TIFTON—Music educators from throughout South Georgia will combine their various talents for a delightful evening of music on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the First Tuesday Concert at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Dr. Susan Roe, Head of the ABAC Department of Fine Arts and the creator of the First Tuesday series, said the event is a part of the 18th season of the First Tuesday Concert Series and will be held in the Chapel of All Faiths. The public is invited to attend at no charge.
Roe said the concert will feature strings, voice, winds, and percussion from Baroque to Broadway, ranging from solos to ensembles. Selections will include “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Amazing Grace,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from “Carousel,” and “Prelude to Act I” from “La Traviata.” The First Tuesday Concert Series features regional and professional artists in five concerts on selected first Tuesdays during the year.
Vocalists at the concert will include Tift County High School (TCHS) ninth grade choral director Stan Smith and TCHS drama instructor Jake Alley. Jonni Snyder, a retired violinist with the Albany and Valdosta symphonies, will perform on the violin. Betsy Jones, a general music teacher in the Tift County school system, will play the cello. Trent Lumpkin, a Worth County Elementary general music and instrumental instructor, will be on the string bass.
Zoe Hobby, a former applied voice instructor at ABAC, will be a piano accompanist. On the flute will be Lesli Holton from the Worth County Middle/High School chorus, Kailyn Fowler, a principal and an ABAC band student, and Tiftarea Academy Band/Choral Director Sheri Wyles. Charlotte Cook, former Colquitt County choral director, will play the oboe.
Dr. Sara Eastwood, ABAC Band Director, will play the clarinet along with ABAC band student and principal Amanda Corey and Paul Conrad, a retired minister of music. Cristal Sylva, a principal and ABAC band student, will play the bass clarinet, and Irwin County High School Band Director Michael Staub and Tift County Middle School Band Director Andy Ballard will play the alto saxophone.
Dr. Scott Phillips, who directs the ABAC Jazz Band, will be on the tenor saxophone. Irwin County Middle School Band Director Kaycee Johnson and former Lowndes County Middle School Conductor Deborah Bradley will play the trumpet along with Stan Smith. French horn instrumentalists will be former Ware County Band Director Alan Carter and former Worth County Band Director Miki Hutchinson.
Worth County Middle School Band Director Stacy Adams will provide baritone, and the trombonists will include former ABAC and TCHS Band Director Woody Leonard, TCHS Choral Director Scott Rains, and Dr. Bill Hornback, a retired surgeon from Tift Regional Medical Center.
Percussion performers will include Worth County High School Band Director Johnny Hallman, Tift County Middle School Band Director Drew Ellis, and ABAC employee Jessica Wade.
Other performances in the First Tuesday Concert series include A Celebration of Christmas Music on Dec. 3, the Dave Potter Jazz Quartet on Feb. 4, Music for the Harpsichord and the Piano featuring Dr. Jennifer Huang on March 3, and Back to Broadway on April 7.
A Celebration of Christmas Music will be a unique First Tuesday Concert. Tickets for this special event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will go toward ABAC music student scholarships.
For more information on the First Tuesday series, interested persons can contact Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org .