The Department of Music at the University of North Georgia (UNG) is hosting several free events this fall, including vocal and instrumental ensembles performed on UNG campuses and around the region.
On Oct. 24, Dr. Joe Chapman, concert pianist and UNG director of keyboard studies, will perform a concert featuring music from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. The program will be held at 8 p.m. in the UNG Dahlonega Campus Nix Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and the concert is open to the public.
Chapman also conducts the university orchestra, and earned degrees in piano performance from both the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the University of South Carolina. He is also former president of the Georgia Music Teachers Association.
The UNG Musical Theatre Workshop group will present the Musical Theatre Macabre on Oct. 30 and 31. The show will feature a variety of selections from Broadway shows and movies such as "Sweeney Todd," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Harry Potter," "Wicked," "Jekyll and Hyde," "Young Frankenstein" and many more. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on the Dahlonega Campus. The shows are open to the public and admission is free.
In November, the UNG Orchestra will perform Handel's "Messiah" in collaboration with the Dawson Community Chorale. This particular presentation will be somewhat unique when compared to traditional "Christmas" Messiah concerts, because it will also include some of the favorites from the "Easter" portion of Handel's classic, such as "The Trumpet Shall Sound" and "Worthy Is the Lamb," along with the ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus."
"This venture will provide a wonderful opportunity to combine the best of both worlds in a special blending of university and community resources," said Chapman. "The result should be nothing less than spectacular. As a special local touch, the soloists will consist of Chorale members along with UNG Music Professor Dr. Benjamin Schoening."
Performances are scheduled for Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hoag Student Center Auditorium on UNG's Dahlonega Campus and Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Dawsonville. General admission is $10, but UNG faculty and staff and Dawson County Arts Council members get in for $5. The concert is free to all UNG students with a valid ID.
Other upcoming free performances include:
- The UNG Wind Ensemble will hold a free concert Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Hoag Auditorium on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
- The Patriot Choir and UNG Men's Quartet will hold a free fall concert Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
- The UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci will hold two free fall concerts. Their performances are scheduled for Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Dahlonega Baptist Church and Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church.
- The UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci will also perform a concert as part of the community's "Musica Variata Series" Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. at the Chapel at Big Canoe.
- Voice majors from the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses will perform a cooperative fall student voice recital at the Gloria Shott Performance Hall on the Dahlonega Campus Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
- On Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the UNG Singers, Le Belle Voci, UNG Chorale and the Men's Ensemble will hold a cooperative concert at the Chapel at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.
- On Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., the UNG Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz will perform at the Gloria Shott Performance Hall.
- The All American Piano Celebration concert, featuring Dr. Joe Chapman, will be held Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall.
- On Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m., the UNG Singers and Le Belle Voci will hold a concert at Achasta Golf Club in Dahlonega.
- The UNG Chorale and Men's Ensemble will hold two free holiday concerts. The performances are scheduled for Dec. 1 at the Ed Cabell Theatre on UNG's Gainesville Campus at 7 p.m., Dec. 3 at Briarwood Baptist Church in Watkinsville at 7 p.m., and Dec. 5 at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center at 2 p.m.
This story has been edited to correct information about ticket prices for the Nov. 13-14 performances of Handel's "Messiah."