Monday, June 21, 2010

PTCUMC Offers Free Handbells Lessons (Peachtree City, GA)

On four Tuesdays in July, Peachtree City United Methodist Church will offer a series of free handbells lessons for adults and high school/college students who are curious about handbells. “We invite you to come see exactly what handbells are and how we use them to make beautiful music,” said Jeanne Blood, PTCUMC Director of Handbells. The one-hour lessons, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, will be given on these dates: July 5, 12, 19 and 26. Jeanne is encouraging people in the community to bring a friend and “try this unique and beautiful musical form that we use to praise the Lord and worship him.” To reserve your spot contact Jeanne Blood at or 770.487.2962. No commitment is required and there is no charge for the lessons, which will take place in the third floor bell room at the PTCUMC Family Ministry Center, 400 Windgate Road in Peachtree City. For further information contact PTCUMC at 770.487.6499 or see the church website at

America with Special Guest Christopher Cross to Play ‘The Fred’ June 26

Riding into town this weekend, America is set to play ‘The Fred’, with special guest Christopher Cross, Saturday, June 26. The concert is part of the 2010 BMW of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series.

The world discovered America in 1972 when a nameless horse began its gallop across the international airwaves. "A Horse With No Name" made America a global household name, paving the way for a string of hits following in its wake thanks to a timeless sound that seamlessly assimilated strands of rock, pop and folk elements into a thrilling musical stew. Their best-known tunes, which also include "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," "Sister Golden Hair", and “You Can Do Magic”.

America's albums, six certified gold and/or platinum, with their first greatest hits collection, History, hitting four-million in sales--displayed a fuller range of the trio's talents than did their singles. Their material encompasses an ambitious artistic swath; from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads, America displays a flawless blend of disparate genres and styles as wide-open as the great American plains. From anonymous horses to fast-moving trains, America’s extraordinary four-decade musical legacy of consummately crafted pop/rock songs, trademark lush harmonies and evocative lyrical landscapes will never go out of style.

Opening for America is special guest Christopher Cross. Cross is best known for songs such as “Sailing”, “Ride Like the Wind”, and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”. His music has been described as “Intelligent, melodic pop, written and performed by an actual grown-up. Or, at least, by someone working toward becoming one.” Releasing his first solo album in 1979, Cross rose to success in the early 80’s with two albums that produced eight hit singles, five Grammy's, and one Oscar. In concert Cross does not deprive fans of his early hits while also featuring some of his latest work.

Limited reserved seating is available to see America in concert with Christopher Cross at ‘The Fred’ Saturday, June 26. Christopher Cross takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by America at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 770-631-0630 or on-line at

The America concert is the third in the summer concert series. Still to come in the 2010 BMW of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series at ‘The Fred’: July 10 Boz Scaggs, July 24 The B-52s, and August 7 Jose Feliciano.

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. Box office opens at 4:00 p.m. on concert day. For further information regarding the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater or the concert events, please call 770-631-0630 or visit the website at

Monday, June 14, 2010

It’s Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp Week

Clayton State University’ world-famous Spivey Hall is holding its annual Summer Music Camp this week.

A fun, week-long day camp for students entering fourth through seventh grades, the Spivey Hall Summer Music Camp is directed by Craig Hurley, director of the Spivey Hall Young Artists. This five-day camp will create a community of young people who enjoy singing with others and want to become better singers and musicians. Students will work with members of the Spivey Hall Children's Choir Program staff to develop correct vocal technique, choral musicianship, ensemble singing, and more.

This year’s camp will run from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18 and will engage students in singing, sight-reading and music theory, playing Orff instruments and tone chimes, folk dancing, and, yes, performing in Spivey Hall. The camp will run daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call (678) 466-4491, or email

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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Music of Frankie Valli at 'The Fred'

OH, WHAT A NIGHT! in concert Saturday, June 19
June 11, 2010 The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons takes center stage at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater on Saturday, June 19 in the show OH, WHAT A NIGHT!.

OH, WHAT A NIGHT! is a celebration of the songs made famous by The Four Seasons. This trip back to the early days of rock and roll features favorites like "Walk Like A Man", "Let's Hang On", "Sherry" and many, many others. Led by the incomparable Frankie Valli, the legendary band from New Jersey kept releasing hits like "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Candy Girl", all of which are included in this fully staged salute. Frankie Valli's later hits are also included, like "Working My Way Back To You, Babe", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", and of course, "Grease". Return to the early 1960s when rock was fun, everyone knew the words, and every song made you want to dance.

Enjoy a night of music under the stars as the cast of OH, WHAT A NIGHT! take to the stage at ‘The Fred’ Saturday, June 19. Gates open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Reserved seats are priced at $20. Limited picnic and gold table seating remains for this event as well and can be purchased by calling the box office at 770-631-0630 or on-line 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. Box office opens at 4:00 p.m. on concert day. 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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Friday, June 04, 2010

GSU School of Music presents 27th Harrower Summer Opera Workshop

Georgia State University’s School of Music will host the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop June 7 - 27, featuring international opera stars Jane Bunnell, mezzo-soprano, and Mark Embree, bass baritone, as artists-in-residence.

