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Culture notes: Atlanta Lyric announces season; Japan benefit, screening

32nd season of musicals

Atlanta Lyric Theatre, winner of the 2010 Suzicq Bass Award for best musical (for “Hairspray”), has announced its 2011-12 season at Marietta’s historic Strand Theatre: “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Sept. 16-Oct. 2; “The Sound of Music,” Dec. 2-18; “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Feb. 17-March 4, 2012; “The Light in the Piazza,” April 20-May 6, 2012; and “Gypsy,” June 15-July 1, 2012. Subscriptions and individual tickets will go on sale May 1. 404-377-9948, HOWARD POUSNER

Japan benefit, screening

A benefit concert and film screening are among the cultural responses in metro Atlanta to the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami:

  • Two-time Grammy-winning violinist Hillary Hahn and highly regarded Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsacq will perform a concert at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow at 3 p.m. Sunday3/27 benefiting relief efforts of Direct Relief International.

The musicians, who sold out their last Spivey Hall appearance, in February 2009, canceled a planned recital tour of Japan after the natural disasters.

They will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Spring” Sonata in F major, plus works for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev and other composers. The program also features Hahn and Lisitsa performing solo works.

Tickets, $75, available from the Spivey Hall box office, 678-466-4200 or (service fee for online only).

  • To promote cultural understanding, the Japan-America Society of Georgia will host a free screening of the film “The Harimaya Bridge” at 7 p.m. April 2 at Agnes Scott College.

The 2009 film follows an American father (Danny Glover) who journeys to rural Japan after the sudden death of his estranged son there. The film “addresses the connections and conflicts between past and present, fathers and sons, insiders and outsiders, Japanese and Americans,” according to the Web site

Oakland-born director Aaron Woolfolk will appear at the screening to discuss his film and his time living in Kochi City, Japan, the movie’s setting.

The showing is at Agnes Scott’s Buttrick Hall film room, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-842-1400, HOWARD POUSNER

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Travis S. Taylor

March 26th, 2011
2:00 am

I think it’s great that so many organizations, companie, and private citizens are doing so much to assist with the relief efforts in Japan following the earthquake/tsunami. Southerners truly are generous.