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Located in Gainesville, Georgia, The Arts Council, Inc. showcases an extensive array of performing, visual, literary and film arts for audiences across Northeast Georgia, offering families one great art experience after another.

More than any of their programs, The Arts Council Signature Series features performing artists in our community that would otherwise not be available without traveling to a major metropolitan city. The 2017 series is comprised of three performances. The first was in January but there are two more this summer!

Tickets for The Arts Council Signature Series can be purchased by the performance or for the entire series. Click here to purchase tickets online. If you become a member of The Arts Council as a Friends of the Arts™, you will receive complimentary tickets for the entire series, premium seating and invitation to private receptions. See Membership Levels for list of all membership benefits.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017
THE JOE GRANSDEN BIG BAND
featuring guest vocalist ANNIE SELLICK
SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER LAWN, 8:00PM
Adult $28; Senior (65+) $25; Student $20; Table for 8 $274.

The Joe Gransden Big Band is a seventeen-piece ensemble that harkens back to an era when the Great American Songbook, swing music and the big band sound was all the rage. In this time of digital overload, where music is often formulaically produced by synthesized sounds, Gransden and his band have challenged convention and found an audience that still appreciates the powerful sound that can only come from a finely tuned big band in a live setting.

At 38 years old, Joe Gransden has already performed worldwide and released eight CDs under his own name. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden’s singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra.

“Joe is a young man w/an old soul and a classic voice. He is a great talent, with a wonderful sense of humor to boot. And don’t forget, he plays a hell of a trumpet!” Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director

Featured Vocalist Annie Sellick, who hails from Nashville, is a Gainesville favorite, having performed at The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series for several years. “Annie Sellick may be compared to the greats – Ella’s playfulness, Carmen’s attitude, Betty’s instincts and Anita’s flair…” (Greg Lee, WMOT jazz radio). But, she is unequivocally and undeniably an original.
Today, Annie is a mainstay at the major jazz venues in Nashville, where she has performed with all of Music City’s jazz artists, including Beegie Adair, Jeff Coffin, Rod McGaha and Bela Fleck. She has won a large, devoted following in her home town that has garnered five consecutive “Best Jazz Artist” awards from the Nashville media and the #1 best-selling local artist for two years at Tower Records Nashville.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017
THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
featuring guest vocalist ROBERT CANTRELL
The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center Lawn, 8:00PM
Adult $35; , Senior (65+) $32; , Student $28; , Table for 8 $320

Celebrating its 41st year with The Arts Council, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading orchestras by educating and engaging audiences with great performances by outstanding artists.

The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. A leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.
The Arts Council welcomes back Gainesville native Robert Cantrell in his debut performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Robert found his voice as a member of Gainesville High School’s Crimson Chorus. This performance is a homecoming for Robert who continues to be a tour-de-force on the Baltimore/Washington opera scene.

“Joining the orchestra was the extraordinary bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, a singer with the Washington National Opera who should be famous. His sumptuous voice, endless breath control and moving delivery of “Ol Man River” and “American Hymn” swept everyone away.”- The Reading Eagle

Robert Cantrell, bass-baritone, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as “A deeply expressive, rich, plangent bass-baritone,” and Washington Post critic, Joseph McLellan mentioned Cantrell “has a warm supple voice that brought out the lyrical intentions of the composers making them treasured moments.” Cantrell is one of the most active bass-baritones in the Baltimore-Washington area who has performed in many different cities throughout the United States, Italy, Germany, France and Japan.

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