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2018/2019 SERIES

“Innovation is at the core of what we do at Georgia State University. Not only does the Rialto Center for the Arts embody Georgia State’s values and spirit, it is reflective of the extraordinary diversity that is vital to downtown Atlanta’s continued growth. As we embark upon another captivating season at the Rialto, I invite you to join us for the unparalleled excitement, wonder, and one-of-a-kind shows that promise the best of what the world has to offer!” Dr. Mark P Becker President of Georgia State University

“Welcome, all, to Georgia State’s Rialto Center and to another season of unique and unforgettable moments. Here at the Rialto you will find an ongoing celebration of shared experiences, where artists from around the globe — old friends and new discoveries — make living connections with you, our audience. Join us!” Leslie Gordon Director Rialto Center for the Arts

2018/2019 Series Sat, Oct 20, 2018 • 8 PM Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance

Sat, Jan 26, 2019 • 8 PM Ballet Hispánico Latin-Infused Modern Dance

Troy Powell, Artistic Director

Sun, Oct 28, 2018 • 7 PM Youssou NDour

Sat, Feb 16, 2019 • 8 PM Farruquito Smoldering Gypsy Flamenco

Senegal’s Afropop Legend

Sat, Nov 3, 2018 • 8 PM Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer Mash-Up of the Maestros

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 • 8 PM Aida Cuevas: Tribute to Juan Gabriel Grammy-Winning Mexican Soulstress

Sun, Dec 2, 2018 • 3 PM GALA HOLIDAY CONCERT Georgia State University School of Music

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 • 8 PM THE JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO Jazz Piano Prodigy

Sat, Mar 2, 2019 • 7 PM Off the EDGE Revolutionary Contemporary Dance Experience

Sat, Mar 16, 2019 • 8 PM Anoushka Shankar Modern Sitar Master

Sat, Apr 6, 2019 • 8 PM CAPITOL STEPS

Putting the Mock in Democracy

Sat, Dec 15, 2018 • 8 PM Sun, Dec 16, 2018 • 3 PM CELTIC CHRISTMAS Presented by the Celtic Company

Sat, Jan 19, 2019 • 8 PM Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

Fri, April 12, 2019 • 8 PM Sat, April 13, 2019 • 8 PM Sun, April 14, 2019 • 3 PM CANDIDE Georgia State University Opera

Sat, Apr 27, 2019 • 8 PM Etienne Charles With the GSU Jazz Band • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Oct 20, 2018 • 8 PM

Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance Troy Powell, Artistic Director

Anyone who sees an Ailey II performance leaves understanding why The New York Times declares “there’s nothing like an evening spent with Ailey II.” Universally renowned as one of the world’s best dance companies, Ailey II embodies the dazzling alchemy of combining the country’s best

young dance talent with the creative vision of top emerging choreographers. Artistic Director Troy Powell carries on Alvin Ailey’s legacy while bringing in a fresh dimension, guiding Ailey II’s signature pristine performances built on dynamic movement and brilliant technique.

“Ailey II is truly one of a kind… [it] boasts some of the best talent in the country” –The Dance Enthusiast

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Sun, Oct 28, 2018 • 7 PM

Youssou NDOUR Senegal’s Afropop Legend

With a voice Rolling Stone characterized as “…so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it,” Youssou NDOUR’s music is an exciting synthesis of musical languages. A daring innovator whose work is rooted in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling, NDOUR has delighted fans, admirers and renowned collaborators worldwide throughout his thirty-year recording career. The Grammy Award-winning vocalist is known for a sound that is both uniquely Senegalese, as well as outward-looking and genre-defying.


Avec une voix que le magazine Rolling Stone a qualifiée de “… tellement extraordinaire que l’histoire de l’Afrique semble être y être enfermée”, la musique de Youssou NDOUR est une synthèse exaltante de langages musicaux. Un innovateur audacieux, dont le travail prend racine dans la musique traditionnelle sénégalaise et dans les contes griots. NDOUR a enchanté ses fans, ses admirateurs et ses collaborateurs de renommées mondiales, tout au long de ses 30 ans de carrière. Ce vocaliste primé aux Grammy Award est connu pour sa sonorité à la fois unique au Sénégal, mais aussi ouverte sur le monde, défiant tous les genres.

