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April a musical month at UNG

April music events 2016
This month's music events include two performances by UNG's Golden Eagle Band, which is currently ranked 4th in the world in its division.

This month's musical events from the University of North Georgia (UNG) feature a variety of styles, including musical theater, chamber music, choral, and drum and bugle corps.

On April 8, the UNG Musical Theater Workshop kicks things off with a lighthearted tone in a collection of performances titled "I Hate Musicals."

I Hate Musicals

Accompanist Dr. Joe Chapman inspires students

to rehearse for "I Hate Musicals."

"The idea behind this semester's offering sprang from an event during the past semester. Our previous show, performed Halloween weekend, was named 'Musical Theatre Macabre' and featured works with a decidedly darker edge, so we wanted to do something lighter this time," said Dr. Lee Barrow, professor of music. "The title of the revue comes from our opening number, 'I Hate Musicals' from the show 'Ruthless,' in which the cast sings about all that is wrong with musical theater, from overblown sets to sappy plots."

Other numbers from the show include:

  • "What Can You Do With a B.A. in English?" performed by Kathleen Waters
  • "Don't Call Me Trailer Trash" performed by Ariel Bettes
  • "The Song That Goes Like This" performed by Jonathan Whitmire and Kellie Dodson
  • "Me" performed by CJ Fraser
  • "My New Philosophy" performed by Kellie Dodson, Whitmire and Waters

"I Hate Musicals" will be performed April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m., in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on UNG's Dahlonega Campus. Both shows are free and open to the public.

On April 10, the Department of Music presents a community music concert featuring new works, including international submissions. The selected pieces will be presented in concert on UNG's Gainesville Campus at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building. Part of the Fifteen Minutes of Fame series based out of New York, the event also features performances by UNG faculty and other area musicians.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame is an event comprising 15 one-minute works by different composers written for a specific performer or ensemble. The collections give a variety of new music by living composers to audiences interested in today's music scene. The event was designed by producer and composer Robert Voisey to create an opportunity for composers to get their works performed and heard by audiences around the world.

There have been more than 60 performances of Fifteen Minutes of Fame, in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Rio de Janeiro, Bremen, Tel Aviv, Bucharest, and many other cities across the globe.

On April 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville, the UNG Chorale and Men's Ensemble, under the direction of Benjamin Schoening, will join with the Parish Choir of Grace Episcopal Church. The group will perform Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G, which is also known as the "Little Mass," a piece he composed when only 18 years old.

The program will also feature several smaller choral works, including the premiere of "Joy" by Barrow and a performance by the UNG Flute Ensemble. Admission is free to the public.

UNG's Golden Eagle Band, the oldest college marching band in the state, will also have two performances in April. Titled, "Attraction: The Music of Scheherazade," the program will be performed in Memorial Hall on UNG's Dahlonega Campus April 14 at 8 p.m. and April 24 at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagle Band is ranked 4th in the world in its division and is seeded 1st for the WGI World Championships, which are set for April 16 and 17 at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

On April 26 at 7:30 p.m., the UNG Gainesville Campus Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Brass Ensemble will perform the 2016 Spring Symphonic Band Concert in the auditorium of Riverside Military Academy. The event will be conducted by Dr. J. Ashley Jarrell, director of instrumental music.

For more information about any of these events, contact the music department at 706-864-1423.

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