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ABAC First Tuesday Performance Series Offers Wide Variety

TIFTON –The First Tuesday Performance Series kicks off its 12th season on Oct. 1 on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The series features regional professional artists on the first Tuesdays of five selected months. 

Dr. Susan Roe, a professor of voice and director of the ABAC Music Program, is the First Tuesday Program Director. The concerts are held in the Chapel of All Faiths on the ABAC campus at 7 p.m. on each date.  Roe said the performances are open to the public at no cost with grateful appreciation to the ABAC School of Liberal Arts and Dr. Bobbie Robinson, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

The series begins on Oct. 1 with A Night of Jazz Music featuring The Kenyon Carter Connection.  This Atlanta-based group of professional musicians performs jazz in virtually all its forms, from light background music to groovin’ soulful jazz and from R&B to hard rocking jazz worthy of the best jazz clubs.

A Night of Music of Strings and Brass with “Jurs and Friends” featuring Dr. Doug Jurs, Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory, will take place on Nov. 5.  “Jurs and Friends”
 will include Jurs on piano, University of Georgia trumpet professor Brandon Craswell on trumpet, and Georgia Academy of Music instructor Fia Durett on violin.  Jurs joined the ABAC faculty in 2012, having previously been on the piano faculties at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Edgewood College.

An ABAC Music Faculty Concert featuring soprano Claire Jurs takes center stage for the First Tuesday event on Feb. 4, 2014.  Jurs will be joined by classical guitarist Michael McCallie and Dr. Chris Walker on clarinet.

A bonus concert on Feb. 11, 2014 focuses on A Night of Choral Music with the Sine Nomine Singers and their conductor, Dr. David Johnson. Johnson founded the Sine Nomine Singers to provide choral singing opportunities and challenging choral works for local singers.

A Night of Classical Guitar featuring Dr. Francois Fowler will take place on March 4, 2014.  Fowler is an associate professor at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

The First Tuesday series culminates with A Night of Broadway Music on April 1, 2014, showcasing the talents of ABAC voice students as well as guest vocalists including bass-baritone Blaine Jacobs, tenor Scott Spivey, and pianists Gina Lawhon and Susan Spivey. 

For more information on the series, interested persons can contact Roe at sroe@abac.edu or visit the web site at www.abac.edu/firsttuesday.
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