“[NDOUR’s voice is] an arresting tenor, a supple weapon deployed with prophetic authority.” — The New York Times • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Nov 3, 2018 • 8 PM

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer with RAKESH


Mash-Up of the Maestros

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer are genre-bending masters on their respective instruments. Béla Fleck is widely considered to be the world’s premier banjo player. Fleck’s sound—steeped in jazz, funk, and bluegrass— has earned him Grammy nominations in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history, and he has taken home 15 golden gramophones. Zakir Hussain is an international percussion phenomenon. Hussain is considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement and is a national

treasure in his native India. A virtuoso classical tabla player, Hussain’s hallmark is his uncanny intuition and masterful improvisation. Edgar Meyer, master of the double bass, has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Chris Thile. Meyer combines unparalleled technique and musicianship on the double bass with a unique gift of composition, a combination that earned him a MacArthur Award. When these three singular talents take the stage together they are apt to traverse every geographic and stylistic corner of the globe, from classical to bluegrass to world music. This trio of maestros represent a merging of musical worlds!

“…Fleck, Meyer and Hussain are widely considered to be the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments.” – NPR [2011]

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Sat, Nov 10, 2018 • 8 PM

Aida Cuevas:

Totalmente Juan Gabriel

Grammy-Winning Mexican Soulstress Over her 42-year career, Aida Cuevas has amassed a body of work, discography, fan base and array of accolades to warrant her title as “The Queen of Mariachi.” An esteemed figure in Mexico for her steadfast devotion to traditional mariachi music and her mastery of its demanding vocal forms, Cuevas has more than 39 albums and seven Latin Gammy nominations to her name. Her 2018 Latin Grammy was the first in the mariachi genre awarded to a female singer. Along with her Mexico City-based band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, Cuevas will present an unforgettable night paying tribute to her close friend and mentor, the legendary Juan Gabriel.

“Cuevas is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States.” –The Kansas City Star

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En sus más de 42 años de carrera, Aída Cuevas ha amasado un conjunto de obras, un colectivo de seguidores y una variedad de galardones que le han garantizado el título de “Reina del Mariachi.” Figura apreciada en México por suinquebrantable devoción a la música tradicional y por la maestría en el manejo de sus exigentes formas vocales, Cuevas tiene más de 39 discos y siete nominaciones al Grammy. Su Grammy Latino de 2018 fue el primer premio otorgado a una mujer cantante de este género vernáculo. Junto con el Mariachi Juvenil de Tecalitlán, agrupación con sede en la Ciudad de México, Cuevas presentará una noche de inolvidable tributo a su gran amigo y mentor, el legendario Juan Gabriel. • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sun, Dec 2, 2018 • 3 PM

Gala Holiday Concert

Georgia State University School of Music School of Music Signature Series Carroll Freeman, Artistic Director Your Gateway to the Holidays! An Atlanta tradition for over 20 years, the annual GSU Gala Holiday Concert brings together over 200 talented student and faculty performers from the School of Music in a joyful celebration of the Holiday Season. With only one performance this year, tickets will be going fast so make plans now to join us. Brimming with cheer, there’s no better way to start off your Holiday celebration!

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Sat, Dec 15, 2018 • 8 PM Sun, Dec 16, 2018 • 3 PM

Celtic Christmas

Presented by The Celtic Company Captivating audiences for over 25 years, Atlanta’s Celtic Christmas is much more than a concert production. A cast of international and regionally renowned artists weave a spellbinding performance of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music, dance and humor in an evocative, inspiring show that will warm the soul with the music and dance of the ages.

