Music, marathon begin 2013 events

January 9, 2013 

The Academy of Dance presents “London Calling: A Dance Tribute to British Music” and “Peter and the Wolf: A Ballet for the Young and the Young at Heart” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the David J. Zuver Performing Arts Center at Mount De Sales Academy in Macon.

“Peter and the Wolf” is a classic story that teaches children different instruments of the orchestra while telling the tale of Peter and his animal friends. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They are available at the Academy of Dance, 438 S. Pleasant Hill Road in Warner Robins. Kim Rowley, director of the Academy of Dance, said photographers are invited to the studio dress rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Call 922-6220 for more information about the performance.

In June, the Academy’s dancers will be showcased at the Beaches resort in Turks and Caicos. The show will feature contemporary ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern dance from the “London Calling” production. The dancers range in age from 8 to 18. Visit www.academyofdancewr.com to learn more about this talented group of dancers in Middle Georgia.

The Warner Robins Community Concert Association continues its season into the new year with Melanie Buckner and Thomas Bandy performing at 3 p.m. Sunday. Buckner, a native of Montezuma, is a singer and collaborative pianist holding degrees in vocal performance and music from Mercer University. She is a member of Coro Vocati, an Atlanta-based professional chamber choir, and has performed in England, Italy, Japan and Honduras.

Bandy is affiliated with the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in Ohio as an opera and vocal coach. His experience includes being the Czech and Russian coach at the summer Taos Opera Institute in New Mexico from 2009-11. He was assistant professor of collaborative piano at the Oberlin conservatory during the 2007-08 school year. While there, he was responsible for directing the vocal and instrumental accompanying programs. Also, during that time he was the pianist and coach during the Richard Miller Vocal Arts Symposium at Oberlin. Bandy completed his doctoral studies in collaborative piano in 2007 with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. He has played in the voice studios of many performers, including Shirley Verrett and George Shirley, and is an active musician and vocal coach specializing in Russian and Czech diction and vocal literature.

The Warner Robins Community Concert Association’s January concert will be held at First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins. Tickets are available at the door. They are $10 for adults, and students are admitted free. For more information, e-mail info@wrconcert.org or visit www.wrconcert.org.

The Museum of Aviation Foundation will host its 17th annual marathon, half-marathon and 5K race Jan. 19. Jeff Smith Automotive Group is the $10,000 title sponsor for the event. Jeff Smith is a member of the Museum of Aviation Foundation’s board of directors and recently donated a truck wrapped with the museum logo and aviation images for the museum’s education aviation outreach programs.

The annual museum race attracts more than 1,500 runners and walkers from throughout the country and globally. The courses are set up on Robins Air Force Base with cash prizes given to the top three places in each race, plus trophies for winners in 14 different age groups.

“The races are a great way to start the new year off right, especially the 5K run or walk, which families can do together,” said June Lowe, vice president of the Museum of Aviation Foundation. Businesses and individuals who would like to help sponsor the races may call Lowe at 923-6600.

To register for the race, visit www.museumofaviation.org or call 923-6600.

Marsha Priest Buzzell is executive director of the Warner Robins Convention & Visitors Bureau. Contact her at 922-5100 or cvb@wrga.gov.

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