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Season Events

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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 20%! 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  - Film by Bill Morrison, Music by Bill Frisell  (at Rhodes College)

The Great Flood - Film by Bill Morrison, Music by Bill Frisell (at Rhodes College)

February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

The Germantown Performing Arts Center and The Mike Curb Institute for Music are pleased to present The Great Flood - Film by Bill Morrison with Music by Bill Frisell featuring Ron Miles, Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen.

The Great Flood reflects 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 featuring Metta Quintet and Stax Music Academy

March 06, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

This can't-miss concert is the culmination of a three-day residency of select students from Stax Academy and the highly creative and critically acclaimed Metta Quintet. 

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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

May 02, 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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