Violinist Robert McDuffie and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith will perform a program of words and music next month, highlighting grand opening festivities for the new home of the McDuffie Center for Strings.
The performance, on Feb. 21, will be held at Macon’s Beulahland Bible Church, located at 1010 Newburg Ave. in Macon.
The performance, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” will feature Smith, accompanied by McDuffie, reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s April 1963 letter. Smith will also portray other important figures from the civil rights movement.
Smith is known for her television roles as national security adviser Nancy McNally in “The West Wing” and as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie.” She is now artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
Smith and McDuffie previously performed the program at the Aspen Ideas Festival and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The Feb. 21 performance will be free to the public, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:30 p.m. in the 2,000-seat church.
A special institute within Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, the McDuffie Center for Strings has a new home in the Bell House, a historic landmark located at 315 College St. The newly renovated space will accommodate the center’s 26 students, with dedicated practice rooms and teaching spaces on the second floor and a 60-seat performance hall on the first floor.
For more information, call 478-301-2933.