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ABAC Presents!

The ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series showcases professional performing artists selected to support ABAC and area students’ study of the arts and to present high-quality arts experiences to general audiences in our area.
 

This program is supported, in part, by 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.
 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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Dr. Joseph Day

Hilton Garden Inn Tifton

Ponders

Julie Hunt

Valdosta Smyphony Orchestra with Rachel Cheung, piano

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

TCHS Performing Arts Center

The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, returns to the Tifton stage. This program features GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Anna Clyne’s Masquerade and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 which is dedicated to the patroness he never met, Nadezhda von Meck. The program also includes Rachmaninov’s sublime Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring 2017 Cliburn Competition Audience Award-winning pianist, Rachel Cheung as soloist.

 

This performance is supported, in part, by Hilton Garden Inn of Tifton.

Valdosta Symphony Orchestra with Rachel Cheung, piano

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

TCHS Performing Arts Center

The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, returns to the Tifton stage. This program features GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Anna Clyne’s Masquerade and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 which is dedicated to the patroness he never met, Nadezhda von Meck. The program also includes Rachmaninov’s sublime Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, featuring 2017 Cliburn Competition Audience Award-winning pianist, Rachel Cheung as soloist.

 

This performance is supported, in part, by Hilton Garden Inn of Tifton.

Chanticleer

Thursday, October 24, 2019

TCHS Performing Arts Center

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, the San Francisco-based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, to popular genres, and contemporary compositions.

 

This performance is supported, in part, by Julie Hunt and Southwell

Chanticleer

7:00pm

Thursday, October 24, 2019

TCHS Performing Arts Center

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, the San Francisco-based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer was founded in 1978 by tenor Louis A. Botto. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, to popular genres, and contemporary compositions.

 

This performance is supported, in part, by Julie Hunt, Southwell, and the Stafford Fine Arts Fund.

Awadagin Pratt, piano

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7 p.m.

Howard Auditorium, ABAC Campus

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances in recitals and symphony orchestras. Born in Pittsburgh, Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. In 1992 Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played countless recitals throughout the U.S., Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Colombia, and South Africa. Pratt has also performed at the White House by invitation of two U.S. Presidents.

National Players’ production of
As You Like It

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 7 p.m.
Tift County High School Performing Arts Center

Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While disguised as a man, Rosalind meets fellow outcasts in the forest, including the dashing and lovesick Orlando. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her as a man will Rosalind know he truly loves her.
With a 10-person ensemble, National Players melds classic language with contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s imaginative tale about city folk venturing into the woods. A romantic comedy about girls, boys, losing oneself, and finding oneself again.


This performance is supported, in part, by Southwell.

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in
The Pirates of Penzance

Friday, February 7, 2020, 7 p.m.
Tift County High School Performing Arts Center

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates Frederic’s coming of age, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy - until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life! Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash pirate king, and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley, and you’ve got what The New York Times calls, “An endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances.”


This performance is supported, in part, by the ABAC Alumni Association, Southwell, and the Stafford Fine Arts Fund.

Dallas Brass

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7 p.m.
Tift Theatre

Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, creating a performing entity with extraordinary range and musical challenges. Their repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, Broadway, Hollywood, swing, and patriotic music. This exciting program concludes with a piece featuring members of the ABAC Concert Band and the Tift County High School Band.


This performance is supported, in part, by Southwell.

Myrna Clayton, jazz vocalist,
with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 7 p.m.
Howard Auditorium

Audiences around the world get up to dance when Myrna Clayton sings, mesmerized by her soul-filled, profound musical message for all. Known as “America’s Songbird,” Clayton showcases her versatility across a broad mix of American music: jazz, pop, blues, soul, gospel, R&B, and country. Whether performing for few or for many, she invites the audience to dance and sing along, building a connected community in the moment.


This performance is supported, in part, by Ponder’s.

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