Its not yet the midpoint of the month, but already were approaching flood tide on the local entertainment scene. Theater, music, art -- what else could we ask?
Weve got at least four plays running this weekend alone: Winsphere Jones Thy Kingdom Come at the Douglass Theatre, Anton Chekovs The Seagull at Mercer Universitys Backdoor Theatre, the comedy The Dixie Swim Club at Forsyths Rose Theater, and the poignant Foxfire at Macon Little Theatre.
What a selection! Weve got an original script, a world-famous classic, a light-hearted comedy and a heart-warming look at what matters in life.
On top of all that, internationally famous violinist Robert McDuffie will be performing in Mercers Fickling Hall on Saturday night. McDuffie is recently returned from leading the students from Mercers eponymous Center for Strings in a New York performance this week.
On Sunday, the Warner Robins Community Concert Association is hosting the Eighth Regiment Band, performing 19th century music on original instruments. Just a day later, the Graffe String Quartet will roll into Wesleyan College, thanks to the Macon Concert Association.
And by Thursday, the annual Macon Film Festival will be under way.
Looking at such an abundance of top-flight entertainment this month, its easy to declare this largesse a valentine from the local arts community.
With such a logjam of options, I cant help but remember that one of the Macon Arts Alliances original objectives was to maintain a planning calendar to help various organizations schedule their events so that attending one did not rule out attending another, a scenario in which everyone loses.
In a place with such abundant activity, there are bound to be conflicts. But when a train wreck occurs, I cant help but wonder if we can do better.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences will host an exhibition of art created by local physicians Tuesday night in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Macon Volunteer Clinic.
Maestro Adrian Gnam has announced the four winners of the annual International Conductors Workshop held Jan. 18-21 at Wesleyan College. Out of 13 participants, two winners were from Georgia; the others hailed from Italy and the Philippines.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@AvantGuild.com.