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Rialto Center announces 2012-13 season with stellar mix of dance, jazz and world beats

Third World Band
Grammy-nominated reggae group Third World Band will celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with a show October 6.

The 2012-13 Rialto Series, which will open October 6 at the Rialto Center for the Arts, boasts a lineup featuring several world-famous and award-winning artists, including eight Grammy-nominated musicians and three internationally acclaimed choreographers.

Known for its jazz, world music and dance, the Rialto Series has brought some of the world’s most talented artists to Atlanta, and the coming season’s high level of talent raises the bar. “Now more than ever before, we can promise the Rialto Series delivers truly the world’s best right into the heart of downtown Atlanta,” says Director Leslie Gordon.

In its 16th season under the auspices of Georgia State University, the series will feature several performances by GSU musicians as well. On December 1 and 2, members of the university’s School of Music will perform a Gala Holiday Concert, and in April, Georgia State’s Opera Theater will join its Symphony Orchestra for three days of performances of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw.”

Grammy-nominated reggae group Third World Band will kick things off October 6 with a show celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. Other world musicians set to perform include Brazilian superstar and Grammy winner Gilberto Gil and Indian maestros Zakir Hussain and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma.

Among the jazz artists will be vocalist Dianne Reeves and South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, both Grammy winners. The Grammy-nominated Latin jazz band Tiempo Libre will close the series on April 27, 2013.

Some of the world’s best dancers and choreographers will also perform, including Spanish flamenco choreographer Manuel Liñán and New York-based Gallim Dance, led by Andrea Miller (one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”). On October 28, French choreographer Pierre Rigal will return to the Rialto with his new work “Standards,” part of France-Atlanta 2012.

New York’s Gallim Dance performs.

Also returning will be musical political satirists the Capitol Steps, a Rialto favorite, who will perform October 20, shortly before the presidential election.

In the “Rialto Experience,” local artists and scholars will participate in classes, dialogues and other events relating to each performance.

Series subscriptions are now on sale, and single tickets will go on sale August 1.

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