of Night and Moon’”, explains Artistic Director, Maria “Pia” Ugarte. “I would venture to say that this is our strongest program to date. We have a wonderful production that all ages can enjoy together and the talent that it will showcase is nothing short of amazing!”

The female vocal band Zaphyra will be participating as it has been doing since the inception of the group. All band members are soloists with parallel individual performing careers. Amy Beaucham is a Newnan resident with many years of theater experience. Jill Safko is an Ugarte Studio graduate, previous Spivey Children Choir member, singer and songwriter and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Kennesaw University. Diane Mitchell is an award winner theater performer and can be seen through out the Atlanta area in different productions during the year. Paige McCauley is an award winner singer-songwriter and actress currently performing in the South East. The three later members reside in Peachtree City. Pia Ugarte is the founder and Artistic Director of Voices, Zaphyra and The Ugarte Studio and she currently resides in Fayetteville. Zaphyra can be heard during the year at different locals like Ten East Washington in Newnan and is currently recording its first album which will be available sometime next year.

Singer Joyce Gruschow is originally from Columbus and she is currently a resident of Fayetteville. She was blessed with the gift of song at an early age and has continued to share her gift with the release of her Christian Debut CD “For You.” Joyce can be heard at many Atlanta Metro Venues and at a Benefit Concert scheduled for October 2 at the Fredrick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre in Peachtree City. Andrea Caldwell, a Fayetteville native, holds a Bachelor in Music from Clayton College and State University and a Master of Music from Austin Peay State University. Currently, she enjoys teaching her small-but-mighty studio at the Fine Arts Academy at Flat Creek, cantoring, and singing with the Southern Crescent Chorale conducted by Janice Folsom.

Tammy Darby is full time owner-operator of Cosmedical Spa in Peachtree City where she resides. She started singing early in childhood at church at the age of six. She then got involved in musical theater and with various chorus groups and bands. This performance marks her return to the stage after many years of absence. Alison Chambers resides in Peachtree City and can be heard performing with different theater companies in the Southern Arc. She is the Artistic Director of Peachtree City’s Twilight Theatre, which just concluded its fourth season at The Fred. Members of The Ugarte Studio -- Rebekah Anders, Devin Boyd, Camille Edwards, Abby Mortensen and Victoria Vaughn -- winners and finalists of various talent and music competitions, will partake in selected numbers.

This year’s show gravitates around “the night and the moon”. The concert will offer original compositions, as well as evergreens like “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night,)” the Phantom of the Opera Duet, “When You Believe”, “Boy with a Coin,” “Somewhere,” “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, and new hits like Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission, and can be purchased online through the Voices website,, and by phone using Brown Paper Tickets (24/7 Ticket Hotline: 1-800-838-3006.) Tickets can also be purchased in person in Peachtree City at Cosmedical Spa (1201 Georgian Park, 2nd Floor, Peachtree City, GA 30269 / 770-632-5500) and in Newnan at Scott’s Bookstore (28 S Court Square, Newnan, GA 30263 / 770-253-2960.) $10.00 Children/Students/Seniors tickets are available at these locations with ID and at the door 45 minutes before the performance starts. These tickets are not available for online purchase. Patrons of Newnan’s favorite restaurant, Ten East Washington, and Cosmedical Spa can purchase discounted tickets at their local. For more information, please visit or call 404-358-2950.

The Atlanta Opera Introduces 24-Hour Opera Project

Initiative Part of OPERA America’s National Opera Week

Calling area composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers! The opera world is full of drama, intrigue, romance, comedy, and tragedy – how about experiencing all of those things in 24 hours? In celebration of OPERA America’s National Opera Week, opera organizations and educational programs in the Metro-Atlanta area will be hosting a 24-Hour Opera Project. Think of it as a creative science project where Verdi meets reality TV!

Composers, lyricists, stage directors and opera singers from all over may apply to join in the project. Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write an opera. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to participating stage directors, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have 8 hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 12 hours after the project begins.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2010.

Who can participate?

Composers, lyricists, stage directors, and singers may apply (experience required).
Download the appropriate application:
Composer Application (PDF)
Lyricist Application (PDF)
Singer Application (PDF)
Stage Director Application (PDF)

What are we talking about?

We’re talking about opera insanity! 24 hours to compose, rehearse, and perform an opera with strangers. Prizes will be awarded following the showcase-concert in the following categories: Best Use of Props, Most Diva-licious, Best Death Scene, and Best Overall Composition.

