October may be only half over, but it has already more than earned its informal designation as Macons music month. Last weekend saw the Macon Symphony Orchestra open its 37th season with the largest crowd in years, one that was loaded with middle school, high school and college students. News is that the upcoming holiday concert is almost sold out. The following day saw Percy Sledge pack Washington Park. Wow!
Coming this weekend we have the opening concert in the Macon Concert Association series, followed next weekend by the inaugural performance of Macon Pops, the brainchild of celebrated talents Steve Moretti and Matt Catingub. Also ahead is a free concert by the classically trained African-American and Latino musicians known as the Sphinx Virtuosi.
Along with abundant music, theres theater on the calendar, and several of the shows deserve the must-see appellation. At the top of the list is To Kill a Mockingbird, opening Friday night at Theatre Macon. Ever since the post-modernists surged onto the scene, its been unpopular to make a statement like the one that follows, but Im going to make it anyway: This play, based on the novel by Harper Lee, ranks right up there with Thornton Wilders Our Town in any listing of great American plays.
Also opening Friday night downtown is the annual Spirits in October at Riverside Cemetery, with Lucky or Unlucky 13 the theme of this years production. Meanwhile, this is the final weekend to see Macon Little Theatres The Games Afoot, a mystery/comedy loaded with literary allusions.
Currently on stage at Wesleyan Colleges studio theater is Wiley and the Hairy Man, based on a black folktale and aimed at middle school and high school audiences.
For the younger set, the Childrens Theater Troupe of the Backlot Players will be presenting Miss Electricity at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Rose Theater in Forsyth.
Definitely for adults, Georgia College and State University is presenting The Laramie Project this weekend, some 15 years after the events portrayed, while coming to the Grand Opera House on Oct. 24-25 is Menopause the Musical.
Another show treating contemporary issues is at the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta. Third Country concerns the controversy around the influx of immigrants into the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston in the late 1990s. Yes, its worth the drive.
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.