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Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
Comprised of musicians from throughout the West Georgia Region and led by Composer and Conductor Terry Lowry, Christmas with the CSO has become a welcome tradition to the Holiday Season. Sure to delight all ages, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas favorites with special guest vocalists and the Drama Department at Carrollton High School. Since its founding in 2002, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra has performed over 60 concerts and has premiered over 90 new works written specifically for the CSO.

Selections for the Tuesday night performance include:

Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Edward Eanes, Concertmaster of the CSO
Pianist Terry Lowry playing holiday requests from the audience
Pachelbel Canon in D
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Overture from Handel's Messiah
Schubert's Ave Maria
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams
A new arrangement of White Christmas by Terry Lowry and
Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride.

Sponsor: Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation
Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Carroll Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Terry Lowry
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Carrollton Academy of Dance
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 2:00 PM
Presenter: Carrollton Academy of Dance
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 16 December 2017 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Carrollton Academy of Dance
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - 7:30 PM
"Before the concert is over, she will have the crowd gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice." ~ Boston Globe

For Elisabeth Von Trapp, “ the sounds of music “ are part of her earliest memories. Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center.

Inspired by her father Werner Von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was eight and by the age of sixteen she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings at weddings, gospel meetings and town halls.

Building on her famed family’s passion for music, Elisabeth has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. listeners have likened her to Judy Collins and Loreena McKennitt. critics have called her voice … “hauntingly clear”, “joyfully expressive” and “simply beautiful.”

More Information at: www.elisabethvontrapp.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: Elisabeth von Trapp (Voice)
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Fever Performing Arts
Program TBA
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 - 7:00 PM
“Knockout…Brimful with feeling…Expansive… the Russian style is elegantly generous, and so the experience is never meager. Kids…were wide-eyed with delight.” ~ New York Times

See the one and only Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker in the top 20 largest US cities and 100+ more cities from coast to coast this this 25th Anniversary Season! All ages are invited to celebrate the Magic of Christmas with Moscow Ballet’s almost 40 ballerinas and danseurs. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is known for its award-winning Principal Dancers, lavish costumes in the style of the Victorian era, many backdrops created by “La La Land’ Concept Designer Carl Sprague, and its Russian focus including life-sized Matryoshka Dolls, Russian folk legends Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Troika Sleigh. Adults and children enjoy the special effects of the flapping winged owl on the Grandfather clock, the growing 50 ft tall Christmas Tree, the Dove of Peace with a 20ft wingspan, and of course, the leaps, spins, and extraordinary moves of the company all performed to Tchaikovsky’s complete and incomparable score.

More Information at: www.nutcracker.com

Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: Moscow Ballet (Dancer)
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 4 November 2017 - 7:00 PM
To say that Bill Blagg has had a magical life would be no exaggeration. He received his first professional magic book from his great-grandfather, which eventually led to building magic props with his dad. These early beginnings paved the way for what is now known as The Magic of Bill Blagg.

Today, Bill is one of the nation's top touring illusionists. His theatrical brand of magic thrills thousands of people every single year. Bill's live performances leave people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible in a way only he can do.

Bill prides himself in performing new, never-before-seen illusions such as the world's only rideable hoverboard. He is also known for instantly teleporting across theaters, squishing his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall, passing through the blades of an industrial fan, and much more!

Bill constantly receives standing ovations from those who experience his one-of-a-kind talents. He looks forward to sharing his blend of magic, personality and performance with you!

More Information at: www.billblagg.com
Sponsor: Systems & Methods, Inc.
Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: Bill Blagg
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - 7:30 PM
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.

Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like The Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

More Information at: www.quebesisters.com

Sponsor: Bank of North Georgia
Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Artist: The Quebe Sisters Band
Ensemble: The Quebe Sisters Band
Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center: Concert Hall
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 7:30 PM
The 2017 Power of the Purse Annual Fundraiser will be held at the Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center.

Award-winning speaker Jeanne Robertson is an expert in humor, whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor. Jeanne is past president of the National Speakers Association and was the first woman to win NSA's top honor, the Cavett Award. A member of the Speakers Hall of Fame, Jeanne was also honored by Toastmasters International when it named her the recipient of its Golden Gavel Award, presented annually to one individual who has demonstrated outstanding skills in communication and leadership.

