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Roots-music exhibit will come to Thomson

A traveling exhibition examining the roots of American music will visit Thomson in the spring of 2013.

New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music will visit 12 Georgia communities from April 2012 to November 2013.

The Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, will celebrate Georgia's musical traditions. New Harmonies will stop for six weeks each in Americus, Bremen, Calhoun, Darien, LaGrange, Moultrie, Madison, Nashville, Perry, Thomson, Toccoa and Waycross.

The Thomson stop will be March 30 to May 11, 2013, just before the 20th Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival.

New Harmonies highlights distinct types of American roots music, including blues, country, folk, gospel, Native American and sacred harp. The exhibit also features interactive panels, listening kiosks and tailored display cases that allow each community to explore and showcase its local music heritage.

"New Harmonies provides the perfect opportunity to rediscover and celebrate Georgia's roots music traditions," according to Georgia Humanities Council president Jamil Zainaldin, who was quoted in a news release.

Host communities will also offer companion programming for all ages, including festivals, concerts, jams, contests and related music exhibits. For additional information on New Harmonies in Georgia, visit www.georgia

New Harmonies is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by Congress.

The Georgia Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit organization working to ensure that humanities and culture remain an integral part of the lives of all Georgians.

Web posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011

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