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Georgia Tech's new arts season





The 24th performing arts season at Georgia Tech, called Arts@Tech, has something for everyone.

One can hear a salsa orchestra, a public radio superstar, see gravity-defying aerial dance, dance to a brass band or gypsy swing or check out an artist who dances with robots.

The new season, announced Wednesday, is the first under the direction of Madison Cario, formerly of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously called the Ferst Center Presents, the season’s events will be presented at the Ferst Center and at other venues on campus.

The theme of the 2015-16 series is “Get Your Game On!”

Here’s what to expect:


Salsa from the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra (Sept. 25), classical pianist Sandra Wright Shen (Nov. 5-7), soul singers Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne in “Solid Soul” (Nov. 18), hip-hop artist DJ Spooky performing “Peace Symphony: 8 Stories” (Nov. 19), ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro (Nov. 20), jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Dec. 12), brass band The Soul Rebels (Dec. 18), gypsy jazz and more from Cyrille Aimée (Feb. 20), innovative cello from Maya Beiser (March 5), vocalist Marie Daulne/Zap Mama (April 1), jazz guitarist Earl Klugh (April 23).


Dance and robots with Huang Yi & KUKA (Oct. 1-2), aerial dance from STREB: Extreme Action Architect (Oct. 8-9), classical Indian dance in “Fast Forward” by Spanda Dance Company (Oct. 25), street dance from Blaze (Feb. 11), tap dance from Dorrance Dance (March 9-10, 2016), comedy and artistry from Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (April 9-10).


“An Evening with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad” (Sept. 26), poets Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman in “Sister Outsider” (Oct. 16), poetry and history in “Rodney King” by Roger Guenveur Smith (Jan. 15-16), “An Evening with Marc Bamuthi Joseph” (April 7).


Clowning by Mark Gindick in “Wing-Man” (Jan. 19-23), blogger Frank Warren and three actors present “PostSecret: The Show” (Feb. 6), coming of age drama in “Bronx Gothic” from Okwui Okpokwasili (Feb. 24-27), the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe in “Red-Eye to Havre de Grace” by Lucidity Suitcase International (April 13-16).

Ticket packages are available now via with individual tickets on sale in August.

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Bo Emerson is an Atlanta native and a long-time AJC feature and news writer.