Patrons’ Drive kicks off arts season

Published 11:00 pm Monday, August 29, 2011

A large gathering of patrons of the arts at The Studio Monday night is an indication that the arts are alive and well in Troy.

Dr. William Denison, president of the Troy Arts Council, said that his organization’s annual Patron’s Reception was again a great success as familiar and new faces came together in support of the arts. And for good reason.

The TAC traditionally offers the best ticket in town with its annual Calendar of Events.

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The Patrons’ season tickets come in different levels of support and offer a season of quality performance entertainment at a very affordable price.

Patron support with season tickets begins at the Supporter level, $75 to $100 and includes one season ticket. Patron level is from $101 to $175 and includes two season tickets. Grand Patron support is from $175 to $250 and includes three season tickets. The Benefactor level is from $251 to $400 and includes four season tickets. Grand Benefactor support is $401 and above and includes six tickets.

Friends of the TAC contribute $25 to $74 but season tickets are not included. Student tickets are $25 with an ID.

Denison said the Troy Arts Council was organized in 1972 as a non-profit educational organization.

“The TAC was established to aid, encourage advise and correlate activities that promote the cultural arts in Troy and Pike County and to integrate these activities into the total life of the area,” Denison said.

The TAC achieves that goal, in part, through its annual calendar of events which this year includes a variety of programs from pianists to fiddlers, from opera to chamber music.

“We bring performers from across the country but we also feature local talent,” Denison said. “Shelia Jackson and Company and the Southeastern Community Band are two very popular calendar events. This season, we also will bring Les Arts Florrisant, which is a Troy University production, to the stage and the Troy University Percussion will perform with world class percussionists Bob Becker and Russell Hartenberger.”

All TAC calendar events are performed at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University. Admission is charged for all performance with the exception of the Southeastern Alabama Community Band, which closes out the TAC’s calendar season in May.

To become a TAC Patron of the Arts, call 334-670-2287. For more information about the TAC, visit