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VOL. 125 | NO. 105 | Tuesday, June 1, 2010



GPAC Announces Eclectic Lineup for New Season

JONATHAN DEVIN | Special to The Memphis News

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Season subscriptions are now on sale and a complete season listing is available at www.gpacweb.com or by calling 751-7500.

Life-size marionettes, men in tutus and Betty Boop herself are among the diverse musical, dance and novelty acts on their way to the Mid-South in the coming months.

Germantown Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) has announced its 2010-2011 season of concerts to the delight of lovers of jazz, ballet and family entertainment.

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, executive director of GPAC, personally programs the venue’s main stage and black box series, something she said can be difficult since GPAC brings in acts of several artistic disciplines.

Finding top acts on tour that fit GPAC’s signature performance areas is a delicate balance, which Castroverde Moskalenko seems to have down to an art.

GPAC opens its season Sept. 12 with the legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, best known for his performances with the John Coltrane Quartet through the 1960s before starting an expansive solo career.

“McCoy Tyner really is a giant in the jazz world,” Castroverde Moskalenko said. “He’s one of those artists who continues to perform and is really identified with improvisational jazz.”

Six-time Grammy award-winning saxophonist David Sanborn will bring his mix of the pop and jazz worlds on Oct. 7, followed by Judy Collins on Oct. 16, whose musical influences

reflect Woodie Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kurt Weill and Joni Mitchell in

a unique blend of American songwriting.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that David Sanborn is going to be a sellout because he has worked with a lot of pop stars,” said Castroverde Moskalenko. “Collins is one of the best-known names we are bringing. She’s won several Grammys and had several big hit songs in the ’70s and ’80s.”

GPAC will then host its second Rocktoberfest, which features up-and-coming rock bands, which are still being booked.

“We started Rocktoberfest as a fundraising event for a younger generation,” said Castroverde Moskalenko. “This past year we brought in four bands that were part of ‘$5 Cover,’ an MTV program by Craig Brewer.”

If the schedule sounds tame thus far, Castroverde Moskalenko said she decided to shake things up with “Rhapsody in Boop” in January, a musical tribute to the cartoon icon Betty Boop. It will be performed by the Jazz Orchestra of the Delta under the direction of Jack Cooper from the University of Memphis, who also wrote the musical arrangements of Boop’s cartoon themes.

“We are hoping to have the cartoons playing in the background,” said Castroverde Moskalenko. “It’s also exciting because we’re featuring local artists.”

Les Ballets Trockadero, the all-male ballet troupe that performs hilarious yet classically viable renditions of “Swan Lake” and the like in pointed shoes and tutus, will return in February.

“I love dance,” said Castroverde Moskalenko. “We have a lot of dance this year, but it just sort of worked out that way.”

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