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Archive for March, 2013

Culture notes: Teen stars sought for new fest at Woodruff Arts Center

ARTS
Teen stars sought for new festival

If you are a teen artist, you have the opportunity to star in the Voices & Vibes Festival, April 26-27 at the Woodruff Arts Center. The free fest is a two-day talent showcase and workshop series for metro teens produced by the Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program, a $2 million undertaking being launched by the financial services company in partnership with the Woodruff’s four divisions. The online application deadline for Voices & Vibes auditions (and to submit visual art portfolios) is March 11 via www.artsvibe.com/voices-vibes-festival. Tryouts will be held March 16. HOWARD POUSNER

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Culture notes: Pinch ‘n’ Ouch announces season; Marietta bassist selected for new national orchestra

THEATER
Pinch ‘n’ Ouch reveals 2013 season
Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre has announced its 2013 lineup, starting with Grant McGowen’s already-running romantic drama “Let’s Make It,” extended through March 30. Also to be staged by the Poncey-Highland troupe: Lesyle Headland’s “Assistance,” a biting office comedy, April 12-May 5; Annie Baker’s off-Broadway cult hit, the comic drama of misfit friendship “The Aliens,” June 14-July 6; and Atlanta playwright Britton Buttrill’s “Scratching,” inspired by the tattooing craze, Aug. 9-31. http://www.pnotheatre.org. HOWARD POUSNER

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Marietta bassist selected for new national orchestra
Andrew Sommer, a Marietta high-school senior and son of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra double bassist Douglas Sommer, as been selected for the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, announced by Carnegie Hall on Monday. Andrew, who is home-schooled, is principal bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. The 120 musicians …

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Culture notes: Frank Boggs makes music, inspires it too; Cartersville’s Cowboy Gathering to lasso visitors March 7-9

MUSIC
Frank Boggs makes music, inspires it too
The Georgia Festival Chorus under Frank Boggs kicks off a series of spring concerts a bit ahead of spring, on March 10 at Smyrna First Baptist Church. And before the month is out, Boggs himself will be honored when an anthem is premiered in his honor on March 24 at Northside United Methodist Church.

Composed by Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg, the anthem, “Homeward Bound,” will be sung by the NUMC Choir, directed by Mike Moffit. A former Westminster School choral director who celebrated his 85th birthday last April at a Georgia Festival Chorus concert gala, Boggs is a long-time Wilberg friend and mentor.

The anthem is part of a varied NUMC program, open to the public, titled “Pilgrim Song: Our Journey in Faith” at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday services. The church is at 2799 Northside Drive N.W., Atlanta. www.northsideumc.org.

Meanwhile, Boggs’ Georgia Festival Chorus begins its series of “Alpine Adventure” concerts — …

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Mary Dunleavy shines in Atlanta Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

In her role as the tragic Violetta Valery, in Atlanta Opera’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Mary Dunleavy personifies all the emotion and nuance that make opera timeless. Anyone who has had a rough patch in his love life, a dramatic or demanding in-law or a jealous partner will feel  those life experiences ringing through her dynamic soprano.

The opera runs through March 10 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Although this is Dunleavy’s Atlanta Opera debut, she has portrayed Violetta more than 60 times. With that experience, one could call it a signature role, so the singing is expected to be brilliant. It is. Dunleavy sings with such ease, as if Verdi’s composition is right in the sweet spot of her register. She displays all of the intoxication and zippy joy of finding of love, to that can’t-get-off-the-carved camel-back-settee emptiness, with spot on intonation and inflection.

Her notes are effervescent in the first act in “Un di felice, eterea.” But of …

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