Selected Photos

A Night of Georgia Music

Recorded for public television at Macon’s historic Grand Opera House and Capricorn Sound Studios in March 2022, A Night of Georgia Music includes songs by Georgia’s favorite contemporary artists, including Otis Redding, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers Band, R.E.M., Outkast, and the B-52s. The program features REM founding member and Macon native Mike Mills, former Allman Brothers Band member and current Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and Center students.

Violin master class at the 2022 Labor Day Festival

The annual Labor Day Festival brings 8 exceptionally talented high school seniors to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. For three days, participants take part in master classes, coachings and rehearsals with Center faculty as they prepare for the festival’s closing concert, when they will perform string quartets as well as play with the Center String Ensemble.

Highlights from the Rome Chamber Music Festival

Selected photos from the 20th annual festival in Rome

2022 Mercer University Commencement

Performing with long-time friend and REM founding member Mike Mills as he received an honorary doctorate at the 2022 Mercer University Commencement.

Celebrating Georgia with Chuck Leavell and Gregg Allman

Robert McDuffie plays with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the January 18 concert: “In some ways, the addition of McDuffie might have been the night's biggest delight because the extent of his playing was unexpected.... Whether duetting with Leavell on the latter's 'Southscape' or soloing with the ASO, McDuffie mesmerized." – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Playing "Nightswimming"

With Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on piano, and students from the McDuffie Center for Strings

Christmas at the Grand

Hosted by Robert McDuffie at the Grand Opera House in Macon, Georgia

Events at the McDuffie Center for Strings, Mercer University

In and around the Center for Strings and related events in Macon, Georgia

At (le) Poisson Rouge

Benefit concert in New York City for the Rome Chamber Music Festival, featuring the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble

The MCS Ensemble

Performances with students from the McDuffie Center for Strings

Bell House Grand Opening Weekend - February 2015

The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings celebrated its new home, the Bell House, in a spectacular weekend.

2015 Aspen Music Festival

Robert McDuffie and the Aspen Music Festival orchestra, performing Bernstein's Serenade, had to delay the start of a concert when a storm rolled in over the Benedict Music Tent. Conductor Michael Stern left the stage to check on the weather report, leaving his baton with McDuffie.