Cirque du Soleil singer, cellist coming to Spivey

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For her day job, she performs in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil, where for the past two years she has been the featured performer in the KA show’s seven-piece band, singing the finale each night.

Even with the grind of performing ten shows a week, Shana Tucker still finds the time to write and perform her own music which she has dubbed “ChamberSoul” for its dual jazz and classical pedigrees, knotted by the thrum and moan of her cello.

Tucker is bringing her talent to Clayton State University’s Spivey Hall Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. for this year’s Teacher Appreciation Concert.

Tickets for “Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello and Songs” are $40 and available for purchase now.

Educators with valid ID are eligible for one free ticket to the performance, and can purchase additional tickets for $10.

Spivey Hall is the southeast’s premier recital hall renowned internationally for its superior acoustics and the excellence of its classical, jazz and world music artists.

In addition to her performance, “Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello and Songs,” singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker will also hold a songwriting workshop for high school students, college students and adult singers and songwriters of all levels of experience.

The goal is to give practical tools for participants to use that will help them express themselves through music – and more specifically, through song – while learning the basic anatomy of song structure.

She often conducts songwriting workshops and residencies with budding artists in grades K-12, and mentors young, string players who have aspirations for performing in non-traditional or non-classical environments.

“After family, a teacher is the most influential person in a child’s life,” said Melanie Darby, Spivey Hall’s education manager. “While the primary part that a teacher plays is in a student’s academic development, they often also serve as advisors or mentors, helping discover interests or aspirations.”

Joining Tucker on stage at Spivey will be Dr. Kay Pace and the Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts (MESSA) Chorus. 

After the performance, audience members can attend a light reception where they will have the chance to meet Tucker in person.

Discounts are also available for subscribers, groups and students.

Registration details are available at www.spiveyhall.org/home-page-announcements/shana-tuckersong-writing-work….

 Shana Tucker’s Spivey Hall residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.