Where will the event take place?

The 24-Hour Opera Project will take place on the campus of Georgia State University.

When will this happen?
Saturday November 06, 2010
Sunday November 07, 2010
Why are we subjecting ourselves to such madness?

Because we’re crazy! (And we want everyone to see how cool opera is!)

Still have questions?

Please contact The Atlanta Opera education department at 404.881.8801 or

The Fine Print: 
Compositions must be 7-10 minutes in length, written and performed in English and scored for 4 singers (soprano/mezzo/tenor/bass) with piano, and composed around a specific theme (top secret until November 6!). Pre-existing compositions will not be eligible. Composition teams will be paired randomly, compositions will be assigned to stage directors randomly, and participating singers will be selected to perform through a singer “draft.” Submission of application in any category does not guarantee participation, and artists may only apply in one discipline; Applicants selected to participate will be notified by October 25.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Competition Begins Among Top Black College Marching Bands for 2011 Honda Battle of the Bands

Editor's Note:  The Georgia Front Page staff sends best wishes to the bands who represent the state of Georgia in this music competition.  Go for the gold!

(BUSINESS WIRE)--A spot in the 2011 Honda Battle of the Bands ( Invitational Showcase is to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band as a trip to Super Bowl XLV is to a professional football team. Scheduled to take place Saturday, January 29th, the 2011 Invitational Showcase not only allows the top HBCU marching bands a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform before 60,000 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, but it also gives them the chance to earn much-needed funding for their school’s music education programs. This week the competition for one of the eight coveted spots begins, and HBCU marching band fans will have a hand in choosing the top bands.

The Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase is the world’s largest and most highly anticipated HBCU musical event and scholarship program of its kind. The program, which will mark its ninth year in 2011, is a platform to highlight and showcase the heritage and showmanship of the HBCU college marching bands and an important facet of HBCU culture – music education. For the 2011 program, each of the 45 bands participating in the Celebration Tour will receive a $1,000 grant for their music programs, with an additional $20,000 awarded to the eight institutions selected to advance to the 2011 Invitational Showcase.

The “Celebration Tour,” the route participating bands must take to qualify for a spot in the Invitational Showcase, kicks off this weekend with the first of ten stops at Howard University in Washington, DC. During the Celebration Tour, fans can witness the unique, precision marching styles, as well as the spirited dance team choreography and pageantry that make the HBCU marching band experience one-of-a-kind. The beginning of the Celebration Tour also signifies the kick off of the voting process. Beginning today, HBCU band fans can go to the Honda Battle of the Bands website ( to vote for the eight bands they would like to see in the 2011 Invitational Showcase. The eight bands selected to perform at the 2011 Invitational Showcase are chosen by fans, HBCU presidents and band directors votes. Online fan votes will account for one third (1/3) of the selection criteria, with band directors’ and school presidents’ votes accounting for the remaining two-thirds.

“The energy and excitement surrounding the Honda Battle of the Bands program is something that is difficult to describe,” said Marc Burt, senior manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda. “When you enter the Georgia Dome on Invitational Showcase day, and the top eight HBCU marching bands take the field, you can see that this event is about more than just great music and amazing performances, it’s about honoring the legacy and excellence of America’s black colleges. Honda is proud to have developed a program that for nine years has celebrated the music education programs at our nation’s HBCUs while providing financial assistance to ensure they continue to thrive.”

Online polling for this year’s Invitational Showcase concludes on Friday, October 29th at midnight (EST). The eight institutions selected for participation will be announced on Monday, November 8th, 2010.

The Honda Battle of the Bands website is the sole online destination and clearing house for all HBOB information, updates, polling status, photos and video footage, and is the resource for any and all questions about the program. For more information about the Honda Battle of the Bands “Celebration Tour,” tour stops and a list of participating bands please visit

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Army Band to Kick Off UWG’s Townsend Center Season

The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia kicks off its 2010-2011 season on Thursday, Sept. 16 with one of the nation's premier service ensembles, the Army Ground Forces Band, based at Fort McPherson, Ga.

The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but reserved seating is available by calling 678-839-4722.
The only Army band with a combat distinction from the president, the Army Ground Forces Band serves as the musical ambassador of the American combat soldier. The Jazz Guardians, a 21-member big band, tours the country from coast to coast showcasing a rich musical heritage.

