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8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

RELATED | Berry hosts Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

Josh Groban concert to be screened in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Josh Groban is giving a live preview concert of his new album in New York City, but local fans won't have to travel far to watch the performance.

Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes will be screened at several theaters across metro Atlanta.

The concert will be broadcast live on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Groban will perform some of the biggest hits from his 12-year career, as well as songs from his sixth studio album, All That Echoes, which hits shelves Feb. 5. He will also answer fans' questions submitted via Twitter and text message.

"To have the chance to perform songs new and old and interact with Q&A with fans across the country is truly awesome," Groban said in a statement. "Fathom (Events) gives me that reach using state-of-the-art visual and sound at your local movie theater to experience a concert experience unique to any other. What a great way to kick off the album release!"

'West Side Story' coming to Classic Center

'West Side Story' coming to Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- One of the most popular musicals of all time will sing and dance across the Classic Center stage for one night only.

West Side Story will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17.

The musical, which is based on Romeo and Juliet, tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. It features such hit songs as "Tonight," "America," "Somewhere" and "I Feel Pretty."

To buy tickets to West Side Story, visit classiccenter.com or call the box office at 706-357-4444. Tickets range in price from $15 to $70.

The Classic Center is located at 300 North Thomas Street in Athens.

Symphony gearing up for Christmas concert

Symphony gearing up for Christmas concert

ATHENS, Ga. -- Free tickets for the Athens Symphony Christmas Concerts will be available for pick-up on Monday, Nov. 26.

The symphony's two holiday concerts will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets, which cost nothing, are required for entry and are limited to four per person.

Local author and narrator Terry Kay and the Athens Symphony Chorus will also perform during the concert, which will feature several Christmas classics, including "O Holy Night," "White Christmas" and "Little Drummer Boy."

Tickets can be picked up at the Classic Center box office. Hours include 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Learn more at athenssymphony.org.

Jerry Seinfeld tickets go on sale Friday

Jerry Seinfeld tickets go on sale Friday

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tickets for Jerry Seinfeld's Jan. 24 appearance at the Classic Center in Athens will go on sale this week.

The box office will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. To buy tickets, visit classiccenter.com or call the box office at 706-357-4444.

Best known for his nine-season NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld has long been considered America's premier comedian. He has been hailed for his uncanny ability to see the funny side of the little things in life.

Blue Man Group coming to Classic Center

Blue Man Group coming to Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- One of the world's most popular high-energy acts will be in Athens for two days this month.

Blue Man Group will perform at the Classic Center at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and Wednesday, Nov. 7.

According to a release from the Classic Center:

Blue Man Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.

With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures. On the road for its first U.S. theatrical tour, the group offers a unique experience like nothing else, guaranteed to be an outing audiences will never forget.

Tickets to see Blue Man Group are available at classiccenter.com and the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.