AACA announces performance season

Posted 8/6/18

Athens Area Council for the Arts introduces a diverse lineup of performers offering something for everyone in its 39th performance season.  AACA presents four concerts by professional touring …

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Athens Area Council for the Arts introduces a diverse lineup of performers offering something for everyone in its 39th performance season. 

AACA presents four concerts by professional touring artists with the Black Box Concert Series, in the Sue E. Trotter Black Box Theater at The Arts Center in Athens.

AACA is grateful to a group of corporate sponsors supporting live performances in the community. AACA’s performance sponsor is Edward Jones of Athens and the Black Box Concert Series is sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. All AACA programs are supported by premier sponsors Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic Inc. – Mintie C. Willson – Willson Family Fund, Wolfenden Family Pharmacies, as well as the Tennessee Arts Commission.        


Jonathan Byrd and The Pick Up Cowboys with Kyshona Armstrong open the series Friday, Sept. 7. at 7:30 p.m.  Dubbed “a folk singer with the heart of a rock-and-roll band” by the Free Times, Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, N.C., known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites.

Joined by vocal powerhouse Kyshona Armstrong on bass, and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.
On Friday, Oct. 12, Derik Nelson and Family bring to the Black Box their signature sound, featuring velvety three-part harmonies only a family can deliver. Siblings Derik, Riana, and Dalten have been performing together since childhood. Derik appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on TV’s “Glee,” among other shows and his siblings have a number of television and music theatre credits.

This unique show will transform the theatre, using the latest in audio/video technology to take the audience on an aural and visual journey through time and space. 
AACA is proud to announce the return of the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, which sends a Chamber Ensemble to perform for the first time in the Black Box.

On Friday, Nov. 9, the KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series presents William Shaub & Friends: Devilish Vivaldi. Violinist William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in May of 2017. 

Since his concerto debut with the Canton Symphony Orchestra at age 12, he has captivated audiences as a soloist, in recitals, and from the concertmaster chair and has been described in the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music.”  The program includes selections from Vivaldi’s "The Four Seasons."
The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys —  “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance” — have joined together to form a Louisiana super group that closes the series Friday Jan. 25, 2019. Equally at home on a festival main stage, a late night dance party, or a performing arts hall, the Revelers have taken their mission coast to coast in the U.S. and around the world combining swamp-sop, Cajun, country, blues, and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.
Tickets are on sale now for all events in the Black Box Concert Series and there are two ways to save on the already low ticket price.

Adult tickets purchased in advance are $15, whereas tickets purchased at the door are $20, subject to availability. Student tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Concert-goers planning to attend two or more events can purchase a ticket package and save an additional 10 percent.

All Black Box Concert Series shows are in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center in Downtown Athens.

Tickets and more information about this and other programs of Athens Area Council for the Arts are available online at athensartscouncil.org, by phone at 423-745-8781, or in person at 320 North White Street, Athens. The Arts Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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