The Cherokee Arts Center is hosting a special evening of classical music performed by members of the Georgia Musicale Group, known as GMG, on Sept. 28.

The concert will include piano, vocal, and clarinet pieces and assorted duets composed by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Brahms and several other composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. The concert will help support the many arts and community programs provided by the Cherokee Arts Center.

“We believe the arts enhance the lives of people in our community,” Patsi Yarborough, marketing coordinator for the Cherokee Arts Center, said. “That’s why we strive to provide art education, live events and quality art exhibits. Being located in downtown Canton allows exposure of the arts to people visiting the area, and conversely, the programs, classes and events we offer increases the number of visitors to our city, thereby increasing economic development.”

The concert will begin at 6 p.m., and the ticket price is $10 each. Children 10 and under have free admission. To purchase tickets, visit

The Georgia Musicale Group was organized in 2015. It is comprised of over 100 accomplished amateur and professional musicians. Several Musicale members have performed in parts of Europe, Australia, and the far East, as well as the United States. The group’s Founder and President, Dr. Utako Tanigawa, is an executive advisor in the various international technology corporations and has an extensive repertoire in piano music, having been accepted to perform in international amateur piano competitions.

The group’s membership includes musicians with degrees in piano performance and instruction, as well as talented amateurs. Part of the Musicale’s mission is to perform throughout Georgia in venues that have arts programming in their communities. There are over 40 concerts and home Musicales (practice sessions) that members participate in each year.

All proceeds from ticket sales are retained by the host organization in support of its own programs. Cherokee Arts Center will use the money for building improvements. Membership in GMG is open to all musicians who have a passion and love for classical music.

Information about GMG is on the website:

Cherokee Arts Center is located at 94 North St. in Canton. For more information about the center, visit

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