Mercer Hosts Oct. 5 Benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure

October 2, 2009

Media Contact:
Billie Rampley
(478) 301-2933

MACON – Mercer University will host an art show, reception and variety show on Oct. 5 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s fight against breast cancer. The event will be held in McCorkle Music Building, located off Adams Street. The art show and reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the variety show will follow at 7:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.
 
The art show will consist of landscape paintings and photography by Middle Georgia artists and is curated by Mercer’s Martha Malone, professor of music; Gary Blackburn, professor of art; and Craig Coleman, associate professor of art.  After the show and reception, the exhibit will be open to the public at the Jack Tarver Library Gallery from Oct. 6 to Oct. 31.

The variety show will be held in the Fickling Recital Hall in McCorkle.  The show consists of several five- to 10-minute acts. The performances include a classical performance by Mercer’s Richard Kosowski, assistant professor of music, and Carol Goff, associate professor of music; a poetry reading by Dr. Anna Silver, a cancer survivor and associate professor of English; a stage performance, titled “Whipdance El Loco,” by Scot Mann, director of the Mercer Theatre; and many more. Atlanta’s 2007 “Suzie” award-winning cast of the “Sanders Family Christmas” from Marietta’s Theater in the Square will also perform during the variety show.

The show, which is being held during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a collaborative effort of the Townsend School of Music and the College of Liberal Art’s theater and art departments, along with many special guests from the greater Macon community.

About Townsend School of Music

Mercer is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and the Townsend-McAfee Institute Graduate Studies in Church Music offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. The School is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities and is home to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.

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