City Springs announces first artistic bookings

The Performing Arts Center at City Springs will open its 2018-2019 season with a line-up including respected and nationally recognized arts organizations.  The Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera, leading figures in Atlanta’s performing arts community, are currently finalizing details for performances at City Springs for the spring of 2019. In addition, City Springs Theatre Company, the metro area’s newest professional theatre company, will present five productions during the inaugural season. These organizations help fulfill the goal of providing a cultural diversity of the arts, and a volume of events that will help drive the success of City Springs.

“We look forward to producing powerful renditions of great opera in the new, state-of-the-art facility at City Springs,” said Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera. “The auditorium is similar to the size and intimacy of European opera houses, allowing us to deliver the high-quality experiences that audiences have come to expect from The Atlanta Opera. The location is equally outstanding, and will help us reach new audiences across the state.”

“We are thrilled to expand the reach of Atlanta Ballet performances by participating in the inaugural year of the City Springs Performing Arts Center,” said Atlanta Ballet President & CEO Arturo Jacobus. “The new venue nurtures the vital arts communities around the city of Atlanta, and we are honored to contribute to this growth.”

“It is exhilarating to be able to pull the passion and enthusiasm for the arts that this community has, and draw from the immense talent within the region to create memorable, high-quality performances. And to be able to do so in such a first-class facility is the rarest of opportunities,” said Brandt Blocker, the Executive and Artistic Director for the City Springs Theatre Company.

The Atlanta Opera is one of the finest regional opera companies in the nation. The Opera works with world-renowned singers, conductors, directors, and designers who seek to enhance the art form and make it accessible for a sophisticated, 21st-century audience. In the past five years, The Opera has grown from twelve to thirty-two performances in its mainstage season and Discoveries series. In 2016, The Opera launched its first ever artist-in-residence program, The Studio, which supports rising artists at the start of their careers. The Opera reaches more than 17,000 students each year through its educational programming, including the Student Short and the Studio Tour. The Atlanta Opera was founded in 1979 and to this day adheres to its mission to enrich lives through opera.

Founded in 1929, Atlanta Ballet is one of the premier dance companies in the country and the official State Ballet of Georgia. Atlanta Ballet’s eclectic repertoire spans ballet history, highlighted by beloved classics and inventive originals. In 1996, Atlanta Ballet opened the Centre for Dance Education, which is dedicated to nurturing young dancers while providing an outlet for adults to express their creativity. The Centre serves over 23,000 people in metro Atlanta each year.

City Springs Theatre Company was formed by Sandy Springs residents Jan Collins, Peggy and Jerry Stapleton, and Steven Hauser, in response to the needs and desires for high-quality musical theatre produced locally and highlighting regional talent.

“Providing educational excellence and the highest quality entertainment through the arts is an important goal for the Performing Arts Center.  It is an honor to have such strong partnerships as we launch City Springs, leading with a solid foundation to bring world-class programming to Sandy Springs and the North Fulton area,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.

The Performing Arts Center at City Springs will host a wide variety of events, engaging all aspects of the community across all demographics and generations. Performances will include all traditional performing arts disciplines (music, dance, theater), popular entertainment in a variety of genres, film, lectures, variety shows, comedy acts, and family-oriented programming. With a focus on arts education, the PAC will engage students of all ages in activities ranging from classroom-based instruction to immersive, hands-on experiences. The facility will also be home to a variety of non-performance events, including parties, galas, meetings, conferences, and corporate events.