SANDY SPRINGS, GA — The Performing Arts Center at City Springs will open its 2018-2019 season with a lineup starring nationally recognized organizations. The Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera, leading figures in the city’s performing arts community, are currently finalizing details for performances at City Springs in spring 2019.
The City Springs Theatre Company, the metro area’s newest professional theatre company, will also present five productions during the inaugural season. These organizations help “fulfill the goal of providing a cultural diversity of the arts, and a volume of events that will help drive the success of City Springs,” the city said.
“It is exhilarating to be able to pull the passion and enthusiasm for the arts that this community has, and draw from the immense talent within the region to create memorable, high-quality performances,” said Brandt Blocker, City Springs Theater Company executive and artistic director. “And to be able to do so in such a first-class facility is the rarest of opportunities.”
The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. It works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and make it accessible for a sophisticated, 21st-century audience. In the past five years, The Opera has grown from twelve to thirty-two performances in its mainstage season and Discoveries series.
In 2016, it launched its first ever artist-in-residence program, The Studio, which supports rising artists at the start of their careers. The Opera reaches more than 17,000 students each year through its educational programming, including the Student Short and the Studio Tour. The Atlanta Opera was founded in 1979 and to this day adheres to its mission to enrich lives through opera.
“We look forward to producing powerful renditions of great opera in the new, state-of-the-art facility at City Springs,” said Tomer Zvulun, general and artistic director of The Atlanta Opera. “The auditorium is similar to the size and intimacy of European opera houses, allowing us to deliver the high-quality experiences that audiences have come to expect from The Atlanta Opera. The location is equally outstanding, and will help us reach new audiences across the state.”
Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official State Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education, which is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. The Centre serves more than 23,000 people in metro Atlanta each year.
“We are thrilled to expand the reach of Atlanta Ballet performances by participating in the inaugural year of the City Springs Performing Arts Center,” said Atlanta Ballet President & CEO Arturo Jacobus. “The new venue nurtures the vital arts communities around the city of Atlanta, and we are honored to contribute to this growth.”
City Springs Theatre Company was formed by Sandy Springs residents Jan Collins, Peggy and Jerry Stapleton and Steven Hauser in response to the needs and desires for high-quality musical theatre produced locally and highlighting regional talent.
“Providing educational excellence and the highest quality entertainment through the arts is an important goal for the Performing Arts Center,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. “It is an honor to have such strong partnerships as we launch City Springs, leading with a solid foundation to bring world-class programming to Sandy Springs and the North Fulton area.”
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