Rialto Center for the Arts Announces 2013-14 Rialto Series

May 8,2013

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts proudly announces its 2013-2014 Rialto Series featuring its trademark blend of the best in jazz, world music, dance and more. 

As the Georgia State University community continues its centennial celebration, the 17th annual Series also celebrates the old and the new, returning longtime fan favorites and introducing a new crop of legendary artists to the Rialto stage. The Rialto experience, however, is not limited to the Series shows. Each performance will extend into the educational experience that has become the Rialto’s signature, with such performance-related events as the monthly lunchtime "Feed Your Senses," master classes, thought-provoking dialogues and more. At its heart, the upcoming Series aims to delight veteran patrons and new visitors by building on its longstanding tradition as the crossroads of cultural arts in the heart of Downtown Atlanta.

The 2013-2014 Rialto Series opens with a performance from the legendary Latin jazz players of Cuba’s Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club. Atlanta’s “Best World Music Venue” will host Grammy-winning South African Soweto Gospel Choir, Berlin big band progenies Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, and Israeli pop fusion artist Idan Raichel. 2013-2014 also welcomes the return of Rialto mainstays Capitol Steps and Béla Fleck (with Rialto newcomer Abigail Washburn). Rialto honors National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Wayne Shorter in his 80th birthday year.  Finally, the Series features a banner year in dance, marked by the return of the massively successful EDGE dance immersion event, of Brazil’s renowned Balé Folcórico da Bahia, and of Trey McIntyre Project on closing night, as well as an exciting opportunity to present the Apollo Theatre’s Get on the Good Foot, featuring Philadanco, celebrating the music and influence of James Brown.

“The 2013-2014 Series very much mirrors the realities of both Georgia State University and Atlanta: evolving with our ever-connecting world, but remaining true to its authentic self,” says Director Leslie Gordon. “Entering my tenth season, I can promise the Rialto Series delivers truly the world’s best right into the heart of downtown Atlanta.”

Series subscriptions are on sale now with single tickets going on sale August 1, 2013.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 404-413-9TIX (9849), in person at the Box Office, by fax at 404-413-9850, or online at