Carter Arts & Lecture Series

The Carter Arts & Lecture Series, now in its seventh season, is committed to enhancing the educational experience by bringing compelling speakers, distinguished authors, and performing artists to ABAC Bainbridge. These events are designed to bring the students and the community together to educate, inspire, and spark imagination.


Series Sponsor: The Thomas M. Kirbo and Irene B. Kirbo Foundation

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.

Black Market Trust

Friday, August 25, 2020, 6 p.m.     

ABAC Bainbridge

Neil Berg’s widely acclaimed 100 Years of Broadway recreates great moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.

Andrew Edlin

Thursday, September 15, 2020, 6 p.m.

ABAC Bainbridge

Violet Bell’s original songs are a genre mystery - folk, soul, and psychedelia merge into what the Chapel Hill duo calls “Americosmic” music. Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez draw inspiration from the natural world, ancient mythology, and the Piedmont’s green hills. Violet Bell started in 2016, when singer-songwriter Ross recruited Ruiz-Lopez as a multi-instrumentalist for a live album recording… just two weeks before the show. Ruiz-Lopez brought the house down with his performance revealing a new dimension of beauty in the music. The duo released their debut EP Dream the Wheel in 2017 and have been playing together ever since.

Valdosta Smyphony Orchestra with Rachel Cheung, piano

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

TCHS Performing Arts Center

Tiana Clark, GPC poet

Monday, November 9, 2020, 6 p.m.

ABAC Library

David Baker is an award-winning author of 12 books of poems. He has won fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Baker is often described as a poet of place, indebted to the American Romantic tradition of Emerson, Whitman, and Frost. His poems typically explore an individual’s sense of engagement with their natural surroundings and embrace complicated notions of history, home, and memory.

National Players

Monday, February 8, 2021, 6 p.m.     ABAC Bainbridge

The Three Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the tenor genre. Their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down home laughs with big city music! The Three Redneck Tenors were top finalists on America’s Got Talent and have been thrilling audiences since 2006. Get ready for one side-splitting ride and go on an excursion only the Three Redneck Tenors could have - delighting audiences with their vocal prowess and a smörgåsbord of songs and music.

This performance is supported, in part, by the ABAC Alumni Association.

Valdosta Smyphony Orchestra with Rachel Cheung, piano

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 3 p.m.

TCHS Performing Arts Center

Mary Diallo

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6 p.m.

ABAC Bainbridge

On May 24, 1961, 19-year old Jean Thompson boarded a Trailways bus in Montgomery, Alabama with 11 other young Freedom Riders bound for New Orleans - and history. Within three months, approximately 300 other riders took up the mantle to desegregate buses, following the path of the first brave few. Mobs brutally assaulted many, while others were arrested. Breach of Peace is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Riders and others involved in the early struggle for African-American equality. This solo-play is a living monument to those remarkable young men and women of various races, religions, and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just and equal treatment for all.

Don Johanson

Monday, March 15, 2021, 6 p.m.

ABAC Bainbridge

Historian J. Michael Francis has dedicated his career to conquering centuries of half-truth and distortion about the myth of Florida's founding. Nobody has ever needed to find the Fountain of Youth more than Francis; he just hopes he lives long enough to do so. While Ponce de León's famous fountain is probably nothing but legend, he needs to fill his wineskin from those make-believe waters just in case. Francis specializes in what happened when the Spanish arrived in the New World. While he knows a lot, he wonders if he has only scratched the surface and whether he needs to live forever to learn the truth.

Conrad Herwig

Friday, April 16, 2021, 6 p.m.

ABAC Bainbridge

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.




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