TAC reception ushers in 2010-11 season

Published 12:04 am Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Troy Arts Council will host its 2010-11 Kickoff Reception from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Studio in downtown Troy.

The reception will feature the Troy University Student Jazz Combo and the Troy University Faculty Jazz Quarter with Ray Smith.

“The Troy Arts Council Kickoff Reception is an opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy a free concert and learn more about the Troy Arts Council and what we bring to the community in the way of arts entertainment,” said John Jinright, TAC presenter chair.

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Jinright said the TAC’s calendar of events for this year is a varied and exciting one.

“The calendar has something for everyone – theater, dance, music,” he said. “I can’t imagine that it’s not possible for everyone to find something that they would like.”

The TAC opens its season on September 30 with the Billy Jonas Band in concert.

“Billy Jonas has been recognized by USA Today as one of the nation’s top children’s artists,” Jinright said.

“Prior to the September evening concert, the band will visit all four public schools in the county. The evening concert will be a family oriented kind of singing along. “

The “Yesterday and Today” Beatles tribute will be the October highlight followed by the world famous Lily Kai Chinese Dance Company in November and Shelia Jackson and Company’s holiday concert in December.

In January, the popular book, “Life Is So Good,” will come to life in play form on the stage of the Crosby Theater and will ring a chord with the kind of folks Southerners are. The Kremlin Chamber Orchestra will present a special concert for Valentine’s Day and, in March, “Barrage” will combine dance with violins for a show that will have everyone talking, Jinright said.

The TAC will feature double-dip treats in the spring. April will feature the Amadeus Trio and the annual Troy Fest arts and crafts show.

The reception for the Chris Beck Exhibition at the Johnson Center for the Arts and the Southeast Alabama Community Band Concert will the featured events in May.

“What better way to end the season than with a patriotic salute by the Southeast Alabama Community Band,” Jinright said. “We have it all this year, from light contemporary programs to the heavy classical.

“So we encourage everyone who enjoys outstanding arts programming to join us for our friendraiser on Tuesday as we kick off the 2010-2011 arts season. It’s going to be a great year for the arts in Troy and Pike County.”

The Troy Arts Council offers several levels of patron participation that include season tickets to the TAC Calendar of Events.

The levels include supporter $75-$100 (one season ticket), patron, $101-$175 (two season tickets), grand patron $176-$250 (three season tickets), benefactor, $251-$400 (four season tickets) and grand benefactor $401-$500 (six season tickets).

Tickets are available for students with IDs at $25 and include one season ticket. Corporate sponsorships are available at the bronze ($500), silver ($1,000), gold ($2,500) and platinum ($5,000) levels.

For more information, call 334-670-2288.