Aire Flamenco featured in Spivey Hall World Music Festival finale

Spivey Hall is wrapping up its first Summer World Music Festival at Clayton State University this Wednesday with a Aire Flamenco performance. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Spivey Hall is wrapping up its first Summer World Music Festival at Clayton State University this Wednesday with a Aire Flamenco performance. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)


Spivey Hall will open its2014-16 Spivey Series with Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Beatrice Rana. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

MORROW — Spivey Hall’s first Summer World Music Festival continues next week at Clayton State University.

Aire Flamenco will play to audiences Wednesday, presenting Flamenco music from Spain. The performance, starting at 11:15 a.m., is the last in a month-long series.

The festival is presented as part of Spivey Hall’s Young People’s Concerts, providing individuals of all ages access to live music performances.

Organizers said the series provides study guides in advance of performances that meet Georgia Performance Standards for curriculum connections in world history, geography and music.

Previous performances included The Celtic Company’s performance of “Ah Surely! Irish Ensemble” July 9, and the Miraikanai Taiko demonstration of Taiko Drumming from Japan July 16.

The festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $2 each through the website, www.spiveyhall.org/educational-programs/program-registration. Tickets are $5 at the door.


Spivey Hall has also announced details of its August and September programming, which include the first concert of its Spivey Series. The concert will feature Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner Beatrice Rana, performing classical masterworks in her Atlanta debut.

Clayton State’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts/Division of Music also sponsors three performances presented free to the public.

Faculty member and pianist Susan Tusing will collaborate in recital with guest baritone Jeffrey Ray in an August performance.

In September, adjunct faculty cellist Christopher Thibdeau will team up with the Irrera Brothers Duo as guests, and Division of Music staff accompanist Alex Benford will perform an organ recital.

Sam Dixon, executive and artistic director at Spivey Hall, emphasized the cultural significance of performances at the venue whose auditorium intimately seats 392.

“Since its opening in 1991, Spivey Hall has been home to Clayton State faculty musicians, ensembles and their guests as well as to visiting artists in our international Spivey Series,” said Dixon. “This mix of programming by local, national and international artists enriches the cultural wealth of metro Atlanta, Ga., and the region.”

The 24th season of Spivey Series concerts opens with a performance by Rana, who at 20 won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Rana performs on piano Sunday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m.

To celebrate the series opener, and to honor both the artist and the Friends of Spivey Hall concert sponsor of her debut, Dr. Michael Koch, the Friends will host a reception for the entire audience following the recital.

Clayton State’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts Division of Music plans to present performances throughout the season, showcasing various guests ranging in genre from opera to big band music performers. Faculty and students will also be invited to perform.

Other featured performers include Jeffrey Ray on baritone and Susan Tusing on piano, playing Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Christopher Thibdeau will perform on cello and Irrera Brothers Duo on violin and piano Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m. And Alex Benford will perform on organ Sunday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m.

For full program details for all performances, tickets or more information, call the Spivey Hall Box Office at 678-466-4200, or visit www.spiveyhall.org.

There is a 50 percent discount available to students and Georgia educators with ID. Discounted tickets are available only through the box office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free concerts are general admission, with no tickets required.