BY KATHERINE K. WALDEN NOV 2016
As we welcome the change of seasons, the fall leaves, and the cooler nights, the next few months offer the crème de la crème of entertainment—the high season in all of middle Georgia’s popular venues. The very best in live theatre, in classical and in popular music, and in special events planned for children and for their families is on the calendar during the holidays and afterwards, as we usher in a new year.
The excitement of the holidays is enhanced by special programming, which celebrates tradition and history and brings new interpretation to time-honored customs. Mark your calendars, make your reservations, and embrace the magic of the holidays!
L’Amour de Loin: From the Metropolitan Opera, a new production of the opera first seen in 2000 when it debuted at the Salzburg Festival, which tells the story of the romantic affair between a knight on a quest for love and his lover across the sea. Saturday, December 10, at 12:55 p.m., in HD from the Met.
No Man’s Land: Live, from the National Theatre, this Harold Pinter play features two lions of the theatre, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, in a sinister war of words between two aging writers who, as they become increasingly inebriated, verbally joust over their literary territory. Sunday, December 18, at 3 p.m.
Nabucco: Live from the Metropolitan Opera in HD, the opera was written by Guiseppe Verdi in 1841 and based on the biblical account of the Jews’ exile from their homeland by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar II. The best known number from the opera is the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves.” Saturday, January 7, at 12:55 p.m.
Romeo and Juliette: Streamed live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera, this Charles Gounod production is based on William Shakespeare’s beloved play, with Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau in the roles of the star-crossed lovers. Saturday, January 21, at 12:55 p.m.
The Douglass Theatre is located at 355 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Macon. Contact: 478.742.2000 or email@example.com.
The Grand Opera House
Pete the Cat: The one-hour, live stage production, in the GrandKids Arts Education series, tells the story of a recalcitrant cat that is sent to live with the Biddle family to learn some manners. Finding the family to be a little square, Pete’s mission is to teach the family to not take themselves so seriously. Wednesday, November 2, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Macon Symphony Orchestra’s Friends, Old and New: As a celebration of old and new classics, this performance will open with Bizet’s Symphony in C and feature everything from Cole Porter and Louis Armstrong to Copland’s “Rodeo” to Broadway’s “My Fair Lady.” Conducted by maestro Gerald Steichen Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
Straight No Chaser: Celebrating their 20th anniversary with a road tour titled, I’ll Have Another, the a cappella male group is not the predictable, cuff-linked band of brothers from the halls of Ivy League schools. Their unexpected and refreshing sense of humor has established them as unforgettable entertainment. Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with Jonny Lang: The singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso had a number one hit on Billboard’s chart, in 1997, when he was 15, titled “Lie to Me.” Lang kicks off a weekend celebration of Duane Allman’s life and will be playing the late singer’s 1957 Les Paul Gold Top guitar on Friday, November 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Annie: As part of the Broadway series at the Grand, this play will be directed by the original lyricist, Martin Charnin, and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, both responsible for the Broadway production. Annie, who captured our hearts on the funny pages of our local newspapers, is now considered the best loved musical of all time. Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Nutcracker of Middle Georgia: The 1816 book by E.T.A. Hoffman, which was adapted for ballet by Tchaikovsky in 1892, has been anointed the event that heralds the beginning of the Christmas season in Middle Georgia. Clara’s magical dreams come alive on stage at the Grand December 8–11.
John Berry’s Annual Christmas Concert: Country music chart topper John Berry is fast becoming a Christmas tradition in Middle Georgia. With the release of his 1995 album, O Holy Night, Berry launched his holiday tour, now in its 21st year. His national touring group will be at The Grand on Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $38.
Comedian Kathleen Madigan: As a winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and as recipient of Best Female Comedian from The American Comedy Awards and from The Phyllis Diller Awards, Madigan has earned her stripes in the competitive world of stand-up comedy. She will be at the Grand on Friday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Lightning Thief: Another one-hour production in the GrandKids Arts Education series, this is an allegorical account of boarding school student Percy Jackson and his battle with the mythological creatures he meets and of how he wrestles with conflict on Olympus. Monday, January 9, at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m.
The Grand Opera House is located at 651 Mulberry Street, Macon. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or The Grand’s box office at 478.301.5470.
Macon Little Theatre
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka: Billy Bucket’s magical journey to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory fantasy comes to the stage to delight the audience with songs made popular by Gene Wilder. Children and adults will be enchanted by this lively musical, directed by Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss, from December 9–18.