Author of three books on humor, Jeanne has produced six DVD/CD humor programs in the last eleven years and can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio's Laugh USA, the Family Comedy Channel. This lets millions nationwide know she speaks two languages fluently: English . . . and Southern.
Sponsor: Community Foundation of West Georgia
Presenter: Community Foundation of West Ga-Power of the Purse
Program TBA
Artist: Jeanne Robertson
Townsend Center for the Performing Arts: Main Stage
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 26 August 2017 - 7:30 PM

Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music

Katie Deal stars in her one-woman show, Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music. Featuring her rockin’ country band, this original show honors legends such as Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Crystal Gayle and many more.

Sing along to your favorite songs and join Katie as she explores the significance of groundbreaking hits like It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, 9 to 5, Harper Valley PTA and Stand By Your Man.

Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music
celebrates the genre's pioneering women, their musical styles and their personal stories, all of which have added a colorful variety to what we call country music. From Shania Twain to Kitty Wells, this concert delivers a beautiful musical bouquet.

Katie Deal grew up in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains and was raised on the classics. Since leaving home for her first professional gig in Memphis, Tennessee, she has wowed audiences nationally and internationally, most notably for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in two national tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.

Best known for her authentic country sound, Katie regularly performs in touring concerts honoring the greats: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella,  Judy & Patsy; Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline; Classic Nashville Roadshow with Jason Petty and her latest work Wildflowers: The Women of Country Music.

Katie frequently performs as a guest vocalist with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and can be seen in a coffee shop playing an original acoustic set or in theatrical productions across the country. An accomplished actress, Katie's regional favorites include: Keep on the Sunny Side as Sara Carter; 9 To 5: The Musical as Doralee; Ring of Fire as June Carter and The Spitfire Grill as Percy.

She has been featured in two major motion films: Let’s Be Cops and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Katie was named the 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year and the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year. She is an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame honoree and a member of Actors' Equity Association.

More Information at: www.KatieDeal.com

Sponsor: Milestone Investment Management
Presenters: 29th Season at the Townsend Center; Katie Deal; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
Cutting-edge Fiddle and Cello Explorations of Scottish and Global Music:

"...you would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then [Haas] opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." ~ Boston Globe

"Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner...A positive joy." ~ The Scotsman

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 18 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
“Genuinely funny Americana humor.” ~ World-Herald

“Mr. Hazell’s nostalgia is contagious.” ~ The Dallas Morning News

"Milk-snorting funny!" ~Jerry Seinfeld

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years starring Pat Hazell (former Seinfeld writer) is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Audiences across the country are enjoying a show that not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, The Wonder Bread Years is a comic bullseye for audiences across the country.

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Ensemble: Wonder Bread Years
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 7:30 PM
A long time ago, the 1980’s, in a land far away, Vancouver, a troupe of misfits decided they wanted to see the world. Together, they started the “All and Everything Theater,” a non-profit children’s theater focusing on children’s entertainment, street theater and life-sized Bunraku puppetry.

In the late 1980’s on Christmas Day, their theater building, with all their props and puppets, burned to the ground. Instead of giving up, they created a new act called The Pink Flamingos. This musical troupe has performed for Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell, Harrison Ford and countless other celebrities. From India to Austria and Thailand to Paris, The Pink Flamingos have performed in more than 2,000 shows across the globe.

As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community and inspiration, they have decided to go back to their roots and share their passion with the world as Artrageous. The show focuses on art, music, theater, song, dance and audience participation.

Witness the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey through the musical genres of the American landscape.

Our troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical styles. The result is a uniquely entertaining show that culminates in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

Each show is unique, just like each audience. Be prepared to join the troupe on stage this evening, as we can’t do it without you!

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Family Night; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 25 March 2017 - 3:00 PM
A long time ago, the 1980’s, in a land far away, Vancouver, a troupe of misfits decided they wanted to see the world. Together, they started the “All and Everything Theater,” a non-profit children’s theater focusing on children’s entertainment, street theater and life-sized Bunraku puppetry.