Paying tribute to the big bands of yesteryear, the Jazz Guardians incorporates the work of artists such as Louis Bellson, Cab Calloway, Bill Watrous, and Jamey Abersold. In addition to performing standards by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Woody Herman, the ensemble presents innovative works by today's most popular composers.

For more information call 678-839-4722 or visit

Season sponsors of the Townsend Center programs are: Live Art At the Townsend Center; Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation; Community Foundation of West Georgia; the family of Dr. Richard L. Dangle; Dr. Chester & Mrs. Faye Gibson; the Georgia Council for the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts.

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association Announces New Children's Choir

Our Very Own Marilyn Peters is Starting a Blue Ridge Children's Choir on September 14th!

With art and music being cut from our school systems, children are on the verge of missing out on some of the greateast treasures in life. Marilyn Peters is one teacher who is ensuring this doesn't happen.

Marilyn has a bachelor's degree from North Georgia College and State University in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Education from Boston University. She will begin working on a doctoral degree in Music Education soon.

Her background includes performing in choirs and instrumental ensembles, directing choirs and instrumental groups, teaching general music and music appreciation in public schools, kindergarten through 8th grade, and providing private lessons for the past 20+ years. She has been teaching music and directing choirs in middle and elementary schools for the past 7 years in the North Georgia mountains area, and also conducted teacher choirs, middle school and elementary school choruses and assisted in writing and directing many musicals. She also gives private lessons in flute, guitar and voice through the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association, and now the Youth Choir as well.

Class dates, times and tuition are as follows:

Beginning to Intermediate
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7 (4:30-5:45pm)

Tuition: $60 (Art Center Members $54)
Learn vocal & sight singing techniques, breath control, note reading and other music basics.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Shakerag Bluegrass Festival at ‘The Fred’ in Peachtree City

September 18 & 19
Bullsboro and Steel String Session to Headline Festival

The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City will once again be filled with the sounds of bluegrass as ‘The Fred’ hosts the Shakerag Bluegrass Festival in conjunction with the 33rd Annual Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival. The festival will feature eight bands over the two days including Saturday’s headliner Steel String Session from Tennessee, while local favorite Bullsboro caps off the weekend Sunday night.

“We wanted to take a trip back in time to the days of the McIntosh Opry as we have had lots of patrons express an interest in hearing bluegrass music at the Fred again. In the late 70’s and early 80’s bluegrass is what the Fred was known for so when we decided to add it to the schedule this year it just made sense to combine it with the Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival,” said Nancy Price, Amphitheater Manager.

Saturday will feature Steel String Session, described as “Neo-Classical-Grass” and the “Rhythm Section of the River,” the band members hail from the Ocoee River region of east Tennessee. Steel String Session plays a mix of modern acoustic Americana music with an emphasis on Rockabilly-Jazz-Grass. The bands sound is rich with swing and passion, and sometimes blues, mystery and heartache. Each member of Steel String Session is a talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. With their harmonic blending and sensational songwriting, the group is a power hitter in a live audience settings whether intimate or grand.

The Shakerag Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday, September 18 from 3-7PM and Sunday, September 19 from 2-6PM. Wristbands are required for admission to the bluegrass festival and available for purchase the amphitheater box office. The cost for one day is $10, or a two-day wristband is $15. Parking for the event is free. The festival weekend will take place rain or shine. For more information regarding the Bluegrass Festival contact the Amphitheater box office at 770-631-0630 or on-line at

The festival kicks off Saturday at 3 p.m. with Carl Towns & The Remnant, 4 p.m. Blue Heaven, 5 p.m. Exception to the Rule, and 6 p.m. Steel String Session. Sunday will begin at 2 p.m. with the Chris Youmans Band, followed by Nancy Creek at 3 p.m., Musselwhite Family at 4 p.m., and closing out the festival at 5 p.m. is Bullsboro. For more information on the bands visit the amphitheater website for links to the individual band sites.

