The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, which opens this month, is the new home of the Atlanta Opera, and will host touring shows, major concerts and performances from local organizations such as the Atlanta Ballet, which brings Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room to the center March 13-16, 2008.

It is the first major performing arts facility to open in the metropolitan Atlanta area in 40 years. Amenities include the 2,750-seat John A. Williams Theatre, a 10,000-sq. ft. ballroom, a courtyard, a terrace, and full-service food and beverage capabilities. The Cobb Energy Centre is run by the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, which owns and operates nearby shopping centers Cobb Galleria Centre and Galleria Specialty Mall.

On Sept. 15, the center’s Grand Opening Gala will feature Michael Feinstein and Linda Eder; proceeds from the black-tie affair will benefit the not-for-profit Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, and end with a post-show champagne and dessert reception. The foundation is committed to enhancing the arts within the region and obtaining the funding to build a world-class theater for Cobb County, metro Atlanta and the Southeast.

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