Mercer Universitys musicians will take the stage Tuesday in the orchestras first concert of the season -- one directed by Ward Stare.
We are very excited about this show. Our musicians are world class and will be led by a world class conductor, Ward Stare, said David Keith, dean of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer. This is a program that will feature the students and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. It is a concert of string music. There will be no other instruments. They will be playing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik from Mozart. It is an easy listening program. It will be music that the audience will know or at least heard of. Its a very audience friendly program.
About Stare leading the students, Keith said the group is fantastic.
Maestro Stare is doing a fantastic job. Everyone is meshing beautifully. The students really respond to his direction very well. He is very easy to work with and clear in his conducting. The response of the students to him has been more than what we hoped it would be, he said.
The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Fickling Hall on the Mercer campus, and Keith said he hopes the program will enrich the lives of those in the audience.
Certainly, we think that people who are at the program will not only hear music that is inspirational to them but that will also enrich their lives. That is part of our goal and part of the spirit of the Towsend School of Music, Keith said.
This is the first of four concerts the orchestra will do this year, three of which will be held in Fickling Hall. The last concert of the year will be at the Grand Opera House.
Fickling is a wonderfully intimate room in which the audience is very close to the players, he said. Consequently, it is a great room for drawing the audience into a closer relationship with the players.
Keith said he feels pleased to have such wonderful orchestral music in Macon. Indeed, the McDuffie Center for Strings is one of the premier string programs in the United States. This summer, 10 of the students at the center participated in the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy. About 11 states and seven foreign countries are represented by the students in the center.
It is a highly unique program and it is producing world class musicians. We think everyone will truly enjoy the program and we want to invite the entire community to come out and enjoy themselves as our guests, he said.
Mercer University Orchestra
When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1
Where: Fickling Music Hall, Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Ave.
Information: 478-301-5751; www.music.mercer.edu