ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series
The ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series is designed to bring high quality professional performing arts to the ABAC Community and to the citizens of South Georgia.
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Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season, the Albany Symphony Orchestra performs an exciting program, “East Meets West,” conducted by Music Director Claire Fox Hillard and featuring the internationally renowned guzheng artist Su Chang. Chang will be featured in “Identity: Zhongshang Zhuang,” which is a collaboration between American composer Michael Gordon Shapiro and Chinese producer/composer Victor Cheng. The “Identity Concerto” is a striking and distinctive piece that combines the richness of the Western orchestra with a 3800-year-old Chinese folk instrument. The orchestra will also perform Paul Hindemith’s 20th century masterpiece, “Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” the second movement of which features themes from Weber’s music for Schiller’s Chinese -based tale Turandot (which was also was the inspiration for Pucinni’s opera). Rounding out the concert will be Weber’s Overture from Oberon and “Symphonic Poem on 3 Notes: La-Si-Do,” by Oscar Award winning composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
Almost everyone knows the story of the classic holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life. This 1940s “live broadcast” of Frank Capra’s beloved film takes us back to the Golden Age of Radio. This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre on a cold, snowy, winter night. Due to the blizzard, the professional voice actors are unable to get through, but the show must go on — so a small, but intrepid band of employees manage to create the dozens of movie characters and scenes using just their voices and a sound effects table. It is an uplifting story of struggle and triumph, and of the power of a community to weather storms of all sorts, whether literal or personal.
The Azalea String Quartet is a dynamic performing ensemble and quartet-in-residence at Valdosta State University, and is made up of the principal string players of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble performs regularly throughout the Southeast in concerts and educational programs. The group’s diverse repertoire encompasses the classics of quartet literature to the most contemporary of pieces, and has even ranged to multi-disciplinary works involving interpretive dance. The Quartet has appeared as a featured string quartet for the International Bartok Congress in Austin, Texas.
Since their formation in 1871, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have been recognized internationally as a primary performance source for the authentic singing of spirituals. The group has sung worldwide for well over a century, amazing audiences that have included hometown audiences and heads of state alike. The group is universally recognized for its preservation of the legacy and performance of spiritual singing. Under the direction of Dr. Paul Kwami, the Fisk Jubilee Singers continue this tradition of preservation; after three days of intensive rehearsals with the Colquitt County High School A Cappella Choir and the ABAC Chamber Singers, the evening’s performance will be a joint concert by the three groups of some of the world’s most stirring and singularly American music.
*This performance is supported, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
One of the most respected jazz performers and educators in the Southeast, Roger Pemberton has been a featured performer with some of the most renowned names in the world, including Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Les Hooper. He has also been an arranger and studio musician for the Merv Griffin television show in New York. His compositions and arrangements are published by some of the greatest music houses in the business including Hal Leonard, UNC Jazz Press and Studio P/R. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he spent a career turning out some of the nation’s finest performers and music educators. Pemberton will be acompanied by ABAC’s own Jazz Ensemble, whose award-winning performances have taken the group to some of the world’s greatest stages, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Amsterdam.
*This series is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.