CUMMING — Fans of classical music have two upcoming opportunities to hear live performances of symphony standards and newly composed material.
The University of North Georgia Orchestra, composed only of students, will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hoag Auditorium on UNG's Dahlonega campus.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will premiere an original composition by a UNG student and also feature "Symphony No. 101" by Joseph Haydn and "Peer Gynt Suite" by Edvard Grieg.
"I am confident that our audience will thoroughly enjoy 'Galactic Symphony,' which was composed this spring by UNG student cellist, Caleb Swift,” said Joe Chapman, professor of music at UNG and conductor of the orchestra.
The orchestra, a professional group sponsored by UNG that includes faculty members, will present an all-Beethoven program 7:30 p.m. May 2 at Cumming First Methodist Church. Tickets are $10.
The program will feature Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto for piano and "Symphony No. 5," conducted by Andy David, the orchestra's music director and head of UNG's music department.
"Many musicians and music lovers around the world consider the 5th to be the greatest symphony ever composed,” David said. “I'm certainly looking forward to the challenge of conducting this epic work."
The performance is supported by a grant from the Forsyth County Arts Alliance.
Other spring shows by UNG's music department included the Wind Ensemble performing Tuesday night during the Festival of Arts at Cumming First United Methodist Church.
In addition, the Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ed Cabell Theatre on the Gainesville campus, while the Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. April 27 on the Dahlonega campus.