“Celtic Christmas enchants with its powerful combination of music, dance and poetry. My family and I look forward to this unmissable event.” – Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Jan 19, 2019 • 8 PM

Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man

Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible Comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and self-anointed “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible”, Tomáš Kubínek gives audiences around the world an utterly joyous, completely unpredictable, and undeniably unforgettable show. Playing to packed houses around the world, Kubínek’s performances defy

categorization. On a given night he’ll do strong man stunts, acrobatics, snake healings, comedy, mass-hypnosis, music, and magic. Regardless of where Kubínek’s madcap muse takes him on stage, audiences are always left dazed, beaming, and in love with life. As one theater manager explained, “[Kubínek’s] artistry and his impact are nothing short of miraculous…his audiences are better people when they leave the theater.”

“Absolutely expert and consistently charming!”

–The New York Times

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Sat, Jan 26, 2019 • 8 PM

Ballet Hispánico Latin-Infused Modern Dance

Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, Ballet Hispánico is recognized as the leading Latino dance company in the U.S. Founded in 1970 as a dance school and communitybased performing arts troupe, Ballet Hispánico has grown into a renowned world-class institution. Under Vilaro’s choreography, performances capture and convey the spiritual, sensual and historical vitality of Latino cultures through a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance. The Company has performed for nearly 3 million people throughout 11 countries and 3 continents.

“The Latin-American experience at last has a voice.” –The New York Times• 404.413.9tix 404.413.9tix (9849) (9849)

Sat, Feb 16, 2019 • 8 PM


Smoldering Gypsy Flamenco A performer possessing, according to the Boston Globe, “smoldering good looks… technical prowess, dramatic flair, and a brilliant sense of invention,” Farruquito is “a superstar in the flamenco world.” The heir to the most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasty, Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya) performances are based in improvisation and stay true to the distinctive tradition of the dance style founded by his grandfather, “El Farruco,” one of the greatest dancers in the history of the art form. Farruquito views preserving and sharing the “purest” form of flamenco on stages around the world his life’s mission—and thrilling audiences in the process! [SPANISH TRANSLATION]

Farruquito es considerado una superestrella del mundo flamenco. Según el Boston Globe, el artista posee “un aspecto provocativo… habilidad técnica, estilo dramático y sentido de invención portentoso.” Como heredero de la dinastía gitana más reconocida del flamenco, las actuaciones de Farruquito (Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya) están basadas en la improvisación y siguen la distintiva tradición del baile fundado por su abuelo, “El Farruco,” uno de los grandes bailaores de la historia de este arte. Farruquito considera que, la misión de su vida es conservar y compartir la pureza flamenca en los escenarios alrededor del mundo, y a la vez deleitando y emocionando al público.

“Greatest Flamenco Dancer of this New Century” –The New York Times

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Ailey II The Next Generation of Dance

Sat Oct 20 8:00PM $46 $57 $74

Youssou Ndour Senegal’s Afropop Legend

Sun Oct 28 7:00PM $46 $57 $74

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer Sat Nov 3 8:00PM $59 $69 $85 Mash-Up of the Maestros

Aida Cuevas presents Tribute to Juan Gabriel Sat Nov 10 8:00PM $46 $57 $74 Grammy-Winning Mexican Soulstress

Gala Holiday Concert

Sun Dec 2 3:00PM $17 $24 $36

Music, Dance and Mirth of the Season!

Celtic Christmas

Sat Dec 15 8:00PM $32 $52 $75 Sun Dec 16 3:00PM $32 $52 $75

Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man

Sat Jan 19 8:00PM $37 $48 $63

Ballet Hispánico Latin Infused Modern Dance

Sat Jan 26 8:00PM $37

$48 $63

Farruquito Smoldering Gypsy Flamenco

Sat Feb 16 8:00PM $41

$52 $69

Joey Alexander Jazz Piano Prodigy

Sat Feb 23 8:00PM $46

$57 $74

Off the EDGE Revolutionary Dance Experience

Sat Mar 2 7:00PM $37 $48 $63

Anoushka Shankar Modern Sitar Master

Sat Mar 16 8:00PM $46

Capitol Steps Putting the MOCK in Democracy

Sat Apr 6 8:00PM $46 $57 $74

Candide Georgia State University Opera

Fri Apr 12 8:00PM $15 $20 $25 Sat Apr 13 8:00PM $15 $20 $25 Sun Apr 14 3:00PM $15 $20 $25

