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Culture notes: Conference explores Celtic-Southern music connections; Women in the Arts consider Atlanta’s future

Exploring Celtic-Southern music connections

Emory University’s W.B. Yeats Foundation will present a conference and concert series titled “Making Connections: The Celtic Roots of Southern Music,” Friday-April 29. An impressive group of scholars (including Indiana University professor emeritus of folklore Henry Glassie) and musicians will explore the connections between the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland and the American South.

To be held at Cannon Chapel on the Emory campus, the conference will include lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions and workshops. A key feature will be three concerts focused on the Scottish (8 p.m. Friday), Irish (8 p.m. Saturday) and Appalachian (1 p.m. Sunday) musical traditions, featuring Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval, Southern balladeer Sheila Kay Adams, Irish singer Cathy Jordan, harmonica player Rick Epping and Appalachian fiddler Alan Jabbour. The Appalachian concert will feature the Vega Quartet performing “i ain’t broke (but i’m badly bent),”  a classical work by Atlanta composer David Garner based on 13 traditional fiddle tunes.

Advance tickets (available through Thursday): three-day pass, $45, $30 student; Friday, $15/$10; Saturday, $25/$15; Sunday, $15/$10. At the door: Friday, $20/$10; Saturday, $30/$15; Sunday, $20/$10. 515 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. Information: HOWARD POUSNER

Women in the Arts consider Atlanta’s future

Synchronicity Theatre presents its 10th Annual Women in the Arts Panel Luncheon on Wednesday, addressing the theme “The New Normal: Navigating Uncharted Territory in Arts and Business.”

The luncheon of arts and business leaders at 103 West will feature a panel including Ann Q. Curry (president, Coxe Curry & Associates), Lisa Cremin (director, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund), Juana Farfan (dancer, choreographer, teacher), Jennifer Levison (owner of Souper Jenny and an actress) and Jovita Moore (anchor, WSB-TV). Sychronicity producing artistic director Rachel May will moderate.

The 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. luncheon will honor Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan Booth and Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs director Camille Russell Love for their community contributions.

103 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. $65 ($60, individual representing a non-profit group). 404-974-3293, HOWARD POUSNER

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