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Performing Arts Center announces artists for its 2007–2008 season

 The Performing Arts Center has announced the roster of artists for its 2007–2008 season. It includes 30 performances in seven series: Music Series I, Music Series II, Showtime, Dance Festival, Traditions, the Ramsey Concert Hall Series and the Franklin College Chamber Music Series.

“Our 12th season of bringing the finest national and international performers to Athens and Northeast Georgia will feature perennial audience favorites as we present five world-renowned orchestras in Hodgson Hall,” said Timothy A. Bartholow, director of the Office of Performing Arts. “In addition, we’re looking forward to welcoming some returning musical friends as well as some exciting new discoveries.”

The Performing Arts Center’s 2007–2008 season will open Oct. 5 with the legendary Mickey Rooney. He will be joined by his wife, Jan Rooney, in a show that celebrates his storied career. The season also will feature orchestras from around the globe, with debuts by the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Sweden’s acclaimed Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, along with two appearances by the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Returning favorites will include guitarist Christopher Parkening, the male vocal ensemble Chanticleer and violinist Midori who last appeared at UGA during the Performing Arts Center’s inaugural 1996-1997 season. The gold medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Alexander Kobrin, will make his Athens debut to close the season on April 25.

Dance troupes from Argentina and Mexico will add a distinctive Latin flavor to the season with performances by Tango Buenos Aires and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and classical dance will be well represented by the Atlanta Ballet and the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre in Romeo and Juliet.

For the holidays, the Performing Arts Center will offer a very special concert by the Grammy-winning Turtle Island String Quartet, with Athens native Leo Kottke, as they explore the timeless music that has been an integral part of winter holiday celebrations for centuries.

The Performing Arts Center also will begin its 10th year of recording concerts for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, heard by 1.5 million listeners across the country and more around the world via the Internet.

With the support of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, the Performing Arts Center will continue its educational programs, offering master classes and lecture/demonstrations to public school students throughout the state of Georgia.

Subscriptions to the 2007–2008 season are on sale now. Subscribers save up to 25 percent off single-ticket prices and are entitled to flexible exchange privileges if they are unable to attend one of their regularly scheduled concerts. 

For a free brochure, contact the Performing Arts Center box office at (706) 542-4400, toll free at (888) 289-8497 or by e-mail at

2007–2008 Performing Arts Center Lineup

Music Series I
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 7)
Midori, violin (Nov. 1)
State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico (Jan. 27)
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (March 28)
Alexander Kobrin, piano (April 25)
Music Series II
Gary Schocker, flute, and Jason Vieaux, guitar (Oct. 19)
Christopher Parkening, classical guitar (Nov. 15)
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Jan. 13)
Israel Chamber Orchestra (Feb. 17)
Chanticleer (April 18)
Mickey Rooney (Oct. 5)
Tango Buenos Aires (Nov. 18)
Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz (Feb. 9)
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway (April 4)
Georgian State Dance Company (Oct. 14)
Turtle Island String Quartet and Leo Kottke (Dec. 2)
Kanata Native Dance Theater (Feb. 22)
Hesperus—American Roots (April 5)
Dance Festival
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico (Nov. 4)
Atlanta Ballet (Feb. 1)
St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre—Romeo and Juliet (March 2)
Ramsey Concert Hall Series
Time for Three (Oct. 12)
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp (Jan. 11)
Chu-Fang Huang, piano (Feb. 8)
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano (April 11)
Franklin College Chamber Music Series
New Zealand String Quartet (Nov. 6)
Amelia Trio (Jan. 25)
Jupiter String Quartet (Feb. 16)
ARCO Chamber Orchestra (March 29)
Concertante (April 12)