Etienne Charles

Sat Apr 27 8:00PM $24 $35 $52

Georgia State University School of Music

Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

with the Georgia State University Jazz Band




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VIP TREATMENT! Subscribers have access to a VIP concierge who can assist them with their ticket needs, exchanges, and special requests. Special Events As a Rialto Series subscriber you will enjoy a variety of performance-related events and functions throughout the season, including gatherings with artists, pre-show talks, and special receptions. And for All Rialto Series Subscribers‌Chocolate! We love our subscribers and prove it with chocolate at every performance! Stop by the subscriber table for your sweet treat.

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Sat, Feb 23, 2019 • 8 PM

The Joey Alexander TRIO Jazz Piano Prodigy

Though only 15 years old, jazz pianist Joey Alexander is a seasoned pro; at the age of eight, he was a solo piano accompanist for jazz royalty Herbie Hancock. Alexander is a jazz phenom, but to view Alexander as just a child prodigy is to undersell him. He’s a sophisticated and vibrant interpreter as well as an accomplished composer and bandleader. Alexander has recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums, a critically acclaimed album to honor Thelonius Monk’s centennial, and his adventurous latest release, Eclipse, containing six original compositions. In recordings and live on stage, Alexander thrills audiences with his playing while leaving them marveling at the many artistic paths open to him in the upcoming decades.

“There has never been anyone that you can think of who could play like that at his age. I love everything about his playing — his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” –Wynton Marsalis • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Mar 2, 2019 • 7 PM

Off the EDGE

Revolutionary Contemporary Dance Experience Electrifying sight, sound and movement come together to create unforgettable alchemy each time the biennial Off the EDGE Dance Festival takes the stage. Atlanta’s premier contemporary dance festival, Off the EDGE, brings together some of the world’s most innovative and

thrilling dance companies. Co-presented with Kennesaw State University, the festival will be curated by Ilter Ibrahimof, Artistic Director and founder of Toronto’s Fall for Dance North. This diverse festival offers a unique, eclectic night of works by choreographers never seen in the southeast. Once you’ve been to the edge, you will never be the same! “Off the EDGE…left audiences feeling energized and hopeful…” –Dance Informa

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Sat, Mar 16, 2019 • 8 PM

Anoushka Shankar Modern Sitar Master

When sitar player, composer and international sensation Anoushka Shankar takes the stage, audiences should, according to Time Out New York, “expect to be thoroughly intoxicated.” A singular figure in the Indian and progressive world music scenes, Shankar draws from classical ragas in a cross-cultural dialogue showcasing the versatility of her instrument across genres. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality have earned her scores of accolades, including six Grammy nominations and a British House of Commons Shield. At the age of nine, Shankar began her musical journey, studying exclusively under her father and guru, the late sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Audiences will be transported when Shankar takes the stage for what the Abu Dhabi Festival describes as a “not-to-be-missed evening of cutting edge musical discovery.”


जब सितार वादक, संगीतकार और अंतरराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर मशहूर हस्ती अनुष्का शंकर मंच पर आती हैं, तब टाइम आउट न्यू योर्क, के अनुसार दर्शक उम्मीद कर सकते हैं कि “उनके धुन का जादू उन पर पूरी तरह छा जाएगा।” भारत के और विश्व के संगीत की प्रगतिशील दुनिया में शंकर का स्थान अद्वितीय है। वे अनेक संस्कृतियों के बीच संगीतात्मक संवाद को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए शास्त्रीय रागों का उपयोग करती हैं, जिससे संगीत की कई शैलियों में उनके पसंदीदा वाद्य यंत्र के उपयोग की क्षमता भरपूर प्रदर्शित होती है। उन्हें अपने गतिशील और रूहानी संगीत के लिए बहुत सराहा गया है, जिसमें शामिल हैं ग्रैमी के लिए छह बार नामांकन और ब्रिटिश हाउस ऑफ़ कॉमन्स शील्ड। शंकर ने अपनी संगीत यात्रा नौ साल की उम्र में अपने पिता और महान सितार वादक रवि शंकर (अब स्वर्गीय) से संगीत की शिक्षा लेते हुए शुरू की। ये उनके एकमात्र संगीत गुरु थे। अबू धाबी महोत्स्व जिसे “संगीतात्मक खोज की न चूकी जा सकने वाली शाम” कह रहा है, उसके लिए जब शंकर मंच पर आएँगी, तब तय है कि दर्शकों को संगीतमय आनंद की खुलकर अनुभूति होकर रहेगी।

