Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music will host “A Grand Mercer Christmas” concert on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Opera House.
The event is a holiday favorite for Mercerians and the Macon community, as many people attend to hear favorite holiday music, in addition to new musical selections.
The event will include performances by the Mercer Singers, conducted by Dr. Stanley Roberts, and the students and faculty of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.
Acclaimed violinist and Center for Strings founder, Robert McDuffie, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Musical selections will include “What Child Is This” and “What Sweeter Music,” alongside Matt Catingub’s “Christmas Medley for Strings” and J.S. Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins,” featuring Amy Moretti and Robert McDuffie, along with the Center orchestra.
The combined chorus and orchestra will also perform two new orchestrations by composer Randol Bass: “Glory to God” and “Exultate Justi.”
Emmy Award-winning Brandenburg Productions will record the program live for broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting and PBS stations across the nation throughout the holiday season.
The concert is a free event for the community. However, tickets are required for entrance.
Students, faculty and staff can reserve tickets by visiting the box office at the University Center or calling 478-301-5470. The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can also be picked up at The Grand Opera House weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating will be first-come, first-serve, and tickets must be picked up at the box office at The Grand Opera House by 5 p.m. on Nov. 28.
Any tickets not claimed will be released to the public. Children under the age of five will not be allowed inside the theatre due to the filming for television.