Mercer strings trio plays for homeless in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Three Mercer University students from the McDuffie Center for Strings wanted to give a boost to some of the homeless at Daybreak in Macon on Friday.

They say music is a universal language.

Whether it’s a bow rubbing strings or the strike of a key — the sound takes you to a place.

“I think it just lifts the atmosphere. That’s what I think and that’s what I felt too, anyways,” Daniel Wint, one of the listeners, said.

He was among the couple of dozen that listened to students who are among the top string up and comers in the world.

“We’re playing music that was written hundreds of years ago and we’re bringing it back to life in an environment where they’re willing to listen to us,” Harry Ward, a student violinist, said.

“I like string music anyway, but these guys were very good. I was surprised,” Hosea Thornton, another listener, said.

The Mercer University trio want to give people who may not listen to classical music a chance to enjoy the pieces.

From the brain of Beethoven to the mind of Mozart.

“Definitely the kind of environment you’d like to make music in. This is a special place,” Wint said.

A jolt of culture those at Daybreak may not have experienced before.

“I think it was wonderful. I felt appreciated,” Wint continued.

“We could feel a real connection with the audience. They were listening honestly and we made a beautiful connection,” Ward said.

Connections that are interviewed by notes — fast and slow.

“I wouldn’t mind seeing them again,” Thornton said.

Making for a memorable visit, where listeners anticipate an encore.

“We need it here. We definitely need it,” Wint said.

String players from Mercer’s McDuffie Center for Strings play at the Daybreak Center in Macon once a month.

For more information about the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings click here. 

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