The Union Recorder


March 6, 2012

Be sure to send in your coming events

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Welcome to my shop, let me cut your mop, let me shave your crop...Daintily...daintily.”

I’ve got a couple of music events to inform you about this week. Unfortunately, I can’t do much more than just inform you of the basics as that’s really all I have.

Today, Tuesday, March 6, there will be a faculty artist recital at Georgia College featuring baritone Russell Watkins, accompanied on piano by Lev Ryabinin. It’s at Max Noah Recital Hall and starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

And on Sunday, March 11, the Oconee Regional Symphony Orchestra (ORSO) presents its spring concert in remarkably resilient Russell Auditorium.

The theme this time around is “An Afternoon of Overtures.” So you can figure a few overtures will be presented. There are two I definitely know about. One is “The Light Calvary Overture,” which was part of the operetta “Light Calvary” by Franz von Suppe’. The actual opera is rarely performed, but I think most folks will recognize the very popular overture.

In contrast, “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini is one of the most popular operas of all time and is still frequently produced. Its overture will be almost instantly recognizable by anyone who has ever watched cartoons.

The concert starts at the rather strange hour of 3 p.m., and my source of information reminded me to remind readers that Sunday corresponds to “the Return of Daylight Savings Time.” I have never seen a horror movie title more frightening! Sorry, but when you’re a night person like me, anything that makes the p.m. hours seem like they are staying bright and sunny longer is incredibly depressing.

I’ve got to have ‘possum blood in me somewhere.

Now, the only reason I can even provide the info given above about the two upcoming concerts is, in the first case, because of a basic announcement that was sent out by the GC Music Department over a limited e-mail list, and, in the second case, because of a friend of mine that is part of ORSO.

So I guess I would like to do a reminder about this column. Without meaning to get all Blanche Dubois-sy here, I am often dependent on the kindness of strangers. I love promoting the arts scene in Milledgeville, but I need to know what is going on.

Remember, I do NOT work for the Union-Recorder. The paper provides me an outlet for my rambling prose (and I thank it for that). But if you send basic press release stuff to its staff, that does NOT mean it comes to me. I need to get it separately, and you can use the convenient e-mail address usually printed at the end of each week’s lovely string of pearls.

I will promote just about anything as long as it fits somewhat into the purpose of this column (I know what you’re thinking — “this column has a purpose??”). That includes plays, concerts, art exhibits, goat parades, etc. It can be at a community, university, high school, middle school, street corner after 1 a.m., etc. level. I just need to know about it.

Believe it or not, I have actually had real living people stop me on the street, in the supermarket, on the highway (which is somewhat disturbing) to tell me how much they enjoy this column (your checks are in the mail) and use it as their principal source of information about what is going on in Milledgeville.

In fact, several folks have told me they use this column pretty much exclusively to keep them updated about what’s going on. And that always warms the silver bells and cockle shells of my syncytium of interconnected cardiac muscle fibers.

So let me know about what your organization, school, civic group, or whatever is up to — at least in an artistic performance sense. And, please, do not automatically assume that “your” director, conductor, producer, official “Office of Mis-communications,” etc. is getting that information to me. Heck, I’d rather get something twice (especially if it’s a check!) than not get it all.

So keep me in the loop. But since I just can’t stand to end a column without having to go over to at least one “continued on...” page, let me use just a few consonants and vowels to give some very basic quick info regarding the next production from my favorite community theater group, The Milledgeville Players.

The spring show looks to be the thriller “Wait until Dark.” A few final details have to be worked out — which is why I was originally going to wait until next week to bring this up — but I think it’s pretty safe to let one or two cats out of the bag at this point.

The actual performance dates are Thursday through Sunday, May 10 through 13. Audition dates are still being determined, but it’s a strong chance they will be Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29.

The cast requires 5 to 6 adult men (ages can vary). The two females are a bit more specific. One should be in her late 20s to mid 40s. The other is a young teen, probably between 11 and 15 years old.

You can bet I will provide more information about this upcoming M’ville Players production in future columns. But if you would like to audition for this tense and exciting thriller, start making plans now.

I mentioned a while back about the link between cartoons and classical music. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that many of us got our first introduction to classical music via the animation medium. As a cartoon fanatic, I can definitely say that is where many of my “high brow” music memories derive from.

Warner Brothers’ cartoon division (the beloved “Termite Terrace”) was particularly adept at adapting classical tunes to hilarious cartoons.

And I’m sure many remember the earlier mentioned “Barber of Seville” becoming “The Rabbit of Seville” at the hands of director Chuck Jones. Before you could say “don’t look so perplexed,” Rossini’s opera had become a vehicle for Bugs Bunny to use to thrust and parlay his eternal incompetent nemesis, Elmer Fudd.

“There, you’re nice and clean, although your face looks like it might have gone through a machine.”    

Catch you on the flip side.

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