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Music news briefs: Symphony Hall to host all-star salute to Georgia music

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie and The Rolling Stones’ keyboardist and music director Chuck Leavell will perform together at the Atlanta Symphony Hall September 29. The show is part of a seven-stop tour that will celebrate Georgia’s rich musical history and feature songs by Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers Band, Outkast, Gram Parsons, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Brook Benton, R.E.M., Otis Redding and James Brown.

The all-instrumental show will also feature Mills’ classical composition debut, Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra, which childhood friends Mills and McDuffie performed in 2016–17. The two released an album of the work in 2016.

Tickets to “A Night of Georgia Music” are on sale now and range from $39 to $129. 

ArtsBridge, GPB receive Southeast Emmy for Shuler Awards broadcast

Two Georgia nonprofits, the ArtsBridge Foundation and Georgia Public Broadcasting, received their second-straight regional Emmy Award for their live broadcast of the 2018 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Shuler Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Southeast Chapter presented the award for Special Event Live Coverage to the team in a ceremony held June 15.

The Shulers, hosted at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, honor the best students and schools across 17 categories in Georgia high school musical theater. 

The consecutive wins are a testament to the talent of Georgia students, according to Jennifer Dobbs, executive director of ArtsBridge Foundation.

“The back-to-back Southeast Emmy Awards for the Shulers are indicative of the superb quality and high production value Georgia students bring at show time,” said Dobbs in a press release. “Producing this live event takes a team of dedicated staff and volunteers at ArtsBridge Foundation, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, many sponsors and our partners at GPB, and it is so rewarding to share this honor with so many contributors.”