By Gregory Flail
The Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University recently released its calendar for the upcoming season. An exciting selection of dazzling musical and theatrical performances as well as cinematic features promise to delight audiences of all ages and interests. Falany not only offers the nearby community a rich variety of entertainment from internationally known artists, but also provides an invaluable resource for students and fans of theater and music.
Jessica Akers, the director of Falany Performing Arts Center, said, If you havent visited Falany yet, we want you to know we have something special planned just for you. Come hang at our house and see what youve been missing!
This year, the focus is on fun for everyone. Each weekend, Falany brings unique, high quality performances to audiences of north Georgia and beyond.
The new season opens September 7, when Falany will host two dynamic musical performances by inimitable Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Coasters, whose rhythm and blues and doo-wop stylings made them a legendary vocal group with a string of hits in the 50s and 60s. Other musical offerings will span eras and genres from Baroque to bluegrass and from jazz to rock. Joe Gransden and His Big Band will bring modern jazz and hard bop to Falany on September 20, followed by the University Wind Ensemble later in the month.
October will be a harvest of classic American music, featuring Beginnings, a tribute to hitmakers Chicago, and One Night in Memphis, a tribute to the musical citys greatest stars: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. The Red Cedar Review, an energetic acoustic quintet from Charleston, South Carolina, closes out the month with a sophisticated blend of country and bluegrass.
Starting in November, Falany will ring in the holidays with warmth and cheer when the internationally celebrated Vienna Boys Choir and the Reinhardt University Choirs pay a visit. In December, the multi-award-winning family ensemble, The Isaacs, will delight audiences with traditional holiday music infused with bluegrass, country, and southern gospel. To close the Christmas season, the center will offer even more family fun with two showings of the holiday movie classic, The Grinch, and multiple performances of the Reinhardt University School of Performing Arts, featuring the Concert Choirs, the Reinhardt Chorale, and the University Wind Ensemble.
Falanys new year will begin January 17 with one of the most stylish live acts in the country today, Black Market Trust, whose hybrid approach to the American songbook combines the sounds of classic crooners and the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. The following weekend, the Sail On! band brings the sunny songs of The Beach Boys to the stage. In February, the Grammy winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra arrives for a world-class performance. Other musical highlights will include James Garners tribute to the distinctive country sounds of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. In March, the Liverpool Legends revive the harmony and driving backbeat of The Beatles.
This seasons theatrical and musical productions at the University Theater will feature the romance, thrills, drama, and comedy of She Loves Me, Chicago, The Crucible, and The Underpants, as performed by students of Reinhardt Universitys excellent School of Performing Arts. The school enrolls hundreds of students, providing them with the education, mentorship, and opportunity to master their craft while pursuing their professional dreams.
Performing Arts sophomore Mackensie Eckenfels said, One of the things I love most about the Reinhardt School of Performing Arts is the wide range of classes. Multiple vocal and theory classes are available year-round, and plenty of practice rooms are available for students to dedicate extra time to mastering their instruments.
The Falany Performing Arts Center has been an integral part of the arts community in north Georgia for nearly 20 years. The center offers two intimate, state-of-the-art venues for performances: Flint Hall and the Reinhardt University Theater.
Graced by one of the finest and only tunable concert halls in the state, Flint Hall would be truly dazzling in any community, but it is even more impressive for being the cultural heart of Waleska, a small town of nearly 700 residents and more than 1,500 students during the academic year. Reinhardt University has been offering excellent educational opportunities to the surrounding community since 1883.
Tickets for performances are now on sale and are always in high demand. Patron-level contributions start at $50, and a variety of membership levels are available. For more information about the Falany Performing Arts Center, including performances, dates, tickets, memberships, and directions, please call or visit the website.
Falany Performing Arts Center
at Reinhardt University
7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska, GA 30183