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Season Events

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Visual Arts Reception: Tricia Franklin “Trending”

Visual Arts Reception: Tricia Franklin “Trending”

November 02, 2014 @ 5:30 PM

Join us for the opening reception of Tricia Franklin “Trending”. More Info

It is from 5:30pm - 7pm in the GPAC lobby. Free and open to public.

John Pizzarelli Quartet with Jessica Molaskey

November 02, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

Don’t miss New York’s hottest jazz guitarist, John Pizzarelli, joined by his wife, singer and Broadway actress Jessica Molaskey. The duo will treat you to a unique evening of American classics and songs from the Broadway stage. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

PB&J presents: Farmer Jason

November 08, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

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Sing-alongs and good-time songs! Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers.  Come imagine his real working farm in Tennessee as he brings it right to the stage! Jason's catchy tunes and ever-cheerful stage persona truly entertain the very youngest fans and their folks while subtly educating about the amazing diversity of our natural world, where healthy food really comes from (...maybe from his own organic garden!) or the rockin' farm and forest animals found all around us. His message is: "Turn off the electronics and get outdoors!"

Jake Shimabukuro

November 13, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco and rock, Jake is a virtuoso on a mission to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of much more than the traditional Hawaiian music many associate it with. From the Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to Bach, Japanese koto music and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” – Jake Shimabukuro has reinvented the ukulele. 

Cirque Mechanics

November 15, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Inspired by modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. The shows, rooted in realism, display a raw quality that makes their message timeless and relevant. The stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Jazz in the Box presents Stephen Lee

November 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

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Stephen Lee is a gospel, jazz and southern blues pianist. He has worked withKirk Whalum, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter and the Harlem Gospel Choir. Lee began playing the piano at age 8 and since then he has been using his abilities to delight audiences around the world performing jazz and gospel music.

Ralph Stanley: Man of Constant Sorrow Tour

November 22, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

A great chance to see a genuine living legend of American music, Dr. Ralph Stanley, in the intimate setting of GPAC's listening room environment. The stark emotional urgency of Dr. Stanley's voice is rooted in a darker time, when pain was the common coin of life and the world offered sinful humanity no hope of refuge.  Preserved in the cultural amber of remote Appalachia, this terse, forlorn sound is the bedrock of Stanley’s inimitable style.

GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra Performance

November 23, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

Under the direction of Dr. Pu-Qi Jiang, the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of strings, winds, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard. Admitted by audition, GYSO musicians are advanced students from 14 -19 years of age. GYSO members participate in a 30-week season including orchestral rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, master classes with GPAC's guest soloists and weekly aural training and  music appreciation sessions.

PB&J presents: Holiday Swing- PB&Jammies

December 05, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

Swing into the holidays big band style with Jeremy Shrader and the New Memphis Hepcats. This toe tapping PBJ is sure to be festive and bright with all your favorite holiday tunes and other classic favorites. Dress in your favorite jammies for this PB & Jammies edition of PB&J! Cookies and milk will be served immediately following. 

Iris Orchestra presents the Musicians of IRIS, A Circle of Seasons

December 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

As the holiday season approaches, A Circle of Seasons highlights the virtuoso ranks of our IRIS string players. Launching this program is a work of enormous potency, one of the miracles of the string quartet repertoire, Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge. Beethoven understands the frailty of the human condition, but trusting in the power of music, his faith in a victorious outcome is unwavering. He calls us to believe as passionately as he does in music’s power to triumph over chaos...

Holiday Concert featuring Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Germantown Chorus

December 13, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

A long standing Germantown tradition is the annual Holiday Concert. This sellout event is sure to help you celebrate the holidays with great music and a real sense of community. Bring the whole family and celebrate the season in style.

Madonna Learning Center : "A Memphis Christmas"

December 16, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

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Madonna Learning Center (MDL) will present their Annual Christmas Play at GPAC. This student performance is a very moving event for both the audience and the MDL students. The event is Free. In support of developing performing and visual art partnerships in the community GPAC has donated the facility for this event. These partnerships GPAC have formed this year are made possible by Duncan-Williams Inc.

Performance dates: 12/16 at 7pm and 7pm & 12/17 at 7pm.

