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Cultural Connections

The Barrow County School System proudly presents the third annual Cultural Connections Series, a performing arts series at the Innovation Amphitheater.

Held at the Innovation Amphitheater in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts, the series brings professional artists to our community and provides affordable and entertaining evenings of music, dance, poetry and more. In addition, our own student artists present audience members with a special opening performance.

Special thanks to all our Series Sponsors.

2022-2023 Scheduled Events

Big Band Swing & Jazz Concert, Peachtree Jazz Edition
April 14, 2023 at 7:30pm

Peachtree Jazz Edition is a 17-piece big band, specializing in swing and Latin favorites from the 1930s and ‘40s. PJE will be performing an evening concert for our students and community after the local high school jazz ensembles warm up the stage with several opening numbers. Earlier in the day, members of PJE will share their experience and musicianship with our students in a jam session that will give these aspiring musicians a chance to play alongside the professionals.


Much Ado About Nothing, Atlanta Shakespeare Company
April 21, 2023 at 7:30pm

The Atlanta Shakespeare Academy will be taking the stage to perform two shows of the famous playwright’s romantic comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. A daytime performance will allow up to 1000 students to see Shakespeare performed in a modern version of the Globe Theater. This will be followed by a special play-shop experience for a number of our theater students with ASA’s talented teaching artists. Later, a primetime evening performance will be presented for the entire community, with a selection of opening dramatic performances featuring student actors from throughout the Barrow County School System.


Hansel and Gretel, The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour
May 9, 2023 at 7:30pm

The Atlanta Opera Studio Tour will be returning to Barrow after last year’s debut performance at the Innovation Amphitheater wowed the audience. This year’s tour visit features two performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s take on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. A daytime show will provide an exciting field-trip opportunity for as many as 1200 elementary students to experience live opera for very first time, and an evening performance will be open to the community at large. The audience members of the evening show will also enjoy opening performances featuring highlights from several of the school system’s musical theater programs.



  • Mobile Tickets Only:
    • Students: FREE
    • $10 each for non-students
  • All shows approximately 90 minutes
  • Located at Innovation Amphitheater, 1007 Austin Rd, Winder, GA 30680
  • Free parking
  • Gates open at 7 p.m.
  • Rain checks offered if event is cancelled






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The Barrow County School System was awarded a Vibrant Communities grant from Georgia Co...

Sponsorship Levels

Please mail sponsorship checks to: Barrow County School System, 179 Athens Street, Winder, GA 30680 payable to “Barrow County School System” with “Cultural Connections Series sponsorship” in the memo line. Inquiries can be made to Lee Bane at or 678-491-4937.

All residual Cultural Connections Series proceeds go first to sustaining the annual series, and then to providing mini-grants to fine arts teachers of the Barrow County School System.

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