GPAC's 2013-14 season puts country music in the mix

Music slate expands into country, gospel

Country star Marty Stuart is featured in the Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s American Music Series.

Country star Marty Stuart is featured in the Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s American Music Series.

The award-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Courtesy Germantown Performing Arts Centre)

The award-winning choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Courtesy Germantown Performing Arts Centre)

Jazz virtuoso Jonathan Batiste
(Courtesy Germantown Performing Arts Centre)

Jazz virtuoso Jonathan Batiste (Courtesy Germantown Performing Arts Centre)

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For gpac_season for 3/21 features. Images courtesy Germantown Performing Arts Centre The artistic and athletic dance company Pilobolus returns to GPAC.$RETURN$$RETURN$

Country star Marty Stuart is featured in the Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s American Music Series.

Country star Marty Stuart is featured in the Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s American Music Series.

A diverse array of acts plus a revitalized series of American music will be offered in the Germantown Performing Arts Centre’s 2013-14 season.

Paul Chandler, GPAC’s executive director, said the venue has done well with bluegrass, gospel and American folk, although classic country was not in the mix. “But next season, we’ll have Marty Stuart — a legend and leader in the country community.”

Also in the American Music Series are Blind Boys of Alabama, Kathy Mattea and the Del McCoury Band. “We wanted to experiment with a variety of genres and expand

on them as we see audience interest,” Chandler said.

The Jazz Series is particularly strong this year, he said, bringing in pianist Mulgrew Miller, singer Ann Hampton Callaway, pianist Jonathan Batiste, trumpeter Doc Severinsen, pianist Chucho Valdes and smooth jazz group Spyro Gyra.

There will also be a special performance in January 2014 by the South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which found wide notice after appearing on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

Dance, as always, will have a significant presence. The troupes include the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Shanghai Ballet, Pilobolus and the action-heavy Streb, a cirque-style act.

“Streb is not quite circus and not quite dance,” Chandler said. “I think there is a lot of growth in these performers who do their thing in the air and on contraptions. A lot of that was seen in the Olympic ceremonies with performers leaping off balconies with colorful costumes. It’s got a future.”

GPAC has also established a new partnership with Duncan-Williams Inc. that will allow GPAC to take on a variety of new programming. The performance area of the main stage and 824-seat auditorium inside the complex will be named the Duncan Williams Performance Hall at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre.

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