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Music festival includes local stop

Performance June 23 at Cumming First UMC

POSTED: June 10, 2013 12:28 a.m.

The University of North Georgia will present a classical concert in Cumming later this month.

The local performance is set for 3 p.m. June 23 at Cumming First United Methodist Church. It’s one of several being offered as part of the university’s second annual North Georgia Chamber Music Festival.

Concerts will include performances by several members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, or ASO.

Andy David, head of the university’s music department, said the first festival was a success and he hopes for more of the same this year, especially given the series’ special guests.

“We all have high expectations for what we will experience this year,” he said in a statement. “Having ASO concertmaster David Coucheron on the bill is a real coup.”

In addition to Coucheron, seven other ASO members are slated to perform at various concerts in the festival.

Besides the stop in Cumming, the series includes performances at 8 p.m. June 15 and at 3 p.m. June 16 in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on UNG’s Dahlonega campus.

Another is set for 8 p.m. June 22 in the Ed Cabell Theatre at the UNG Gainesville campus.

The concerts will feature a variety of instrumental pieces by such famed composers as Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert.

Tickets to each performance are $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance. Each performance is general seating, with every venue opening its doors 45 minutes prior to the start.

The festival was begun last year after Cecylia Arzewski, violinist and former ASO concertmaster, had a vision to start a chamber music festival in northeast Georgia.

Arzewski remains the event’s artistic director. She said listening to live chamber music — which features a small group of musicians performing together, each on a different instrument — can be a powerful experience for audiences.

“There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of being swept along by the powerful currents of the most intimate form of music making,” she said in a statement. “Listeners are pulled into the quiet, sometimes painful, sometimes blissful, space created within us.”


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