Rialto Center announces jazz, dance, theater events for 2022-23 season

The Rialto Center for the Arts has announced a full new season of music, theater and dance, beginning September 15, 2022 with the Atlanta premiere of Traces: A Speech to African Nations, The Spirit of Hope.

The 2022-23 series is titled “Season of Power & Spirit.”

Power move individuals to positive change, and spirit brings people together in unity among many various traditions,” said Lee Foster, Rialto Center for the Arts executive director, in a press release. “Through entertaining and joyous performances we seek to create moments of unity, which the world needs now more than ever.”

Traces will be performed in French with English supertitles and features Étienne Minoungou, a Burkinabé actor and director. He tells the compelling story of one man who returns to Africa with a message of hope for the future.

Traces at the Rialto
Minoungou in “Traces” (Photo by Veronique Vercheval)

The author is Felwine Saar, a Sengalese humanist, musician, novelist and essayist who since 2020 has been a professor at Duke University. Traces will make only three stops in the United States: Atlanta, Duke University and Princeton University.

Also celebrating Africa is Nobuntu, a powerful female a capella group from Zimbabwe that will perform on October 15.

Other music events include an evening with the dynamic Arturo Sandoval, the 10-time Grammy-winning Latin jazz musician and composer; Jazz at Lincoln Center with Songs We Love; Jane Monheit singing pop and jazz standards from the Great American Songbook; and a Johnny Mercer Tribute featuring trumpet virtuoso Joe Gransden with the GSU Jazz Band.

Jazz innovator Jeff “Tain” Watts will also perform with the GSU Jazz Band; and the legendary couple Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., former members of The Fifth Dimension with seven Grammy Awards and 15 gold records, will entertain with new and old favorites. They recently appeared in the award-winning Netflix documentary Summer of Soul.

The season includes two dance events: cutting edge tap from Dorrance Dance Company, led by artistic director Michelle Dorrance; and the Martha Graham Dance Company, performing legendary Graham masterpieces and newly commissioned works.

The Georgia State University School of Music will present an opera adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s classic American play Our Townand the 25th Annual Gala Holiday Concert will feature more than 200 performers in December.

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