Last Call for AGO 2020 National Convention Workshop Proposals – Deadline is October 31st 2018

Last Call for AGO 2020 National Convention Workshop Proposals – Deadline is October 31st 2018

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The Atlanta AGO Workshops Committee invites applications for presentations at the 2020 AGO National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Recent scholarly research, hands-on demonstrations, or workshop offerings of diverse, unique, and timely topics are encouraged and welcomed.

In accordance with Atlanta’s “Kaleidoscope” theme, our committee seeks a broad spectrum of proposals representative of relational issues, musical skills, scholarly topics, and cultural awareness, and practical issues.  We hope to reflect a wide variety of guild interests, ages, skill levels, denominations, and important, relevant issues affecting musicians in today’s complex and intricate world through our 2020 workshop offerings, panel discussions, and papers.

Most workshops will be held at our convention hotel, and there is an honorarium for presenters.

Interested presenters may submit a 250 -word abstract, summarizing the topic and its relevance, along with a resume.  Online links to performances or presentation examples are appreciated.  Please specify any audiovisual and/or musical equipment needed, as well as the desired length of the presentation (workshops – 50 minutes, scholarly papers – 25 minutes).  Proposals must be received via email in PDF format no later than October 31, 2018.

Robin Elmore Hensley, Workshops Committee Chair

Workshops2020atl@gmail.com

Top 10 Things to Do in Atlanta

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More than 51 million visitors annually head to Atlanta, and with good reason. There’s plenty of fun activities in this great city, where visitors can enjoy pleasant weather, historic sites, and modern amenities.

While the list of fun things to do in Atlanta could be a very long one, here are 10 of the top activities to do on your visit.

  1. Visit the Georgia Aquarium: This world-renowned aquarium has everything from sea lions to a dolphin show to whale sharks. There’s more marine life in one place than you imagined you could see and you can spend an entire day enjoying the shows, watching the animals and enjoying the calming aquarium waters.
  2. Take a tour of the World of Coca Cola: Sample more than 100 beverages, learn the history of this iconic American soft drink and meet the Coca Cola bear at this exciting attraction.
  3. Visit the Delta Flight Museum: Delta is headquartered in Atlanta and their Flight Museum spans 68,000 educational acres. You can test your pilot skills with a flight simulator, see planes from days gone by, and enjoy immersive exhibits that are great fun for anyone who is fascinated by the miracle of flight.
  4. Take a CNN Studio Tour: This one is great for news junkies who want an insider’s view of how the news gets made. You may even catch a glimpse of some of your favorite tv show hosts that you see on cable news every night.
  5. Get your exercise on the Atlanta Beltline: Do you enjoy being outdoors and getting your blood pumping with a little physical activity? You can walk, run, or bike the Beltline while making sure to take plenty of breaks to enjoy art galleries, local restaurants, and shops.
  6. See a play at Alliance Theatre: This Tony-award winning theatre gives you the chance to see broadway hits before they hit the Big Apple.
  7. Visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum: If you’re a fan of politics, this one is for you. Jimmy Carter’s presidential library not only provides education on the accomplishments of America’s peanut-farming president, but there’s even a replica Oval Office so you can get a first-hand glimpse into what this room embodying American politics and power looks like.
  8. Take time to smell the roses: The Atlanta Botanical Gardens span 30 acres and provide ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty of lush gardens and fragrant exotic flowers.
  9. Shop at Krog Street Market: This food hall is sure to have delicious treats for every person’s taste. The market is set in a unique 1920’s warehouse space and you can sample a wide array of culinary delights from simple to fancy. While visiting, be sure to check out the street art at the Krog Street Tunnel too.
  10. Museum of Design Atlanta: Atlanta has plenty of great museums, but the Museum of Design has unique offerings not found elsewhere, including exhibits on fashion, furniture, and interiors.

These are just some of the many great activities you can enjoy on your visit to Atlanta. The best thing about the city is that there’s something for everyone to do, whether you like sports, culture, or classic American brands.

Welcome to Atlanta AGO!

