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March 5 recital features music faculty from across UNG

Andy David, head of the University of North Georgia's Department of Music, plays piano while Tony Carere plays saxophone. Both are among UNG music faculty who will perform in a free recital March 5 on the Gainesville Campus.

A free concert on March 5 at the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Gainesville Campus will combine the talents of Department of Music faculty from across the university.

"For the first time, members of the music faculty from the Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee campuses will be joining forces to present a recital," said Andy David, head of the music department. "I'm looking forward to experiencing the world-class music which will be on display that night."

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Members of the university's brass faculty are among those performing in
the Faculty Cooperative Recital.

The Faculty Cooperative Recital is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Ed Cabell Theater on UNG's Gainesville Campus. Among those scheduled to perform are Andrew Santander, piano; Joe Chapman, piano; Joanna Kim, piano; Benjamin Schoening, voice; Carla Ganyard, violin; Esther Morgan-Ellis, cello; Andy David, trumpet; John David, drums; Jack Broman, voice; Tony Carere, saxophone; John Hutchinson, organ; Sarah Dunn, band; Greg Coile, trumpet; Tim Keyser, tuba and military music; Terry Sleister, trombone; and Helen Werling, horn.

The recital is among many upcoming events showcasing the talents of UNG's music faculty and students; all concerts are open to the public and most are free unless noted otherwise.

Annual Big Band Show set for March 7-8

UNG's Big Band Show, which has been performed annually by students on the Gainesville Campus for more than 20 years, is set for March 7 and 8. The 90-minute concert begins at 7 p.m. each night in the Ed Cabell Theater on the Gainesville Campus. Tickets are available via the Gainesville Theatre Alliance website or by calling the box office at 678.717.3624. Tickets are free for UNG faculty, staff, and students with valid ID; otherwise, tickets are $14 for adults; $8 for GTA subscribers; and $10 for children, seniors, groups, and non-UNG students.

Santander, assistant head of UNG's Department of Music and director of the group, said it takes months of preparation and practice for the some two dozen student performers to get ready for the annual show.

"Our average prep time is about three to four months, starting with thinking about the program itself," Santander said. "I try to give the students a sense of ownership of the show by letting them help select the tunes we'll perform."

Golden Eagle Band wraps up season

Another annual performance that has been months in the making is the "home" performance by the Golden Eagle Band (GEB), Georgia's oldest college marching band. On March 27, the band will perform its 2013-2014 program, "Follow Me: A Soldier's Tale," after having performed at Walt Disney World in Florida and around the region.

"This show pays homage to UNG's strong military tradition and heritage, and to the sacrifice, honor, and discipline required of all soldiers, past and present," David said. "UNG's only marching ensemble features a 24-piece brass section, marching battery percussion, a color guard, and a front percussion ensemble. The GEB show also includes a performance by the UNG Patriot Choir.!"

The 90-minute show begins at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall Gymnasium on the Dahlonega Campus. The band will finish its current season with the final performance from 1-2 p.m. on April 27 at Memorial Hall.

Choral Explosion 13 features UNG ensembles

For the 13th year, UNG's vocalists will be showing off their talents this spring in Choral Explosion 13, set for 3 p.m. April 13 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Cleveland. The event features UNG's voice ensembles and student groups from other area schools. The evening program is free and open to the public.

The UNG Singers and the UNG Chorale are the university's premier mixed ensembles. They perform a wide variety of pieces ranging from choral masterpieces to shorter works from the main periods in music history. In addition to presenting concerts both on and off campus, the UNG Singers ensemble tours throughout the U.S. and overseas every other year. UNG also features a women's ensemble called Le Belle Voci, and a men's ensemble called The Patriot Choir.

Other spring performances include:

  • March 13: Symphonic Band, 7-8:30 p.m., Ed Cabell Theater, Gainesville Campus.
  • March 14: The David Brothers Trio, 8-10 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Dahlonega Campus. Through funds from UNG's Presidential Innovation grants, the group will be recording their concert that night.
  • March 24: Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m., Cumming Festival of Arts, Cumming First United Methodist Church. Ticket prices to be determined.
  • March 31: UNG Chorale, 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville. The UNG Chorale will perform Requiem mass of Gabriel Fauré under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Schoening with Dr. David Burton-Brown on the grand organ of Grace Episcopal Church.
  • April 5: Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m., Cumming Festival of Arts, Cumming First United Methodist Church. Ticket prices to be determined.
  • April 7: UNG Singers, 8-9:30 p.m., Dahlonega United Methodist Church.
  • April 11: Jazz Band, 8-9:30 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Dahlonega Campus.
  • April 15: Patriot Choir, 8-9 p.m., Shott Auditorium, Dahlonega Campus.
  • April 22: Jazz Band, 7-8:30 p.m., Ed Cabell Theater, Gainesville Campus.
  • April 23: Symphonic Band, 8-9:30 p.m., Hoag Auditorium, Dahlonega Campus.
  • April 24: Symphonic Band, 7-8:30 p.m., Hoag Auditorium, Dahlonega Campus.
  • April 25: Orchestra, 6:30 p.m., Dahlonega Baptist Church.
  • Student voice recitals, also free and open to the public, will be held throughout the spring on both Gainesville and Dahlonega campuses.

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.

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