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OPAS Announces 2023 Fall Events

The Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS) proudly announces their upcoming fall of 2023 not-to-be-missed events!

First is the "fun" raiser, Soirée en Blanc & Noir on September 8th. This annual special event helps all things OPAS, focusing on supporting local youth and the organization’s expanding Arts Education initiatives.

The opening night of the 2023-24 season begins with Country Hits: Songs from Nashville. Six of Nashville's finest musicians join OPAS AND the Augusta Symphony. Duluth-Superior and Augusta Symphony Music Director and Conductor Dirk Meyer leads the orchestra for this honky-tonking, heart-aching, rocking celebration of everything American loves about Country music, past and present. Hear hits you know and love from legendary stars, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson to today's biggest stars like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Kacey Musgraves. OPAS Board Chair Margie-Eddy Forbes said, " I and so many others in the area love our Country music. It is a rare opportunity to hear this genre of music played with stunning new orchestral arrangements by Grammy-winner Jeff Tyzik. Get your tickets immediately, we are very excited!"

Reynold's Lake Oconee and OPAS will present Rhythm and Brews on October 21st. The Beer and Wine tasting begins at 5 PM and is included in the concert ticket price.

Broadway Sings for OPAS will return on November 17th. Tony and Grammy-winning composer, conductor, and pianist Jason Howland leads a 32-piece orchestra for this memorable evening. OPAS Artistic/Executive Director Doug LaBrecque will host the evening alongside a collection of some of his most talented colleagues.

On December 16th, Fa-La-La returns. Maestro Howland returns to lead the orchestra alongside two American legends, singer Lisa Vroman and violin pioneer Mark Wood. A familiar and popular singer to orchestras worldwide, Ms. Vroman was a long-running Christine in Broadway's The Phantom of The Opera. She will lead a series of masterclasses for local students while she is in town. Emmy Award-winning composer/violinist Mark Wood is known as a founding member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has played with Celine Dion, Billy Joel,Lenny Kravitz and more. He is a Juilliard School of Music grad who is passionate about Arts Education. He visits up to 60 schools per year when he is not performing. Known as "The Eddie Van Halen of the violin," Mr. Wood invented the famous Viper electric violin and he is making his much anticipated OPAS debut.

OPAS provides priority access to tickets to their members before going on sale to the public. These events are sure to sell out, so get your tickets now! For more information about how to join OPAS or support their Arts Education programs, visit here or call the OPAS office at 706-467-6000.

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