Don’t miss the season finale of ‘Straight A Jazz’ May 6

New York-based saxophonist/flutist/vocalist Paula Atherton is set to headline the season finale of the “Straight A Jazz” Concert Series. It takes place at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017, at The D. Douglas Barnard Amphitheatre on the Summerville Campus of Augusta University. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Maxwell Theatre.

Riding high on the success of her 5th album, “Ear Candy”, Atherton’s energetic, accessible brand of Jazz has made her a favorite on the Jazz festival circuit across the country and around the world. An indication of her musical pedigree: she is signed to Kalimba Records, the company founded and nurtured by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame.

Arpenik Hakobyan is a cellist/vocalist/arranger who is noted for her “virtuoso level” musicianship, silky, emotive vocals, and the creative chops to make 80’s pop hits into new jazz creations. The 29-year-old native of Armenia is on the verge of international superstardom in the world of jazz. Since beginning her musical journey at the age of 8, she’s studied and played with the masters in multiple genres across the globe, winning accolades at every stop.

An ensemble of jazz students from Augusta University’s Department of Music, under the direction of Dr. Rob Foster, will open the concert.

Tickets are available at The Maxwell Theatre Box Office and Tickets are free for Augusta University and East Georgia State Students with valid JAGCard; $5.00 for all other students, military, and faculty and staff with valid JAGCard; $10.00 general public.

The “Straight A Jazz” Concert Series is produced by WAGC-90.7FM/GPB Augusta, in partnership with Garden City Jazz, The Augusta University Department of Music, and The Greater Augusta Arts Council.

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