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Contact: Dean Jackson Office of Public Information
Phone: 770.254.2736
Fax: 770.254.2807
Email: dean.jackson@cowetaschools.org 

September 8, 2017

Major performances coming to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts

The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts showcases a wide range of national talents during its Fall calendar.

The upcoming calendar includes the Taylor 2 dance company and Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz in September and October.

The Centre is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. For more information about the Centre, visit www.thenixoncentre.net or call at 770-254-2787 (254-ARTS). In addition to general admission ticket prices, special student and senior admissions are also available.

Major upcoming performances include:

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. - “Taylor 2”
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. Paul Taylor established Taylor 2 in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. Mr. Taylor worked with longtime colleague Linda Hodes to create a company that could accommodate performance requests as well as teach and provide community outreach. Mr. Taylor looked back to the 1954 origins of the Paul Taylor Dance Company for the structure of his new company: six professionals with a particular gift for his style who perform his work throughout the world.

Friday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. – “Joey Alexander”
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. After first encountering the piano at the age of six, Joey Alexander was quickly playing jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Born on the island of Bali, this 14-year-old phenomenon is now wowing audiences all over the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the 2016 Grammy Awards, where he received two nominations—one for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the track “Giant Steps” from his debut album My Favorite Things, and the second for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. His second studio album, Countdown, was released in 2016 and features three original compositions, and he received a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the title track. Achieving a level of critical acclaim entirely unheard of for a jazz artist of his age, media appearances and interviews have included The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, and People Magazine.

Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. - Hotlanta”
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. Hotlanta, a six-piece Dixieland jazz band from Atlanta, Georgia, recreates the sounds of jazz as heard during the early decades of this century in New Orleans. Using clarinet, cornet, trombone, banjo, tuba and drums, they bring to life old favorites like Royal Garden Blues, South, Riverboat Shuffle, Fidgety Feet and of course, the classic, When the Saints Go Marchin' In. Palmer Wood, in Atlanta's "Highpoint Magazine" calls Hotlanta "a trip to New Orleans without the hangover!"

Sunday, October 15, 3;00 p.m. - Mountain Faith Band”
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. Since 2000, The Mountain Faith Band has performed their unique brand of Americana / Roots music to audiences from coast to coast. When their tour schedule allows, you may find the band performing a prepared program to promote literacy and character education at elementary and high schools along their route. Visiting hospitals to bring joy and entertainment to those who could use a lift is something MFB loves to do. Getting to know MFB is easy; their humility, kindness and love of community shines through on stage and casual conversation.

Friday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. –“Catapult”
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and students. An America’s Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create magical shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. Be amazed as you watch their bodies transform into a mountain, an elephant, a dragon, even a helicopter! You’ll never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will create next – you’ll be surprised and delighted again and again. Packed with hundreds of shape transformation, the show is full of humor, emotion and engaging stories.

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. For directions, or to get more information about these or other upcoming Centre events, call 770-254-2787 (770-254-ARTS).
In addition to serving Coweta students, The Centre’s core mission – adopted under its original Fine Arts Director, Don Nixon – is to serve as “an extension of the classroom no matter the age of the student.” The Centre is the Coweta County School System’s premier arts facility, and has followed a mission of artistic and educational excellence, and community involvement and outreach, since its opening in 2004.

Thanks to the Centre Patrons, several upcoming winter and spring performances will include special performances for students or master classes for student artists.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Centre patrons can find out more by visiting CentrePatrons.org. For a full calendar of performances – by students or for students - visit www.thenixoncentre.net and see the Coweta Schools Event List and the Children's Educational Performances calendars.

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A new season of community performances has begun at the Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, continuing with the Taylor 2 dance company, above, on September 19.