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On the Verge concert series makes Armstrong Campus debut

Georgia Southern University’s On the Verge concert series devoted to contemporary art music, will feature The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, onSept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah in the Fine Arts Auditorium. This is the first performance of the On the Verge series on the Armstrong Campus.  

The concert will feature The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, a group of classically trained musicians who believe that tradition can be successfully continued through the performance of new music. The sextet, based in Jacksonville, Fla., will perform a collection of their music along with pieces composed by Georgia Southern students. The ensemble’s commitment to engaging, outside-the-box performances counters those who feel classical music is dying.

Martín Gendelman, associate professor and founding director of the On The Verge concert series said, “We are thrilled to bring On The Verge to Savannah and hope to make it a staple of the music offering in the city.”

Created in 2012 as an outlet for Georgia Southern and surrounding communities to experience contemporary art music, the concert series has presented performances by Grammy-award winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion. They have also collaborated with organizations to bring these performers to interact with students in local public schools in Statesboro and Savannah.

General admission tickets are $6, with free admission for Georgia Southern students, faculty and staff with EagleID. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 912-344-2801, online at georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets or in-person at the Fine Arts Box Office, open weekdays from noon to 3 p.m., located in the Fine Arts Hall.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Savannah Wind Symphony presents 41st annual Patriotic Concert on Armstrong Campus

Savannah Wind Symphony will honor active members of the military and veterans during its 41st annual Patriotic Concert on the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus in Savannah. The concert will be held on June 30 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

Master of ceremonies and longtime friend of Savannah Wind, William Cathcart, said his favorite part of the patriotic concert is the concluding number, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” composed by John Philip Sousa.

“It always triggers such strong emotional feelings about our great country, not the least of which is remembering, again, what a magnificent gift it truly is to be an American,” he said. “This great concert is a much-anticipated annual Savannah tradition.”

Each year the concert honors distinguished military service and finishes with a surprise appearance by a celebrity persona to conduct “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division’s Honor Guard will present the nation’s colors to open the concert, and a senior military officer will recite the narration to the performance of “America the Beautiful.”

The performance will include other audience favorites by Irving Berlin, Henry Fillmore, Lee Greenwood and others. The 2018-2019 Chatham County Veteran of the Year, Sgt. 1st Class Nathaniel Paul Howard Jr, U.S. Army, will also be recognized.

Proceeds from the concert will support student scholarships for the Department of Music.

Savannah Wind is a community wind symphony serving the Coastal Empire and is comprised of musicians from the greater Savannah area. The role of the ensemble is to enhance the cultural climate and appreciation of music in the Coastal Empire by performing public concerts at a high, artistic level, to provide a nurturing musical environment to talented young musicians in the company of mature and accomplished musicians.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Georgia Southern art education seniors to host exhibition, discuss art’s role in education

Georgia Southern University’s Senior Art Exhibition, “Mosaic,” featuring artwork by four senior artists, will run from April 22 to May 3 at the Fine Arts Gallery on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah. A reception will be held on May 3 at 5:30 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.

Senior artists Frances Wright-Tellado, Briana Pritchard, Kylie Mitchell and Meghan Walton will exhibit a variety of sculptures, drawings, paintings and digital media that showcase the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in the fine arts program.

“With the help of my Mosaic team, I was able to create my own absurd world of art in the gallery space,” senior artist Frances Wright-Tellado said.

During the reception, artists will address their inspiration and process, as well as discuss how they intend to use their acquired knowledge and artistic abilities in their careers as educators.

“As future educators, it is important that we are knowledgeable in a variety of techniques and media,” said senior art education student Briana Pritchard. “Mosaic showcases our skills and our passion to share what we’ve learned to future generations of artists.”

For more information, please visit the Fine Arts Gallery website.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Savannah Wind Symphony to perform 41st annual ‘Ed & Friends’ Pops Concert on Armstrong Campus

Savannah Wind Symphony performs at an earlier concert.

For over 40 years, the Savannah Wind Symphony has been bringing bright overtures, popular film score medleys and classic symphonic arrangements to the Savannah community. They will continue this tradition with their 41st annual “Ed & Friends” Pops Concert on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus.

This year’s concert, which is dedicated to the legacy of celebrated Savannah music educator Ed Caughran, will feature a variety of pieces, including selections from the 2018 Golden Globe winner “The Greatest Showman,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Mambo” from “West Side Story” and crowd favorites from John Philip Sousa.

The symphony is comprised of approximately 100 musicians that vary from active and retired school and military band directors, to high school and Georgia Southern students.

“I absolutely love the sense of community in our symphony,” said Savannah Winds member and Georgia Southern student Selina Reed. “From all the many different backgrounds that we each have, we at least have one thing in common, and that is music which we do passionately for ourselves and for the people of Savannah.”

For information about tickets, visit georgiasouthern.edu/armstrongtickets.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Pizza, pottery will be on display for Raku Pizza Night on Armstrong Campus

Raku Pizza Night on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus will feature a demonstration of firing the Raku kiln, and professor John Jensen will demonstrate throwing a large vase on the potter’s wheel. The event is April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Annex 2 Courtyard across from University Police.

A potter uses a Raku kiln to make a vase.

Students will present their artwork, and refreshments such as pizza, homemade dishes and drinks will be provided. Three pieces of hand-made pottery will be given as door prizes.

“I enjoy introducing ceramics to people who may not know much about all that goes into creating pots and sculptures,” said senior art education major Brianna Prichard. “I also enjoy getting to see the excellent work that other students are making in all the classes.”

Raku, a Japanese technique, is characterized by taking clay pots from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placing them in a material such as sawdust or newspaper. This is done to starve the pot of oxygen, which gives the glaze a variety of colors. If the piece does not have glaze, the oxygen from the clay itself will show a matte black color. Raku differs to normal firing where the piece is removed from the kiln after it’s cooled slowly.

“I am looking forward to spending the evening with friends and fellow students,” Prichard said. “The best part is helping with the event. It is nice to be able to help my professors and classmates who have given so much of their time to help me learn.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


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