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Upcoming free concerts feature classical music for piano, cello

Joe Chapman piano
Dr. Joe Chapman

Two free classical music concerts in March at the University of North Georgia will feature the music of French composer Claude Debussy and Russian composers Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Gregor Piatigorsky.

On March 1, Cellobration: From Russia With Love, features Dr. I-Bei Lin on cello and Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai on piano. Lin is an associate professor of cello and chair of strings at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and in 10 countries. Tsai is the UC Foundation Associate Professor of Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She also serves as director of piano studies and piano ensemble and has played concerts around the world.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall, located in the Nix Center on UNG's Dahlonega campus. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Lin and Tsai's program of music for piano and cello begins with Alexander Glazunov's Chant du Ménestrel, Op. 71, and continues with Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata, Op. 119. After a brief intermission, the second half of the program features Two Pieces, Op. 2, by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Gregor Piatigorsky's Variations on a Theme of Paganini.

On March 7, UNG will celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of French composer Claude Debussy's birth with An Evening with Debussy, featuring concert pianist and UNG Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Joe Chapman. The program will be held March 7 at 8 p.m. in the UNG Dahlonega campus’ Hoag Student Center Auditorium. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.

Dr. Chapman also conducts the university orchestra. He earned degrees in piano performance from both the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of South Carolina. He is also a former president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.

Audiences will recognize Debussy's famous works such as Clair de Lune (Moonlight) and Feux d' Artifice (Fireworks). The program will include a wide array of pieces from Debussy's vast body of work, including Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest (What the West Wind Saw), La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair), Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the Water), La Cathédrale engloutie (The Sunken Cathedral), and Golliwogg's Cake-Walk. Throughout the program, the music ranges from haunting and beautiful to fanciful and humorous as Dr. Chapman's masterful hands transform the music into lush images saturated with light and color. The program builds towards its finale L'Isle joyeuse (The Joyful Island), which caps off the evening with a virtuosic flair.

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