Greenwood Performing Arts (GPA) will hold its 2014-15 season at Lander University, the longtime venue for its evening performances and Outreach events for schoolchildren from the Lakelands region.
The GPA Board of Directors announced that arrangements have been made with Lander to use the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium for four evening performances. Lander announced in late June that GPA would be unable to use the facility because of a construction project scheduled to get underway this fall that might interfere with access to and from the Cultural Center.
The GPA said, however, further discussions with Lander resulted in an agreement on options for access to the building for the evening and Outreach performances. The board expressed its gratitude to Lander and President Daniel Ball for allowing GPA to use the facility, which it described as the premier fine arts performance center in the region.
GPA will open its 68th season in October with three artists who are making return engagements to Lander. Opening the season on Oct. 23 will be bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, who have played to full house audiences in previous appearances. On Dec. 8, songstress Sandi Patty will perform at the university for the second time since April, featuring her acclaimed Christmas show, “Yuletide Joy.” Greenwood native and actor-singer Nat Chandler will present “Broadway-Fly Me to the Moon” on Feb. 27, and guitarist Earl Klugh, a newcomer to Lander, will follow on March 27.
GPA also has scheduled four Outreach programs, which provide cultural enrichment and educational opportunities for thousands of local school children each year.