“[Shankar’s] exquisite sitar playing… lives up to the virtuosity that made her the youngest woman ever nominated for a World Music Grammy.” –Harper’s Bazaar • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Apr 6, 2019 • 8 PM

Capitol Steps

Putting the Mock in Democracy Perennial Rialto fan favorites, the Capitol Steps have been putting the “mock” in Democracy for over 35 years. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and on their own Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials. Started by a group of Senate staffers, the Capitol Steps still operate under their founding directive: all points on the political spectrum are

welcomed and dutifully skewered. Known for their equal opportunity lampooning, the Steps always deliver an evening of “unpresidented” musical political satire straight from the current headlines. Everyone’s politics gets spoofed. Everybody leaves laughing! “[The Capitol Steps’] political satire brings chuckles…rave reviews… guffaws…and bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark.” –The Wall Street Journal

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Fri, Apr 12, 2019 • 8 PM Sat, Apr 13, 2019 • 8 PM Sun, Apr 14, 2019 • 3 PM


Georgia State University Opera Theater School of Music Signature Series CANDIDE, based on Voltaire’s meandering, farcical epic of the same name, celebrates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, its composer, this year. The novel is considered by most to be a spoof of certain religious doctrines that espoused blind optimism despite never-ending catastrophes. GSU Opera Theater’s production is based on the 1989 version that Bernstein conducted at the Tanglewood Festival. CANDIDE has too many lyricists to list, but it is the original brainchild of top-shelf American dramatist Lillian Hellman. The story, an allegory about the wanderings of an optimistic young lad faced with overwhelming loss, is clearly extreme. Keep your eyes and your ears open; CANDIDE is a wild ride! Oh, and happy birthday Bernstein! • 404.413.9tix (9849)

Sat, Apr 27, 2019 • 8 PM

Etienne Charles

With the Georgia State University Big Band School of Music Signature Series Trinidad native Etienne Charles defies easy musical categorization. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band performed at Carnival fêtes and immersed himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that

best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Etienne Charles is hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and NPR’s All Things Considered calls him “a great young trumpeter.” The Georgia State University Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Gordon Vernick, has played with the likes of Nicholas Payton, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, and Paquito D’Rivera, among others.

“A daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism.” –Jazz Times

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Free Rialto Signature Programs pre-show EXPERIENCES Rialto patrons know to show up an hour before each Series show for an exciting preview of and immersion into what they’re about to see on the stage. You might learn to salsa, tap out Indian rhythms, or recognize a song style in our fun and informative programs!

visual arts series The Rialto showcases important artists whose works transform the lobby into a wonderful gallery space. We are an anchor venue of the First Thursday Downtown Art Walk. Open from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday – Friday and for all performances.

feed your senses The Rialto continues the tradition of enlivening the lobby with talented up-and-coming artists at a monthly lunchtime event on the third Wednesday of every month. Open to all!

