Symphony is back in Macon with inaugural season of The Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra

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Macon Mercer Symphony Orchestra

MACON – The symphony will return to Macon on Monday, Oct. 4, when the brand-new Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra will play its opening concert at The Grand Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and season subscriptions are available now.

The symphony is a groundbreaking intergenerational collaboration between principal musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and emerging artists of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, conducted by GRAMMY Award winner Ward Stare

The first concert will feature Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (Classical Symphony), Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and songs from Macon’s own Otis Redding Foundation students, orchestrated by Townsend School of Music faculty member Christopher Schmitz.

The Macon-Mercer Symphony Orchestra is made possible by major funding from the Peyton Anderson Foundation. Symphony music had been missing in Macon since the Macon Symphony Orchestra ended operations in 2017, and the Peyton Anderson Foundation grant makes it possible to keep symphony in Macon for a number of years.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 478-301-5470. Single tickets for each concert are $20-30. Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 can be found on The Grand Opera House website.

Students of all ages can attend free with valid student ID. Additionally, a new program called the Young Patron’s Circle will allow for additional networking and perks for patrons under 40, with an opening BOGO ticket offer for a free companion ticket for the first concert if young patrons sign up here.

The McDuffie Center is committed to making the symphony accessible and available for all, and substantial discounts, educational resources and more are available for groups of 10+. To bring a group, please call 478-301-2933 or email rubens_ja@mercer.edu.

Julia Rubens is the director of arts marketing at Mercer University, where she seeks to promote The Grand Opera House, McEachern Art Center, Tattnall Square Center for the Arts, Townsend School of Music and the McDuffie Center for Strings.