The 33rd annual Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival will feature over 120 vendors. The festival, known for its handmade arts, crafts, and food hosts vendors from all over Georgia and the south, with unique items for sale including pottery, paintings, ceramics, florals, pet items, jewelry and more. The event is held at Shakerag Knoll located at 191 McIntosh Trail, and hosted by the Peachtree City Parks and Recreation Department. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Admission to the Arts & Crafts Festival is free. For details on the Arts & Crafts festival contact Ashley Alonso at 770-631-2542 or visit

The Shakerag Bluegrass Festival is coordinated in combination with the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association (SEBA). The association is a non-profit organization of fans, musicians, promoters, vendors, and friends of bluegrass music, joined together to preserve, promote, and publicize bluegrass music, performers, and activities, and to serve as an information source. For more information visit their website at

The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater is a 2,500 seat state-of-the art facility owned and operated by the city of Peachtree City. ‘The Fred’ box office is located at 201 McIntosh Trail, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For further information regarding the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater or the concert events, please call 770-631-0630 or visit the website at
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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Open 2010-11 Season Sep 23

10 Fanfares to be Premiered Throughout Season to Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Atlanta School of Composers; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Opening Weekend To Feature World-Premiere Fanfare by Christopher Theofanidis Plus Works By Mozart and BerliozWith Pianist André Watts As Soloist

Music Director Robert Spano will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the 2010–2011 Season opening performances on Thursday, September 23, and Saturday, September 25, 2010, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. The concerts will feature the world premiere of a fanfare, Une Certaine Joie de Vivre, by Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis. Pianist André Watts will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme.” Also on the program is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

The opening weekend will kick off Mr. Spano’s and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles’s 10th season together in artistic partnership, as well as mark the 10th anniversary of the Atlanta School of Composers — Mr. Spano’s and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. The season will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, comprised entirely of volunteers, and an important part of the Orchestra's programming since its founding by the late Robert Shaw in 1970.

To celebrate Mr. Spano’s and Mr. Runnicles’s 10-year artistic partnership, and 10 years of the Atlanta School of Composers, 10 fanfares by 10 composers will be premiered throughout the season. The first fanfare, composed by Mr. Theofanidis, will receive its world premiere on opening weekend, September 23, 25, and 26, 2010. Other contributors will include Atlanta School of Composers members Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi, and Adam Schoenberg, as well as Robert Spano and Norman Mackenzie, and friends of the Orchestra, such as Alvin Singleton. Details will be announced.

Mr. Spano has said: “I can think of no better artistic partner and friend to have shared these 10 years with than Donald. This season will celebrate the tremendous musicians of the Orchestra and the initiatives of the last decade. Working with this Orchestra is my greatest joy, and I look forward to all that is ahead.”

“It's hard to believe 10 years of collaborating with Robert and this Orchestra have gone by so quickly,” Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles has said. “The challenges and achievements over the years have been considerable, and yet there is still so much ahead of us, and so much to which I still look forward. What a joy and privilege to belong to the Atlanta family.”

The new season will also offer two world premieres and 13 Atlanta premieres, including the new Atlanta Symphony commission from Alvin Singleton, and the world premiere of James Oliverio’s Double Timpani Concerto. Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have been invited to return to Carnegie Hall October 30, 2010, to perform the great Janáček masterwork, Glagolitic Mass. In January 2011, Mr. Runnicles will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis featuring soprano Christine Brewer, plus Mozart’s Piano Concert No 20 in D minor with Mr. Spano as soloist. Mr. Spano will close the season in June 2011 by leading the Orchestra and Chorus in a Theater of a Concert presentation of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
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Single tickets for these performances are $25 to $77. All single tickets for the 2010–2011 are on sale now, and 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 a.m.–8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Blues in the Alley Sept 3 - 6

Kenny’s Alley at Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama, St., Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 614-1091
September 3-6, 2010


Summer may be coming to an end, but the only blues you should be experiencing is Underground Atlanta’s Blues in the Alley! Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend, September 3-6 at Kenny's Alley for FREE live music from local artists, relaxing patio seating and a wide variety of food and drinks available from restaurants and bars right at your fingertips. Artists include Gypsies on Parole, Cosmic Sol, Jason Bitten, The Kerry Hill Band, Michael Stewart, Beverly “Guitar,” and Takiya Mason.

Friday, September 3
Noon-4pm: Gypsies on Parole
4-8pm: Cosmic Sol

Saturday, September 4
Noon-4pm: Jason Bitten
4-8pm: TBD

Sunday, September 5
Noon-4pm: The Kerry Hill Band
4-8pm: Michael Stewart 4-8pm

Monday, September 6
Noon-4pm: Beverly "Guitar"
5-8pm: Takiya Mason

Thanks to 360 Media for the info! 

