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Performing Arts Center announces 2012-2013 season

Conductor Keith Lockhart will lead the Boston Pops Esplande Orchestra in a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

The Performing Arts Center has announced the roster of artists for its 2012-2013 season. 

“This will be a year filled with incomparable performances, a truly magical season and one of the best in our 17-year history,” said George C. Foreman, director of the Performing Arts Center.  

One of the highlights of the 2012-2013 lineup will be a performance by world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman.

The Performing Arts Center will continue its partnership with the Classic Center in Athens with three special collaborations: Willie Nelson (concert held Aug. 10), the Boston Pops Orchestra and Blue Man Group.

The Performing Arts Center’s classical music series, Masterworks and Classics, will feature the world’s finest orchestras and musicians in addition to classical ballet. The series will include renowned flutist Sir James Galway performing with his wife, Lady Jeanne, on his Legacy Tour, as well as the Athens debut of Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind pianist who won the Van Cliburn Gold Medal.

National Public Radio’s From the Top comes back to record its popular program live in Hodgson Hall, and England’s beloved King’s Singers return with their impeccable vocal style and unique British wit.

The world’s premier banjo player, Béla Fleck, makes two appearances this season. He will perform in the fall with the Marcus Roberts Trio, a jazz ensemble, and later in the spring with the UGA Symphony Orchestra, playing his own Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra.

The Franklin College Chamber Music Series will feature the world’s finest chamber ensembles, notably the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which continues its relationship with UGA in the Arch Chamber Music Festival. 

The Show Biz and Off-Broadway series will feature Celtic and world music, comic magicians, Broadway song and dance, and even talking dogs. The Capitol Steps return to perform their trademark political satire one week prior to the presidential election, and YouTube sensations Igudesman and Joo will combine classical music with comedy in the style of P.D.Q. Bach and Victor Borge.

Subscriptions to the 2012-2013 season are on sale now. Single tickets for individual Performing Arts Center events will go on sale Aug. 27. 

 For more information, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or at