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Arts Council sets series to entertain wide range of tastes in art for 2017
The Arts Council has its schedule for 2017 set with a Vancouver-based arts troupe, “Artrageous” kicking off the signature series Jan. 17.

The Arts Council’s Signature Series

  • ‘Artrageous’: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Pearce Auditorium, 202 Boulevard, Gainesville
  • The Joe Gransden Big Band featuring Annie Sellick: 8 p.m. June 3, Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra featuring Robert Cantrell: 8 p.m. June 16, Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville

With the beginning of a new year less than a month away, The Arts Council already has its new season for 2017 planned.

The Arts Council’s Signature Series for 2017 will feature opera, swing and glowsticks at its musical venue. Here’s a look at the new season.

Launching the new year will be the multimedia showcase “Artrageous” showcasing artists, singers, dancers and comedians in a colorful interactive performance.

The Vancouver-based arts troupe has brought its bubblewrap and neon lights to audiences around the world.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, in Pearce Auditorium at 202 Boulevard in Gainesville.

In the summer, two more signature series events will happen within two weeks of each other.

Up first will be the 17-piece ensemble of The Joe Gransden Big Band at 8 p.m. June 3 at the Smithgall Arts Center at 331 Spring St. SE in Gainesville.

A throwback to the swing era, the band will feature the jazzy vocals of Nashville singer Annie Sellick, who is a veteran of the Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz.

Rounding out the series will be the multiple Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. June 16 at Smithgall Arts Center.

The orchestra will celebrate its 41st anniversary with the debut of Gainesville native Robert Cantrell on vocals. Cantrell sings opera in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. regions, but will make a special homecoming appearance for one night only.

Tickets for each performance range between $28 and $35. Tickets for all three are $85.

Accompanying the Signature Series will be The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz.

According to The Arts Council’s website, the series is sold out. However, music lovers can join the waiting list for the series or individual events by calling 770-534-2787.

Jazz performers and dates are:

  • Jan. 28 — Diego Figueiredo featuring vocalist Chiara Izzi
  • Feb. 18 — Svetlana and The Delancey Four
  • March 18 — Tatiana “Ladymay” Mayfield
  • April 8 — Davina and the Vagabonds
  • May 13 — Lynne Arriale

All concerts for Evenings of Intimate Jazz will be at 8 p.m. at the Smithgall Arts Center in downtown Gainesville.

For more information, visit or call 770-534-2787.