HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong joined The Arts Council Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau to unveil the Panoply 2013 poster and t-shirt artwork and announce Sunday headliners for the event to be held in Big Spring International Park from April 26-28, 2013.
Already boasting a strong lineup of performers, The Arts Council announced the addition of headliners Committed and the Panoply Festival Orchestra to the closing day of the festival on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken said, “Panoply began 31 years ago as a ‘magnificent array of the arts,’ and once again in 2013 there is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. Fans of rock n’ roll, bluegrass, jazz, country music, theatre, visual arts, international culture, and dance will be entertained at Panoply as we offer programming across six festival stages and showcase over 70 local performing groups and additional featured performers from across Alabama and the US. Only at Panoply can area residents and visitors to North Alabama enjoy this broad range of entertainment at a ticket price of just $5.00.”
Committed is widely recognized after winning the second season of NBC’s “The Sing Off.” Over the last two years Committed has performed across the United States and overseas, but the group of six male voices began singing in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy and solidified their sound while students at Huntsville’s Oakwood University. Committed will make its Panoply debut on Sunday evening, April 28 at 4:00 pm on the Valley Jubilee Stage.
Following Committed’s performance, the Panoply Festival Orchestra with piano soloist Dr. Margery McDuffie Whatley will take the stage at 5:30 pm on April 28 to bring Panoply 2013 to a close. The Festival Orchestra is comprised of members of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra performing
jointly with members of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra. As part of the Festival Orchestra’s program of Romantic music, Whatley will perform selections from Mendelssohn’s Concerto #1 in G Minor. A native of Macon, Georgia, Whatley is known coast to coast as piano soloist and chamber musician. Currently she is a Visiting Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Panoply Arts Festival Chairs Yvonda Best and Vinny Paragone also unveiled the Panoply poster and t-shirt artwork at today’s event. Each year the Panoply Arts Festival selects a new regional artist and Arts Council member to create the festival’s signature poster. For the 2013 festival, mixed media collage artist Grace Wever created a piece titled “Luminescence” made from hand-dyed cotton, silk, and other textiles, and highlighted with encaustic wax. Wever, a self-taught artist with studios in Union Grove, Alabama and Westcliff, Colorado, created “Luminescence” and its depiction of Panoply at night to evoke a feeling of celebration, joy and thankfulness.
Regional artist and Arts Council member Danny Cottingham of Huntsville was commissioned to create the Panoply 2013 t-shirt art. Cottingham’s playful t-shirt design showcases his background as an artist and children’s book illustrator and features well-loved elements of both Panoply and Huntsville’s Big Spring International Park, home to The Arts Council’s annual three-day arts festival.
Advance tickets for the Panoply Arts Festival are available online now at www.artshuntsville.org and at all North Alabama Regions Bank branches beginning April 1. Daily admission to Panoply is $5.00 and weekend festival passes are $10.00 for admission to activities all weekend. Children 10 and under are admitted free of charge.
More information about The Arts Council programs is available at www.artshuntsville.org.