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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