Performers for ArtsATL’s second annual Luminary Awards ceremony will include comedian Mark Kendall, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, DJ Ree de la Vega and tributes to two Atlanta musical icons who died this year: Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Jane Little.
The event, at the City Winery on January 28, will honor six people who have made their marks in Atlanta’s arts community. Tickets are now available.
Kendall, a resident member of Dad’s Garage, starred in the Alliance Theatre production of The Magic Negro earlier this year.
Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, which features five former Atlanta Ballet star dancers, kicked off its inaugural season in October and performed two critically acclaimed world premiere pieces.
Also performing will be modern cellist Okorie Johnson, whose debut album Liminal established him as a pioneer of electronic and experimental string music.
The show will feature a filmed tribute from ASO musicians to double bassist Jane Little, who performed with the symphony for 71 years and collapsed onstage at Symphony Hall during a concert in May 2016 and died at the age of 87 at Grady Memorial Hospital. Little was a founding member of the ASO and holds the world record for longest tenure with a professional orchestra.
Colonel Bruce Hampton was an icon of the local music scene, mentor to many and a figurehead of the popular “jam band” movement. Hampton died in May this year after he collapsed on stage during a sold-out Fox Theatre show that brought musicians from Widespread Panic, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers Band to celebrate his 70th birthday. The Reverend Jeff Mosier will perform a tribute to Hampton.
The recipients of the 2018 Luminary Awards include a wide variety of Atlanta arts leaders.
The Amaranth Award for Philanthropic Legacy will go to Robert G. Edge of Alston & Bird and the chairman of the Charles Loridans Foundation.
The Halcyon Award for Outstanding Leadership will be awarded to Sue Schroeder of CORE Dance.
Out on Film will receive the Beacon Award for Community Engagement. (Full disclosure: Out on Film is helmed by Jim Farmer, an ArtsATL contributor and critic.)
The Catalyst Award will be presented to the artists and community leaders whose efforts successfully halted mural regulations proposed in the City of Atlanta.
The Joan P. Garner Outstanding Service to the Arts Award, presented in partnership with Fulton County Arts and Culture, will be shared by former Woodruff Arts Center CEO Virginia Hepner and Myrna Anderson-Fuller, who helms the Hammonds House Museum.