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tickets on Sale Sept 16 for La Bohème by Atlanta Opera

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Four Performances at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre:

Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 8 pm
Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3 pm

Creative Team

Conductor - Gregory Vajda
Stage Director - David Gately
Set Designer - Peter Dean Beck
Lighting Designer - Ken Yunker


Mimi - Grazia Doronzio*
Musetta - Jan Cornelius*
Rodolfo - Bryan Hymel*
Marcello - Timothy Kuhn
Colline - Matthew Curran*
Schaunard - Andrew Garland*


In snowy Paris, six young penniless artists are full of idealism, beauty and unbridled love. But they soon encounter the harsh realities of life. Imitations of Puccini’s masterpiece are all around us— the gorgeous original is incomparable and never fails to pull at your heart strings.

Single tickets go on sale SEPTEMBER 16. $25-140. 404.881.8805 or

Photo credits: Tim Wilkerson
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rupert's Orchestra to Play Sept 11 at Duluth Festival Center

The Rupert’s Orchestra became nationally known for their exciting performances at Rupert’s Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia. For over eight years they played to packed houses and were voted Atlanta’s best house band every year. They have since become the top party band in the Southeast with some of the finest talent from around the nation.

At the core of the group is a driving rhythm section accented by a fiery horn section, and an explosive Latin percussionist. Fronting the band are four of the hottest vocalists around, each with a unique sound. With a huge and eclectic repertoire, the Rupert’s Orchestra performs everything from current Top 40 hits to Motown, R & B, Classic Rock and Big Band Swing. Their show is flashy and highly interactive. The Rupert’s Orchestra has been featured at numerous corporate events across the country including performances for The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Turner Broadcasting, Cisco Systems, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical to name a few.

Opening Act - Kozmic Mama

Kozmic Mama, a band from Alabama that performs a variety of original and cover music such as Classic soul, Motown, blues and rock. One of the players, Bobby “Love” Jones, was born and raised in Duluth and graduated from Duluth High School.

Contact Information:

Saturday, September 11, 2010
6:30 pm
At the Duluth Festival Center
3142 Hill Street, Duluth, GA
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Voices "Mist of Night and Moon" Rescheduled for Sept 25

Zaphyra (L-R: Paige McCauley, Maria Pia Ugarte, Amy Beaucham,
Jill Safko, Diane Mitchell) Photo by Dan & Lisa McCauley 

Voices production, “Mist of Night and Moon,” has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 25 at The Wadsworth in Newnan at 7:30 pm, due to a scheduling conflict. The performance was initially scheduled for Saturday, September 11, but an issue with scheduling coordination made it necessary for a new date at end of September.

Voices has been offering quality performances in the Southern Crescent since its beginning in 2006. Now well known for its eclecticism, its performances combine and array of music styles that come together under one theme and that please that the most demanding audience of any age.

This year’s concert features and exciting lineup of local artists, among the most talented in the area. The female ensemble Zaphyra – with members Amy Beaucham, Jill Safko, Diane Mitchell, Paige McCauley and Artistic Director and Founder, Maria Pia Ugarte – will be participating as it has been doing since the inception of the group. Singer Joyce Gruschow (who recently released her debut Christian album, “For You,”) country singer Tammy Darby, and classical singer Andrea Caldwell are also among the performers, as well as young cellist Devin Boyd. Members of The Ugarte Studio, Rebekah Anders, Camille Edwards and Abigail Mortensen will also join.

The night will offer not only original compositions by the talent that is participating, but standard evergreens like “The Moon’s A Harsh Mistress,” “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” “Moon River;” works from musicals like “Memory” from Cats, “Somewhere” from West Side Story, the Phantom of the Opera Duet by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Disney favorites like “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt; alternative contemporary works like “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine; classical crossover pieces like “I Am the Day” by the English boy band Libera and Sarah Brightman famed tune “No One Like You” from the motion picture Powder; as well as classical masterpieces like “Song to the Moon” from Dvorak’s opera Rusalka and Schubert’s “Nacht und Traüme.”

“The concert has a mysterious feel to it, being themed around the night and the moon” explained Ugarte. “We are very excited about this production. The melodies are tunes that certainly ‘haunt’ you and the talent line up is great! And it is a real treat to sing at this venue. The acoustics are wonderful and it has such a sweet sound! If you ask me, it is one of the best kept secrets in the Southern Crescent!”