The Macon Little Theatre is located at 4220 Forsyth Road, Macon. For times, and to purchase tickets, call 478.471.7529.
Macon Symphony Orchestra
Macon Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert: The Jeans & Classics band and singers bring the music of Motown and disco from the 70s to the Macon City Auditorium for this annual blowout concert. Among the songs will be chart toppers from ABBA, Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson, and Donna Summer, to name a few. Macon City Auditorium doors open at 6:30 and concert at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and tables, contact the Macon Symphony Orchestra at 478.301.5300.
Mercer University Theatre—Tatnall Square Center for the Arts
She Kills Monsters: “Geek,” a term normally reserved for guys who don’t fit the norm of popularity, is addressed on the femaleside by playwright Qui Nguyen when a woman loses her sister, only to discover after her death that she had an alter ego who escaped from reality in the netherworld of dungeons and dragons. November 10–12 and November 17–20.
Located at the former Tattnall Square Presbyterian Church at 1096 College Street, Macon. Contact: tickets.mercer.edu.
Mercer University Townsend School of Music
Macon Music Across Middle Georgia: The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Douglas Hill, plays with guest artist Warner Robins High School Symphonic Band, Todd Howell conducting, playing many styles representative of Macon music. The concert will be held in the Warner Robins High School auditorium, 401 South Davis Drive, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1. Admission is free.
Espressivo: Guest artists Richard Aaron on cello and Annie Fullard on violin return to play with the McDuffie Center’s cellist, Julie Albers, and violinist, Amy Schwartz Moretti, who also is director of the McDuffie Center for Strings, in one of the Fabian Concert Series. The chemistry among these four friends is palpable. Tuesday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15.
Townsend Homecoming Kaleidoscope concert: Alumni will return to the campus for a concert of faculty and student performances on Saturday, November 5, at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
Weather Report (Jazz Combo): Under the direction of Dr. Monty Cole, the Jazz Ensemble explores the genres of jazz, on Friday, November 11, and on Tuesday, November 29, in McCorkle Hall with performances at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Cabaret—Melodies and Mayhem: Faculty member and soprano Martha Malone will share the stage for this faculty concert with pianist and guest artist Byron Grant for an evening of cabaret music at 7:30 p.m., November 15. Admission is free.
Barbara Lister-Sink, Pianist: The Joan Stockstill Godsey series presents Ms. Lister-Sink, world-renowned pianist who graduated Smith College and now serves as Distinguished Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at Salem College. Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Thanksgiving Song: The Mercer Women’s Chamber Choir and the Mercer Singers, under the direction of Dr. Stanley Roberts, conductor, will entertain holiday guests on November 20, at 3 p.m., in McCorkle Hall of Townsend School of Music. Admission is free.
Festive Flutes: Mercer’s nationally recognized flute choir, directed by Kelly Via, plays in concert and presents a world premiere by one of their own, Christopher Schmitz, on December 1, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Lessons and Carols: The Mercer Brass Choir and Jack Mitchener, organist, will celebrate the 21st anniversary of this Mercer tradition at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, December 2, and on Saturday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Cortona Trio: The popular trio of Julie Albers on cello, Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin and Elizabeth Pridgen on piano, knows how to have fun and bring some holiday magic to Fickling Hall at the Townsend School of Music as part of the Fabian Concert series. Tuesday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15.
Mercer Opera presents The Gondoliers: This Gilbert and Sullivan opera is set in the canals of Venice, a romantic locale for comedy, dancing, and memorable music, and is directed by Martha Malone with music conducted by Richard Kosowski—a perfect way to start the New Year! Friday and Saturday, January 13–14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 15, at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Edward Eikner and Carol Goff, pianists: The two pianists will play solo and together for this evening of selections from the Romantic and Classical periods. Enjoy pieces from Brahms and Rachmaninoff, among others, , in this Joan Stockstill Godsey sponsored concert, Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
For tickets for Mercer University Townsend School of Music performances, contact: tickets.mercer.edu.
Perry Players Community Theatre
Run for Your Wife: The predicament of cab driver, John Smith, juggling two wives and two lives, is a recipe for hilarity when he lands in the hospital and is suddenly under scrutiny from suspicious authorities as he tries to untangle himself from his web of deception. November 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19, at 7:30 p.m., with matinees on November 6 and 13, at 2:30 pm.
Christmas With You: A spectacular Christmas concert directed by Hunter Hufnagle with musical direction from Michael Stewart, will fill the theater with the traditional songs of Christmas—a break from the holiday rush. Performances from December 15–17, at 7:30 p.m., and December 18, at 2:30 p.m.
