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Gilberto Gil, Hugh Masekela among international notes in Rialto ‘12-13 season

By Howard Pousner

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, which always accents its music and dance-dominated schedule with international flavors, will bring two world music masters as part of its 2012-13 season: Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

In fact, the lineup, being announced today in the AJC, has an almost United Nations feel to it, also including appearances by Indian percussion ace Zakir Hussain, Miami-based Cuban timba artists Tiempo Libre and the French dance troupe Pierre Rigal’s Compagnie Dernière Minute.

The season also will extend two Rialto’s traditions: pairing artists representing different styles on one bill, such as banjoist Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio in a bluegrass-jazz fusion; and presenting performers in a different way, such as Hussain (who has played there twice with Masters of Percussion) appearing with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, a titan of the 91-stringed Kashmiri folk instrument the santoor.

“Their versatility is being exhibited, because each time they are on our stage, they’re doing something drastically different from what they may have done here before,” Rialto director Leslie Gordon said of returning stars such as Hussain and Fleck.”We feel we’re growing with the artists.”

The lineup …

  • World music: Third World Band, Oct. 6; Gilberto Gil, Nov. 4; Hugh Masekela, April 6; Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Zakir Hussain, April 13; Tiempo Libre, April 27
  • Jazz: Béla Fleck and Marcus Roberts Trio (including Jason Marsalis and Rodney Jordan), Nov. 10; Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jan. 19; Mingus Big Band, Feb. 2; Dianne Reeves, March 16; clarinetist Eddie Daniels with the GSU Jazz Band, April 12
  • More music: GSU School of Music’s 15th annual Gala Holiday Concert, Dec. 1-2;  party-funk masters Red Baraat, March 2; GSU Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra presenting Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw,” April 19-20
  • Dance: Pierre Rigal’s Compagnie Dernière Minute, Oct. 28; Gallim Dance, Feb. 16; Flamenco dance and music with La Compañía de Manuel Liñán, March 9
  • Comedy: Capitol Steps, Oct. 20

Subscriptions are now available; single tickets go on sale Aug. 1 via the Rialto box office or 404-413-9849,

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