The Robert McDuffie Middle for Strings in Mercer College’s Townsend Faculty of Music in Macon, Georgia and musicians from the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announce immediately a landmark partnership forming a regional U.S. orchestra in Central Georgia and increasing the visionary curriculum of the distinguished music college. Supported by a five-year, $300,000 grant from the Peyton Anderson Basis, 13 members of the ASO’s woodwind, brass and percussion sections-including all principal woodwind and brass players-will mentor and carry out with the 26 McDuffie Middle college students.
The brand new orchestra-to be known as The Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra and made up of musicians from the ASO and McDuffie Middle students-will re-establish a top-tier regional American orchestra in Macon, the place the Macon Symphony ended its 41-year run in 2017. It is going to be carried out by Mercer Distinguished Artist Ward Stare, and annual spring and fall performances will happen starting within the fall of 2021 at Macon’s Grand Opera Home. Repertoire will embrace customary items by important classical composers, in addition to work by a variety of up to date composers from numerous backgrounds, reflecting the true breadth and depth of symphonic music immediately.
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 supply its college students with entry to a number of the most distinguished school on this planet whereas additionally offering that school the prospect to work with a number of the world’s most interesting younger musicians.
“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 imagine this may place Mercer firmly within the ranks of the highest college orchestras within the country-and profit our college students with efficiency and studying alternatives they merely would not discover anyplace else.”
“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 essential as a result of musical alternatives performed by strings college students are usually solo or chamber items. Having college students work with bigger orchestral items provides invaluable lessons-both in taking part in new musical alternatives and in benefiting from shared experiences realized by taking part in with a bunch containing greater than stringed devices. This can even present alternatives for the winds and brass college students within the Faculty of Music to be mentored by a number 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 scholar wishing to pursue a profession in efficiency of nice orchestral music.”
“After experiencing a memorable efficiency of Copland’s Appalachian Spring on final 12 months’s Fabian Live performance Sequence that includes two of the principal wind gamers of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, I look ahead to extra live shows with these fantastic performers and collaborators sitting and taking part in alongside the younger artists of the McDuffie Middle,” stated Amy Schwartz Moretti, McDuffie Middle director and Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. “What an unbelievable alternative for Mercer, Macon and the McDuffie Middle younger artists!”
“The Peyton Anderson Basis is happy to accomplice 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.”
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 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