Valdosta Daily Times


April 21, 2013

The farewell shows of the 2012-2013 arts season


VALDOSTA — “Cliffhanger,” The Dosta Playhouse, 122 N. Ashley St. Theatre Guild Valdosta presents this show. A college department head wants to force a philosophy professor into retirement, pushing the mild-mannered professor to the point of violence. Variety described the show’s mix of comedy and mystery as combining “the warmth and humor of ‘On Golden Pond’ with almost as many plot twists as ‘Deathtrap.’” Run dates: 7:30 p.m., May 9, 10, 11; 3 p.m., May 12; 7:30 p.m., May 16, 17, 18. More information: Call (229) 24-STAGE; or visit The cast: Patti Cook, Quentin McKennon, Mary Helen Taylor, Andrew Thomas, Sommers Coleman.

Spring Senior Exhibition, Valdosta State University Fine Art Gallery, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Graduating seniors showcase their artworks in this exhibit that opened last weekend. The show continues through April 29. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. More information: 333-5835;

Valdosta State University Music presents its final series of concerts, recitals and more in the coming days. These music events are free and open to the public. They will be held in Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood; except where noted. More information: Visit

— 7:30 p.m. April 21: Pan Am Ensemble pays tribute to “Brazilian singer-songwriter and representative of the Tropicália movement, Caetano Veloso; our first-ever set of music from a group north of the border, the Canadian trio, the Wailin’ Jennys; a couple of tunes from the repertoire of the Fleet Foxes, an ever-popular band from the Northwestern United States; three ‘new’ arrangements of mine representing ‘old guard’ Argentine tango; and we’re rounding it out with three pieces that attempt to capture what happens when mariachi groups are given on-the-spot requests that fall out of their usual sphere,” said Dr. M. Brent Williams who directs this concert.

— 7:30 p.m., April 22, VSU Choirs Concert, Concert Choir Spotlighters & Chamber Singers, Park Avenue United Methodist Church.

— 7:30 p.m. April 23, Concert Band. Featuring 63 members, this band plays two concerts every spring semester, said Eric E. Bradshaw, conductor and director. “The program includes a wide variety of band music and several short solos from students in the ensemble.”

— 7:30 p.m., April 24, Student Chamber Showcase. This concert features VSU vocalists, string, woodwind and brass instrumentalists. “Some of our very best students are performing on this concert, and there will be a ton of variety,” said Dr. Elizabeth Goode. The performance is scheduled to include “everything from a trombone ensemble to a string quartet to a soprano duo to a single tenor with guitar accompaniment,” according to VSU.

— 7:30 p.m., April 26, The Spotlighters. This jazz ensemble has spent the semester specializing in “collegiate a cappella arrangements of popular hits,” said director Paul Neal. “They have a ‘beat-boxer’ who literally serves as the rhythm section while the rest sing. It is done completely with their voices. They have arranged many of them by themselves. They have done extremely well.”

— 3 p.m., April 28, Saxophone Studio Recital.

— 6 p.m., April 29, South Georgia String Project.

— 3 p.m., May 5, Student Recital, Claudia Encinas.

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