You know the saying that it's wonderful when two great things come together — like chocolate and peanut butter? Well, this time it's music and art, as two Savannah-based cultural organizations collaborate for a unique local event.
On April 14, the American Traditions Vocal Competition will team up with the Savannah Art Walk. Created by artist Tiffani Taylor of the Tiffani Taylor Gallery, the art walk takes place the second Saturday of each month and gives guests the opportunity to explore local galleries, enjoy free libations, and meet talented artists along the way.
The ATC is Savannah’s premiere vocal competition that focuses on classic American music. This annual competition awards more than $40,000 in cash prizes and the nonprofit also provides music education, exposure and performances for locals.
If you enjoy music from the Great American Songbook, then you’ll want to begin the evening at The Kimpton Brice Hotel to enjoy mimosas and champagne and to meet some the talented artists, as well as listen to acclaimed vocal artist and ATC artistic director Mikki Sodergren perform several selections.
Then, guests will explore galleries on a self-guided tour using the Savannah Art Walk app or the map of 18 galleries, while enjoying Parisian-inspired refreshments at various locations.
The walk wraps up at 6 p.m. in the Pulaski Room at The DeSoto Savannah with an after party featuring French-inspired art, an art raffle, silent auction and beverages. Guests will also get a rare treat to see Sodergren perform with professional pianist Kellee Love Haselton.
Haselton says the duo plans to perform some tunes from Gershwin, Cole Porter and a few French composers, as well.
As a classically trained pianist who has spent her career performing with jazz artists, leading musical performances and teaching, Haselton says her specialty is the Great American Songbook. So pairing up with Sodergren for the performance was a no-brainer, she says, adding, "I really love playing for singers."
“I love how they stretch the musicians with nine different genres [at the ATC] … I love the mission of the competition. I feel lucky to have this gig with Mikki.”
While Haselton will perform with Sodergren, she says she will also do a few solo tunes during breaks in the auction, proceeds of which will benefit the education and community outreach work of the ATC.