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Free Concert by Singer and Pianist Ken Medema in Celebration of Macon’s Shalom Communities
Free Concert by Singer and Pianist Ken Medema in Celebration of Macon’s Shalom Communities

The Townsend School of Music and the Office of Mayor Robert Reichert will host the Day of Shalom Celebration and free concert by pianist and vocalist, Ken Medema, on Tuesday, August 21, at 7 p.m. in Newton Chapel on the Macon campus of Mercer University.  This event is in celebration of the Communities of Shalom in Macon, or “Shalom Zones” as they are better known. Medema, a blind pianist and vocalist who performs around the world, is an international spokesperson for the Shalom initiative. His eclectic style includes pop, R&B, gospel, classical and jazz and he has a unique ability to improvise in any style and compose a song with lyrics on the spot given a story subject and a few notes from anyone in the audience. For more information call (478) 301-5751.

During previous performances and residencies with Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, Medema learned of Macon’s own five “Shalom Zones.” As a spokesperson for the Communities of Shalom and composer of the organization’s theme song, he specifically requested an opportunity to perform in honor of the “Shalom Zones” during his next visit to Macon. Medema’s manager notified Mayor Robert Reichert and David Keith, Interim Dean of Townsend School of Music.  Both leaders responded with immediate interest and action to make possible the free concert on August 21. “It is my pleasure to help celebrate the exciting partnerships that Shalom has created in this city full of hope and promise,” said Medema.

For four decades, Medema has inspired people through storytelling and music.  Though blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind, custom designing every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description. With an ever-growing circle of followers around the world, Ken's artistry and imagination have reached audiences of 50 to 50,000 people in 49 United States and in more than 15 countries on four continents. Learn more about him at www.KenMedema.com.

Mercer University’s Townsend School of Music, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings and the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Studies offer undergraduate and graduate professional music studies in a comprehensive university environment. Townsend is nationally recognized for its outstanding faculty, award-winning students, performance ensembles and state-of-the-art facilities. The McDuffie Center, a special institute within 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 music instruction of conservatory quality, while earning an academically well-rounded education from a comprehensive, nationally recognized university. For more information and a complete listing of this season’s concerts please visit mercer.edu/music/ or call (478) 301-5751.

Communities of Shalom is a grass roots, faith-inspired, community development network that seeks to support local congregations and community groups as they work together with representatives of all faith traditions and community organizations to create economically and ecologically sustainable communities of peace, justice, hope, healing and wholeness in which all God's people experience shalom.  www.communitiesofshalom.org

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Media Contact:  J. Cindy Hill, (478) 301-2933 or hill_c@mercer.edu               

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