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Ring in the Holidays with the GSU Gala Holiday Concerts - Dec. 1 & 2 at the Rialto!
The Georgia State University School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts present the 15th annual Gala Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts. This year's performances will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as music with an international twist celebrating the School of Music's and the Rialto's international initiatives and involvement in the community.

The Georgia State University School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts present the 15th annual Gala Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts. This year's performances will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as music with an international twist celebrating the School of Music's and the Rialto's international initiatives and involvement in the community.

Over 200 student and faculty musicians will perform as part of this university-wide celebration of the season, including members of the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Choruses and Jazz Band and faculty and student soloists. Conductors Michael Palmer, Gordon Vernick, Robert J. Ambrose and Deanna Joseph will lead the musicians in a potpourri of works by Duke Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Handel and others. The program will conclude with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a magnificent work written for baritone, chorus, and orchestra. Other selections will highlight the musical traditions of China and Brazil, featuring School of Music students performing works from their native lands.

Back by popular demand, the concerts will again feature a special presentation of African dance and percussion by students from the Charles Drew R. Charter School. The School of Music has had a partnership with the Drew Charter School, located in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, since 2006, thanks to a generous, multi-year grant from the Cousins Foundation, Inc. The School of Music/ Drew Charter School partnership has twice been awarded funding through the Race to the Top program to help create one of Georgia's first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) models of education.

"These annual performances are a way for us to celebrate with our entire GSU family and the Atlanta community," said W. Dwight Coleman, director of the School of Music and artistic director of the performances. "What better way to usher in the holiday season than with the glorious sounds of our students, faculty and guests on stage at the Rialto."

Tickets range from $22-$48 (Georgia State students, faculty and staff may receive 1/2 price tickets with ID) and are available in person at the Rialto Center Box Office, by calling 404-413-9TIX or online at www.rialtocenter.org. Free parking is provided forthis event at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street.