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Jere Flint’s Last Hoorah!



“I am not afraid to make a fool of myself,” says Conductor Jere Flint. “I enjoy it.” But even though Mr. Flint is known for his comedic flair — dressing like wizards and ghosts of dead composers at Haunted Halloween family concerts to “busting-a-move” illustrating syncopation to young children, bopping along to orchestrations of Beach Boys favorites and rocking out on his cello — by no means has he taken his job lightly.


Flint joined the ASO (IN THE 1970S), which at the time was a part-time orchestra, with musicians who worked in a number of professions. When it became full-time, people had to start making decisions about whether or not to stay. Flint chose to stay.

“To be part of the growth was fabulous,” says Flint. “I was forced to learn along with everybody else about building a major orchestra, what it entailed. There was real promise on the horizon.”

“I tried to get the audience to enjoy themselves,” explains Flint. “This is the basic thing. All music may not at first be ‘enjoyable,’ but it’s thought provoking. There’s a place for deep art and there’s a place for light art, just as there are places for humorous art and sad art.” And whatever type of art is being performed, there are always new things for conductors and children to learn.

“Jere’s commitment to the ASO over the years has been extraordinary,” said Allison Vulgamore, ASO President and CEO. “No matter which hat he wears for the ASO, he always performs with great dedication, professionalism and good humor.”

Jere Flint retires at the end of this performing season and will grace the stage in Gainesville, Georgia on June 20th kicking off The Arts Council’s 2014 Summer MusicFest. “Jere has graced our audiences with his brilliance for several years; each time bringing them to their feet with appreciation. We are honored that he has decided to perform one of his last concerts for our patrons,” says Gladys Wyant, Director of The Arts Council, Inc.

THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER: The Atlanta Symphony’s outdoor performance will take place on June 20th at 8pm. Our gates will open at 6pm for picnicker. All are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and beverages of choice…or reserve tables up-front! For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit



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Larry Barker Quartet


The Arts Council is delighted to present The Larry Barker Quartet as part of its Evenings of Intimate Jazz Performance Series on May 19, 2012. The performance will start at 8:00pm at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Tickets are $30.00 per person. For tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit

 Gainesville, Georgia’s own Larry Barker is a jazz pianist with an eclectic musical background. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Barker has earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Jazz Performance. He is a veteran educator, currently teaching elementary music in the Gwinnett County Public Schools. He has performed and/or recorded with Charles Glenn, the U. S. Army Band, the Glenn Miller Band, Tom Kennedy, Theo Peoples, Peter Mayer, The Drifters, and numerous others. For years, Mr. Barker has collaborated most often with vocalist Charles Glenn, resulting in one CD release (Offerings) and countless memorable jazz club performances.

Since moving to Georgia in 2006, Larry Barker has performed with Atlanta Acoustic Jazz, Atlanta Beat, Sam Skelton, Ken Watters, the Sweet Lu Quartet, FootLights, and regularly plays solo piano at Grapes & Hops Bistro in Flowery Branch.

Mr. Barker’s influences on jazz piano include Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Michel Petrucciani, Bill Evans, Fred Hersch, George Shearing, Dave McKenna, Nat King Cole, Ray Kennedy, and Kenny Barron. His piano style is also shaped to a great degree by listening to the great vocalists such as Mel Torme ì, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, and instrumentalists such as Stan Getz Ray Brown, Tom Kennedy, Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, and Jeff Hamilton. He prefers not to play “outside” in the manner of many jazz musicians; rather Mr. Barker finds ways to explore his way “inside” the music. His approach keeps audiences completely engaged with each song. Larry’s performances are all about energy and emotion, speaking his own words through Jazz. This quartet will find a synergy with our wonderful audience that will propel its combined creativity to make this a most memorable evening of Jazz.

Accompanying Mr. Barker are Dave Frackenpohl on guitar, Neal Starkey on bass and Clay Hulet on drums.

