The McDuffie Strings, a group of talented student performers from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, at Mercer University captured the audience’s emotions at The Falany Performing Arts Center.
The performance took place at the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The program consisted of the following pieces: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No.2, Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009, String Quartet in D minor, Op. 76, No. 2 “The Quinten,” Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, String Quartet in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, Sonata for solo Viola, Op. 25, No. 1, Sonata Op. 27, No. 4, Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012, Oblivion and Libertango.
Many of the pieces performed by The McDuffie Strings were composed by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and Baroque period composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
“Haydn was really the pioneer of great string quartet writing.” Harry Ward, a sophomore student and musician for The McDuffie Strings, said. “These works are essential for any string quartet to perform and of course, an absolute privilege.”
The audience appeared to be moved by the seamless flow of the performance that included both group and solo pieces.
“My favorite part was seeing the connection the musicians had with the music and experiencing the connection the music had with the audience,” freshman Music Education major, Isiah Fletcher, said.
The musicians of The McDuffie Strings come from all over the U.S. and many international locations like Sydney, Australia and Shanghai, China.
“It was a phenomenal performance, very enjoyable. It was inspiring seeing worldwide performers who are my age performing these pieces,” Dominique Xiong, a sophomore Music Education major, said.
A list of upcoming concerts for The McDuffie Strings can be found on the Mercer University website.
Written By: Kelly Kipfer Photo Credit: Kelly Kipfer