Rialto Center’s 2015-16 season moves in diverse cultural directions

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Mark Morris Dance Group, shown performing “A Wooden Tree,” will open the Rialto Performing Arts Center’s 2015-16 season on Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED BY ELAINE MAYSON
Mark Morris Dance Group, shown performing “A Wooden Tree,” will open the Rialto Performing Arts Center’s 2015-16 season on Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED BY ELAINE MAYSON

Mark Morris Dance Group, shown performing “A Wooden Tree,” will open the Rialto Performing Arts Center’s 2015-16 season on Oct. 17. CONTRIBUTED BY ELAINE MAYSON

The just-announced 2015-16 lineup at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts offers another strong cross-cultural blend of jazz, world, roots and classical music, dance and more.

The season promises to be an especially notable one for dance, launching with Mark Morris Dance in October and including guitarist Paco Peña’s flamenco dance-music program in November and the biennial contemporary dance festival Off the Edge in March 2016.

The lineup:

Oct. 17: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble

Oct. 24: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, the veteran Cuban players on their farewell tour

Paco Peña will bring his “Flamencura” program to the Rialto Performing Arts Center on Nov. 7 as part of its just-announced 2015-16 season. CONTRIBUTED BY ELAINE MAYSON

Paco Peña will bring his “Flamencura” program to the Rialto Performing Arts Center on Nov. 7 as part of its just-announced 2015-16 season. CONTRIBUTED BY ELAINE MAYSON

Nov. 7: Paco Peña presents “Flamencura”

Dec. 5: Georgia State University School of Music’s 18th annual Gala Holiday Concert

Jan. 30: Ramsey Lewis, the famed jazz pianist performs his “The In Crowd” album in its entirety on its 50th anniversary

Feb. 6: Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the 13-member ensemble known for getting audiences out of their seats and dancing

Feb. 13: Capitol Steps, political satire

Feb. 20: Jones Family Singers in a “Sacred Sounds” program of “rafter-shaking” gospel

Feb. 26: Johnny Mercer Celebration 2016, featuring trumpeter-vocalist Joe Gransden and vocalist Kathleen Bertand

Feb. 27: Shemekia Copeland, singing Chicago blues

March 4-5: Off the Edge, contemporary dance fest showcasing Kyle Abraham, La Otra Orilla, others

April 2: Boban and Marko Marković Orchestra, 12-piece Balkanic brass ensemble

April 8: Georgia State University Jazz Band with special guest to be announced

April 10: Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

April 15-17: Georgia State University Opera

April 23: Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz songstress

Subscriptions are on sale, with single tickets available Aug. 3, at the Rialto box office (80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta) or 404-413-9849, rialto.gsu.edu.

La Otra Orilla will appear in Off the Edge, the Rialto Center for the Art's biennial contemporary dance festival, March 4-5. CONTRIBUTED BY RIALTO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

La Otra Orilla will appear in Off the Edge, the Rialto Center for the Art’s biennial contemporary dance festival, March 4-5. CONTRIBUTED BY RIALTO CENTER FOR THE ARTS

 


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