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Culture notes: Looking ahead to ‘11-12 seasons for Michael O’Neal Singers, Emory Dance Program

O’Neal Singers open with bluegrass

The Michael O’Neal Singers, a 130-member symphonic chorus a 24-voice chamber ensemble based at Roswell United Methodist Church, has announced its 2011-12 concert season.

It opens with Minnesota composer Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass” at 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Another highlight is the season-closing program at 3 p.m. May 6, “Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad.” Discounted tickets are available through Oct. 17.

Founded in 1989, the O’Neal Singers also have a jazzy new CD out, “Ballads, Blues, and Broadway: Selections from the Great American Songbook.” Information: 770-594-7974,

N.Y. choreographer tops Emory season

Dancer-choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion will headline the recently announced 2011-12 Emory Dance Program season.

As part of a two-week residency in September, the New York dance artist will set a piece on Emory students for the Emory Dance Company Fall Concert (Nov. 17-19). Abraham also will participate in “Dance in Progress,” a new movement series exploring the architecture, process and findings of the choreographic process (Sept. 27).

Other Emory dance highlights include lectures, an evening of dance on film and concerts from the Emory faculty. Performances are in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio. Information: 404-727-5050,

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