Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

Rendering of the center from College Street

The Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center recently announced an inaugural season schedule that includes a wide array of series covering everything from Americana Roots music and Broadway musicals to Jazz and Dance. 

In all, the inaugural season will bring 27 headlining acts to Auburn, including The Beach Boys, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the hit Broadway musical "RENT."and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. 

"We're thrilled to present such a diverse and dynamic inaugural season," said GPAC executive director Christopher Heacox in a release. "We've put a great deal of thought into our lineup and have selected acts from around the world that will inspire, engage and entertain audiences."

Construction of the $70 million venue, which began in the fall of 2017, is expected to be completed this summer, after which it will host a weekend-long grand opening festival from Aug. 22 to Aug. 25, with each day featuring a musical act. 

The inaugural set of performers falls into nine series —Americana Roots, Broadway, Celebrity Concerts, Chamber Arts, Dance, Family, Global Stage, Jazz and Vocal Songbook. 

The season will kick off with a Vocal Songbook performance by Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming on Wednesday, Sept. 25, and feature other Grammy winners, including bluegrass and jazz quartet Bela Fleck and the Flecktones on Nov. 21 and The Gatlin Brothers on Oct. 12, as well as legendary surf rock band The Beach Boys on Feb. 13 and the Allman Betts Band on Nov. 1. 

GPAC will also bring the Broadway musicals RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour and "Waitress" to the stage next February. 

Some GPAC performing artists will also engage with the community, adding  an educational and community-engagement element to the center's impact on Auburn. 

"Several of our inaugural season artists will present school show performances for Auburn area students as part of our K-12 education program," said Heacox. "These performances are opportunities for thousands of schoolchildren to gain exposure to American music, circus arts, dance and more."

Season and series subscriptions for the inaugural season are now available to GPAC sponsors and donors, and sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Leah O'Gwynn, director of development, at 334-844-1287 or leah.ogwynn@auburn.edu.

Remaining single tickets for performances will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 22.

For more information, visit goguecenter.auburn.edu.


Editor’s note: The article has been updated to correct an error pertaining to a kick-off concert in August. 

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