Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music to Offer October Filled with Free Community Concerts

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Townsend School of Music at Mercer University continues its fall music season with the following concerts that are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building on Mercer’s campus. For a complete schedule of events, please visit, or become a fan of our Facebook page. If you would like to receive bi-weekly newsletters, request to be added to our mailing list by sending a message to

Monday, October 1
McDuffie Masterclasses: Cello with Christoper Costanza
Master classes allow Center students to interact with and learn from our talented guest artists, in the intimate setting of the Bell House, Jennings Salon, 315 College Street. The classes are free and open to the public. Please call (478)301-2886 for times.

Tuesday, October 2
Fabian Concert Series: No. 1
The Center welcomes Kyung Sun Lee and Melissa Reardon, both celebrated soloists and chamber musicians, along with the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s Christopher Costanza, for an evening of Brahms. Strad magazine raved about Lee’s “exceptional tonal suavity and expressive intensity in equal measure.” A first-prize winner in the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions and medal winner in the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition, she currently teaches at Seoul National University. Classical Voice has described Reardon’s playing as “elegant” and “virtuosic”. The Grammy-nominated violist is an internationally renowned performer and a member of the Ensō String Quartet. As a member of the St. Lawrence, Christopher Costanza is an Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he teaches cello and chamber music and performs a wide variety of formal and informal concerts each season. Tickets $15.00. Free with Mercer ID or any valid student ID.

Tuesday, October 16
Faculty Artist Recitals: Trumpet Majesties
Jonathan Swygert, trumpet Rolando Fernandez, trumpet. Jonathan Swygert and Rolando Fernandez present a concert featuring a myriad of works from different musical periods. The versatility of the instrument will be demonstrated through music that is powerful, delicate, and virtuosic. Please come out enjoy a reunion of Mercer musical forces!

Wednesday, October 18
Joan Stockstill Godsey Series: Carol Goff and Cam Bishop
Carol Goff, piano Camp Bishop, piano Two of Macon's beloved musicians join together for an elegant evening of four-hand piano music featuring composers Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, and Rachmaninov.

Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.
McDuffie Student Concert
The students of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings will perform a student solo and chamber ensemble concert. Recitals are held in the Bell House Jennings Salon at 7:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand.  Bell House, 315 College Street, Macon.

Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Wind Band Sounds of Middle Georgia: Dr. Douglas Hill, conductor
Special Guest: Howard High School Wind Ensemble; Scott Matthews, conductor. The Mercer University Wind Ensemble will join musical forces with the Howard High School Wind Ensemble in a concert featuring the wind band talents from two of our regions fine instrumental ensembles. Howard High School Auditorium. 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon.

Thursday, October 25-28
Mercer University Opera: Guys and Dolls
This season we present another classic Broadway musical: Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser. In the gritty heart of the metropolis, gamblers, nightclub singers, and Salvation Army workers rub elbows. The action is fast & funny, the lines are witty, the music swings, and true love prevails—who could ask for anything more? Martha Malone, director. Richard Kosowski, conductor.

Show information:

October 25-27, 7:30 p.m.

October 28, 3:30 p.m.

Fickling Recital Hall

Adults $15.00. Mercer employees $10.00. Free admission for all students.

Tuesday, October 30
Fabian Concert Series: No. 2
McDuffie Center young artists join distinguished faculty including renowned artist and Center founder Robert McDuffie for an evening of chamber music, performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Bottesini's Grand Duo for Violin and Bass, and Mendelssohn's Octet. Annie Fullard, violinist with the famed Cavani Quartet, brings a wealth of experience to her role as chamber music coach at the Center, encouraging students to delve deep, exploring the composition process. Daniel Tosky, double bassist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, adds his expertise to the mix in the incredibly virtuosic Grand Duo. Tickets $15.00. Free with Mercer ID or any valid student ID.