Rent the Rialto The Perfect Venue for Your Next Special Event! The Rialto’s state-of-the-art facilities offer the perfect setting for everything from a VIP reception to an unforgettable corporate event. Ideal for executive planning sessions, business meetings, presentations, musical and dance performances, receptions, parties, and banquets, the Rialto Center will provide the unique setting you’ve been searching for—conveniently located in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s Fairlie-Poplar district. • 833-seat Theater • 5,600 sq. ft. Lobby and Mezzanine Areas • 1,100 sq. ft. SunTrust Presidential Suite for your private event • Convenient, Safe, and Secure Parking • Choose Your Own Caterer

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The Georgia State University School of Music’s 2018/2019 FREE Concerts at the Rialto Sept. 18, 2018 University Singers - SingFest A joyous day making music with the top high school singers from all around the southeast! Deanna Joseph and Jennifer Sengin, conductors. Sept. 24, 2018 GSU Wind Orchestra School of Music Signature Series Chester Phillps, Conductor The program, 100! – A Bernstein Celebration features the music of Leonard BERNSTEIN and Dana SUESSE. The concert also includes a special performance of Rhapsody in Blue by George GERSHWIN with acclaimed GSU faculty pianist Raffi BESALYAN as soloist.

Oct. 17, 2018 University Symphony OrchestrA School of Music Signature Series Michael Palmer, Conductor A program introducing the new Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the School of Music, Alexander FREUND in a performance of HAYDN’s Trumpet Concerto. The concert will also feature special guest conductor, Guido RUMSTADT. Nov. 6, 2018 Percussion Ensemble Always an audience favorite, join us for an evening of unique sounds and incredible artistry from the talented percussion students of the School of Music under the direction of Dr. Stuart GERBER.

Sept. 25, 2018 GSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble The program, “I Love the 80’s” features compositions from the 1680s, 1780s, 1880s, and 1980s!

Nov. 8, 2018 GSU Jazz Band An incredible evening of jazz featuring very special guest artists, saxophonist Eric ALEXANDER and drummer Joe FARNSWORTH.

Sept. 26, 2018 University Symphony Orchestra The USO starts off another wonderful season featuring a performance of BEETHOVEN’s majestic Symphony no. 4 in Bb Major, Op. 60.

Nov. 12, 2018 MYSO Winds

Oct. 16, 2018 GSU SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE School of Music Signature Series The program “Landscapes and Nature” features special guest conductor, Anna Leena LUMME – direct from Finland!

Nov. 13, 2018 GSU Wind Orchestra The program, “Out of the Middle Ages” features music inspired by Medieval masters. Works by: Kathryne SALFELDER, Alexander GLAZUNOV, Fisher TULL, Hugh STUART, and Ron NELSON.

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Nov. 14, 2018 University Symphony Orchestra School of Music Signature Series Michael Palmer, Conductor Hear tomorrow’s stars today as we present the very talented student winners of the annual Brumby Concerto/Aria Competition! Also featured on this concert, RAVEL’s masterful orchestration of Pictures at An Exhibition by MUSSORGSKY. Nov. 15, 2018 GSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble The program, “Symphonies of Wind Instruments” features the classic work by STRAVINKSY of the same name as well as other classics for wind band. Feb. 9, 2019 GOSPEL FEST! School of Music Signature Series Deanna Joseph, Conductor Join the acclaimed University Singers in a jubilant musical celebration of Black History Month! Feb. 19, 2019 GSU SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE School of Music Signature Series Robert Ambrose, Conductor This concert includes performances by the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra Winds and special guest artists, the GEORGIA BRASS BAND! Mar. 5, 2019 GSU Wind Orchestra & Concert Band School of Music Signature Series Chester Phillps, Conductor, GSU Wind Orchestra/Devin Reid, Conductor, GSU Concert Band The program, Dancing Through Time features selections from the Danserye by SUSATO (arr. by Dunnigan), Ballet for Band by Cindy McTEE, Melodious Thunk by David BIEDENBENDER, and Dance of the New World by Dana WILSON.

