Spring is shaping up to be a busy season for the University of North Georgia's choirs, with several free performances coming up this month, including one featuring some four dozen male singers.
The annual Choral Explosion, now in its 12th year, is set for Sunday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ga. The event features three UNG choirs: Gainesville Chorale, directed by Dr. Benjamin Schoening, and the UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci, both directed by Dr. John M. Broman. Other groups participating are the Lumpkin County High School Varsity Singers, directed by Tee Smith, and Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble, directed by Bobby Ivey. The evening program is free and open to the public.
On April 23, the Gainesville Chorale will wrap up its season with the annual spring concert, which has been presented on the Gainesville campus for more than a decade. The 21-member group will perform a variety of works by contemporary composers, including an Old West-themed modernization of an ancient Greek tragedy.
"The concert is divided into two halves," Schoening, assistant professor of music, said. "The first half explores the theme of religion in various forms, featuring traditional church hymns, music as religion and then moves into a couple of sets about love. The second part of the show continues the theme of love and features P.D.Q. Bach's 'Oedipus Tex,' a variation of the Greek tragedy 'Oedipus Rex' set in the Old West."
The 90-minute concert, which also will feature Dr. Joanna Kim on piano and members of the Gainesville campus' Symphonic Band, starts at 7 p.m. in the Ed Cabell Theatre, located in the Continuing Education, Business Division and Performing Arts Center on the Gainesville campus. The show is free and open to the public.
Student voice recitals, also free and open to the public, will be held April 15 on the Dahlonega campus and April 24 on the Gainesville campus. The April 15 recital begins at 8 p.m. in the Gloria Shott performance hall. The April 24 recital begins at noon in the Ed Cabell Theater on the Gainesville campus.
Other upcoming performances include the Patriot Choir's April 16 performance prior to the Atlanta Braves game and, on April 26, a choir featuring 47 men will perform during the official installation ceremony for UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs.
"We will have singers from the Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses as well a few community people joining us for the occasion," Broman said. "It should be glorious!"
UNG offers associate and bachelor's degrees in music and private lessons in instrumental, piano, and voice. The university's choirs and musical groups are open to all UNG students, regardless of major, by audition. For more information about UNG's Department of Music, please visit the website.