Several area schools started classes this week, and while that event may bring tears to the eyes of some, it’s also the harbinger of wonderful things to come, for the start of school means the beginning of “the season” on local stages, in concert halls and on campuses.
Sure, we’ve enjoyed some fine entertainment this summer, but now the calendar is really going to come to life. And just as school seems to start earlier and earlier, so too do the major events in the season.
Already, this weekend will see the opening of the season for Vineville Methodist’s Music and the Arts series. Kevin McKee’s “Lux and Lapis” (for trumpet and organ) will be featured at Sunday’s concert.
Today is also a First Friday, with the Macon Arts Alliance featuring “The Mark of the Pencil,” a cleverly-titled exhibition of work by Mark Ballard. Just around the corner at the 567 Center for Renewal is “Art of the Academics.” At that same venue is “Cope” by the Chameleon Village Theatre Company, while the Milledgeville Players are presenting the musical “Camelot” at Georgia College.
No dog days around here!
Things will really start popping when fall semester kicks off at our area colleges, where we can expect an abundance of theater and music. Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music alone can be counted on for more than 60 concerts a year, many of them featuring internationally-known talent.
One of my favorites is the annual production that Mercer Opera does for children. “A Muskrat Lullaby” will be this year’s life-changing event.
Before the month ends, the Macon Symphony Orchestra will have joined the mix with “Pathos and Passion.” This season-opener will feature conductor Roderick Cox, Macon native and assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. Just a few weeks later, the Macon Pops Orchestra will be “Stayin’ Alive” with “The “Best of the ’70s” on Sept. 18.
Meanwhile, the Douglass Theatre -- now digitally empowered -- will again be bringing the Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre’s high-definition telecast series to us.
Coming Aug. 23 is Theatre Macon’s annual meeting, and while that may not sound like exciting news, thanks to Bob and Carolyn Hargrove, the meeting will be followed by a mortgage burning party. Now that is big news!
Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.