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A Midsummer Dream in Jonesborough

June 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The McKinney Center has been working with area artists and national renowned musicians preparing for a unique, one-of-a-kind event called, “A Midsummer Dream”, which will take place Saturday, June 17, beginning 6PM at the McKinney Center in Jonesborough.
This magical evening will begin with special signature drinks and hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour. Wine and other beverages will also be served. During this time, guests may preview- and even bid on-  an exclusive exhibit of hand-made art masks made by regional artists, each as different as the artists creating them.
Guests will then be led into the auditorium for a performance by nationally-known baritone Stephen McCluskey, who will perform a selection of opera and art songs, to include highlights from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and other favorites.
Baritone Stephen McCluskey has captured audience’s attention with his warm resonant voice. Recently, he performed Antonio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Opera Saratoga in New York. He also performed the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta. Other performances have included Bach’s Magnificat, Brahms’ German Requiem, Du Bois’ Seven Last Words of Christ, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Duruflé’s Requiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion.  He performs these pieces in their original languages, so the evening will include selections in German, Russian, Italian, French, and English.
After the first thirty-minute set, guests will be treated to a Midsummer Dream Dessert, created for this event by Main Street Catering. Guests will also have an opportunity to explore the masks once more, make a final bid for masks in the silent auction, and return for another set of art songs.
“We feel that the McKinney Center has become a real art hub in Jonesborough. As we thought about planning an event for the community, we knew it needed to be uniquely artful, from food, to mood, to entertainment, and include the rich talent that we are surrounded by.” Explains Jules Corriere, outreach program director at the McKinney Center. “The sheer number of artists who donated their time and talent to create these beautiful masks for the event is a testament to the support we have received in the local art community to further our work by providing regular artist exhibitions, as well as arts education classes.”
Corriere continued to explain that the magic of the evening will continue throughout the year, as the event is raising funds for the McKinney Center’s student scholarship program.
McKinney Center director Theresa Hammons said, “In 2016, we provided arts education scholarships to more students than ever before. We want to continue to bring art into the lives of our youth.” She continued, “This is why our June event is so important to us. In addition to being just an incredible night of art and music and food, we know it will be for a wonderful cause. We will be able to continue to provide classes to young people in our community who might not otherwise have this opportunity, including children in foster care. They get so much out of these classes, which help them express themselves through art.”
Tickets for this event, which include two drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and concert are $65 from now through May 29. The price will be $75 per person after the early bird rate. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is highly recommended. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or online at Jonesborough.com. For more information, contact McKinney Center special project director, Skye McFarland at skyem@jonesboroughtn.org or call 423-753-5097.


June 17, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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