Nov. 14--The Dorothy W. McClure Theatre will be open to the public for the first time tonight as the Springer Opera House opens a new musical. "California Dreaming" is written by Springer producing artistic director Paul Pierce and singer Debbie Anderson. It's about a group of young people dreaming of stardom in 1960s California when musical harmonies were all the rage. Think of the songs by the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas and the Fifth Dimension.
Our town is the same as your town?
"Our Town" is a play performed by a lot of high schools and colleges, as well as professional theaters. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play has a universal theme about the transcience of human existence. The people in this small New England town deal with birth, growing up, marriage and death, just as others do all over the world. It can be seen at 7:30 tonight through Saturday in the Columbus State University Riverside Theater Complex, 6 W. 10th St. Tickets are $17; $15 for children 12 and younger, seniors 60 and older and active-duty military. Call 706-507-8444.
All the leaves are brown
"California Dreaming" is about a group of young people who go to California to try to break into the music scene of the 1960s-70s. It can be seen at 7:30 tonight through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday; also, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21-23 in the McClure Theatre at the Springer Opera House, 1022 First Ave. Tickets are $40; $34 for seniors and public service personnel; and $17 for children and students. Call 706-327-3688.
A chance to hear Gypsy jazz
The Hot Club of San Francisco is a "gypsy jazz" group celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, as well as their own original tunes. They can be seen at 7:30 tonight in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $23-$39. Call 706-256-3612.
Farewell to Bebo
The contemporary Christian-folk-pop-rock artist from Columbus makes his final performance in town when his "Farewell Tour" ends here. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 706-256-3612.
THE concert to attend
This is the Columbus State University Faculty Recital you must attend. The concert, "Great Russian Piano Trios," features pianist Alexander Kobrin, violinist Sergiu Schwartz and cellist Wendy Warner performing Rachmaninov's "Trio elegiaque No 1 in G-Minor" and Arensky's "Trio No. 1 in D-Minor." The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. It's free. Call 706-649-7225.
Expect at least one trumpet flourish
The Columbus State University Trumpet Ensemble performs at 4 p.m. Sunday in Legacy Hall. It features the student ensemble and includes new work by faculty member Fred Cohen. It's free. Call 706-649-7225.
Check out the Wind Orchestra
The Columbus State University Wind Orchestra features the student orchestra led by Jamie Nix and Sean Powell, graduate conductor Jeffrey Lawson and faculty member Lisa Oberlander. The program includes works by Grantham, Whitacre, Mackey, Bruch and Dello Joio. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Legacy Hall. It's free. Call 706-649-7225.
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