Mar. 27-28, 2019 GSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble “Music for All Southeastern Regional Concert Festival Concerts” featuring School of Music Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Alexander FREUND. Apr. 16, 2019 GSU Percussion Ensemble School of Music Signature Series Stuart Gerber, Artistic Director Always an audience favorite, join us for an evening of unique sounds and incredible artistry from the talented percussion students of the School of Music under the direction of Dr. Stuart GERBER. Apr. 23, 2019 GSU Wind Orchestra & Concert Band The program, “This Beautiful Earth” is a celebration of music grounded in this beautiful Earth — an Earth Day Celebration! Apr. 25, 2019 GSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble The program “Music from Asia” features special guest conductor and soloist from Taiwan, Harvey CHANG. Apr. 29, 2019 MYSO Winds School of Music Signature Series

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Support the Rialto BECOME A DONOR TODAY Your donations help close the gap between ticket sales and the actual costs of presenting the superb artists you see, since ticket revenue covers only a small part of the cost of bringing the fabulous Series artists to Atlanta. Other programs your gifts support include: • Rialto Jazz for Kids: Help fund our signature outreach program preserving America’s indigenous music • Visual Arts Series: Support our bi-monthly exhibitions by emerging and established artists

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We have donor categories from $1 to $10,000+ Ways to contribute: 1) Complete our order form 2) Visit our website: 3) Contact Suzy Blough at 404.413.9821 Education Outreach Known for our comprehensive programming. The Rialto’s outreach is broad in scope and offers something for nearly every age group. • Rialto Jazz for Kids Imbues young people with an appreciation for the indigenous American art form of jazz and provides in-depth jazz education sessions for public middle school students. • Rialto2Go Takes art and culture into under-served schools. Rialto teaching artists engage students through performances lectures, workshops and hands-on activities. • Master Classes Master Classes are offered to community groups through schools and partners such as dance studios or arts centers. These classes are open to the public.

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Cover: Background Image: Farruquito Inset images (L-R): Ailey II’s Corrin Rachelle Mitchell by Kyle Froman, Youssou NDOUR by Youri Lenquette, Bela Fleck by Jim McGuire, Chloe Perkes of Off the EDGE by Bill Herbert, Joey Alexander by Jimmy Katz, Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man by D.A. Hill, Etienne Charles by Laura Ferreira, Anoushka Shankar, Ballet Hispanico, Capitol Steps by Judy Ondrey, Farruquito, and Aida Cuevas. Inside Front Cover: Dr. Mark P. Becker and Leslie Gordon (Leslie Gordon’s photo is by Judy Ondrey). Background Image: Anoushka Shankar.

Artist Photos: Ailey II’s Antuan Byers photo by Kyle Froman, Youssou NDOUR photo by Youri Lenquette, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer photo by Jim McGuire, Aida Cuevas, Gala Holiday Concert image by Dot Paul, Celtic Christmas image by Tom Fahey, Tomáš Kubínek by D.A Hill, Ballet Hispanico, Farruquito, Ailey II’s Corrin Rachell Mitchell and Marcus Williams by Kyle Froman, Tomáš Kubínek photo by Sabine Schulte, Joey Alexander photo by Jimmy Katz, Off the EDGE dancer, Anoushka Shankar photo by Anushka Menon, Capitol Steps photo by Judy Ondrey, CANDIDE image courtesy of Georgia State University College of the Arts, Etienne Charles by Laura Ferreira.

The 2018-2019 Rialto Series is sponsored in part by the Fulton County Arts Council, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Mabel Dorn Reader Foundation, and the Charles Loridans Foundation. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Funding for Rialto programming is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Ballet Hispanico is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Georgia Council for the Arts. The Rialto’s contemporary dance programming is supported in part by the Charles Loridans Foundation. Other partners include State Farm Insurance, the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta, the Latin American Association, Kennesaw State University, National Black Arts Festival (NBAF), Landmark Diner, Georgia State University School of Music, University Library and CENCIA. Media Partners: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, Reporter Newspapers & Atlanta INtown, Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Encore, WABE 90.1FM, Jazz 91.9 WCLK, WIGO 1570 AM, Atlanta ShowGuide and WOWNOW, Inc. The Rialto Center is a unit of Finance and Administration at Georgia State University.

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