Hill: Arts abound as festival winds down

March 28, 2014 

The final weekend of Macon’s annual “Party in Pink” doesn’t disappoint with plenty of entertainment in bloom. The Middle Georgia Art Association has long hosted its annual Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival each spring.

For decades now it has intersected with the final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival so that locals and visitors alike may enjoy the open-air arts and crafts fair. This Saturday and Sunday head downtown to enjoy it!

But you don’t have to wait to be entertained. Tonight, two college performances offer free arts for everyone. Wesleyan College hosts a Senior Piano Showcase featuring Yixuan “Fannie” Chen, Siwei Qiu and Shushan Zhao, at Porter Auditorium. Downtown, Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music presents “Dream of the Cherry Blossom,” a concert featuring the Mercer Percussion Ensemble joined by the Central High School Percussion Ensemble in a concert at Fickling Hall.

Macon Little Theatre continues its run of “All Night Strut,” a revue of 1940s music performed by a cast of 20 singers that includes several familiar community theater faces and many new ones as well. Another time-traveling event is the “Spring Spirit Stroll” at Historic Riverside Cemetery, where actors bring to life some of the more interesting characters who are buried there. Both events continue through Sunday.

In addition to home-grown arts, there is a great offering of “imports” this weekend. Saturday night, “American Idol” winner Fantasia will bring her signature singing style to the City Auditorium. A few blocks away, a group of Aussie blokes better known as “The Ten Tenors” bring a big Broadway musical revue to the Grand Opera House.

Saturday night, you may also return to Wesleyan to enjoy soprano Gloria Oduyoye in a free concert in Burden Parlor. Student stars continue to shine Sunday afternoon in “It’s Instrumental,” a concert featuring Mercer’s brass and percussion ensembles, at Riverside Methodist Church.

The arts don’t stop when pink fades into spring green. On Tuesday, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Fabian Concert Series concludes with the Georgia premiere of composer Bright Sheng’s “Northern Lights” at Mercer’s Fickling Hall. Then Thursday night Fickling flips for a trio of quick, modern comedy one-acts as Mercer Opera presents “The Charm of Chamber Opera,” with performances running through Sunday. Oh, and then it’s First Friday again! Pace yourself as you partake of the pink!

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