Iris Orchestra presents Sharon Roffman, violin, Defiance and Conscience

January 24, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

During the week of Martin Luther King Day, Defiance and Conscience features the world premiere of a new concerto by Bruce Adolphe, “I Will Not Remain Silent,” inspired by the moral courage of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who stood up to the horrors of the Nazis and later stood side by side with Dr. King in the fight for civil rights. To honor their lives and voices, the composer speaks through what he calls the “prophetic voice” of the violin, here performed by impassioned American violinist Sharon Roffman...

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

January 29, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Ricky Skaggs struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and this 14-time GRAMMY Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. His passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

PB&J presents: Animal Jamz with Prizm Ensemble

January 31, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

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The PRIZM Ensemble creates fun and exciting performances that bridge the gap between the performer and the audience. The PRIZM Ensemble is committed to arts education and to bringing the beauty and transcendence of the arts to as broad an audience as possible. 

Diavolo

January 31, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Diavolo dancers enthrall audiences through electrifying performances. This company of super athletic performers engage in mind-blowing, gravity-defying choreography that requires the precision of a perfectly designed machine. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Jazz in the Box presents the Cyrille Aimee Quintet

February 06, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

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Winner of many vocal jazz competitions, French vocalist Cyrille Aimee is—in the words of Will Friedwald of The Wall Street Journal—"one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation."  She has also been described as a creative singer, with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas and an impeccable rhythm.  She is an established performer on the New York music scene.

 

The Ugly Duckling

February 06, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

In an age when television, computers and video games reign supreme, the folks at Lightwire Theater bring their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture, and dance to an unforgettable theatrical experience.  The classic stories of The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare are brought to  life with dazzling visuals and the creative use of music ranging from classical to jazz to pop. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

MUMMENSCHANZ

February 07, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The celebrated Switzerland-based, physical theater company MUMMENSCHANZ returns to audiences in North America with its new 40th anniversary show. In the surreal, comic, wordless universe of MUMMENSCHANZ, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when common materials and everyday objects — wires, tubes, boxes, and fabric- spring to life as fantastical characters. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Mavis Staples with Luther Dickinson

February 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

An undeniable legend in the gospel world, Mavis Staples'  style of rhythm and blues has always been focused towards the uplifting of the listener through her simple and honest style and heartfelt emotions delivered with incredible talent. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Opening act: Luther Dickinson. Luther recently collaborated with Mavis on a song for the film "Take me to The River" and GPAC is thrilled to bring them together again, one night only.

Iris Orchestra presents Jeremy Denk, piano, Thankfulness and Transcendence

February 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Thankfulness and Transcendence opens with Beethoven's sublime "Heiliger Dankgesang," an ecstatic hymn of gratitude written when he was recuperating from illness, here performed in the version for string orchestra. Beethoven's fiercely personal expression of thanks is profoundly and movingly universal, and became the inspiration for Bartók's third piano concerto. Aware that he was in his final days, Bartók worked feverishly to finish the concerto, and died four days later...

The Great Flood with Bill Frisell at Rhodes College

The Great Flood with Bill Frisell at Rhodes College

February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Great Flood is an evening long suite of original music composed and performed by Bill Frisell with accompanying film and staging by Bill Morrison, reflecting on the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and the ensuing transformation of American society, culture and music.


Location: Rhodes College Campus
Tickets: $25/$12 students
For tickets go here: http://alumni.rhodes.edu/greatflood

Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery

February 26, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Kodo, the taiko drumming pioneers from Japan, have powerful mastery over their instruments. It’s a power that can be tender or explosive, delicate or thunderous. Though steeped in tradition, Kodo turns traditional Japanese music into a stunning spectacle and a vibrant expression of artistic excellence. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Jazz in the Box presents Shelly Berg

February 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

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In 2000, the Los Angeles Times named Shelly Berg one of three “Educators for the Millennium.” He is widely acclaimed for his energetic and innovative approaches to performance, composition, and pedagogy. He has performed and recorded with top music industry professionals and has orchestrated music for television, motion pictures and major orchestras. Currently, Berg is Dean and professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Recent recording and arranging projects include Arturo Sandoval’s Latin Grammy winning A Time for Love.  

