Fennelly: MSO announces plans for year ahead

April 4, 2014 

You know that spring is here when our local performance groups begin trumpeting their plans for the year ahead. The Macon Symphony Orchestra, the first out of the gate this year, also happens to be concluding its 2013-2014 season Saturday night with “Shakespeare in Love” -- presented in cooperation with Theatre Macon.

Long-time music supporter Stella Tsai will be honored as the orchestra explores how various composers have interpreted Shakespeare’s most famous love story. Interspersed with the music will be performances by Leah Parris, Jake Adams and Olivia Boyd. The symphony’s next season will feature a series of homecomings by former Maconites: Chenny Gan (now teaching at Wesleyan College), famed organist Robert McCormick and young conductor Keitaro Harada, plus a holiday pops led by Mercer University’s David Keith.

More, more, more

The amount of entertainment on this weekend’s calendar is nothing short of overwhelming. In addition to the symphony this weekend, we also have Martha Malone and the Mercer University Opera bringing us a trio of one-act operas through Sunday. Also Sunday, the Vineville Music and Arts Series is presenting violinist Danielle Belan and pianist Jennie Jung.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that, thanks to the magic of HD technology, “La Boheme,” one of the world’s all-time favorite operas, will be broadcast to the Douglass Theatre on Saturday.

It’s also going to be a huge weekend for theater, with the long-awaited “Avenue Q” opening tonight at Theatre Macon, while up in Forsyth the Backlot Players are presenting “Gypsy.” Meanwhile at Mercer’s Backdoor Theatre, Scot Mann and the Mercer Theatre are doing Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” through April 13. You may recall that Sir Tom is also co-author of “Shakespeare in Love.”

Tuesday at Wesleyan College, nationally recognized poets Anya Silver and Kathryn Stripling Byer will welcome spring with “Sowing Language.”

Good news department

Lots of local folks are in the news: Macon native and Rutland High School graduate Jasmine Habersham, after receiving her master’s degree in 2013, most recently won the John Alexander Memorial Award while pursuing her artist diploma at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory. This summer, she has been selected to be a young artist at the Glimmerglass Music Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y. Stay tuned for more.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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