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Orchestra Season Finale: A Night at the Opera
Thursday April 16, 2015 7:30 pm
Joined by soprano Elisabeth Slaten and tenor Nathan Munson, the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra presents the last concert of the 2014-15 year, "A Night at the Opera," featuring overture and excerpts from your favorite operas. GTSO Principal Horn player Alexander Lind will also perform Horn Concerto No.1 by Richard Strauss. In addition to Verdi's Nabucco Overture as the concert opener, Slaten and Munson join the GTSO in presenting the last portion of Puccini's La Boheme (including the most famous arias, Che gelida manina and Mi chiamano mimi).
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Earl Klugh
Saturday April 18, 2015 8:00 pm
Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument, issued dozens of records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 that made it to the No. 1 slot. During that time, Klugh’s recordings also received 13 Grammy® nominations (the latest of which is for his current release HandPicked) – and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, walked away with the 1980 Grammy® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

While music remains Klugh’s craft and passion, several of his albums feature glimpses of another form of entertainment: The Movies. Klugh’s guitar is featured on the soundtrack scores of “How to Beat the High Cost of Living,” “Marvin and Tige” and “Just Between Friends.” Many of Klugh’s albums feature his interpretations of classic movie themes and songs in movie soundtracks, including “Alfie,” “Jo Ann’s Song,” “Moon River,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” themes from “Goldfinger,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Spartacus,” “The Cincinnati Kid” and more.

While preparing for his Jazz and The Movies portion of Klugh’s three-year artist residency at The Ferst Center, Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour immediately came to mind. “Dave Grusin is one of my favorite film composers of all time,” reflects Klugh. “I was a fan of his long before I requested to have [Dave] produce my first three albums for Blue Note Records [Earl Klugh, Living Inside Your Love and Fingerpaintings]. He also wrote arrangements for and performed on quite a few of the tunes.”

“Lee recorded on several of my early albums, and on many of Dave Grusin’s film and studio projects. I am a big fan of both of their music as individuals and as a collaborative duo. It will be very special to share the stage with them at The Ferst Center, especially with all of us having a great passion for the movies and the music that makes them even more extraordinary!”

DAVE GRUSIN: Grusin’s prolific career includes 10 Grammy®-Awards in scoring and arranging categories, over 60 feature film scores and 8 Academy Award nominations. He co-founded the influential jazz label GRP and has distinguished himself as a composer, arranger, musician and bandleader, as well as a recording artist with over 25 albums to his credit. | Grusin.net LEE RITENOUR: Lee Ritenour has earned 19 Grammy® nominations, was a founding member of jazz supergroup Fourplay, and has recorded over 40 albums with 35 chart songs. Some of his many notable performances were with The Mamas and the Papas (at age 16), Tony Bennett and Lena Horne, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie and more. Grusin and Ritenour won a Grammy®-Award together for Best Arrangement on an Instrumental in 1985. | leeritenour.com
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Georgia Tech Jazz Ensemble - School of Rock
Tuesday April 21, 2015 7:30 pm
Georgia Tech Jazz Ensemble presents School of Rock, featuring the music of Radiohead, Soundgarden and Steely Dan. Come experience the music of three legendary rock groups in a way you would have never imagined: a contemporary jazz ensemble setting. Composers and arrangers include Fred Strum, James Miley, Ken Schaphorst and Dan Cavanagh. Spend an evening with the award-winning GT Jazz Ensemble and the music of some of rock history's most important artists!
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Atlanta Indian Idol Contest
Saturday April 25, 2015 3:00 pm
Bollywood Songs - Singing Competition
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Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra
Friday September 25, 2015 8:00 pm
Sparks fly and rhythms ignite as mambo and salsa bandleader and percussionist Tito Puente, Jr. brings a modern edge to the timeless music of his Latin heritage. On a journey to keep the musical legacy of his late father alive, this vibrant entertainer wows audiences with his unique musical style and passionate performance.
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Sandra Wright Shen
Thursday November 5, 2015 8:00 pm
Friday November 6, 2015 8:00 pm
Saturday November 7, 2015 8:00 pm
Pianist Sandra Wright Shen, winner of the International Piano Competition of France and the Taiwan National Piano Competition will participate in a residency at Georgia Tech that includes her solo performance at the Ferst Center and a performance with the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the Frankfurt Cultural Center in Germany.
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Mavis Staples & Joan Osborne: Solid Soul
Wednesday November 18, 2015 8:00 pm
The solid rock of American music for six decades, Mavis Staples is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation - a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. A seven-time Grammy nominee best known for her hit song "One of Us," the soulful vocalist is a highly sought-after collaborator and guest. This tour marks their first collaboration!
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Jake Shimabukuro
Friday November 20, 2015 8:00 pm
Jake Shimabukuro continues to redefine what it means to play the ukulele. Declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, he is renowned for his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary technique. He is a genre-demolishing artist who plays jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock. A fan favorite, he returns to the Ferst Center this season for another amazing show.
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Dee Dee Bridgewater
Saturday December 12, 2015 8:00 pm
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards and re-envisioning jazz classics. A fearless explorer, pioneer, and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy winner won the 2011 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Her many theatre credits include her Tony Award-winning role as Glinda in The Wiz in 1975.
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The Soul Rebels
Friday December 18, 2015 8:00 pm
This eight-piece New Orleans brass ensemble incorporates soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, and pop music in an eclectic live show that harnesses the power of horns and drums in the party-like atmosphere of a dance club. The Soul Rebels started with an idea between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc to combine pop music with the New Orleans brass band tradition they grew up on.
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Cyrille Aimée
Saturday February 20, 2016 8:00 pm
As a child growing up in rural France, jazz singer Cyrille Aimée was captivated by the music of gypsies and would sneak out of her house to join them in song. Today, gypsy swing is only one part of the French-Dominican singer’s repertoire, which now includes Brazilian songs and classic jazz standards. A winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, The Wall Street Journal has called Aimée “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation.”
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Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic
Wednesday February 24, 2016 8:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2016 8:00 pm
Friday February 26, 2016 8:00 pm
Saturday February 27, 2016 8:00 pm
Bronx Gothic reveals an impassioned coming of age story as notes are surreptitiously passed between two pre-teen girls. Using song, stories, and movement, Okpokwasili chronicles the sexual awakening and exploits of two 11-year-old girls living in the Bronx. This solo performance features direction and visual design by Bessie award-winner Peter Born. Recalling the West African griot storyteller tradition, the show features an intensely physical solo performance by Okpokwasili.
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Maya Beiser
Saturday March 5, 2016 8:00 pm
Throughout her adventurous and versatile career, Maya Beiser has reimagined the concert experience, creating new music for the cello, commissioning and performing many works written for her by today’s leading composers. The founding cellist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Beiser has collaborated with such composers as Tan Dun, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Mark O’Connor.
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Zap Mama
Friday April 1, 2016 8:00 pm
Known to her fans as Zap Mama, Marie Daulne is more than just a singer — she alternates between storytelling and organic creative expression utilizing the tonality of the human voice. Since first bursting on the scene almost 20 years ago, the Belgian-Congolese diva has wowed audiences around the world with her unique sound, which seamlessly blends African, American, and European cultural influences and effortlessly mixes genres such as R&B, hip-hop, and jazz with indigenous and tribal sounds.
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Earl Klugh
Saturday April 23, 2016 8:00 pm
Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Earl Klugh explores Latin music in the final year of his three-year collaboration with Arts@Tech. Since the release of his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument, with 24 albums on Billboard’s Top 10 Jazz list, and six that hit the No. 1 spot. Klugh’s recordings have received 13 Grammy nominations and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 1980.
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