Arturo Sandoval

February 28, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Every performance by Cuban-born Sandoval is a stunning display of his musical range and instrumental eclecticism. Whether he is playing Dizzy Gillespie-influenced trumpet, rhapsodic piano, dynamic drumming or singing, Sandoval does it all with complete musical mastery. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

JazzReach presents “Sittin’ in & Groovin’ Out” featuring Metta Quintet

March 06, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

A community engagement collaboration that offers a unique opportunity for select high school musicians from throughout the Mid South to bridge cultural, economic, religious and gender divides and unify in the spirit of making great music together. Over the course of an intensive three-day residency, participating students will interact, rehearse, learn from and perform live in concert with the Metta Quintet. This performance is the culmination of the experience with the “best of the best” from our own community. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

Tango Buenos Aires

March 19, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Irresistibly seductive, Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

PB&J presents: Bluegrass Jam

March 21, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

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Get to the roots of American music with this rockin’ PBJ session as we explore bluegrass, country and even some gospel tunes with some of Memphis finest musicians.  Kids will have an opportunity to strum a banjo, pluck an upright bass or even dance a jig to a fiddle.  

Iris Orchestra presents Inon Barnatan, piano, The Torch Passes

March 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The Torch Passes (March 28, 2015) traces Beethoven's symphonic legacy through Brahms and Mendelssohn. Although dubbed a genius by Schumann at 20, Brahms nevertheless felt the symphonic bar set by Beethoven was impossibly high. So the young composer's symphonic impulse took other forms, including the extraordinary Piano Concerto No. 1, which marks the IRIS debut of Inon Barnatan, a young pianist whose brilliant and rapidly ascending career has taken him to the great orchestras and venues around the world, and seen him named the first ever Artist-in-Association with the New York Philharmonic...

PB&J presents: Artistik Approach

April 11, 2015 @ 9:30 AM

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Artistik Approach is a musical fusion of old and new inspired by artists such as Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Jill Scott and The Roots.  From hip-hop to doo-wop to beatboxing, join us as we express our creativity through the medium of music. 

Master Guitar Series: Jody Fisher

April 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

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Described as a “veritable wizard on his instrument,” Jody Fisher displays enviable technique on the guitar. He has played virtually every style of music professionally, and today, he is primarily known as a jazz artist living in the Southern California area and working all over the United States, Canada, England and Germany.  Fisher is also a music educator and a writer of instructional books about jazz guitar.  His newest CD, Impromptu, has received critical acclaim.

Memphis Wind Symphony

April 19, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

In 1975, a group of musicians got together to form a musical ensemble. Initially called the Germantown Summer Band, through the years the group evolved as the River City Concert Band and now as the Memphis Wind Symphony (MWS). The group is known for its musical excellence in the Memphis area, and has performed internationally. The MWS consists of some of Memphis’ finest musicians, educators, physicians and professionals and is committed to delivering extraordinary performances for all audiences.

Barry Trobaugh, Music Director
Dr. Albert Nguyen, Associate Director
Dr. Sidney McKay, Director Emeritus

Sleeping Beauty - Russian National Ballet

April 23, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Russian National Ballet (Sleeping Beauty) The first successful ballet composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this fairy tale piece choreographed by Marius Petipa features monsters, romance, spells and one magical kiss. Subscribe and save up to 30%! Call the box office at 901-751-7500.

GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra Performance

April 25, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Schedule:

Little Mozarts/Young Mendelssohns - 4pm
 
University of Memphis Chamber Orchestra - 6pm
 
GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra 7:30pm

 

Annual GPAC Gala : Give My Regards to Broadway

Annual GPAC Gala : Give My Regards to Broadway

May 16, 2015 @ 6:30 PM

Celebrate 20 years of unrivaled performances at GPAC’s Annual Gala! Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling songs from Broadway’s newest hits. Fabulous live music plus gourmet dining and live and silent auctions are hallmarks of GPAC’s annual gala. For more information or sponsorships, donations and/or ticket sales, contact Deni Hirsh, Director of Development: 901-751-7505 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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