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What's next: A classical season
Elena Urioste plays Jan. 9.


The Savannah Concert Association has announced its 2009-2010 season, with performances held at the Lucas Theatre, Armstrong Atlantic State University’s newly-refurbished Fine Arts Auditorium, and at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church.

First up, on Sept. 27 is pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition gold medal. The recital is at 2 p.m. at the church.

The St. Olaf Collage Orchestra will play at AASU Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. The Minnesota school’s fabled choir performed here earlier this year, and now it’s the (equally admired) symphony’s turn.

Pianist Haochen Zhang, who won (at the tender age of 19) the gold at this year’s Van Cliburn Competition, will play a recital at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Lucas.

The 2010 shows are: violinist Elena Urioste (Jan. 9 at the Lucas), the ensemble Concertarte (March 12, Lucas), and the Croatian pianist Martina Filjak (April 10 at AASU).

Individual performance tickets range from $12.50 to $35; music teachers and students get in for $2. Season subscriptions are also available.




 You know it’s late summer when community theaters start talking about auditions; after a long, relatively uneventful season, they know there are lots more people in town – schools being back in session and all – and so put the call out for amateur thespians to come and try out for the first shows of fall.

On Sept. 14 and 15, the City of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Theatre holds auditions for To Kill a Mockingbird, a stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel about race relations – or the lack thereof – in the Deep South. They’re at  6 p.m. both days in the Black Box at S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.

The next Little Theatre of Savannah production is The Diary of Anne Frank, one of the most moving and dramatic pieces ever to be passed along to community theaters. Audition dates are Sept. 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m., at 703D Louisville Road.

The Savannah Community Theatre’s first fall show is the musical comedy Nunsense. Auditions are Sept. 28 and 29, by appointment.

And AWOL (All Walks of Life), Savannah’s cultural program central for at-risk youth, is holding open auditions Sept. 17 and 18 for Choices: The Romeo and Juliet Story, the next production in its Act Up series. It’s an adaptation of Shakespeare written by LaKesha Green, the theater program’s lead facilitator. Choices injects contemporary music and dance into the Bard’s classic tale.

The auditions, to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Black Box Theater (9 W. Henry St.), are open to all members of the community.