Cultural Awards honor those impacting the arts

October 11, 2013 

Once each year the midstate’s numerous arts organizations pause in their labors and pay tribute to some of the dedicated individuals who provide this region with an abundance of music, theater, art and other essentials of life.

It’s that time of year again. In conjunction with the celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Macon Arts Alliance will hold the 2013 Cultural Awards at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the historic Douglass Theatre. This year’s honorees are Janice Brice, Kathleen Cook, Kenneth Hammond, the Macon Film Festival, Claire Smith, Nancy Shurling and Gina Ward. The Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime achievement Award will go to Marianna Gebara.

Some of these individuals and organizations are connected with the Douglass, the historic structure that played such a key role in Macon’s music history and was almost demolished in the 1970s. It stands today as a reminder that it is madness to trust our architectural treasures to politicians and developers.

Because of the Douglass, we have live high-definition broadcasts from Britain’s National Theatre and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, plus a wealth of jazz performances and, thanks to the Macon Film Guild, a variety of exotic films that otherwise we would only read about.

Macon Symphony Orchestra

The October calendar is loaded with music. Mercer University already has hosted several major events, and coming up is the opening concert in the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season.

Saturday’s event will be a collaborative affair with the Middle Georgia Choral Society, with the pre-concert “educational talks” continuing. The kids from the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra meet for dinner downtown and then walk to the Grand Opera House for the conductor’s chat at 6:30 p.m. Yes, our orchestra provides more than glorious music.

Music and more

Among the churches that offer a musical series is St. Joseph Catholic Church, where the 2013-2014 season of “Third Thursday Organ Interludes” begins Thursday with Wesleyan College’s Nadine Cheek at the console.

On Tuesday at Mercer, mezzo soprano Rebecca Lanning and pianist Ian Altman will bring a program of Viennese favorites.

Ken Ludwig’s comedy “The Game’s Afoot” opens tonight at Macon Little Theatre.

A head’s up: January is months away, but tickets are going fast to see “The Book of Mormon” at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Be quick!

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