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Downtown Atlanta’s Historic Rialto Center for The Arts Prepares For Grand Reopening With ‘Season of Mastery’ Rialto Series

Venue Also Continues to Present Popular ‘Feed Your Senses’  Free Lunchtime Learning Performing Arts Series Streaming via Social Media

The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University announces it will reopen in the fall with its 2021-2022 Rialto Series Season of Mastery, featuring incomparable artists who are masters of their art forms. 

The Rialto returns after being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for its signature Rialto Series performances by jazz greats, leading contemporary dance companies and groundbreaking musicians, this season boasts a stellar lineup.

“We have all faced incredibly challenging times the past year,” said Rialto Executive Director Lee Foster. “But we remain hopeful as we are now turning the corner. With health and safety protocols in place, the Rialto Center team is ready to light up the marquee, open our doors and welcome guests back to Downtown Atlanta!”

“We are proud to present the 2021-2022 ‘Season of Mastery’ as we explore the depth and breadth of mastery in the arts,” Foster added.  

The season opens in celebratory fashion on Nov. 6 with a “funky good time” for all courtesy of Grammy-nominated horn blower, singer and songwriter Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, masters of “SupaFunkRock.”  

The Rialto also invites audiences to celebrate the holidays with two performances: the 24th Annual Gala Holiday Concert presented by the Georgia State School of Music on Dec. 5, and Christmas with Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney, masters of vocals, violin and trombone, on Dec. 11. 

On Jan. 14, the Season of Mastery rings in the new year with music: Wayne Bergeron with special guest David Pastor, in concert with the Georgia State Jazz Band presented by The Georgia State School of Music and CENCIA; and on Jan. 22, Rialto fan favorite, master of international music and four-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo takes the stage. 

The season continues Feb. 19 with the Grammy-winning Latin groove masters the Pacific Mambo Orchestra and Grammy-nominated master of jazz saxophone Miguel Zenón, in concert with the Georgia State Jazz Band, on April 22. Ten-time Grammy-winning masters of harmonic vocalese The Manhattan Transfer return to The Rialto on April 30. The Rialto also hosts its 2nd Annual Gala, complete with red carpet and the “Phony Awards”, presented by the masters of comedy and musical improvisation Broadway’s Next Hit Musical on March 12. 

The Season of Mastery also features two dance performances including the ground-breaking, all-female masters of step and tap Syncopated Ladies: Live performing March 3 to today’s cutting-edge music, featuring choreographer Chloé Arnold, discovered by renowned choreographer Debbie Allen. Closing out the season is A.I.M by Kyle Abraham with their latest evening-length work An Untitled Love set to the seductive, lush music of D’Angelo on May 21. 

Free (validated) parking is provided for all Rialto Series shows at the 100 Peachtree Parking Garage (formerly the Equitable deck) on Fairlie Street. Subscriptions and single tickets are now available at Rialto.GSU.edu, the Rialto Box Office or (404) 413-9TIX (9849). Follow @RialtoCenter via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

In addition to the Season of Mastery, the Rialto continues is popular free lunch-time learning performing arts series, Feed Your Senses which airs via the Rialto’s Facebook and YouTube pages every third Wednesday at noon. Programming features a different artist of speaker each month, providing a casual and fun insider’s look at their craft. Upcoming Feed Your Senses performances include Kings of Maryland (KOM) on Oct. 20, 3rd Stream Big Band Show! on Nov. 17, and a Rialto Replay of “Holly Jolly Christmas with Joe Gransden and Kenny Banks, Sr. on Dec. 15. Feed Your Senses is supported in part by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Georgia Council for the Arts and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly (a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts), the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and 100 Peachtree. 


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