Concerts and Performances

Dr. Lillian Pearson & the Alexander Technique — March 9th & 10th, 2018

Dr. Lillian Pearson, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT), will be in residence for two days at the Creative Arts Guild, March 9th, and 10th.

The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for well over 100 years. It has been widely used and studied by musicians, actors, and all kinds of artists, as well as by the general populace. By teaching how to change faulty postural habits, it enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with the relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress.

Dr. Pearson says, “I have been studying the Alexander Technique since 1995. In 2007 I began the teacher training with Missy Vineyard and was certified in 2010. A professional pianist, I perform as soloist and collaborative musician and have been teaching piano at universities for over 25 years. I have studied with Nelly Ben-Or in England, focusing on the application of the Alexander Technique to playing the piano. I welcome working with all interested in exploring this exceptional process of learning. My experience as a pianist makes me uniquely qualified to understand and work with performing artists as well as developing musicians.”

Dr. Pearson will collaborate in an open rehearsal on Friday, March 9th at 7:30 pm at the Creative Arts Guild, located at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. Admission is $5.00 and is open to the public to observe. Dalton State staff and students are admitted free with a valid i.d. Those “rehearsing” will be together for the first time and will be scheduled in advance. The rehearsal is a peek inside of how the rehearsal process for performances works.

Dr. Pearson will also hold Alexander Technique workshops, open to anyone, on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th from 10 am to noon, also at the Guild. Cost is $10 for one workshop or $15 for both. Those registering for one workshop may attend the Friday evening event at no cost. Dalton State staff and students are admitted free with a valid i.d. Private 30-minute sessions will be offered Friday and Saturday afternoons for an additional cost of $25 to all, including Dalton State staff and students. All events are open to ages high school and up. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Those attending are encouraged to bring a towel or mat. More information on Dr. Pearson and the Alexander Technique may be found at

These workshops are a joint venture with the Dalton State Music Program. Those interested in registering may contact Dr. Ellie Jenkins at

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Ceilidh: Friday, March 16th, 7-9pm

The Creative Arts Guild will host our annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration concert, featuring the group “Ceilidh,” on Friday, March 16th as part of the Roots Music Concert Series!

Ceilidh Celtic Ensemble is an eclectic quintet that was formed in July 2004. The word Ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) is Gaelic, meaning a concert at which tales are told, songs are sung and music is played for dancing.

The leader of the group is Dr. Sam Baltzer, Professor of Music at Georgia Highlands College. Other members are his wife Janet, Matthew Fearing and Beth Blackburn of Dalton, and Creative Arts Guild Music Instructor Jim Burdick, from Rocky Face.

Ceilidh has performed many times at the Guild and at other locations in Dalton. The group also plays yearly in Rome at the Festival of the Arts, Across the Big Pond Concert, Robert Burns dinners, and St. Patrick’s Day parties. Ceilidh is also available for weddings, receptions, and worship services. They have received grants from both Grass Roots Arts and the Jonas Foundation to perform educational concerts at schools and other facilities in Floyd, Gordon, and Whitfield counties.

The concert will be Friday, March 16th at 7:00 pm in the Creative Arts Guild Jonas Performance Hall. Admission is $10.00. Senior Citizens and Students with ID $8.  Children under 5 free.

Feel free to bring your Irish snacks or dinner to enjoy during the concert! Beverages will be available.

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For more information contact, Concert Director Charlsey Etheridge at 615-838-3930 or email