MACON – Macon will as soon as once more have a symphony orchestra, because of a five-year, $300,000 Peyton Anderson Basis grant that may fund a collaboration between the world-renowned Robert McDuffie Middle for Strings in Mercer College’s Townsend Faculty of Music and musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The announcement was made immediately by Mercer President William D. Underwood at Macon’s historic Grand Opera Home.
The brand new orchestra – to be known as The Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra – will re-establish a top-tier regional American orchestra in Macon, the place the Macon Symphony ended its 41-year run in 2017. The closure left not solely a void for McDuffie Middle college students who beforehand performed with the orchestra, but in addition for the Center Georgia neighborhood. With out the MSO, native residents involved in orchestral music have needed to journey to Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus or exterior the state to entry a season of reside performances.
The Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra shall be performed by Mercer Distinguished Artist Ward Stare, and annual spring and fall performances will happen starting within the fall of 2021 at The Grand Opera Home. Repertoire will embrace customary items by important classical composers, in addition to work by a variety of latest composers from numerous backgrounds, reflecting the true breadth and depth of symphonic music immediately.
13 members of the ASO’s woodwind, brass and percussion sections – together with all principal woodwind and brass gamers – will mentor and carry out with the 26 Middle college students.
“The Peyton Anderson Basis is happy to associate once more with Mercer College in a continued dedication to creating music in Macon,” stated Basis President, CEO and Trustee Karen Lambert. “This collaboration fills a void in our native arts and tradition scene, returns life to the symphony stage and creates a premier efficiency alternative in Georgia.”
“This distinctive mixture of conservatory-level college students and elite skilled musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will place Macon on the very prime of American regional orchestras,” stated Middle for Strings Founder Robert McDuffie. “We additionally consider this may place Mercer firmly within the ranks of the highest college orchestras within the nation—and profit our college students with efficiency and studying alternatives they merely wouldn’t discover anyplace else.”
Famous for its distinctive pairing of an intensive conservatory expertise with a business-focused liberal arts curriculum to arrange extraordinary musicians for the entrepreneurial world of twenty first century efficiency, the McDuffie Middle goals to offer its college students with entry to a few of the most distinguished school on the planet whereas additionally offering that school the prospect to work with a few of the world’s best younger musicians.
“A partnership with musicians from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues the McDuffie Middle college students’ schooling in, and publicity to, orchestral music,” stated Dr. David Keith, dean of the Townsend Faculty of Music. “That is vital as a result of musical choices performed by strings college students are sometimes solo or chamber items. Having college students work with bigger orchestral items provides invaluable classes – each in enjoying new musical choices and in benefiting from shared experiences discovered by enjoying with a gaggle containing greater than stringed devices. This may even present alternatives for the winds and brass college students within the Faculty of Music to be mentored by a few of the main orchestral gamers within the nation.”
“I used to be so excited when the McDuffie Middle launched its acclaimed music conservatory program,” stated Laura Ardan, Principal Clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. “I’m thrilled to be a part of an elite program proper right here in Georgia that’s obtainable to the pupil wishing to pursue a profession in efficiency of nice orchestral music.”
“After experiencing a memorable efficiency of Copland’s Appalachian Spring on final yr’s Fabian Live performance Sequence that includes two of the principal wind gamers of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, I look ahead to extra concert events with these great performers and collaborators sitting and enjoying alongside the younger artists of the McDuffie Middle,” stated Amy Schwartz Moretti, McDuffie Middle director and Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. “What an unimaginable alternative for Mercer, Macon, and the McDuffie Middle younger artists!”
ASO Musicians Performing with the Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra
- Laura Ardan, principal clarinet
- Andrew Brady, principal bassoon
- Kim Gilman, horn
- Marci Gurnow, clarinet
- Laura Najarian, bassoon
- Sam Nemec, oboe
- Jaclyn Rainey, principal horn
- Todd Skitch, flute
- Christina Smith, principal flute
- Stuart Stephenson, principal trumpet
- Liz Tiscione, principal oboe
- Mike Tiscione, affiliate principal trumpet
- Mark Yancich, principal timpani
About Townsend Faculty of Music
Mercer College’s Townsend Faculty of Music, the Robert McDuffie Middle for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Research provide undergraduate and graduate skilled music research in a complete college atmosphere. Townsend is nationally acknowledged for its excellent school, award-winning college students, efficiency ensembles and state-of-the-art amenities. The McDuffie Middle, a particular institute inside Townsend Faculty of Music, is a extremely selective program that prepares string college students for fulfillment in the true world. College students research with a few of America’s most famous string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory high quality, whereas incomes an academically well-rounded schooling from a complete, nationally acknowledged college. For extra data and a whole itemizing of this season’s concert events, go to www.mercer.edu/music, or name (478) 301-2748.