Some of the most musically-talented students at the University of North Georgia (UNG) will perform during the remainder of the fall semester, including the Symphonic Band and the Golden Eagle Band, both directed by Andy David. Three exemplary vocal groups; the UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci, led by Dr. John Broman; and UNG Chorale, directed by Dr. Benjamin Schoening, will exhibit their skills through the fall and into the winter. Not to be left out, the UNG Orchestra will present a concert Nov. 21, prior to their tour of south Georgia.
On Nov. 17, the Golden Eagle Band (GEB), Georgia's oldest college marching band, will premier its 2013-2014 program, "Follow Me: A Soldier's Tale." David shared his excitement about UNG's most historic group's performance.
"This show will pay homage to North Georgia's strong military tradition and heritage, and to the sacrifice, honor, and discipline required of all soldiers, past and present. 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 will also include a performance by the UNG Patriot Choir. The show is going to be absolutely incredible!"
The Jazz Band's Nov. 8 concert on the Dahlonega Campus will also include arrangements of music by Radiohead. In its final concert of the semester on Dec. 4, the UNG Symphonic Band will feature a new composition by David's younger brother, J.M. David.
"Performances by the UNG jazz band, Nov. 8, and symphonic band, Dec. 4, on both campuses will showcase the many talents of our students," David said. "Notable is the fact that each of these ensembles performs two entire concerts per semester. This is a feat rarely accomplished by other college ensembles across the state. Not only are the concerts numerous, but the repertoire is diverse, complex, and demanding. The jazz ensembles showcase the works of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Pat Metheny, Short Rogers, Count Basie, and many others. The repertoire performed by the symphonic bands is just as varied within its respective genre."
Highlights from the Symphonic Band program include Johann de Meij's epic Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings," which will feature vice president for advancement, Dr. Andrew Leavitt on soprano saxophone, and a combined-band performance of Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music."
Vocal performances will not take a back seat to instrumental ones, however. On Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall, the Patriot Choir, UNG's all-male vocal group, will perform standards from their repertoire including pieces such as "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," and UNG's alma mater, as well as other selections.
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.
Le Belle Voci, the university's all-women ensemble, typically travels and performs with the UNG Singers. On Nov. 18 and 19 the two groups will come together to showcase their fall selections. Their repertoire for both evenings includes "Gloria," "A Ceremony of Carols" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," among others.
The UNG Chorale will hold its program Dec. 3 in the Ed Cabell Theatre on UNG's Gainesville Campus.
For the full fall schedule of events, including all band, choral, and senior recital performances, visit http://calendar.ung.edu