Thursday, December 1 2022


MACON – The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University will begin introducing internationally renowned artists and scholars to the community this winter through the Fabian Center for Musical Excellence. Former President of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jane chu will speak about “How the Arts Prepare Us for Leadership” on November 30 at 10:00 am, and will lead the touring ensemble Canadian brass will host a holiday concert on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the free community offers in this series.

The Fabian Center for Musical Excellence was created thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Jo Phelps Fabian. “Through the invisible hands of music, the soul is touched and healed,” Fabian wrote of his gift.

The academic year 2021-2022 marks the start of this important institute, which alongside educational programs for outstanding budding musicians, supports concerts by leading artists from around the world and symposia on music, philosophy and the arts of eminent academics. All programs for the inaugural season are presented free of charge and open to the public.

The Center will open its doors with two memorable days of programming. In Chu’s symposium, she will detail her four-year tenure at the NEA. During that time, she traveled to all 50 states, 200 communities and made over 400 site visits to visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers, art educators, and arts administrators. These lessons will be useful to all members of Macon’s vibrant arts and culture community, as well as those in teaching or leadership positions.

The next day, the masters of the concert presentation Canadian Brass will take the stage for a lively holiday concert. Each of their concerts will show the full range of signature Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served with lively dialogue and theatrical effects. Tickets for this performance were offered to the public free of charge and sold out well in advance of the concert. Seating will not be available at the door. Contact Lisa Sturgis at (478) 301-5751 to be added to the waiting list if tickets are returned.

Both events will take place at the Neva Langley Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building at 1329 Adams St. in Macon. All seats are general admission. A suitable face mask covering the nose and mouth is required at Fickling Hall.

About Townsend School of Music

The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer professional undergraduate and graduate music studies in a comprehensive academic environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its exceptional faculty, award-winning students, state-of-the-art performance ensembles and facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within the 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 conservatory-grade musical education, while obtaining a well-rounded academic education from a comprehensive and nationally recognized university. For more information and a full list of concerts this season, visit, or call (478) 301-2748.



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