GPB to Air A Grand Mercer Christmas During Holiday Season


MACON – Georgia Public Broadcasting will once again air A Grand Mercer Christmas during the holiday season. The one-hour television special, recorded in 2012, will also be made available by PBS to public television stations across the country.

GPB Television will air the program statewide at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. A radio version of the program will also air at the same time on GPB stations across the state. For air dates and times outside of Georgia, check your local station listings.

Recorded on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2012, in Macon’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 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.

Over the last two years, A Grand Mercer Christmas has aired on dozens of PBS stations across the nation, reaching millions of viewers.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.