This should be a superb weekend: There are plenty enough events on the calendar to keep anyone busy, but not so many as to create the sensation of standing at the base of an avalanche.
By contrast, once February arrives, we are in for a volume of entertainment that staggers the imagination.
Friday night brings All that Jazz, the annual benefit for the Tubman African American Museum, and also the opening of Wesleyan Colleges Festival of New Plays, featuring original student work. Another major musical event brings Wesleyan pianist Edward Eikner to Mercer Universitys Fickling Hall to team up with Czech baritone Vratislav Kriz for a concert in honor of the late Neva Fickling.
Tonights free concert in Fickling Hall is just one more demonstration of the way that facility has been dominating the local music scene. Earlier in the month, the Cortona Trio performed to a full house there, and last weekend chairs were being brought in to accommodate the crowds that turned out for Mercer Operas Iolanthe.
Tuesday, Mercer pianist Ian Altman will be in concert. The following weekend, the celebrated Lisa Vroman -- of Broadway and grand opera fame -- will perform there, and before February is much older, violinist and McDuffie Center for Strings founder Robert McDuffie will visit the hall.
And speaking of the center, three of the string players were recently selected as finalists in the American String Teachers Associations national solo competition slated for April in New York. Mercer was the only institution to have three finalists (out of 12) selected. Others came from such schools as Juilliard, the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory. Amazingly, Mercers program is only six years old.
Thanks to the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists, what is billed as The Super Bowl of Hymn Festivals is slated for Feb. 3 at Mulberry United Methodist Church.
The event will feature the Midtown Brass Quintet from Atlanta, the Mercer Singers, Mercer organist Jack Mitchener and the Townsend School of Musics recently appointed dean, David Keith. The main performers, however, will be those who show up to belt out their old favorites.
Note that the singing kicks off at 3 p.m., leaving the attendees ample time to get set for that other Super Bowl.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.