Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Presents The Beethoven Septet on Oct. 13


MACON – The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, a special institute within Mercer University's Townsend School of Music, presents The Beethoven Septet, Tuesday, Oct. 13, as part of the Fabian Concert Series. The performance will take place in Fickling Hall at 7:30 p.m. All seats are reserved; tickets are $12 and available at the door.

“This performance is special for many reasons,” said Amy Schwartz Moretti, director of the Center and coordinator of the Fabian series. “Violist Emily Brandenburg is a recent Center and Mercer graduate and will be featured in both pieces on the program.” 

Brandenburg will be the first alumna invited to play on the concert series that features renowned musicians from around the globe.

Brandenburg, along with two current Center students, will join Franklin Cohen, clarinet; William Caballero, horn; and Fernando Traba, bassoon. 

“These are some of the best wind players in the country,” said Moretti, who will round out the group.

Cohen is principal clarinet for the Cleveland Orchestra; Caballero is principal horn for the Pittsburg Symphony; and Traba is principal bassoon for the Sarasota Orchestra.

MaryGrace Bender, a sophomore cellist in the Center, is excited about the opportunity to perform on the program. “I feel very privileged to be a student at the McDuffie Center for Strings. The faculty are incredible and it is an honor to work with them. I am looking forward to performing the Beethoven Septet, it is such a masterpiece.” 

The October program will feature Mozart and Beethoven and will be played without intermission. Admission to the Fabian Series is $12 at the door; all Mercer students, faculty and staff with valid I.D. receive one free ticket. To reserve tickets, call (478) 301-5470.

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, please visit or call (478) 301-5751.