Alessio Bax at Spivey Hall
This Italian pianist kicks off Spivey Hall’s latest season with a classical lesson in approaching the 88 keys. You’ll hear some Brahms, some Kreisler and a good chunk of Rachmaninov. Bax holds the distinction of winning the much lauded Leeds Competition in 2000. His latest disc, “Rachmaninov: Preludes and Melodies,” has garnered its own fair share of acclaim with Classics Today.com calling it “impassioned, world-class Rachmaninov.”
3 p.m. Oct. 7. $40. Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200, www.spiveyhall.org.
“The Big Guns: or Whose Little Lily Is She?” at ACT1 Theater
Through songs and six guns this production spins a yarn about a pair of cattle barons and a sassy saloon siren named Lily. It’s all presented in a style reminiscent of the classic crooning cowboy Westerns starring the likes of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Time-honored tunes such as “Oh My Darling, Clementine” and “Sweet Betsy From Pike” may tap the inner recesses of the audience’s minds and have some cowpokes and cowgirls singing along.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-6. $10. ACT1 Theater, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770-663-8989, www.act1theater.com.