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Pipe organ, brass quintet offers an afternoon full of musical talents

POSTED: February 10, 2011 1:30 a.m.
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Cumming First United Methodist Church and the North Georgia College & State University department of Performing Arts, present a pipe organ and brass double quintet concert Sunday.

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Cumming First United Methodist Church will sponsor an afternoon of music as it presents, in collaboration with the North Georgia College & State University department of Performing Arts, a pipe organ and brass double quintet concert.

Music selections will range from the Renaissance to contemporary. The performance will include pieces that feature the pipe organ and some will showcase the brass.

What makes this performance unique? A double dose of brass.

"This is a very unusual concert," John Hutchinson, director of music and arts, and resident organist at Cumming FUMC said. "There are concerts that have organ and brass quintets, but there are not concerts that have organ and two brass quintets."

The musicians will be using all areas of the church's sanctuary, including the balcony, Hutchinson said. "They will be playing from all points in the room" in an effort to surround the listener.

"Cumming Methodist has the finest performance space in the northern metroplex, acoustically," Hutchinson said. North Georgia's music department approached the church because they favor the acoustics of the sanctuary, "So we have done quite a few things together."

"In fact, we will be doing an even bigger performance in May where they're putting together a full symphony orchestra, about a 60-piece orchestra."

North Georgia College has contracted with musicians from the surrounding area for these performances.

"These brass players come from all over the metroplex. They just really and truly are as good as it gets," he said.

Hutchinson will be performing all of the pipe organ work and will be "proving that organ music is ‘for the birds,' because I'm doing a series of pieces that are about birds."

His winged music titles include "The Hen," "The Swan" and the "Pastoral and Aviary."

"I would say that it doesn't matter if (you) don't like brass music. It doesn't matter if (you) don't like organ music, (you) will like this," Hutchinson said.

"If ever there were musical fireworks, this is gonna be it."

 

 



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