Curtain Call

“What a difference a day makes, Twenty-four little hours — brought the sun and the flowers, where there used to be rain.”

Mighty pretty lyrics for a mighty pretty song. Film at 11.

We’ve got several different events coming up in the next two weeks that cover a wide swath of different flavors. And it starts on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Georgia College Theatre department, in conjunction with the creative writing program, will present the 24-hour plays Saturday evening.

This is a performance of plays that are written, rehearsed, and performed within a 24-hour period. Thus, the clever name for the show.

The idea of writing, learning and presenting a play, even a short one, within 24 hours sort of boggles the old cerebral cortex. But that is what happens here.

Truly, “what a difference a day makes.”

It will all take place at the Campus Black Box Theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $6 with GC students getting in for $3.

Now on the very next day, Sunday, Jan. 19, Allied Arts is sponsoring a free concert featuring “Monroe Crossing,” one of the top touring bluegrass bands in the country.

Based in Minnesota, the group obviously is “fond” of little old Milledgeville as they have had several appearances here in the past.

Well, maybe part of it has to do with the winters in Minnesota.

This concert will take place at First United Methodist Church on Log Cabin Road. It starts at 3 p.m. Admission is that always popular price of — free. 

I was checking out the upcoming touring schedule for Monroe Crossing and just two weeks later, they will be appearing at the Laskiainen Finnish Festival at the Loon Lake Community Center in Aurora, Minn. 

A Finnish Festival at Loon Lake. Now THAT’S entertainment!

Back here in dear old Milly, a musical recital of a slightly different hue will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

 Georgia College assistant professor of music and soprano Youngmi Kim will perform with guest artist and pianist Sun Hee Kim in “From Strozzi to Previn” at 7:30 p.m. in Max Noah Recital Hall. 

This recital covers music in the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Compositions include those done by Italian composer Barbara Strozzi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, American-German pianist André Previn, Russian composer Sergi Rachmaninoff and some possible tunes from Korean composers.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged to help provide scholarships for GC students. 

“What a Difference a Day Makes” was written back in 1934 by Maria Grever, a Mexican songwriter. The original lyrics were in Spanish.

It was made popular by a sensational recording by Dinah Washington in 1959, for which she won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues performance.

It has been “covered” by literally dozens of artists over the years, including Vaughn Monroe, Bobby Darin, Ben E. King, Natalie Cole and Gloria Estefan.

“What a difference a day makes, There’s a rainbow before me. Skies above can’t be stormy; Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss.”

Catch you on the flip side.

Tom Toney can be reached at ttoney@unionrecorder.com.

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