In the late 1980’s on Christmas Day, their theater building, with all their props and puppets, burned to the ground. Instead of giving up, they created a new act called The Pink Flamingos. This musical troupe has performed for Sir Richard Branson, Steve Forbes, General Colin Powell, Harrison Ford and countless other celebrities. From India to Austria and Thailand to Paris, The Pink Flamingos have performed in more than 2,000 shows across the globe.

As people who live and breathe the arts, creativity, community and inspiration, they have decided to go back to their roots and share their passion with the world as Artrageous. The show focuses on art, music, theater, song, dance and audience participation.

Witness the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey through the musical genres of the American landscape.

Our troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical styles. The result is a uniquely entertaining show that culminates in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.

Each show is unique, just like each audience. Be prepared to join the troupe on stage this evening, as we can’t do it without you!

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Family Night; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
"It's like Buckwheat Zydeco meets the Irish. The first time I saw them, I loved them!" ~ Pittsburgh Irish Festival

For the past decade, Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. This Canadian trio continue to dazzle audiences with their fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals, fusing Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility and rock influence.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the most remote reaches of Quebec, the windswept Magdalen Islands, twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature. Their tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in sheer complexity, by a quintet – let alone a trio. Vishtèn’s trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, moog, electric guitar and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of the traditional and contemporary.

After touring extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is now synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. In addition to releasing five albums and performing at thousands of international festivals – from the Vancouver Olympics to France’s Interceltique de Lorient – their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) and the Japanese film, Finding Anne.

“Instrumentally this is a class act. Vishtèn have all the bounce and bravado of Quebec music, plus the soulful melodies of the Acadian tradition.” ~ The Living Tradition

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Richard L. Dangle Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 7:00 PM
Doug Berky’s approach to storytelling is one that believes that stories should be seen as well as heard. Each story lends itself to a manner of revelation. With the tools of improvisation, mime, masks, voice, and puppetry, Doug works with the story to let it express itself. The result is a visual feast filled with fanciful characters, dramatic and comic twists and turns, and “Gems” of wisdom passed down to us from many peoples around the world.

Some of the current stories you might experience:

The Lion and the Mouse: A classic Aeosop fable from Greece
The Lame Man and the Blind Man: A Sufi tale from the Middle East
The Drip Nose Boy: A Native American Tale
The Boy who cried Wolf: A classic Aesop fable from Greece

Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Friday, 27 January 2017 - 7:30 PM
For one night only, Friday, January 27th, LiveArt 2017 proudly presents Take 6 with special guest Nnenna Freelon. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” this legendary group has produced sixteen albums, with three becoming Gold. Known as the most awarded vocal a cappella group in history, Take 6 has received ten Grammy awards, ten Dove Awards and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Their 2016 album “Believe” debuted on six Billboard charts simultaneously this past summer.

Take 6 is comprised of Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley. Their musical genius unites virtuosic voices in crystal clear harmony against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms and innovative arrangements that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe and collaborated with countless artists.

What’s behind Take 6’s success? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional Christmas Show, to their innovative Symphony shows, to their new album Believe these qualities are at the heart of the Take 6 phenomenon.


Presenters: 28th Season at the TCPA; LiveArt 2017 Gala; Townsend Center for the Performing Arts; University of West Georgia
Program TBA
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Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 4:00 PM
Montgomery: The Musical

Inspired by the rich history of the Civil Rights era, Montgomery: The Musical tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta. Experience their journey from their home in Atlanta to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama amidst growing racial tensions. Throughout constant turmoil and social upheaval, the King Family is steadfast in their faith and undying love for one another.

Presenters: Blackmon Entertainment; In Association with Gena-Mae Productions
Program TBA
Townsend Center: Main Stage Theatre
Carrollton, Georgia
Saturday, 14 January 2017 - 7:00 PM
Montgomery: The Musical

Inspired by the rich history of the Civil Rights era, Montgomery: The Musical tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta. Experience their journey from their home in Atlanta to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama amidst growing racial tensions. Throughout constant turmoil and social upheaval, the King Family is steadfast in their faith and undying love for one another.

Presenters: Blackmon Entertainment; In Association with Gena-Mae Productions
Program TBA
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