Greece Performing Arts Society appointed Eric Vaughn Johnson as president in December 2016 to bring new ideas, programs and partnerships to the organization. In 2017, the 300-person performing membership has blossomed in an artistic and financial renaissance.
GPAS’s 2017 schedule included many new opportunities, such as “The Next Chapter” media event and concert, the Summer Soiree, Greece Theatre Company’s reopening with the upstate New York premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the Young Artists Competition.
The nonprofit performing arts organization continued its ongoing concerts throughout Greece and Greater Rochester in 2017. GPAS was represented at downtown events including Corn Hill Arts Festival, M&T Clothesline Festival at Memorial Art Gallery and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival as well as at Rochester Red Wings games. The holiday wrapping booth fundraiser at The Mall at Greece Ridge made its largest profit since its inception 20 years ago.
Johnson recently announced his plans for 2018.
GPAS will kickoff 2018 with the Young Artists Recital at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 2400 W. Ridge Road, Rochester. Tickets cost $10, and are available online or at the door.
The recital will feature local performers and the winners from the December 2017 competition. The musical theater, classical voice and instrumental performers range in ages 7-17, and include Mary Olivia Long, of Brighton; Angela Gagnon, J. Ian Reynolds and Julianna Tracey, of Greece; Sierra Bianchi, of Hilton; and Gregory Sekeres, of Rochester.
GPAS will present “Good Vibrations Concert: Hits of the 1960s” at 7 p.m. on March 24 at Greece Arcadia High School, 120 Island Cottage Road, Rochester. The themed concert will highlight Greece Jazz Band, directed by Gary J. Samulski, and Greece Concert Band, directed by BJ Comer.
Guest professional soloists will include Jenna Owens, Alvis Green Jr. and Dylan DeGeorge, who recently played Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Audience members will recognize hits from The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and The Supremes. Tickets cost $12, and are available online or at the door.
The GPAS Summer Soiree will take place on June 2 at Davinci’s of Greece, 1558 W. Ridge Road, Rochester, with a 1930s “Hooray for Hollywood” theme. The fundraiser will include a buffet dinner, professional musical talent and a silent auction. Tickets cost $40, and are available at all area Wegmans and online.
Johnson said GPAS is developing the second Greece Theatre Company production to be mounted in late 2018.
“We are not ready to announce any information; however, the next show promises to be another big one like last fall’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame,’” Johnson said. “GPAS will be rolling out a larger expanded version of the Young Artists Competition for December 2018. Then, in 2019, GPAS will plan a yearlong celebration for our 50th anniversary. We have a lot of additional plans and partnerships currently in the works, so the future for GPAS looks good.”
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