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October 7, 2016

The GAMAC Wire

Keeping The Electric City wired for sound...
Saxophonist Chris Vadala Takes Five
with the Electric City Big Band

     The Electric City Big Band will present Take Five with acclaimed saxophonist, Chris Vadala, on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30pm in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University.  Recognized as a skilled performer and music educator, Mr. Vadala will also host an open rehearsal for woodwind students of all ages earlier in the day.
     As one of the country's foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in high demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. His performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Japan, Phillipines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the Caribbean, and Europe.  His accolades also include performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, two Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award.  As a performer and recording artist, he has worked with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, New York Voices, Frankie Valli, and many others. In 2009, he became a member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has been the first call saxophonist with National Symphony Orchestra for many years.
     Founded in 1982 and performing in the tradition of America's big bands, the Electric City Big Band (ECBB) performs popular, current, and nostalgic selections of music with wide appeal.  Directed by Mr. Alan Nowell, the ensemble performs as part of GAMAC's Anderson Symphony Series and as the headlining act for the USO Sweetheart's Dance.  The ECBB is a semi-professional ensemble with professional instrumentalists and seasoned community players teaming up to celebrate big band's uniquely American style.
     Tickets to see Chris Vadala with The Electric City Big Band are just $15 for adults and $7 for students and available by calling GAMAC at (864) 231-6147.  Students and teachers interested in attending the open rehearsal earlier that day are asked to call.  




Musician's Minute

by Amy Diffenderfer, GAMAC Intern

GAMAC Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster, Heather Strachan, sat down with us recently to give us a glimpse into the life of a professional violinist.

What is the role of the Concertmaster?
"The concertmaster prepares music months in advance for the first violins by marking in the bowings.  If you're in the audience a notice all of the violin bows going in the same direction, the concertmaster made that happen!  The concertmaster helps the conductor with any changes that may be needed to better the music such as directing the violins to fix anything that sounds a little off or by making suggestions with musical interpretations.  Each section leader in an orchestra leads by showing cues for big entrances to help keep their section together in case any one gets lost.  The concertmaster also performs any solos in the first violin part and tunes up the strings."  

How did you get into music? 
"It was always about performing.  I grew up surrounded by music.  I'm a total performance junkie!  My father was a cellist and choral director, and my mother was a pianist and band director.  My father had a lot of close friends in the music business.  You know Robert Shaw?  He was a close friend of my father's!  I started violin when I was 8 years old and piano when I was 5.  by the time I was 13, I knew that music was what I wanted to do.  I got a degree in performance from Ohio State University."

How did you get involved with GAMAC?
"I moved to Georgia in 1993 and there was a lady in Toccoa who asked me to play a wedding in Anderson.  On the way to the wedding, she took me to Draisen-Edwards Music, telling me that I had to meet this guy, Alex Spainhour.  So I had my briefcase with all of my stuff in it, you know, what you carry around when you're trying to get established.  When I met Alex and he asked for my resume.  He looked it over and then asked if I would like a job teaching violin at Draisen-Edwards.  I started performing for GAMAC that same year as the Principal 2nd Violin."

Where else do you perform?
"I play with Piedmont Camerata, which is a piano quintet.  I also play for weddings and in churches during special services like a cantata.  I kind of do a bit of everything!  I perform between 3 states."

Where do you teach?
"I am adjunct faculty at three colleges: Piedmont College (Demorest, GA), Truett-McConnell University (Cleveland, GA) and Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa,Falls, GA).  I also have a private studio where I teach violin and piano."

On a road trip by yourself, what are you listening to?
"Depends on my mood!  I listen to pretty much everything, except country music!  I'll listen to anything from Prince to classical.  I do listen to NPR a lot because I usually drive at night, so I'll listen to that to relax."




Welcome to the Zoo
The GAMAC Chorale & Children's Chorus
Friday, November 4, 2016 @7:30
Boulevard Baptist Church
Celebrating the majesty and mystery of the animal kingdom in song!
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The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, Inc. (GAMAC) is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding in part from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Funding is also provided in part by Accommodations Tax funding from Anderson County and The City of Anderson.

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