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The Atlanta Chapter of the AGO is excited to host the 2020 Convention of the American Guild of Organists.  We look forward to welcoming organist from across the country and around the world to our beautiful city.  Atlanta is a diverse city in culture, race, ethnicity, organs and sacred musical styles.

Our theme is kaleidoscope and we hope to share with you the many shapes and colors that make this diverse city so great.  We hope attendees will enjoy experiencing and exploring some of the many opportunities that Atlanta is known for.  This includes some of our wonderful churches and other venues that will be highlighted at the convention.

We anticipate this convention being like no other in the past, using more technology and a diverse kaleidoscope of sound, artists and worship styles.   Attendees will have access to apps to make the experience more informative, educational and user friendly.   We will also be showcasing some very unique instruments both historic and new.  Attendees will experience a variety of music, organs and worship styles as well.  The convention will feature a variety of some of the world’s most noted organists.

Atlanta has much to offer visitors.  As home of the Civil Rights movement, we invite attendees to visit the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial sites as well as the Civil Rights Museum.  The New Atlanta Benz Stadium is the most technological advanced sports arena in the country.  The host hotel will be steps away from Centennial Olympic Park, the Coca Cola museum, Sky View and the Georgia Aquarium.

You may follow announcements about the convention at www.AGOAtlanta2020.com .  We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You may visit our booth at the Kansas City convention in the summer of 2018 for a sneak peek at what lies ahead.

Join us as we in Atlanta from July 5th through July 9th 2020.  We promise the most you will experience true southern hospitality.

The Fox Theater in Atlanta

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Since 1928, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta has been host to can’t miss events. Visiting the Fox Theatre is a must when you’re in the Atlanta area, but you’ll enjoy this attraction much more if you know the history behind it.

The Fox Theatre was conceived originally to serve as the home of the Shriners organization, which is a national fraternal organization that’s considered to be a subgroup of the Masons.

Desiring a headquarters befitting their stature, the Shriners looked towards ancient temples and architectural gems from days-gone-by. The plan for the Shriner incorporated elements from the Temple of Kharnak in Egypt and the Alhambra in Spain, which meant that the inside and outside of the building were both majestic.  Much of the design was based on middle-eastern influences, and in fact the Shriners held a design contest and chose an Arabian theme conceived of by a local architecture firm that resembled a mosque.

There was just one problem: creating the elaborate and ornate design proved to be more financially burdensome than the Shriners had expected. After all, the design incorporated things like gold leaf and trompe l’oeil art, and all of that comes at a big price.  To solve their financial woes caused by their grand designs, the Shriners leased the auditorium they’d conceived of to a movie mogul named William Fox.

Fox had played an integral role in making trips to the movies a magical experience, creating movie palaces that served as the centerpiece of communities by the end of the 1920’s.  Fox worked with the Shriners and provided financial backing to pay for the construction of Fox Theatre. No expense was spared and, in fact, around $3 million was poured into the project. While that may not seem like much, keep in mind that once adjusted for inflation, that’s the equivalent of around $40 million. With money like that, you better believe that the Fox Theatre was a masterpiece.

Fox Theatre first opened in 1929 with a Christmas day premiere of Steamboat Willie, the first Disney cartoon to star the iconic Micky Mouse.  The theatre also featured the world’s largest Möller theatre organ, and this 3,622 pipe organ remains the largest in this world even to this day.

While Fox Theatre grew popular as word spread, the Great Depression led to a forced bankruptcy in 1932 and the theatre was auctioned off on the courthouse steps where a private company purchased it for only $75,000.  The bankruptcy happened just 125 weeks after the iconic theatre opened.

While Fox no longer owned it, the theatre kept its name and over three decades, hundreds of films and live performances attracted visitors from across the country.  Fox Theatre also became well known as a top dance destination during the Big Band era when swing was king throughout the country.

Today, Fox Theatre remains one of the largest movie theatres that was ever built. It spans 250,000 square feet and it remains a popular tourist attraction for those in the Atlanta area.