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.

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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.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Free Atlanta Opera September Events

Opera Chat

An informal conversation with singers and artists from our upcoming productions.

Date: LA BOHÈME: Monday September 20, 2010
Time: 7pm
Barnes & Noble Buckhead
2900 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 310 #310
Atlanta, GA
FREE and open to the public.

Opera with an Edge

Sunday September 26, 2010

A live sneak preview of The Atlanta Opera’s 2010-2011 season, “Opera with an Edge” features opera aficionado and long-time Atlanta Opera supporter Bob Edge, providing brief overviews of each of the season’s titles. Mr. Edge’s witty commentary will be interspersed with performances by Atlanta Opera singers of some of the memorable musical moments in La bohème, Porgy and Bess and Così fan tutte.

Date: Sunday September 26, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm.
Cobb Energy Centre
FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required. Call 404.343.7016 or Register Online.

Opera 101

Join us for a multimedia presentation introducing each mainstage production the Monday before it opens. Audiences learn about the history, background and story line of the opera with the help of Carter Joseph, Atlanta Opera volunteer and opera afficionado.

Date: Monday September 27, 2010

Time: 7:00 PM
The Atlanta Opera Center Rehearsal Hall
1575 Northside Drive, NW
Bldg. 300, Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30318
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FREE and open to the public. Reservations are required; call 404.881.8801.

Grand Funk Railroad Makes Pitstop at the Villages, August 28

This Saturday, August 28th, The Villages Amphitheater welcomes classic rockers, Grand Funk Railroad. Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70’s is extremely excited to be touring in 2010 marking a 41 year milestone.

Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, and forceful pop melodies. Quickly rising to fame, their 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles.

The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.

Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi-million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”.

Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS. Keyboardist Tim Cashion has credits that include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.

Amphitheater Director, Brian Wismer adds, “This is a great way to end the season with a high-energy, classic rock show. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Wismer.

Some tickets still remain and are available at the Train Depot and also via the website,

The 2010 concert series is presented by Mercedes-Benz of South Atlanta. The Villages Amphitheater is owned by the Downtown Development Authority and managed by the Main Street Tourism Association of Fayetteville.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bon Jovi Tribute Band "Slippery When Wet" in Peachtree City Aug 28

Slippery When Wet will perform at The Fred Saturday, August 28

Slippery When Wet will be the first to perform in a series of tribute band concerts at The Frederick Brown Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

"You may be wondering what a tribute band is, said show promoter Chris Verdon. "Well, first, and most importantly, a tribute band should sound like the band they are performing and sometimes they have the look as well."

She continued, "Slippery When Wet captures both qualities. If you are a Bon Jovi fan you will be blown away."

To get a taste of the band, listen and watch a video at

Slippery When Wet’s drive, music ability, showmanship and dedication to duplicating the Bon Jovi live experience led them to be Officially Authorized by Bon Jovi to perform their highly entertaining show. With 14 billboard top ten Bon Jovi hit songs like: Living on a Prayer, Runaway, Wanted Dead or Alive, Never Say Goodbye, You Give Love a Bad Name, It’s My Life, Who Says You Can’t Go Home just to name a few of the hits you will hear on Saturday August 28.

Let’s face it, Bon Jovi is not coming to The Fred in Peachtree City, however we have the next best thing with Slippery When Wet. Don’t miss this incredible concert at a very affordable price of $15. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Frederick Brown Amphitheater box office at 770-631-0630 on-line at or Go to The Tribute Series on Facebook to become a fan!

The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater is a 2500 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 more information call 770-631-0630 , visit website or The Tribute Series on Facebook.