The Grand Opera House is known as the premiere historic theatre in Central Georgia, and one of our region’s most cherished cultural gems. As performing arts center of Mercer University, we are proud to offer Broadway touring productions, music concerts and educational programs through our GrandKids series. The Grand has long been the site of excellent performances by community-based arts and cultural organizations like The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia, Macon Civic Club, Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association festival, The Otis Redding Foundation and dozens of dance and theatre groups. In 2021-2022, we became the home of the brand-new Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra, a program of the McDuffie Center for Strings that has symphony redefined with you in mind. Over the last two years with our community engagement director, we’ve been asking Maconites to “picture yourself at The Grand” in different ways, shining a spotlight on the brightest and most compelling stars right here in our backyard. We’re hoping to open the doors of The Grand ever wider and share the resource of our space for moments of joy with the community. This year, we turned over the space to 45 artists for a radically inclusive art festival, Macon Art eXplosion, which created gallery exhibitions in dressing rooms and rap shows in our green room. We told the stories of the historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood in Healing a Haunted House, directly sourced from interviews with residents in a community-led democratic process.
We want to sing, dance, and express the stories you want to see, so that you feel like, “The Grand is a place for me.”