Plant Riverside District and American Traditions Vocal Collection Partner to Present ATC x PRD on Feb. 20-24, 2023

Plant Riverside District is pleased to partner with the American Traditions Vocal Collection to present the 30th Annual American Traditions Vocal Competition at District Live.

American Traditions Vocal Competition contestant perform during the fourth quarterfinals of the 2022 ATC held at the Skidaway United Methodists Church, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Savannah, Ga. (ATC Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Plant Riverside District, which is widely known as Savannah’s Entertainment District, is pleased to partner with the American Traditions Vocal Collection to present the 30th Annual American Traditions Vocal Competition at District Live, to be known as ATC x PRD, from February 20-24, 2023. ATC x PRD will bring some of America’s top vocalists to Savannah to compete for more than $35,000 in prizes.

American Traditions Vocal Competition contestant perform during the fourth quarterfinals of the 2022 ATC held at the Skidaway United Methodists Church, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Savannah, Ga. (ATC Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

American Traditions Vocal Competition contestant perform during the second quarterfinal of the 2022 ATC held at the Skidaway United Methodists Church, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, in Savannah, Ga. (ATC Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

“We’re thrilled to host the American Traditions Vocal Competition, which is one of the nation’s leading professional singing competitions, at District Live,” said Richard C. Kessler,

Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “At Plant Riverside District, we have a strong commitment to the arts and want to bring world-class events like ATC x PRD to District Live to celebrate the American vocal tradition.”


Featured musical genres at ATC x PRD will include Americana, Art Song, Blues, Country, Contemporary Songwriters from 1980-Today, Folk, Gospel, Great American Songbook, Hollywood, Jazz, Musical Theater, Opera, Popular Music of 1950-1980, Religious, Songs of Johnny Mercer, Spirituals and Story Songs. The event will feature a Live Quarterfinal Round (28 singers), Live Semifinal Round (12 singers) and Live Final Round (5 singers). A panel of esteemed judges will select the winners.

“We are incredibly proud to represent the melting pot of America, as told through its music,” said American Traditions Vocal Collection Executive and Artistic Director Mikki Sodergren.

“For the past three decades, our competition has fostered a heightened appreciation for and celebration of varying forms of musical expression. It is our hope that we will all become more intensely aware of the fact that our diversity ultimately serves as the beauty and strength of America.”

Originally founded in 1993 as part of Savannah Onstage, the ATC was a vehicle for Black singers to perform African American music. The American Traditions Vocal Competition celebrates all classic styles of American songs and stands apart as one of Savannah’s signature annual cultural events. The new collaboration, ATC x PRD, continues ATC’s dedication to fostering and preserving traditions of musical expression, which have been significant in the culture of the United States, both in past eras and at the present time.

In contrast to many music competitions that focus on European repertoire, the ATC celebrates the music that represents the art and the popular culture of the United States. The competition features songs written by American composers and songwriters and is inclusive of all languages, religions and ethnicities.

“We can’t wait to debut ATC x PRD in 2023,” said Sodergren. “We invite everyone to support this world-class event at its new home at Plant Riverside District.”

ATC x PRD will feature cabaret-style seating with table service, including specialty cocktails. Event tickets range from $25 to $75 and will be available in September 2022 at www.atcsavannah.org.


ABOUT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT:

Plant Riverside District, located at 400 W. River Street, is a vibrant entertainment destination and Savannah’s Entertainment District. From incredible dining and high-end shopping to live music and spectacular performances, Plant Riverside District creates elegantly curated experiences, stripping away the unnecessary to reveal the exceptional. Once an iconic power plant in Georgia, Plant Riverside District now represents the beauty of progress. Whether seeking a romantic getaway or a work hard/play hard business trip, Plant Riverside District provides a setting suited to your needs, blending timeless sophistication with eye-catching details. Experience three unique buildings for a customized atmosphere to match your style: bold, contemporary maritime details in the Atlantic; romantic, elegant styling in the Three Muses; and chic historic architecture in the Power Plant. Complete your experience with numerous dining options, rooftop bars, a concert venue, art gallery, riverfront park and even natural science exhibits to spark your imagination. For more information, please visit www.plantriverside.com and follow @plantriversidedistrict on Facebook and Instagram.


ABOUT THE KESSLER COLLECTION:

The Kessler Collection’s portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boasts chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel’s exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and to encourage unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are immersed in redefined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel and a cutting-edge downtown icon to a premier luxury lodge, high-design Southern mansion and elite ski lodge. The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a bold, original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. For more information about The Kessler Collection, please visit www.kesslercollection.com or call 888.472.6312.


ABOUT THE AMERICAN TRADITIONS VOCAL COLLECTION:

The American Traditions Vocal Collection celebrates, performs and preserves all classic styles of American music. Founded as a part of Savannah Onstage in 1993, the American Traditions Competition was first a vehicle strictly for Black singers to perform Black American Music. Today, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes all classic styles of American songs and focuses on what musically connects us. The ATC accomplishes this through musical events and educational offerings, such as classroom experiences for local students, a regional high school singing competition, the Junior ATC and an annual, international vocal competition for professional artists, the American Traditions Vocal Competition. The organization annually awards over $35,000 in cash prizes and is dedicated to enriching the lives of audiences through musical diversity, and engaging the minds of tomorrow’s musicians and music lovers. For more information, please visit www.atcsavannah.org.