Valdosta Daily Times

January 4, 2013

The arts strike back

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Regional arts, as noted in a Times story earlier this week, return in a big way in the coming weeks.

On Jan. 14, Valdosta State University Art opens its annual Valdosta National invitational competitive art exhibit. The next evening, Jan. 15, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will open new art exhibits, including the annual drawproject which has raised thousands of dollars for Valdosta State University Art scholarships. The center’s opening also features the Hispanic-American Visual Artists Project.

As January continues, audiences can thrill to the return of VSU Theatre and Valdosta School of Ballet’s “Cinderella.” Together, for the past several years, Valdosta School of Ballet has performed either “Cinderella” or “Sleeping Beauty” to raise thousands of dollars for university dance students.

Then there’s Theatre Guild Valdosta’s drama “The Trip to Bountiful” opening mid month.

Then, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra presents “French Festival” later in the month, a concert featuring Berlioz’s “March troyenne from Les Troyens”; Debussy’s “Preludes” (orchestra by Colin Matthews): “La fille aux cheveux de lin,” “La cathédral engloutie,” “Minstrels”; Decruck’s Sonata in C# for Saxophone (Georgia Premiere), with Joren Cain, saxophone; Ravel’s “Alborada del gracioso”; Debussy’s “La Mer.”

Soon, VSU Music presents a series of free concerts and events.

From there, in the weeks and months to come, even more shows, exhibits and concerts are scheduled throughout the spring into the summer months.

The arts are back!

At times, folks may take them for granted, but their absence during the recent holiday season has been noticeable.

The return of the arts is a welcome one. It reminds us of how many talented people live in South Georgia, and how much enjoyment and enlightenment they provide.