Mercer’s Fine Arts are preparing for a full year of performances and shows. From operas to art exhibits, there is a wide spectrum of productions, so be sure to come and support your Mercer Arts!
Family Weekend Concert, Sept. 22, 2:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Song, Nov. 24
Lessons and Carols, Dec. 7
This concert will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, featuring Mercer Singers, Women’s Chamber Choir, Dr. Jack Mitchener organist, and brass. “We are looking to ride the success of the Grand Mercer Christmas and attract a broader crowd than we have had in Newton”, says director Dr. Stanley Roberts.
Faculty Concert, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Guest Concert and Master Class Series:
9/16 and 9/17 Timothy LeFebvre; Baritone Concert and Master Class
10/15 and 10/16 Rebecca Lanning; Mezzo-Soprano
2/27 and 2/28 Mandy Spivak; Soprano
The Magic Flute, Jr., Jan. 13-14, 5:30 p.m.
Children will delight to this special one-hour family-friendly performance featuring highlights from Mozart’s beloved fairy tale opera! Admission is free.
The Magic Flute, Jan. 16-18, 7:30 p.m. and Jan, 19, 2:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the fun, fantasy, and sheer beauty of Mozart’s last opera – it’s an all time favorite! Tickets are $10. Free for any student or with a Mercer ID.
The Charm of Chamber Opera, April 3-5, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Richard Kosowski shared the excitement for this year’s vocal performances: “We have a lot going on this year – over 160 concerts, recitals, and performances, averaging one event every two days!”
McDuffie Center for Strings
Robert McDuffie and Friends Labor Day Festival for Strings Closing Concert: Featuring high school participants and an MCS Ensemble. Sept. 2, 3:00 p.m.
McDuffie Student Solo Performances, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Mercer University Orchestra, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
McDuffie Student Chamber Ensemble Concert, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
McDuffie Student Chamber Ensemble Concert, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Mercer Players: Sunday Matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. All other shows begin at 7:00 p.m. Shows will be held in the Back Door Theatre. Tickets are $5 general admission.
Tartuffe by Molière, Sept. 19-29
Tartuffe, one of the most famous comedies of theatre is a play about religious hypocrisy, seduction, and greed. Scott Mann, Director of Mercer Theatre, said, “This play was so powerful when it was first produced that it was originally banned.”
Love Kills by Vladimir Volkoff, Nov. 14-24
These performances will be presented as part of the Colloquium on the Writings of Vladimir Volkoff in celebration of the opening of the Volkoff Archive at Mercer’s Tarver Library.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Feb. 13-23
This witty slapstick comedy is the story of Hamlet told from the point of view of Hamlet’s companions.
Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, April 3-13
“Steve Martin’s play is nothing more than astounding as it magically brings together Elvis, Einstein and Picasso to explain the origins of modern thought,” said Mann.
According to Mann, “I think every show this season reflects the magic of theatre, and its ability to reach our imaginations on an immediate level that a green-screen movie can’t compete with.”
Mercer Art Department:
Galleries and Receptions to be displayed and held in the Hardman Fine Arts Building
Faculty Exhibit, Aug. 20 – Sept. 13
Reception, Aug. 28, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Exhibiting artists include Gary Blackbur, Craig Coleman, Pat Hickey, Eric O’Dell, Steve Simmerman, Beth Stewart, and Judy Tucker.
Laura Mongiovi Exhibit, Sept. 16-Oct. 11. Reception TBA
Mongiovi is a painter from St. Augustine, Florida.
Pat Hickey Exhibit, Oct. 14-Nov. 8. Reception TBA
Hickey is a painter from Macon and is a Mercer alumnus.
Student Exhibit – Michelle Anderson, Nov. 18-Dec. 6
Steve Simmerman Exhibit – Graphic Design, Jan. 6-31. Reception TBA
Simmerman is a new Art Faculty member to Mercer University.
Glue: Contemporary Collage, Feb. 3-28. Reception TBA
Curated by Brendan Jamison, this is a traveling exhibit from Ireland. Brendan will be giving a workshop for students and a public lecture about his own artworks.