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August 22, 2018

Fall performances coming to the Nixon 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 upcoming fall calendar.

The Nixon Centre’s staff and Patrons are presenting a full slate of performances for the Coweta community. The fall calendar is kicked off by “The Drifters” on September 13 and a exhibition by artist Martin Pate opening on September 5.

The Nixon 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 and exhibitions include:

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“The Drifters” Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. (tickets $20, $15 Seniors) - “Up on the Roof”, “Under the Boardwalk”, “This Magic Moment”, “Stand by Me”... The list of hits goes on and on. Back by popular demand, The Drifters were one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups. From their inception in the early 1950's and until recently, The Drifters have had a symbiotic relationship with Rock & Roll legend George Treadwell. The Treadwell Family was there when the original Drifters formed and was responsible for guiding their career through 20 years of uninterrupted hits that have made them the second most successful recording artists of all time. The Drifters were the first musical group to include string instruments into R&B with “There Goes My Baby” and the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof.” They were among the first African-American vocal groups to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Supremes.

“Martin Pate Exhibit” September 5 through 27, reception September 6 (5p.m.-7 p.m.) - Artist Martin Pate was born in South Carolina. He graduated from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida in 1981. He has worked as a professional artist since then. Martin’s ability to paint people and historic sites led to over 25 years of commissions with the National Park Service. Paintings of Native Americans, Civil War battles, The Battle of the Little Bighorn and many others are used by the NPS for educational purposes. His gallery paintings include the figure as well as southern landscapes, interiors and still-life. He and his wife Rhonda live in Newnan.

Pate’s Gallery affiliations include the Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC, Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, GA, Fine Lines Gallery in Newnan, GA, and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and museums across the nation.

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“Jamie Bernstein, Author Reading and Book Signing” Tuesday September 18, 7:00 p.m. (tickets $20, $15 Seniors) - Jamie Bernstein is an author, narrator, and filmmaker who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others. Her memoir, Famous Father Girl, published by HarperCollins, details her youth growing up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theatre and literature. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, and her mother, pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre—who filled the house with a veritable who’s-who of friends in arts and letters—created an ebullient atmosphere that turned Jamie into a lifelong cultural enthusiast.

Inheriting her father’s passion for sharing and teaching, Jamie has devised several ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music. In addition to “The Bernstein Beat,” a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People’s Concerts, Jamie has also written and narrated concerts for audiences of all ages about Mozart, Aaron Copland, and Stravinsky, among others.

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“Tribute to the King Gospel and Hits Featuring Travis LeDoyt” September 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m. (tickets $20, $15 Seniors) - Although not an immediate fan of Elvis, as Travis got to know more about the man and his music, he came to understand why Elvis was dubbed and will forever be known as “The King” of Rock & Roll. Particularly appealing to Travis are Elvis’ early years, the Sun recordings, and a time when a kid out of nowhere became a legend, not only for his music but also for his generosity, his humility, and his desire to be an individual whom his peers would not only admire… but also respect. It is with the utmost admiration and respect for Elvis that Travis LeDoyt offers his tribute to the man who shaped a generation.

Born in 1977, the year Elvis died, Travis never had the opportunity to see the King. Through his remarkable resemblance and his incredible talent to emulate and perform his voice and style, Travis flawlessly captures the essence of Elvis in his prime. Specializing in the 1954-1959 years. He performs a one to two-hour historic concert tribute with his band. The reincarnation witnessed through his dynamic show is truly spectacular and offers for those who never saw the King the next best thing.

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Artrageous” – Tuesday October 2, 7:00 p.m. (tickets $20, $15 Seniors) - Artrageous is a Music and Arts Community that believes in bringing people together through the power and passion of the Arts. The Artrageous Experience is high energy, inclusive, full of mystery, and pure fun! On one stage, the Fine Arts meet the Performing Arts. Experience the thrill of witnessing giant masterpieces being created before your eyes in mere moments and join the challenge to see if you can guess what is being created. Artrageous is a totally unique concept that invites community and a sense of togetherness as the whole show culminates in a one-of-a-kind Live Arts installation at the end of each concert. Audiences interact with the Gallery, the Performers, and even add their own art. Artrageous returns to the Nixon Centre for the Arts to once again thrill the audience!

“Too Marvelous for Words – A Celebration of Nat King Cole” – Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. (tickets $20, $15 seniors) - Featuring a full jazz group plus strings, “Too Marvelous For Words” is a joyful, swinging and theatrical journey into the music and life of one of America’s greatest artists, Nat King Cole. During the course of the show, the real (and imagined) audience gets to experience the breadth of Cole’s artistry, leaving the audience humming this wonderful music and ruminating on the many fascinating aspects of Nat’s life.

With over 150 film, television and stage credits to his name, Emmy Award-winning actor Keith David continues to exemplify the character of Hollywood’s greatest actors with a humble ability to remain in demand, both on and off screen. In 2016, David co-starred in the summer blockbuster, “The Nice Guys,” alongside Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, while simultaneously garnering accolades industry-wide for his portrayal of the title role of Bishop James Greenleaf on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit drama, “Greenleaf.”

 
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.