By: Brittany A. Tennant, Communications Specialist

Gordon State College released the Fine and Performing Arts audition and performance schedules for the 2019-2020 season, which is open to the college and community.

Saxophonist, Ashu, will start the season strong for the department.  Ashu has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences through his charismatic and emotive performance style, and is one of today’s most engaging and distinctive young artists.

“Ashu is the kind of performer who can get young people excited about classical and instrumental music through his expressive sound and dynamic virtuosity,” said Edward J. Whitelock the Department Head of Humanities and Programs in Fine & Performing Arts at Gordon State College.

Recently, Ashu was selected as the winner of the prestigious “Audience Award” at the renowned International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Gordon State College’s theatre, recital series and concerts will feature professional artists from the surrounding communities and across the country. The performers will often meet with Gordon State’s music majors before or after the performance to answer questions, sign autographs or to present a master class.

The fall lineup includes several shows including the William ​Shakespeare play The Tragedy of Macbeth,  on November 6-10. The November 10 Macbeth matinee also offers the option of a Community Brunch for $12.84 for adult meals and $7.49 for children 12 years and under, separate from the performance ticket.

Other performances throughout the fall consist of instrumental and choral concerts hosted in the GSC Fine Arts Auditorium. An instrumental concert is on the schedule for November 19, a student recital is on the 20, a choral concert is on the 21 and a recital series is on December 3.

During GSC’s Spring Semester, an impressive line-up is scheduled as well. The Spring Semester 2020 Fine Arts schedule kicks off with a piano recital on January 23 followed by the play “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder from March 10-13. Later in the season, choral and instrumental concerts will be hosted by the department with a recital series on April 16, an instrumental concert on the 21, a student recital on the 22 and a choral concert on the 23.

Admission is free for faculty, staff and students with proper Gordon State College ID cards. Pricing for general admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens: $7 and $5 for children 18-years old or younger.

The mission of Gordon State College's programs in Fine & Performing Arts is to celebrate the diverse expression of human emotion, thought, imagination, creativity and discovery by improving each student’s foundation in performance in the visual arts, music and theatre.

Contributions to support the GSC Fine & Performing Arts can be made securely online through the GIVE tab at the top of the Gordon State College website: www.gordonstate.edu or mailed to Gordon State College, Office of Advancement, External Relations and Marketing, 419 College Dr., Barnesville, GA 30204.

About Gordon State College

Located in Barnesville, Ga., Gordon State College offers 12 four-year degrees ranging from a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and English with Secondary Teacher Certification, History and History with Secondary Teacher Certification, plus Interdisciplinary Studies to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Biology with Secondary Teacher Certification, Elementary Education/Special Education, Health Information Management, Human Services, Management and Administration, Mathematics and Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification; Middle Grades Education and Nursing as well as 16 associate-level degrees.

With an enrollment of approximately 3,500 students, Gordon State offers an intimate academic setting in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. In this setting, students receive individualized attention that only a small college with dedicated faculty and staff can provide.

Founded in 1852, Gordon State College joined the University System of Georgia in 1972 and continues a distinctive legacy of excellent scholarship and service. For more information, visit www.gordonstate.edu