ABAC Presents!

The ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series is our flagship series that showcases world-class artists on Tifton stages. Each event and performance is carefully selected to enhance the study of arts for ABAC students and all students across our area. These fabulous offerings also present high-quality arts experiences to the entire South Georgia community. All ABAC Presents performances will be held in Tifton, Georgia and require a ticket be purchased to attend.

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Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Howard HSU

Sunday, September 25, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
Tift County High School Performing Arts Center 

The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Performance, returns to our stage in a concert featuring Dvořák’s bright and energetic Carnival Overture, op. 92, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, based on contemporary fairy tales, and the thrilling orchestral adaptation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which finishes with the magnificent movement, “The Great Gate of Kyiv.”

$20 Adults

$10 Youth

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Atlanta Chamber Players 

Monday, October 10, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
Howard Auditorium, Tifton Campus

Founded in 1976, the Atlanta Chamber Players has spent 45 years performing critically acclaimed concerts in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico and reached millions worldwide through live international radio broadcasts. The ensemble has premiered more than 90 works, including world premieres commissioned from composers such as Michael Gandolfi, David Amram, Anne LeBaron, two works from Pulitzer-Prizewinner John Harbison, and a 2014 commission from Adam Schoenberg. In 2014, the ACP won the American Prize for Chamber Music Performance.

$20 Adults

$10 Youth

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California Guitar Trio

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 3:00 P.M.
Howard Auditorium, Tifton Campus

Back again by popular demand, the California Guitar Trio is celebrating their 30th Anniversary! The performances astounding, diversity unparalleled, The California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium, and Tom Griesgraber from San Diego. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders…from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arranged interpretations of music from Queen and the Beatles, to Bach and Beethoven, and surf music from the Ventures.

$20 Adults

$10 Youth

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band

Tuesday, March 14, 2023,
7:00 P.M.
Howard Auditorium, Tifton Campus

Bands have been covering Beatles tunes for decades, but none like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band. Imagine the music of the Fab Four shaken up with infusions of bluegrass and jazz and topped off with a classical twist. The result: a satisfying musical cocktail!

$20 Adults

$10 Youth

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Scotty Barnhart, trumpet, with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 20, 2023,
7:00 P.M.
Howard Auditorium, Tifton Campus

Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, arranger, educator, author and now in his twentieth year with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra has been appointed as their new Director. Acknowledged as one of the authorities on the history of jazz trumpet, he intently researched and wrote the groundbreaking book The World of Jazz Trumpet - A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy. When Scotty Barnhart is not touring with The Count Basie Orchestra or teaching at Florida State University, he performs with his own quintet-sextet and lectures and demonstrates at schools, colleges, universities, conferences around the world, spreading jazz music to ensure its future for others to explore and enjoy.

$20 Adults

$10 Youth

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