Ballet Hispánico will perform during the 2018-2019 season at The Rialto Center for the Arts.
Photo: Rialto Center for the Arts
Photo: Rialto Center for the Arts

Rialto Center’s 2018-19 season brings forth dance, jazz and comedy

Comedians, flamenco dance and a 15-year-old jazz piano prodigy are among the performances guests can expect during the 2018-2019 season at The Rialto Center for the Arts. 

The Rialto, which was acquired by Georgia State University in 1993, hosts performing arts events from international artists. This season’s lineup offers “the unparalleled excitement, wonder, and one-of-a-kind shows that promise the best of what the world has to offer,” said Director Leslie Gordon.

Dance presentations, supported by a grant from the Charles Loridans Foundation, include the return of Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance. The troupe premiered at the Rialto last season.

The contemporary dance festival Off the Edge and musical political satirists Capitol Steps will also return to the stage.


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Rialto Series subscriptions are on sale now; single tickets go on sale Aug. 1. Check the Rialto website for times and ticket prices.

Here’s the 2018-2019 season:

Oct. 20: Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance; modern dance from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Oct. 28: Youssou NDOUR; “Senegal’s afropop legend”

Nov. 3: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer; “mash-up of the maestros”

Nov. 10: Aida Cuevas: Totalmente Juan Gabriel; “Grammy-winning Mexican soulstress”

Dec 1-2: Gala Holiday Concert from Georgia State University School of Music

Dec. 15-16: Celtic Christmas from the Celtic Company

Jan. 19, 2019: Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man; “certified lunatic and master of the impossible”

Jan. 26, 2019: Ballet Hispánico; “Latin-infused modern dance”

Feb. 16, 2019: Farruquito; “smoldering gypsy flamenco”

Feb. 23, 2019: Joey Alexander; “jazz piano prodigy”

March 2, 2019: Off the Edge; “revolutionary contemporary dance experience”

March 16, 2019: Anoushka Shankar; “modern sitar master”

April 6, 2019: Capitol Steps; “putting the mock in democracy”

April 12-14, 2019: Candide from the Georgia State University Opera Theater

April 27, 2019: Etienne Charles with the Georgia State University Jazz Band


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