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April 22, 2014

CURTAIN CALL: Lots of music, theater this week in Milledgeville

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Marry the man today, Trouble though he may be, Much as he likes to play, Crazy and wild and free...”

We’ve got more musical and theatrical events taking place this week in Milledgeville than the Georgia State Legislature has self-serving senators and representatives.  Well, OK ... not THAT many events.  But still a lot.

And it starts off this evening as the Georgia College Theatre Department presents “[Re]turn,” a premiere staged reading of a new play by Jimmy Holder.

“[Re]turn” centers on a real estate transfer deed and a daughter’s refusal to sign it.  It actually revolves around the issue of how humans consistently produce waste and lay waste to the environment.  Though many would argue we should return to a simpler, more ecologically friendly way of life, is such a thing logically possible?

The play is directed by Iona Holder (maybe a connection with the playwright in this case). Though the presentation is a staged reading, it is infused with video and audio components, compliments of Keith Bergeron, the master of technical design at GC.

That’s tonight starting at 8 p.m. in the Campus Black Box Theatre. Admission is free and the performance is in conjunction with and celebration of Earth Day.   

Just two evenings later, on Thursday, the Georgia College Department of Music presents the GC Music Theatre Scenes program. This year’s theme is “Love, Dreams and Secrets.”

Directed by the always wonderful Wendy Mullen, this show features songs from musical theater performed by some very talented students.  And the title of this spring’s program should give some indication of what to expect.

Tunes that will be presented include “All Er Nothin’” from “Oklahoma,” “Matchmaker” from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “One Boy” from “Bye Bye Birdie” and one of my favorite heartwarming, sentimental romantic songs of all time, “The Worst Pies in London” from “Sweeney Todd.”

There are many other songs planned as well, including a certain tune from “Guys and Dolls” where Miss Adelaide and Sarah Brown figure they may as well “Marry the Man Today.”

Lev Ryabinin will be there tinkling the ivories.  He will also provide piano accompaniment.

This is always a popular concert so I suggest getting there early to make sure you get a choice seat.  You certainly wouldn’t want to miss any of the Kit Kat Girls informing you to “Don’t Tell Mama” (which, of course, comes from “Cabaret”).

The show takes place in Max Noah Recital Hall and starts at 7:30 p.m.  

Now the very next night, Friday, there will be some mighty fine music taking place in Allen’s Market as Maria Howell and the Mose Davis Trio present an evening of jazz. This program also starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Allied Arts, Maria Howell is an incredible jazz singer who started singing in church at the age of 13 and hasn’t stopped since.  She hails from North Carolina but now makes her home in Atlanta.

As for the Mose Davis Trio, these guys are not exactly rookies either.  Mose Davis was classically trained at the Detroit Conservatory of Music, cites such jazz legends as Jimmy Smith and Ahmal Jamal among his influences, and has performed with Michael Franks, Candi Station and the Funkadelics, among many others.

If you like great jazz, both from a vocal and instrumental perspective, this show is for you.  Tickets are $15 each and are on sale at the Marlor House at 201 North Wayne St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also give a call to 478-452-3950 for more information.

Remember, seating at Allen’s Market is limited so I strongly suggest advance reservations.

But there is still more fine music the very next evening, Saturday, April 26, as the GC Music Department presents “Music at the Mansion” starting at 6 p.m. As you may gather from the title, this takes place on the lawn at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

I don’t have a lot of information about this concert, but my favorite “mistress of the ‘bone,” Maureen Horgan, provided me with a synopsis of some of the groups to expect - thanks, Moe.

The saxophone ensemble, flute ensemble, tuba quartet, brass ensemble, and the wind symphony are all scheduled to perform.  No, not at the same time.   

That would be interesting, though!

To give you some idea of the diversity (one of the three major GC buzzwords of the month) of tunes you will hear, there will be “The Magic Flute Overture” by Mozart, “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, “The Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst and “Music for a Darkened Theater” by Danny Elfman.

This was a great show last year where folks brought lawn chairs, coolers, beach towels, old Buicks, and just chilled out at the Governor’s mansion, enjoying some great music.  

But there’s still more music on tap for the upcoming week. On Monday, April 28, the GC Small Ensembles Spring Concert will take place in Max Noah Recital Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

This will feature many of the same musical aggregations (as opposed to aggravations) from the aforementioned mansion concert.  But with a few exceptions, most of the music will be different.

Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Some of my favorite titles include “Bonbons for Three Flutes” performed by the Tuba Quartet and “Walk like This” for flute quartet, performed by the saxophone ensemble.

Ooops ... I guess both of those flautist-dominated pieces are actually being played by folks holding edge-blown aerophones, namely the flute ensemble.

But the saxophone ensemble will be there doing “Andante de Scherzo” (have you andanted your Scherzo lately?) while the tuba 1uartet will be dancing! Well, at least the tune they perform is called “Dances.” As a former tuba player, I know it can be tricky dancing with a tuba while trying to stay in tune at the same time.  I know - I’ve tried it.

So lots of music, theater and combinations thereof taking place this weekend.  Check out some live entertainment.

“Marry the Man Today” is one of my favorite songs from “Guys and Dolls” but since it is not in the “interesting” movie version of the classic Broadway show, many people are not aware of it.  I really wasn’t until the Milledgeville Players presented this great musical back in 2003.

I was cast as mission leader Arvide Abernathy in that play and it seems like only yesterday I was warbling “More I cannot Wish You.”  

Wait a minute. It was yesterday! Well, you can’t blame a guy for singing a tune while driving down Columbia Street.

“Marry the man today, rather than sigh in sorrow, Marry the man today and change his ways ... tomorrow.

Catch you on the flip side.

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