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Brenau students open musical ‘portal’ with classical concert

POSTED: March 22, 2012 12:30 a.m.

Brenau University's Department of Music will present, "Il Portale Musicale," a celebration of a variety of classical music styles, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Brenau's Pearce Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.

The concert, held once a semester, is a chance for music majors to showcase their talents. This semester's concert marks the 100th anniversary of the national music honor fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, at Brenau University. Established at Brenau in 1911, the "Mu" chapter was recently re-established after a period of inactivity, and past members will be in attendance to mark the honor.

"Though it is an honor society, it also is a service organization," said Dr. Barbara Steinhaus, chairwoman of the Department of Music. "The organization has served the department internally this year by acting as ushers for all concerts and serving at receptions for faculty concerts."

"Il Portale Musicale," or "the musical portal" in Italian, represents another "portal" of education, Steinhaus said. Students must pass a qualifying hearing in order to be included in the performance, and each performer plays or sings a piece prepared as part of their studies. Students also create their own program notes as part of the event.

"Generally we have a small group of pianists play, and then a group of vocalists," Steinhaus said. "We try to keep it moving and interesting."

For more information on the free concert, call 770-538-4764 or visit

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