Dave Frackenpohl

Dave Frackenpohl is an active jazz guitarist and composer/arranger in the Atlanta area. Collaborating with such jazz artists as Hank Crawford, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco and Carl Allen, he has performed at Spivey Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, the Fox Theatre and Rialto Center for the Arts. A versatile player, he has appeared with big bands such as Moments Notice and Les Elgars, touring Broadway shows such as High School Musical, Chicago and 42nd Street, as well as the Atlanta Symphony, Florida Orchestra and AtlantaChamber Players. Composer/arranger credits include several Mel Bay Jazz guitar books/recordings including Jazz Standards for Guitar I & II, as well as recorded tracks by local Atlanta artists Sam Skelton, Ike Stubblefield and E.J. Hughes.


Neal Starkey

Neal Starkey is an American jazz bassist residing in Atlanta, Georgia. He has had a long and varied career, performing with many of the most notable names in jazz, including Kenny Barron, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Duke Pearson, Al Cohn, Charlie Rouse, Barney Kesseland many others. He is a regular featured performer at the W. C. Handy Music Festival, and a member of the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars. Originally from New York, he has made Atlanta his home for the past 25 years. Starkey has recorded with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and Freddie Hubbard with the CBS Jazz All-Stars, and has served as bass instructor in the jazz program at Georgia State University. He has also had extensive studio recording experience and is one of the most in- demand bassists in the Southeastern region. 


Clay Hulet

Originally from Chicago, Clay Hulet performed regularly in that city’s vital jazz scene with such local luminaries as John Campbell, Joe Daley, Bunky Green, and Tom Hope. He appeared frequently on radio, television, and recordings, most notably on Richard Drexler’s album Flaming Spirit with Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell, and Steve La Spina. Now living in Atlanta, Clay plays regularly at clubs, festivals, and hotel venues in and around the city. In addition to accompanying nationally known musicians, he performs with many local artists. They include Kenny Banks, Dave Frackenpohl, Joe Gransden, Gary Motley, and Syl Spann. Clay regularly appears at The Whisper Room at Churchill Grounds, performing with Danny Harper and two-time Grammy nominee Russell Gunn.

Call today for tickets! (770) 534-2787

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You are cordially invited…

Wedding season is here and we at The Arts Council couldn’t be more excited! From flowers and decorations to dresses and the location-we love helping make every wedding celebrated at The Arts Council unique and memorable!

THE PERFECT DESTINATION-downtown Gainesville

THE ARTS COUNCIL SMITHGALL ARTS CENTER where you can have the best of both worlds: our green lawn, bricked patio, and wrought iron gates make for a perfect outdoor wedding while the marble atrium with focal crystal pendant chandelier afford glamour and sophistication.

At The Arts Council we believe in giving our clients the freedom to choose their own licensed caterers, florists, wedding coordinators, and decorators.

 We have compiled a list of some of our personal favorite decor, fashions, and trends. The versatility of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lends itself to every style and fashion!

For rental information and booking visit our website or call The Arts Council at (770) 534-2787.

Green and white hydrangeas with a pop of pink

Simple and effortlessly elegant bouquet of white tulips

The perfect splash of color for a summer tabletop straight from the backyard


Bright beautiful bouquets!

When it comes to tabletop decor, we agree less is MORE!

Seated dinner simplicity

Pop of color


Tent done well-just the right balance of twinkle lights and candlelight

Gorgeous arrangements and great use of color!

Even seaside chic will work wonders on our lawn and patio

Perfect pink peonies-simple, elegant, and eye catching

Beautiful arbor for  an outdoor wedding!

Apple green + crisp white=great wedding colors for spring or summer

Ginna’s wedding dress pick!

Gown custom designed by Amy Smilovic of Tibi, also love her bouquet!

The bride’s colors were gray and yellow so the bridesmaids got to pick there own Tibi dress within the color scheme! Great idea and they really will wear them again!

Terrifically elegant from every angle

Nairika’s wedding dress picks!

Lace and sleeves the latest in trends

Simple and elegant

Tired of the white? Give color a chance!

