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Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 3:33am

Middle Georgia Weekend: 'Wizard Of Oz' On The Park, Tribute To Duke Ellington

Updated: 8 months ago.
The classic movie "The Wizard of Oz" screens Friday for free on Macon's Tattnall Square Park. (Screen capture: Tyler Durdan via Flickr)

Middle Georgia State College health services professor Chris Tsavatewa and harpist Betsy Fitzgerald join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.

Betsy's picks for April 17:

Lions and Panthers and Bears, Oh My!

I love to hear about programs that inspire younger musicians by pairing them with more seasoned players as mentors.

“Lions and Panthers and Bears” features some of the leading musical staples of wind ensemble music as well as new pieces performed by the Mercer Wind Ensemble and the Perry High School Symphony Band.

Mercer’s Director Doug Hill and Perry’s Director Andy Hursey will conduct their ensembles before the groups join forces in this free program.

If you haven’t had a chance to hear wind ensemble music, this is a great opportunity for you to hear how the ensemble can almost sound like symphony orchestra.

Lions and Panthers and Bears, Oh My, Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Perry High School, 1307 North Ave., Perry, admission is free.

A Tribute to Duke Ellington

Jazz great Duke Ellington will be featured at the season finale of the Mercer Jazz Ensemble. The 17-piece big band will be joined by special guest drummer Steve Chanin.

The free concert will take you back in time to hear some of the greatest jazz charts of all time including “Take the A Train,” “In a Sentimental Mood” and “Prelude to a Kiss.”

The ensemble is led by director Monty Cole, who is also a well-known clarinet and saxophonist on the faculty of Mercer’s Townsend School of Music.

A Tribute to Duke Ellington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building, Mercer University, 1329 Adams Street, Macon, admission is free.

--Betsy

Chris' picks for April 17:

Civil War Driving Tour

Due to GPB’s new series “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March" I have found myself in full history mode this week. This month marks the 150th anniversary of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s first foray into Georgia.

So I suggest that you take an hour out of your weekend and participate in the “Civil War Macon” driving tour departing from the Cannonball House this Saturday April 19th at 11 and 1 p.m.

Ride along the Trolley Tour as it visits the places that were of particular importance in Macon during the great conflict and learn about the two Union assaults on Macon that failed.

The tour will include information and locations of manufacturing sites, hospitals, military fortifications, battles, people, and the role Macon played during the war. Tours will leave from The Cannonball House at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with each group limited to 25 number of people.

In addition to the driving tour, you will be offered a tour of The Cannonball House, its Military Museum, brick kitchen and servant’s quarters and 19th Century gardens. This is a one day event so please make reservations in advance. Admission: $20 per person.

'The Wizard of Oz' on Tattnall Square Park

There’s something enchanting about watching movies on the big screen while sitting on the grass in a large open space with family and friends.

And if you missed the kickoff last week of the Sundown Screen Series presented by Macon Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department then you can catch the next showing this weekend at Tattnall Square Park. Expect a great family movie night with viewings running through September.

This week the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” will show Friday at sunset. Our heroine Dorothy is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and then embarks on a quest with three colorful characters and her dog Toto to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

This movie has everything, drama, villains (flying monkeys), comedy, and you can sing along to time-less classics like “If I Only Had a Brain.” So grab your camp chairs, a picnic basket, blanket, and a few friends to kick off the weekend right.

--Chris

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