Tickets are $15.00 General Admission, and can be purchased online through the Voices website,, and by phone using Brown Paper Tickets (24/7 Ticket Hotline: 1-800-838-3006.) Tickets can also be purchased in person in Peachtree City at Cosmedical Spa (1201 Georgian Park, 2nd Floor, Peachtree City, GA 30269 / 770-632-5500) and in Newnan at Scott’s Bookstore (28 S Court Square, Newnan, GA 30263 / 770-253-2960.) $10.00 Children/Students/Seniors tickets are available at these locations with ID and at the door 45 minutes before the performance starts. These tickets are not available for online purchase. For more information, please visit or call 404-358-2950.
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Four Women, Four Voices This Fall at the Morris

Music at the Morris (in Augusta, GA), the Morris Museum’s popular free monthly Sunday concert series, features four fabulously talented women this fall—Diana Thompson, Amy Christian, Caroline Herring, and Tara Scheyer.

Sunday, September 26

Diana Thompson

Lyric coloratura soprano Diana Thompson returns home to Augusta to open the fall music season with a program of songs by Schubert, Liszt, Strauss, Barber, and other composers. Ms. Thompson concertizes regularly and teaches at her voice studio in North Carolina.

Sunday, October 17

Amy Christian

Classically trained vocalist and former backup singer for the late James Brown, Amy Christian, also a native Augustan, brings great personal style and verve to a program of jazz, pop, and standards to the Morris.

Sunday, November 14

Caroline Herring

A Mississippi native long associated with the Austin, Texas, music scene, critically acclaimed singer and songwriter Caroline Herring returns to the Morris with music that has been hailed for combining traditional sounds with striking, original observations about modern life and love. She has just released her forth album, Golden Apples of the Sun.

Sunday, December 5

Tara Scheyer

Singer/songwriter Tara Scheyer, one of Augusta’s favorite performers and the lead songstress of the Mudpuppy Band, presents a holiday concert for all ages. Tara will sing—and will lead the audience in singing—some of the seasonal favorites.

Music at the Morris is presented in the museum’s auditorium. Performances begin at 2:00 p.m. and are followed by refreshments and an opportunity for conversation with the artists. Seating is limited. Admission to the concert and the post-performance reception are free, thanks to our sponsors: SunTrust Bank, FIAMM Energy, and Hull Barrett, PC.

The Morris Museum of Art (Augusta) was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection holds approximately five thousand works of art that date from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The permanent collection galleries are currently being reinstalled and will reopen March 6, 2010. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Reserve band, Museum of Aviation team up for Concert in the Park Series (Robins AFB)

The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Museum of Aviation will present their annual free Concert in the Park series at the Museum’s amphitheatre the last three Tuesdays in September starting at 7 p.m.

Reserve Generation will kick off the Concert in the Park series followed by the Jazz Ensemble. Wrapping up the series is the world-renown concert band.

· Sept. 14 – Reserve Generation, the band’s popular music group, performs an intriguing mix of contemporary adult songs, rhythm and blues, jazz, and country. They also perform hits from Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100.

· Sept. 21 – The Full-Spectrum Jazz Ensemble displays high-level talent with its big band sound. The band plays a wide variety of styles from specially tailored standards to modern jazz originals and big, band swing classics.

· Sept. 28 – To wrap up the show, the Concert Band, the largest and most versatile units of the Reserve Band, will perform a varied repertoire ranging from classical overtures through Sousa marches and patriotic favorites.

“This Concert in the Park series is a way to say ‘thank you’ to Middle Georgians from the band and the Air Force Reserve,” said Maj. Donald Schofield, commander of the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. “Their support is invaluable to us and our Citizen Airmen, and this concert is just a small token of appreciation.”

Middle Georgians are invited to come and listen to the sounds of the Band of the Air Force Reserve at this year’s events, while having a picnic in the park.

The band invites people to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the park and come hear the band for an evening in the park. No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed at this family event.

In another expression of thanks to the community, the band lends its professional experience in educational outreaches to local music students. This year the band partners with the Mercer-Macon Youth Symphony to give young musicians the opportunity to sit inside a professional ensemble in rehearsal and performance.

For more information and/or interviews with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, contact the Air Force Reserve Public Affairs Office.

The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve consists of 45 full-time professional musicians. The band travels in excess of 100,000 miles per year performing more than 400 concerts throughout the United States and many overseas locations.