Another trend: desert/candy bars! Great for favors!

Happy planning! The Arts Council wishes all newlyweds a lifetime of happiness and love!

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Del Baroni Quartet

The Arts Council is looking forward to presenting The Del Baroni Quartet in our Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series,  performing for Gainesville on April 20!

 Del Baroni is a graduate of the University of Miami where he majored in music (Jazz and vocal). While in Florida he taught college level music as well as performing as a vocalist and bassist both in “live” and studio engagements. Moving to Georgia in 1987 he has been busy in the Atlanta music scene enjoying a special musical relationship with Margaret Perrin as well as other local musicians. With an appreciation for American standard music, Jazz and the artists who had public impact with both live and recorded performances, Baroni created a concept to recreate the excitement of live broadcasts as well as intimate jazz club settings utilizing vintage equipment and vocal stylings like Frank Sinatra in his shows.

Jennifer Hanson will join Del and the group on vocals.

A little background on Jennifer Hanson: In the rugged landscape of Flin Flon, Manitoba, there are two kinds of people: hockey players and singers. Though she is well known for her goalie skills, Jennifer’s voice is what people remember about her. Her torchy, seductive vocal style is among the finest in the current generation of jazz singers, while her stage presence is that of the classic generation of singers like Rosemary Clooney, Julie London and Vera Lynn.She’s definitely not just another voice in the crowd!

Watch live performances from The Del Baroni Quartet on our website!

Come see The Del Baroni Quartet “Live On Air” April 20, 8pm at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

Purchase tickets online or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787

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Wonderful Women in the Arts

Abigail May Alcott– An American artist and youngest sister of Louis May Alcott, author of Little Women. Abigail illustrated Louisa’s first version of Little Women and later went to Paris to study art. Her still life paintings can be seen today hanging at Orchard House, the family home in Massachusetts, and in homes of close friends and neighbors like Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Mary Cassatt-Born in Pennsylvania, she was an american painter and printmaker lived part of her life in France where she befriended Edgar Degas and exhibited among the impressionists


Self portrait 1878

The Boating Party 1893

Georgia O’Keeffe– American painter born in Wisconsin. O’Keeffe became one of the most important modern artists of her time, carving a place in the art world for women that had otherwise been dominated by males. She is most known for her close up paintings of flowers and images of the southwest.

Blue and Green Music 1921

Ram’s Head WHite Hollyhock and Little Hills 1935

Billie Holiday– American jazz singer and songwriter. Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Martha Graham– An American modern dancer and choreographer. She was the first dancer to ever perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and received  the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Donna Karan– An American fashion designer and creator of fashion label Donna Karan New York, DKNY. She started out as an everyday girl from Queens then went to study fashion at Parsons in New York City. She has been named women’s designer of the year by the CFDA, Council of Fashion Designers of America, numerous times.

DKNY Spring 2012

Lynne Arriale– An American jazz musician pianist. Lynne received a classical degree from the Wisconsin Conservatory but was later swayed to play jazz after her interest in Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. She came into prominence in 1993 when she won the International Great American Jazz Piano Competition and performed at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

The Arts Council is honored to have Lynne perform on Jan. 28 as a part of our Evenings of Intimate Jazz!

Tickets Here

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Holiday Concert at Centennial Arts Academy

Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy“, brought some extra holiday cheer to Centennial Arts Academy with his holiday concert, “North Pole Follies”. Lee’s puppets come to life as residents of the North Pole putting on their annual talent show. The characters include a fruitcake, goose, teddy bears, deer, and a snowman! The show combined music and a variety of hand puppets and had “curriculum connections” such as social studies, language arts, visual arts, theatre, and music!


The “not so abominable” snowman

  The enthralled crowd


 Lee with his fans and puppet!

Thank you to Lee Bryan for putting on a fantastic show and to Centennial Arts Academy for using The Arts in Schools Resource Guide to book such great talent for the entire school to enjoy!

Find out more about Lee Bryan and other school performers by contacting The Arts Council.

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