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Byron Grant to lead musical theater masterclasses

Byron Grant to lead musical theater masterclasses

Elliot James
September 29, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Distinguished musical theater performer and educator Byron Grant will visit the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University to teach a three-part masterclass. As a returning guest to Townsend, he will guide students through techniques on how to sing the story and “sell the song.” The first class took...

“Southside with You” reveals a different side to the Obamas

“Southside with You” reveals a different side to the Obamas

Vanessa Alva, Contributing Writer
September 20, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

“Southside with You” showcased why the Obamas are the real “relationship goals.” Writer and director Richard Tanne follows the first date between Michelle Robinson, played by Tika Sumpter, and Barack Obama, played by Parker Sawyers. The movie’s music and pop culture really takes the viewers ...

“Gidion’s Knot” is a thought-provoking start to the Mercer Theatre season

“Gidion’s Knot” is a thought-provoking start to the Mercer Theatre season

Yiren Zhang, Contributing Writer
September 20, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews

From Sept. 8 to 11, Mercer Theatre brought Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot to the stage at the Tattnall Square Center for the Arts — and what a rollercoaster ride it was! The play revolves around the mystery of the death of Gidion, a young public school student. Teacher Heather Clark (played b...

‘The Ruling’: This Tech needs to be a ‘W’ on the schedule

‘The Ruling’: This Tech needs to be a ‘W’ on the schedule

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor
September 16, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football

Starting the season 0-2 was a very real possibility for Mercer football -- it’s just a reality that didn’t need to come into fruition. The Bears carried major momentum into the start of 2016 after winning two of their final three conference games in 2015, most notably against Chattanooga. For...

‘Mad About Chamber Music I’ to showcase the talents of the Mercer Wind Ensemble

‘Mad About Chamber Music I’ to showcase the talents of the Mercer Wind Ensemble

Elliot James, Staff Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Mad About Chamber Music I, the first of a two-part series, will come to the Neva Langley Fickling Hall at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music on Friday, Sept. 16. The evening will feature small chamber ensembles comprised from members of the larger Mercer Wind Ensemble. The concert is free and open to...

Mercer Singers to host concert for Family Weekend

Mercer Singers to host concert for Family Weekend

Jayla Moody, Staff Writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Family, friends and alumni are coming to town on Sept. 17 for Family Weekend, and the music department is prepared to put on a show for them. The Mercer Singers are hosting a free Family Weekend concert at 2 p.m. in Fickling Hall. “It’s right before the football game, so people can tailgate and come over and ...

Mercer Artist: Mickey Brooks

Mercer Artist: Mickey Brooks

Elizabeth Tammi, Contributing Writer
September 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Two years ago, Mercer Singers performed at a local high school. In the audience, Mickey Brooks watched and listened, and she was immediately hooked. As a current freshman at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, Brooks now has a spot among the Mercer Singers vocal ensemble, where she rehearses fo...

Upcoming McDuffie Student Concert to highlight students’ current repertoire

Upcoming McDuffie Student Concert to highlight students’ current repertoire

Ashley Antoine, Contributing Writer
September 14, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

If you would like to hear the beautiful sounds of string instruments on a Monday night, the upcoming McDuffie Student Concert is for you. The concert will feature students from the Mercer’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, who will perform both chamber pieces and solos in the salon of the Bell House...

Mercer Artist: Michael Chong

Mercer Artist: Michael Chong

Hannah Peshek, Contributing Writer
September 6, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Mercer Artist, Showcase

19-year-old Robert McDuffie Center for Strings student Michael Chong is heavily dedicated to his craft. While no one in his family plays a musical instrument, Chong, a sophomore at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music, says music has always been something close to his heart. “Even though I didn’t...

“Fireworks Wednesday” to be screened at the Douglass Theatre

“Fireworks Wednesday” to be screened at the Douglass Theatre

Mary Lathem, Arts & Entertainment Editor
September 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

As a well-known location for cutting-edge film screenings in Macon, the Douglass Theatre’s next film screening will transport audiences into the center of Iranian class divide. On Sept. 11, the film “Fireworks Wednesday,” directed by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, will be screened at th...

Macon celebrates ‘75 Years of Otis Redding’

Macon celebrates ‘75 Years of Otis Redding’

Katie Atkinson, News Editor
September 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Macon is hailed as the place “where soul lives.” It’s also the place where soul grew up. Otis Redding was just 5 years old when his family moved from Dawson, Georgia to Macon, according to author Eric Siegfried Holtz. Here, he would hone his musical craft until his death in 1967. Redding lost...

Mercer Faculty Brass Quintet to perform in Faculty Artist Recital

Jenna Eason, Managing Editor
September 4, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

When the rafters rattle during a performance and the music is felt within the souls of the people in the audience, the performance becomes an experience the audience struggles to forget. Dr. Douglas Hill, the director of undergraduate study at the Townsend School of Music, said the Mercer Brass Quintet’s...

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