The Theatre is located at 909 Main Street, Perry. For ticket information, call 478.987.5354.
Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen: When Roger Goodman marries Sarah Huffington, he envisions a storybook marriage until he discovers that she finds him boring. Determined to win her over, he pre-empts her fantasy of living the life of a pirate queen and becomes the swashbuckling Captain Blood! This farcical comedy will knock you overboard. January 20, 21, 27, and 28, at 7:30 p.m., and January 22 and 29, at 2:30 p.m.
Rose Theater is located at 23 West Johnston Street, Forsyth. Contact: 478.994.0443 or email@example.com for tickets.
Seussical the Musical: The Youth Actors Company of Theatre Macon will tell the story of Horton the elephant, the Whos, the lazy Mayzie La Bird, and too many Thinks in this cleverly disguised parable from the classic storyteller himself, Dr. Seuss, October 28–November 6.
The Wiz: The modern take on Dorothy’s adventures with the Wizard of Oz is a fast-paced musical comedy that has garnered seven Tony awards for its musical mix of rock, gospel, and soul. This play will appeal to all members of the family with its rollicking energy. December 2–16.
Beauty & the Beast: Another production from the Youth Actors Company of Theatre Macon, this play is the musical stage adaptation of the animated film of the same name. Disney’s story of the prince held hostage in an ogre’s body, racing against time to escape to a life of normalcy, has enchanted audiences since its Broadway debut in 1994. January 6–15.
Theatre Macon is located at 438 Cherry Street, Macon. Contact: 478.746.9485, firstname.lastname@example.org, or order tickets online at theatremacon.com.
Warner Robins Little Theatre
An Evening With Elvis: Featuring tribute artist Damon Hendrix, who is also well known as a gospel singer, the evening will be filled with the King’s hits from the 50s through the 70s, while guests enjoy dinner at the Student Building at The Assembly at 4060 Watson Boulevard. Saturday, November 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.
Who Killed Elvis?: On the heels of a tribute to the legendary King, WRLT presents this farce about new innkeepers who are banking on success by naming their new venture “Elvis Ate Here.” The theme attracts not only legitimate Elvis fans, also a variety of kooks who make for hilarious mayhem. November 11–19.
The theatre is located at 502 South Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins. Contact: 478. 929.4579, email@example.com, or visit wrlt.org.
Fei-Fei Dong, pianist: The Macon Concert Association encores this internationally-acclaimed pianist in this season’s series. Ms. Dong is winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild competition and in the top six finalists of the 2013 Van Cliburn competition. The concert will be in Pierce Chapel on Wesleyan’s campus Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students and can be purchased through the Grand Opera House, 478.301.5470.
Georgia Music Teachers Association Concert: The music teachers gather on campus for their annual meeting and to celebrate their accomplishments on November 3, at 8 p.m., in Porter Auditorium. The concert is open to the public, and admission is free.
GMTA Guest Artist Concert: Russian pianist and Yale faculty member, Boris Berman, who has performed in 50 countries on six continents, will be the solo guest artist for the Georgia Music Teachers annual conference in Porter Auditorium on November 4, at 8 p.m. The concert is open to the public and admission is free
Annual Fall Recital: Students in the music school and possible stars of tomorrow will perform in recital in Porter Auditorium on November 14, at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.
Edgy Bits: Enjoy a collection of short plays about women on the edge in the intimate environment of the Grassman-Porter Studio Theatre, in the Porter Fine Arts building, on December 1–3, at 8 p.m. Not recommended for children. Tickets $10 and $5 for students and alumnae. Admission is free for Wesleyan faculty, current students, and staff.
Christmas Concert: The Wesleyannes and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Nadine Cheek, will sing favorite Christmas carols in a free, open performance on Sunday, December 4, at 4 p.m. in Porter Auditorium.
Morning Music Club Christmas Concert: The music club celebrates 103 years of entertaining audiences with the most proficient and renowned musicians in their fields. The Christmas concert is open to the public, and admission is free. Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m.
Celtic Christmas: This lively concert will feature guitars and other folk music instruments to accompany the lively lyrics from some of the oldest holiday folk music and will include audience participation in the picturesque Pierce Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, December 10, at 7 p.m.
Emil Altschuler, violinist, and Thomas Pandolf, pianist: Altschuler and Pandolfi are part of the Macon Concert Association’s season series with an appealing program of compositions from Schubert, Gershwin, Sarasate, and more! The concert will be in Burden Parlor on Monday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and $10 for students; purchase through the Grand Opera House at 478.301.5470. #