McDuffie Center for Strings and Macon Pops Collaboration to be Recorded for Satellite Radio

2020-21 Fabian Concert Series

MACON – Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for the Strings within the Townsend School of Music will present “From Samoa to Sinatra” next Tuesday, March 2, as part of the Fabian Concert Series. Along with a limited-capacity audience at the concert, this material will be recorded in Macon at Capricorn Studios for use on Sirius XM radio’s the “Seriously Sinatra” channel.

This special concert will feature performers from Macon Pops as well as students and faculty from the McDuffie Center. The featured guest artist is GRAMMY®-award winner, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Matt Catingub. “From Samoa to Sinatra” is Catingub’s tribute to his mother, jazz singer Mavis Rivers, and her years on Frank Sinatra’s Reprise record label.

The Fabian Concert Series takes place at The Grand Opera House for the 2021-2022 season in order to ensure proper social distancing.

Along with Catingub, featured artists include McDuffie Center Artistic Director and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, Chris Riggenbach playing bass and Steve Moretti on drums.

For more information and concert tickets, please visit, or call The Grand box office at 478-301-5470. Tickets are $15 per person or free with Mercer student/faculty/staff ID or any valid student ID. Public health safety guidelines will be observed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within Townsend School of Music, is a highly selective program that prepares string students for success in the real world. Students study with some of America’s most renowned string musicians, receiving music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts, visit, or call (478) 301-2748.