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GPAC Presents 2017-2018 Season

Post Date:02/24/2017

Building on the momentum and excitement of our 22nd anniversary year, GPAC is pleased to present the 2017-2018 season of performances to take place in the Duncan-Williams Performance Hall.

The widely popular Jazz Series kicks off the season on September 23 with smooth sounds of The Rippingtons, the superstar jazz group featuring Russ Freeman. Other performances to look forward to include the booming baritone Gregory Porter, the innovative modern jazz guitarist John Scofield, and the Cuban band Cubanismo, let by trumpeter and bandleader Jesús Alemañy and the French Dominican songstress Cyrille Aimée.

The always eclectic International Series includes the return of the TAO drumming artists of Japan; the Malian guitarist Habib Koité with Bamada, his supergroup of West African musicians; and the Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers.

The American Music Series returns with old friends and legends such as Bruce Hornsby, Mark O’Connor, Robert Earl Keen and Jason D. Williams. Chanteuse Storm Large returns to GPAC after her mesmerizing performance with the MSO two seasons ago, and new to the GPAC stage is Rhiannon Giddens, the founding front woman of the Carolina Chocolate Drops who is on tour with her own band to support her second solo release.

The Dance/Movement Series offers a mix of dance genres including Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, a dance company that fuses African Dance with contemporary choreography and storytelling; and the classically trained contemporary dance company Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.    The acclaimed Moscow Festival Ballet closes the 2017-2018 season with the stunning and heartrending tragedy Giselle.

Season subscriptions for the 2017-2018 are on sale February 24. GPAC subscribers enjoy big discounts and first choice in great seats before the general public can purchase single tickets. Season subscriptions and series subscriptions are available for purchase online by visiting


GPAC 2017-2018 Season
September 23               The Rippingtons
September 29               Rhiannon Giddens
October 28                    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
November 2                  Bruce Hornsby
November 4                  Storm Large
November 16                Habib Koité & Bamada
November 17                Gregory Porter
January 13                    Mark O’Connor featuring O’Connor Band with Sierra Hull
January 20                   John Scofield
February 17                  ¡Cubanismo!
February 22                  Robert Earl Keen with Jason D. Williams
February 24                  Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
March 3                        TAO: Drum Heart
March 24                      Eileen Ivers
April 14                         Cyrille Aimee
April 20                         Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle

A line-up packed with incredible artists in a variety of series, this is one season you do not want to miss!

For additional ticket information, personal assistance and questions, please contact the GPAC Box Office at (901) 751-7500.

About GPAC

GPAC is located in the heart of Shelby County, serves the greater metro Memphis area of over a million people and is accessible to all members of the community. The GPAC theater is an acoustically perfect, 864-seat venue featuring a sprung pine stage, an intimate black box theatre, an elegant green room, eight spacious dressing rooms and a spacious lobby for entertaining and assembling. Ray Charles set the bar high when he opened GPAC in 1994, immediately defining this space as a place where excellence is the norm and where the world would come to perform.

Season after season, GPAC has applauded an array of artists with extraordinary talents and showcased the broadest range of performances and art forms. Currently in our 21st season, GPAC presents world-renowned performing artists in a variety of genres, year-round educational activities for all ages including the GPAC Youth Symphony Orchestra, rotating visual art exhibits and many community events welcoming over 100,000 visitors annually. The organization benefits from the infrastructure of a professional organization that possesses a clear direction, strong financial health, professional staff and a dedicated board of directors.

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