The husband and wife team will lead master classes for workshop participants, who include 40 aspiring opera singers from across the United States. Acclaimed tenor and stage director Carroll Freeman will serve as the workshop’s artistic director.

The 27th Harrower Summer Opera Workshop also includes daily acting and movement classes, private coaching, instruction in stage makeup and stage combat, as well as public presentations of staged and costumed operatic scenes.

The workshop was founded by Irene Calloway Harrower, a renowned vocal coach and her late husband, Peter Harrower, who was a professor of music at Georgia State. Since its inception, close to 800 talented young artists have studied and sung together during the summer workshop.

The workshop will culminate in performances of opera scenes at 7:30 p.m. on June 25 and 3 p.m. on June 27. Selections will include scenes from Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw; Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni’s Idomeneo and Die Zauberflöte; Ward’s The Crucible; Sondheim’s A Little Night Music; Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and many other notable operas.

Tickets, available at the door, are $20 general admission and $10 for students with Panther IDs. Both performances will be held at the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, located at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Avenue, inside the Arts & Humanities Building. Parking is available for a fee at the Recital Hall “I” Lot. The entrance to the parking lot is on Peachtree Center Avenue.

Bunnell, a 16-year veteran of the Metropolitan Opera, has appeared in a wide variety of roles throughout the world and with companies as such as the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera and the Minnesota Opera. Embree has performed in Europe, Canada, Mexico and in the United States with the New York City Opera and opera houses in New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis and Seattle.

In 2006, he joined his wife as a member of the voice faculty at the DePaul University School Music in Chicago. Freeman, Classical Singer magazine’s 2010 Opera Director of the Year, began performing professionally as a child with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Baltimore Opera, San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, among others.

The 2010 Summer Opera Workshop also boasts an impressive faculty, such as W. Dwight Coleman, director of the GSU School of Music; Copeland Woodruff, acting teacher and stage director at the University of Memphis, Reed Woodhouse of The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory and Chautauqua Opera and many other well known professionals in the opera field.

Bunnell and Embree will also serve as special guests at the Opera Gala Dinner at the Commerce Club from 6-10 p.m. on June 20. This fundraiser for opera studies at Georgia State will feature a gourmet three-course dinner, accompanied by operatic performances by singers from the Summer Opera Workshop.

For the first time, this year’s gala will include a silent auction featuring unique items—including a private, in-home concert performed by a quartet of singers and instrumentalists. Gala tickets are $100 per person. A special package, at $120 per person, is also available, which includes dinner plus one ticket to both Opera Scenes Performances on June 25 and 27.

The Commerce Club is located at 34 Broad St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Complimentary valet parking is included. Reservations are requested by June 14 and can be made by calling the School of Music at 404-413-5914. For additional information, visit 

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10th Annual Sunflower Concert Series to celebrate Athens music in garden setting

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia announces its 10th annual Sunflower Music Series. Each concert will be performed 7-9 p.m. on the stage of the new Flower Garden, a terraced garden between the Day Chapel and the Visitor Center and Conservatory. The botanical garden is located at 2450 South Milledge Avenue in Athens.

Performing this year are:

June 22: Randall Bramblett, with Rick Fowler opening.

Randall Bramblett is a singer-songwriter who recently released his seventh solo album and has performed with the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic. “He’s one of Georgia’s musical treasures. . . Guaranteed to improve your day,” said Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.

July 13: Bloodkin, with Winfield Smith (from Stewart and Winfield) opening.

A rock ‘n’ roll band formed in 1986, the Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic have both cited Bloodkin as a chief influence. Bloodkin released its eighth album in 2009 and it was named album of the year at the Flagpole Athens Music Awards. “Bloodkin are at a hot peak in their odyssey,” said David Fricke of Rolling Stone.

August 24: Grogus, performing two sets

A crowd favorite from the 2009 Sunflower Music Series, Grogus plays Latin jazz, traditional Cuban and Caribbean styles, and funk versions of jazz standards. They have won the Flagpole Athens Music Award in both the jazz and world music categories.

Tickets are $15 each ($10 for members of Friends of the Garden, $5 for children ages 6-12). Each concert includes beverages and light snacks, and concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic suppers to enjoy in the garden. Concerts will be held inside the Visitor Center and Conservatory if weather necessitates.Lawn chairs are not allowed. Call 706/542-1244 for more information or tickets.

The Sunflower Music Series is sponsored by Friends of the Garden, R.E.M., Northeast Sales Distributing, Inc., Athens Coca-Cola, Musicians Warehouse, WUGA 91.7 FM, Flagpole and

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