Mercer University, Emmy® Award-winner Brandenburg Productions and Georgia Public Broadcasting teamed up to produce A Grand Mercer Christmas, a one-hour television special that aired PBS stations across the nation. Taped in Macon, Georgia’s, historic Grand Opera House, the program features students and faculty from Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and its internationally renowned Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. A Grand Mercer Christmas includes classical Christmas selections and showcases and exclusive new arrangements by noted Boston Pops arranger Randol Bass and Grammy© Award-winner Matt Catingub. The 45-voice Mercer Singers, conducted by Dr. Stanley Roberts, and the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble are complemented with selections performed by Macon native, Grammy® nominee and program host Robert McDuffie, as well as the McDuffie Center’s Director, former Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti. Watch it here now.
Mercer University, the Townsend School of Music and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings express profound appreciation to Carolyn Townsend McAfee, J. Thomas McAfee III and Julie Crangle McAfee for providing the initial inspiration and lead grant for the production of A Grand Mercer Christmas, and to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia’s Knight Fund for Macon for providing a grant to underwrite distribution of the program to PBS stations nationally.