Saturday a banner day for Macon

Special to The TelegraphOctober 25, 2013 

History will look back on Saturday as one of the red letter days in Macon’s long and glorious music history, for the night will witness “Dancing Through the Decades,” the inaugural concert by the Macon Pops.

As Steve Moretti aptly puts it, “We’re having a cultural renaissance here.” Read more about the talents of Moretti, Matt Catingub and the Macon Pops on page 12E.

Meanwhile, if free music better fits your budget, note that Mercer University percussionist Marcus Reddick will present “20th Century Beat” on Friday night at Fickling Hall, while Sunday will see the Vineville Music and the Arts Series hosting the Candler Singers from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.

Theater weekend

The good news is that performances have been added Nov. 1 and 2 to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Theatre Macon. This is not just one of the most important plays of the 20th century, it speaks eloquently to us in the South today. As William Faulkner observed, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Friday is the final performance of “Menopause the Musical” at the Grand Opera House, while around the corner at the Douglass Theatre is a production titled “Broken But Not Destroyed.”

At Middle Georgia State College’s Macon campus is “Doubt: A Parable,” a disturbing story of the devastating power of suspicion (through Nov. 3).

More talent in town

Happy days! I heard last week that a fellow named Steve Murray had joined the team at the Center for Collaborative Journalism in Mercer Village as resident critic, but nobody told me that it was THE Steve Murray, long famous in Atlanta as an arts journalist, critic and playwright.

Indeed, he’s a man whose works have been produced throughout the United States. Somebody ought to fire cannon: This is great news for the midstate.

Anybody who regularly attends Atlanta theater may well have seen some of Murray’s work.

Cellphone photography

Instead of cameras at kids’ soccer games, we now see phones. So it is that Thursday will bring the opening reception for “iPhoneography” at the SoChi Gallery on Second Street. Submissions are being accepted through Tuesday.

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