Monday, February 9, 2009

Music Legend Joins Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts

Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts school within our local community offering performing arts education with top professional instructors from around the nation. Joining their staff of performing arts professionals is Dr. Franklin Green, a Pi Kappa Lambda with a major in choral conducting, minor in vocal performance.

In addition to his doctorate of the University of Georgia, Dr. Green obtained his masters from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, majoring in music history and vocal concentration, and his bachelors from the University of Georgia, majoring in music education and vocal concentration and receiving magna cum laude honors. Throughout his career, Dr. Green has served as a church musician, public school choral director, and college professor around the southeast.

He also served on the voice faculty for Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. For over ten years, his choirs have been nationally recognized, singing for state, regional, and national conventions for choral directors.

Before his teaching career, Dr. Green was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the ASO Chamber Chorus under the direction of the well-known, Robert Shaw. Additionally, Dr. Green has been a guest soloist with many regional colleges, universities, and choral societies and is sought after as a judge and clinician.

He currently teaches privately and directs the Georgia Singers. Georgia Singers, Inc. is a Georgia Non-Profit Corporation, which sponsors two community choirs for young women from grade seven through young adults with fifty plus members. Dr. Green is also the Coordinator of the Lexus Scholarships for the Stars program which annually provides $25,000 in college scholarships for future music majors from Fayette County. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Division of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA).

Dr. Franklin Green will begin teaching private voice lessons at GAD & the Performing Arts in January 2009, adding yet another prestige artist and educator to their staff.

GAD & the Performing Arts private voice lessons provide students with a superior learning atmosphere enabling each individual to learn at their own pace. Additionally, their private lessons allow instructors to focus on individual weaknesses and strengths and cater to the student’s learning style. These lessons are excellent opportunities for in-school choral students to enhance their technique and progress at a much faster pace - without the intimidation of a large group setting. Introduction to voice consists of instruction in building foundations that last and developing essential skills for growing voices (ages 6, 7, & 8). Voice lessons, ages 9 & up, involves instruction in building a foundation, developing proper singing techniques, and ensuring the proper use of the voice (posture, breathing, warm-ups, tone, diction, rhythm, etc.)

Additionally, GAD & the Performing Arts provides the highest level of music education with exquisite facilities, private music rooms, and viewing windows. All students will have at least one performance per year. Additionally, intermediate to advanced students may participate in the Music Teachers National Association competitions if selected by the music instructor.

To register for voice lessons with Dr. Green or another music professional at GAD & the Performing Arts, you may do so online at or come by the studio. GAD & the Performing Arts is located at 453 Hwy. 74 South, Peachtree City, GA. You can also contact the front office at (770) 631-3128.
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Monday, February 2, 2009

Atlanta Ballet's 80th Season, 50 Years of Nutcracker, John McFall's 15th Year

America’s longest continually operating ballet, and, one of Atlanta’s premier institutions has a big year coming up. Atlanta Ballet, known for always breaking ground and setting new trends announces its exciting 2009-2010 Season, celebrating its 80th year with a line-up of shows at the Cobb Energy Centre never presented by the Company before.

Kicking off the year will be an 80th Anniversary Celebration, October 22-25 which honors John McFall’s 15th year as Atlanta Ballet’s Artistic Director. The star-studded line-up will feature guest artists from distinguished companies across the country recognizing the rich history of professional ballet in Atlanta and ushering in the organization’s exhilarating future.

In keeping with everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, Belk, Inc. presents Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, with music by Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky, for a limited three week engagement, December 11 through 27 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Audiences will want to make sure to get tickets early, especially as the Company celebrates 50 years of Nutcracker in Atlanta.

Mozart’s Magic Flute premieres February 11-20 at the Cobb Energy Centre. This magnificent production has been artfully updated by choreographer Mark Godden to enrapture new audiences with its grandeur. This opera’s familiar characters are all there in new post-millennium glory – TV-addicted Tamino, evil philosopher guru Sarastro, and crew-cut Queen of the Night.

Also in February, for our younger audience members, The Princess Suite is a fun and playful one-hour family ballet. This enchanting adventure, made for the entire family, featuring classic tales of princesses come to life. This show helps us escape to a magical place where good defeats evil and there’s always a happy ending. Only four matinee performances, February 20 and 21 – reserve your seats quickly.

Welcome the arrival of spring with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons March 25-28. Choreographed by James Kudelka, the stunning music and engrossing story will sweep you away. James Kudelka’s Four Seasons is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. This grand ballet will rivet audiences with its exploration of beauty and “everyman’s” passage from the springtime of youth to the winter of death. Atlanta Ballet is proud to be the first company outside of National Ballet of Canada to be chosen to perform this breathtaking signature piece. The evening’s program will also include additional works to be announced.

Finally, we close the season with another Company premiere, Lady of the Camellias, May 6-9. Choreographed by Val Caniparoli, with music by Frederic Chopin, this is a tragic tale of betrayal, revenge and selfless sacrifice. Val Caniparoli’s flowing and emotive choreography combined with Chopin’s romantic piano compositions make this Atlanta Ballet performance a fitting close to a grand season.

Season ticket packages range $54 to $361 and will go on sale Monday, February 9. For current patrons, Atlanta Ballet staff will be on hand in the lobby throughout the run of Dracula, February 5 through the 15th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. To order season tickets, call 404-892-3303, Monday-Friday, 10am–5pm visit

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is the longest continuously-operating ballet company in the United States. Atlanta Ballet's eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals.

Among Atlanta Ballet’s proud and unique 80-year history are its three Artistic Directors, Miss Dorothy Alexander, whose vision brought dance to the South; Robert Barnett, who turned Atlanta Ballet into a professional company; and currently, John McFall. Under McFall’s leadership Atlanta Ballet continues its commitment to share and educate audiences on the empowering joy of dance.

Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education in 1996 and is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. With diverse class offerings and student population, the Centre serves over 150,000 people in metro Atlanta each year. Atlanta Ballet's roots remain firmly grounded in the Atlanta community and continue to play a vital role in the city's cultural growth and revitalization.
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